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Level 4: Puree Holiday Sweet Potato Puree

Holiday Sweet Potato Puree

This Level 4: Puree Holiday Sweet Potato Puree is based on that sweet potato casserole we all know and love. Serve this at Christmas and it’s sure to be a hit!

Holiday Sweet Potato Puree

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This is the first recipe I ever created using my new VITAMIX! I am so excited to have made this big purchase for myself. So many people with dysphagia end up buying themselves a vitamix blender, though they are very expensive. I hope now I can connect with many of you by using one myself!

This recipe was inspired by the holidays. At Christmas, so many people eat sweet potatoes with butter, brown sugar, marshmallows, and pecans (or at least some variation of that). I decided to turn it into a puree using very similar ingredients. 

I used marshmallow cream in this recipe instead of actual marshmallows. I did this because I thought they would be easier to blend because it’s already a more ‘melted’ consistency. This is the brand I got from a local grocery store.

Marshmallow Cream

If you don’t have marshmallow cream, I would suggest melting down some marshmallows with your butter and brown sugar to soften them a bit before they go in the blender. That way they will be nice and soft and won’t clump up in the blender. 

If you’re new to testing a puree, you can find more information from IDDSI here. You can also go to our get started page. As you can see, the mixture holds its form when on a spoon. When the spoon is tilted, it slides off and leaves a thin residue on the spoon. Make sure you test it yourself.

Puree Testing
Puree Tilt

Level 4: Puree / Extremely Thick

Level 4: Puree / Extremely Thick is appropriate for individuals who have reduced ability to chew or manipulate food in the mouth. Pureed foods must not be sticky and must not have any lumps at all. At this texture, you cannot drink the food through a straw or with a cup because it is too thick. The food may move if you tip the plate or bowl, but cannot be poured.

Foods at this level must fall off a spoon when tilted or flicked lightly, but must not drip through the tines of a fork. We recommend watching IDDSI’s Youtube video of the Spoon Tilt Test before you cook as well as during the testing of your final modified portion.

Always test your food before serving to ensure that it meets all the IDDSI testing guidelines.

Blender Love

I used my new vitamix to blend this Level 4: Puree Holiday Sweet Potato Puree. Since a vitamix tends to be more powerful than other blenders, you may need to add more liquid depending on what you’re using. It would probably work well with a nutribullet or an immersion blender, but I think you would need more milk and/or butter. Use your intuition! Sweet potatoes are very soft and blend well into a puree. 

Even though it’s a puree, it tastes delicious and you could easily serve this to everyone at your holiday gathering. If you have any questions about this recipe, let us know! Leave your comments below because we love to hear from you!

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Level 4: Puree Holiday Sweet Potato Puree

This Level 4: Puree Holiday Sweet Potato Puree is based on that sweet potato casserole we all know and love. Serve this at Christmas and it's sure to be a hit!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4



  • 2 large sweet potatoes ~3 cups cooked
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons marshmallow cream


  • Preheat the oven to 375.
  • Wash the sweet potatoes and poke holes in them with a fork. Put on a baking sheet and bake for ~1 hour, or until easily pierced with a knife.
  • When the potatoes are cooked, remove the skin.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over a medium heat until brown sugar has dissolved slightly.
  • Add sweet potatoes, butter/brown sugar mixture, and milk into a blender. Blend until mostly smooth.
  • Add in the marshmallow cream 1 tablespoon at a time to ensure it’s blended completely.
  • Continue blending until completely smooth, adding any additional liquid if necessary.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

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