Breakfast/Brunch

August 4, 2021

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

Many people are looking for more ways to incorporate more vegetables into their meals, and I am fully supportive of that, as your friendly neighborhood nutritionist. Research has found that the greater the variety of plants in your diet, the better your health outcomes. One study even found that diversity of more than 30 types of plants per week yielded the greatest benefits to your gut microbiome. So let’s see how many different plants you can pack into this breakfast bowl!

We’re starting with sweet potatoes. About a year ago, I started adding roasted, mashed sweet potatoes to my usual yogurt + granola + fruit. They add sweetness and texture, and compliment just about any granola and fruit combinations you can think of. I gravitate toward these Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls more often in the winter, because the sweet potato mash makes for a heartier, more warming breakfast than just cold yogurt and granola.

Roasting sweet potatoes is a great addition to your weekly meal prep. They require very little hands-on time. While making these for a sweet mash, roast up another tray, but leave them plain. You can then use the plain roasted sweet potatoes in savory dishes throughout the week. In fact, no matter how many sweet potatoes you roast - reserve 1/3 cup of plain mashed sweet potato so you can make my Sweet Chili Tuna Burgers one night.


Preparing sweet potatoes to roast in the oven
Prepare sweet potatoes for roasting.

Roasted sweet potato halves
Yum...roasted and caramelized = flavor!

Sweet potatoes scooped into a bowl with butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon
Mash the sweet potatoes with butter, maple syrup and cinnamon.

Prepared sweet potato mash in a blue bowl
Store your sweet potato mash in the refrigerator for up to several days.

Assembled breakfast bowl with sweet potato mash, Orange Cardamom Granola, sliced pear, and frozen blueberries, topped with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, and a sprinkling of cardamom
My assembled breakfast bowl features my Orange Cardamom Granola, sliced pear, and frozen blueberries I picked this summer. I topped it with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, and a little extra sprinkling of cardamom. Including the nuts and seeds in my granola, I count 7 different plants in this bowl!



Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

I gravitate toward these Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls more often in the winter, because the sweet potato mash makes for a heartier, more warming breakfast than just cold yogurt and granola.

Author:

Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful

Prep:

5

min

cook:

45

min

total:

50

min

Ingredients

For sweet potatoes:

2 large sweet potatoes

1 Tbsp. avocado oil

~1 tsp. kosher salt

1 Tbsp. butter or ghee

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1 tsp. ground cinnamon


For serving:

Plain Greek yogurt (or dairy-free yogurt of your choice)

Prepared granola, such as my Orange Cardamom or Golden Spice granolas

Fresh or frozen berries

Assorted seasonal fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Wash and dry sweet potatoes well.  Cut sweet potatoes in half. Brush cut side with avocado oil, and sprinkle with salt. Place cut-side down on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake sweet potatoes 40-45 minutes, or until easily pierced with a knife all the way through.  
  3. Allow sweet potatoes to cool until they can be handled.  Remove skins, and place sweet potato flesh in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add butter/ghee, maple syrup, and cinnamon to sweet potatoes, and mash with a fork or potato masher until smooth.  
  5. Store mashed sweet potatoes in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.

To assemble bowls:

  1. Place about 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato in a bowl.  You can either reheat the sweet potato mash in the microwave to serve them warm, or simply serve them cold.
  2. Add yogurt, granola, berries, and fruit to your preferences, and enjoy!
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May 24, 2022
Elizabeth
I don't normally comment on recipes but this has got to be the best thing I've ever made. It came together pretty easy and made five meals - perfect for meal prep for the week. I already can't wait to make it again.
January 22, 2022
Sherry Ruiter
I love this section!!!!!