Gluten-Free Buttery Cassava Sweet Potato Mash

cassava sweet potato

Why not form the perfect marriage between Cassava from the Caribbean and Sweet Potato from the US. This buttery blend will melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more. 

To learn more about the history and nutritive value of sweet potato, you will enjoy reading my Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding blog and recipe. 

Let’s read more about Cassava. If you are from the Caribbean, you may be more familiar with this exotic root vegetable. In addition, you may have enjoyed them in different home cooked meals

What is Cassava?

Cassava is a root vegetable or root tuber.  In the US , they are often called Yuca, but are also called arrowroot in some geographic locations. Moreover, the root tuber can be found in different forms 

cassavaon the market: cassava flour, cassava cake, and cassava chips (my favorite). More importantly, cassava is gluten-free and is ideal for those who follow a gluten free diet.

Do Not Eat Cassava Raw

Cassava must be cooked. In Jamaica cassava is used to make Bammy a form of cassava cake. The most important step in this recipe is that the cassava is grated, the juice extracted and discarded. I often watch my mom make Bammy as a child and this step was said to be very important for not “getting poisoned.”

The root vegetable can be dangerous to your health when eaten raw or in large amounts because they contain a substance called cyanogenic glycosides. In addition, this chemical has the potential to release cyanide in your body and can negatively affect the function of your nerves and thyroids.

Cooking Cassava is a great way to enjoy them. Moreover, their waxy- nutty  texture makes them idea for this buttery cassava sweet potato mash recipe.


Buttery Cassava Sweet Potato Mash

Here are all the ingredients You Will Need.

cassava sweet potato

Buttery Cassava Sweet Potato Mash.

This creamy delicious root vegetable mash is a great side order to any meal. My Fried Pollock Fish with Creamy Mushroom Sauce was a perfect pair for a great meal.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Servings 6


  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Strainer


  • cups Cubed Cassava
  • 2 cups Canned Sweet Potato in light syrup
  • 3 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • ½ cup 2 % Milk
  • 1 tsp. Salt


  • In the saucepan, add cubed cassava and 3 cups water. Bring to boil and cook until tender.
  • Strain liquid from cooked cassava using the strainer.
  • Empty the cooked cassava to the bowl.
  • Add the butter and salt and use the whisk to mash together.
    cassava and butter
  • Mash cassava with the whisk.
    mashed cassava
  • Open the can of sweet potato in light syrup.
    sweet potato from can
  • Remove only the potato and add to the mashed cassava.
    sweet potato cassava
  • Add the milk and use the whisk to further mash the sweet potato into the cassava mixture. Mix together using the spoon.
    cassava sweet potato
Keyword Cassava, Sweet Potato

You will love this great tasting one-pot mac and cheese. Click HERE  for the recipe.

You will also love the pasta side dish. Click HERE for the recipe. In addition, leave a star rating and comment; I would love to know what you think.

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5 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Buttery Cassava Sweet Potato Mash”

  1. This looks amazing. I have seen Yuca in the store but was always afraid to buy it because I didn’t know how to use it. Now I will have to buy some so I can try this.

  2. 5 stars
    Great minds think alike! I just used cassava for the first time myself by making them into fries. I love the inherent flavor that this ingredient already has. Your take is super unique and is definitely a hybrid of something like West African fufu and a more Western dish. Very nice.

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