Coconut-Pecan Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

This time of year we eat a lot of sweet potatoes at our house. Since the weather turned and the leaves started falling, we’ve been enjoying Sweet Potato Quinoa Tacos, Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili, and even a few Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes here and there.

We also normally include a Sweet Potato dish in our Thanksgiving meal line-up. We don’t, however, have a favorite family recipe that we rely on every year.

Thinking back on recent holidays, I’m noticing the tradition that is evolving is one that includes trying a new sweet potato recipe every year. Over the past few years we’ve tried everything from the classic casserole to sweet potato tamales.

coconut pecan sweet potatoes 2This year’s Thanksgiving menu is definitely going to include these Coconut-Pecan Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes. Not only are they delicious, they are also incredibly easy.

The oven is always in high demand during the holidays, so having a slow cooker version of this classic dish saves both space and time. Pop the ingredients in the slow cooker and you really don’t have to think about the sweet potatoes again until it’s time to dish them up.

coconut pecan sweet potatoesTopping the warm potatoes with toasted pecans and lightly sweetened coconut flakes adds just the right amount of crunch and flavor. If you will miss the familiar mini-marshmallow topping, you can of course include them in this recipe.

Coconut-Pecan Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

This easy Slow Cooker version of a classic Sweet Potato dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
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Servings: 6 people
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Allison


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons flaked sweetened coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans toasted
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1/3 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans toasted


  • Coat your slow cooker with cooking spray. Place first 7 ingredients in slow cooker and toss to combine. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or until potatoes are tender. Lightly mash mixture. Sprinkle topping over potatoes and serve warm.


Adapted from Cooking Light


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 21565IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Are Sweet Potatoes normally part of your holiday menus?

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Allison Ruth, mama to three hungry girls, blogs at Some the Wiser where she takes life as it comes and tries to learn a little something as she goes.
Whether she’s baking bread, sewing, or contemplating the fate of socks gone missing in the laundry, she looks for the peace and creativity life offers to everyone who is paying attention.

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  1. Brilliant idea to cut down on Thanksgiving oven demands….thought not sure I’ll wait three more weeks to try this one out! 🙂

  2. These sound delicious! I LOVE coconut and pecans! I bet the combo with sweet potatoes is so good!

  3. Great side dish for any fall meal!

  4. What adorable little sweet potato dishes!

  5. perfect side dish for this time of the year! i’m sure it’ll be on many tables this month! love the simplicity and flavors!

  6. Great flavor combinations!

  7. Ohhh, these look so good! I’ll be getting our slow cooker out for this!

  8. Fantastic recipe, Aimee! Love that this can be made in the crockpot!

  9. This looks delicious and I especially love a good slow cooker recipe!

  10. Love this sweet potato side & the fact that it does’t sound too sweet 😉

  11. I love sweet potatoes and this is an awesome way to enjoy them instead of the traditional sweet potato casserole (not that there’s anything wrong with a casserole). I love your pictures. The bowls o’ goodness are set up so pretty. 🙂

  12. So clever! It never occurred to me to use my slow cooker on Thanksgiving-but it makes perfect sense! I can’t get enough of sweet potatoes this time of year, so we’ll be trying this for sure.

  13. Wow! This looks amazing. Definitely going to make as soon as possible.

    Sweet potatoes are usually part of our holiday menu. I didn’t know you could eat them with brown sugar and butter until I moved to the USA from Australia! A very interesting surprise.

  14. 5 stars
    Sweet potatoes are my favorite for Thanksgiving. Loving this coconut pecan version!

  15. Allison,
    Since I’ll already have one slow cooker going with mashed (regular) potatoes, I love the idea of using another slow cooker for another easy side dish.

  16. This is such a great recipe for sweet potatoes! I love having sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving and I had never thought of making them in a slow cooker. Thanks for sharing!

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