I admit that sometimes just smoothies made of fruit don’t really keep me full for long if I have them as my breakfast. I really do need some serious fuel in the mornings, like oatmeal or buckwheat pancakes. But sometimes, I feel like something velvety smooth and creamy, so my breakfast smoothies have to be delicious, easy to throw together, ultimately creamy and have some complex carbohydrates to keep me happy and energized for my mornings. But just blending oats into the mixture seemed a little boring, so I came up with this extraordinary tasty, velvet-like smoothie that is full of fibre, sweetness, healthy fats and makes a very serious power start to your day!
The star ingredient: Sweet Potato! I love having some sweet potato ready in the fridge for whenever I want to make a quick dinner or soup, so I usually prepare bigger batches in the oven and keep them in the fridge for any needs. I usually bake my sweet potoatoes, but you could also steam them – baking brings out their natural sweetness a little more. There’s nothing like a freshly baked oven sweet potato, steaming, almost buttery soft, topped with a little coconut oil and a dust of cinnamon… Heavenly.
But sweet potatoe rocks when it comes to really sweet dishes as well (well, the name sort of implies, I know 😀 ) – think Sweet Potato Brownies, Sweet Potato Pudding, Sweet Potato Casserole or just Sweet Potato Oatmeal. It’s just naturally thought of as a savoury component.
This breakfast smoothie packs in an impressive amount of fibre from the sweet potato, dates, banana, and avocado. It also features two of the most healthy fats on this planet – almonds are full of vitamin E that’s brilliant for your skin and avocado is packed with monounsaturated fats that protect your joints, lower your blood pressure and are anti-inflammatory.
Sweet Potatoes are such superfoods. They contain A LOT of beta-carotene (good for your eyes, for example) and Vitamin C (boosing the immune system). A single sweet potato contains more that a day’s worth of those vitamins! They are – just like bananas – full of potassium, an improtant mineral to calm you and regulate your heart rate. Sweet Potatoes are said to combat free radicals in the body, benefit skin health and keep a steady blood sugar. It is advisable to eat sweet potatoes with their skin on, as it contains similar nutrients, but only if you buy organic. If you prefer an even smoother consistency in your smoothie, feel free to peel the potatoe.
This smoothie really tastes quite indulgent, you wouldn’t believe it’s packed with so many healthy ingredients! I love my smoothies really thick, almost like a pudding, so that I can top it with granola, goji berries and bee pollen spoon it – like a big smoothie bowl – but if you prefer to drink or want this as a quick – rush – out – the – door kind of breakfast, feel free to add as much liquid as you like.
Enjoy this beautiful smoothie that is such a nourishing start to your day! Drinking smoothies for breakfast is awesome because it gives your digestion system a gentle wake as all the components have already been broken down and it’s much easier for your body to assimilate all the nutrients.
Chocolate Sweet Potato Breakfast Smoothie
This incredibly smooth and velvety smoothie packs complex carbohydrates, fibre and healthy fats for a delicious breakfast that will power you through your day!
150 g sweet potatoe, steamed or roasted and cooled down (about 1/2 big sweet potatoe)
4 soft dates
2/3 – 1 cup plant-based milk (use more liquid to your preferences)
1 TBSP nut butter (I used almond but peanut would be awesome too!)
1 TBSP raw cacao powder
1 tsp maca (optional)
good dash of cinnamon
few drops of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
toppings: granola, goji berries, bee pollen, fresh fruit, more nut butter, coconut flakes, cacao nibs…
Chop up the ingredients if necessary and put everything in a powerful blender. Blend on high until creamy and completely smooth. Fill in a drinking bottle or bowl and top with lots of goodies if you like!
This smoothie is my perfect power morning fuel. It keeps me happy, full and energized and also feels like dessert for breakfast. Always Yay! for that 😀
I hope you will enjoy this and share the recipe with all your friends and family – let them guess what’s in it, they’ll never believe it’s a vegetable!
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For more chocolate love, check out my Chocolate Brownie Batter Dip or Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal – the latter has just been published on the Honest Cooking Website, I’m so happy!
Nutritional Information: Healing Foods, Neal’s Yard Remedies, London