Meatless Monday Recipe: Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bananas

We were looking to add a little kick to our classic sweet potato side dish a few Thanksgivings ago, and this new favorite was born!

Aside from being delicious, sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene, which is known for all of the following:

  • Prevention against cancer and heart disease
  • To slow the progression of cataracts
  • To prevent macular degeneration
  • To boost immunity
  • To protect the skin against sunburn
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psoriasis

Try this take on sweet potato casserole if you like them a little bit sweeter.  This has gotten rave reviews from everyone I’ve ever served.


  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 6  tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt


  1. Peel sweet potatoes & cut into 2-inch segments.  Boil until you can pierce with a fork or until tender enough to mash (but don’t overcook).
  2. Drain and add to a large pot over low heat for mashing.  Begin to mash with a potato masher while slowly adding the cream & butter.  Mash until  lumps have disappeared.  After the cream & butter are incorporated, add the bananas, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.  Mash until smooth.  Season to taste with additional salt & pepper.

Other recipes you might like:

Butternut Squash with Roasted Garlic Soup

Easy Peasy Roasted Vegetables

Quinoa with Shiitake Mushrooms

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