My healthy sweet potato smoothie recipe combines the rich flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger for a creamy treat…that basically tastes like pie! This post will show you how to make it, and shares why this smoothie extra good for you.
I know you guys love my smoothie recipes so I thought I’d mix things up today. There’s a misconception that smoothies have to be green in order to be healthy…but I’m telling you, that it ain’t true. Further more, if you’ve never thought you’d put a potato in your smoothie, prepare yourself…it’s going to be good!
How do we do this? Well, paired with the right ingredients (banana, almond butter, cinnamon, ginger and almond milk), a sweet potato smoothie becomes rich and flavorful. Not only does it taste AMAZING but it also has a superb nutritional profile. Fancy, right? So if you’re ready to try something new – and get a ton of nutrients in the process – keep reading!
Are Sweet Potatoes Healthy?
Yes – sweet potatoes are sweet, starchy root vegetables that are full of nutritional accolades. Here’s what I consider to be their most appealing benefits:
- Promotes healthy vision: Yes, carrots are not the only orange veggie that can brighten up your eyes! Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene which is an antioxidant that promotes eye health.
- Boosts immunity: Sweet potatoes, especially the orange ones, are packed with Vitamin A. This makes them effective in maintaining a healthy immune system and gut health.
- Good for weight loss: They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber which your digestive system will thank you for. Getting enough fiber helps you lose weight while also lowering the risk of colon cancer.
Can I Eat Sweet Potato Everyday?
Yes you can! Sweet potatoes are packed with fiber and antioxidants which are perfect for people suffering from high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes. And, they can also fulfil your body’s daily requirement for potassium.
Wanna eat more sweet potatoes? Try my Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Tots and/or The Best (Healthy) Sweet Potato Skins.
Why Am I Putting Sweet Potato in a Smoothie?
Sweet potatoes are so flavorful and nutritious that they make a great addition to your diet in any form. Smoothies in particular are a great way to add them to a convenient breakfast or afternoon snack. I personally stumbled upon this recipe after a sharp craving for some sweet potato pie. But because pies take forever to make…I started brainstorming for a faster solution.
You know I love meal prep so I already had some cooked sweet potatoes on hand, and I’m also a huge smoothie fan…so why not combine these two loves? After adding some spices and whipping it up in a blender, I just knew this was going to be one of my top smoothie recipes. I hope you agree!
How Do I Prepare My Sweet Potatoes for a Smoothie?
Disclaimer: Don’t blend uncooked sweet potato unless you intentionally want to break your blender. They gotta cook first so there is some planning in advance required. Here’s how I usually prep my sweet potatoes for smoothies.
- First things first, peel your sweet potatoes and then cut them up into chunks.
- Drizzle with just a little bit of olive oil and place them on a baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment paper.
- Baking them at 375 degrees F for around 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure you flip them halfway just to even them out.
- Let them cool completely before you fold them into your smoothie.
Can I Make It in Advance?
You definitely can! You can make this smoothie in advance and keep in the fridge for around 24 hours. Make sure to give a good shake to mix them up again. You may also plan further ahead by freezing this smoothie in a freezer-safe container or a 16-oz mason jar. It’ll be good here for about 3 months. When ready to enjoy, remove the smoothie from the freezer the night before and place it in the fridge to thaw overnight. It will be ready for you when you wake up. What a great way to start the day!
How Do I Make It Extra Thick?
The sweet potato is already a thickening agent but if you really want it thick, try adding some extra banana. Also consider oats to boost the heartiness and consistency. And while your at it, toss in some chia seeds for that special texture that only they seem to provide. Honestly, you can try experimenting with anything that you like. If you get the feeling that something will pair well, it most likely will. Enjoy the creative process and the result!
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My sweet potato smoothie recipe combines the rich flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger for a creamy treat…that basically tastes like pie!
- 1/4 cup cooked sweet potato
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour smoothie into a freezer-safe container or a 16-oz mason jar and seal tightly. Do not fill all the way to the top, as the contents will expand when they freeze.
Place in the freezer and let freeze.
When ready to enjoy, remove the smoothie from the freezer the night before you’re wanting to enjoy it and place it in the fridge to thaw overnight. It will be ready for you when you wake up.
Will last in freezer for up to 3 months.