Wednesday, July 20, 2016

HOMEMADE EATS: SWEET SWEET POTATO BREAKFAST BOWL (2 INGREDIENTS, VEGAN)

Remember when açaí and smoothie bowls were all the rage? Every morning, like clockwork, my Instagram feed would explode with images of layered rainbow smoothie bowls and artfully-arranged açaí topped with airy coconut whipped cream. While these healthy staples aren't going anywhere, there's a new bowl in town (or shall I say, the interwebz?). Meet the sweet sweet potato breakfast bowl.



Yes, the double "sweet" is intentional! I've seen plenty of recipes for savoury sweet potato breakfast bowls, but only recently noticed sweet takes popping up on my feed, most notably by shutthekaleup on Instagram (follow her if you don't already!). There are only a few recipes online so far, so I thought I'd contribute and add my slightly different take.

Of the few recipes I read and tried, most people like to add bananas to the mix. While I love bananas, I find that their taste can sometimes be overpowering. When I tried the sweet sweet potato bowl recipes with banana, I found I could barely taste the sweet potato. So, I prefer sticking to sweet potato and almond milk. Occasionally I'll toss in some protein powder.

I know it probably sounds super weird to eat sweet potato as you would a smoothie bowl (I was very skeptical too!) but I honestly find it really delicious and very filling. It's been my go-to pre-workout meal of choice lately.



A little side note: I'm currently living in Brazil, where the sweet potatoes have a green-white flesh to them, rather than a yellow-orange hue. Hence the oatmeal-like colour. 

SWEET SWEET POTATO BREAKFAST BOWL
serves 1-2
10 minutes

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
ingredients
base
-1 medium sweet potato, boiled & peeled
-3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (any non-dairy milk will work too) 
+ a scoop of protein powder of choice (optional)

suggested toppings
+sliced fruit
+granola
+nuts & seeds
+nut butters such as peanut & almond
+natural sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup or agave

tools/equipment
-a knife 
-a blender or food processor

WHAT TO DO:
1. Cut the boiled and peeled sweet potato into small cubes for easier blending. 
2. Add the sweet potato cubes to a blender or food processor. Pour in 3/4 cup of vanilla almond milk. 
3. Blend until a smooth and thick mixture forms. 
4. Serve in a bowl and top with toppings of your choice. In the picture, I used sliced banana, kiwi, a nut and seed mix, goji berries, peanut butter and chia seeds. 

Will you give sweet sweet potato breakfast bowls a try?
Do you have any strangely good recipes to share?
Share your answer in the comments below.

Your breakfast-loving friend,
-R

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