This sweet potato breakfast bowl is a warm, porridge-like bowl of comfort that's quick and easy to make, filling, and delicious.
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When it's morning and you aren't sure what you're going to have for breakfast, this sweet potato bowl is a great option.
You only need a sweet potato and a banana to really make it work (though you could use applesauce or even skip the banana entirely).
Then all you need to do is peel, dice, and steam the sweet potato for about 15 minutes, then throw it into a bowl with the banana and a few other ingredients and mash it or blend it with an immersion stick blender.
So yummy and satisfying!
Table of contents
What's in this Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl?
Just a few ingredients are needed for this yummy breakfast:
• Sweet potato: As mentioned above, this is one of the main ingredients. You'll want a small one if you're making just one serving, but a medium sized one can make 2 servings and a really big one somewhere around 3 servings.
• Banana: You'll only need half of a regular-sized banana for one bowl, and a full banana will make 2 servings. However, if you want to make your bowl look like my picture, use half for the bowl and then half for the topping/garnish. If you don't want to use a banana you can use 1/4-1/2 cup applesauce instead, or just omit this completely. It just makes the dish a bit sweeter and creamier.
• Dairy-free milk: You'll also want some sort of milk to make it creamy, so if you're on Paleo or Whole3- use something like almond or cashew milk. If you're on AIP use coconut milk, tigernut milk, or banana milk. Again, this can be omitted if you don't or can't have any of these, but it won't be as creamy.
• Cinnamon: This gives is a warm spice flavor, but of course you can always customize it with any spice combo you'd like! I encourage you to experiment.
• Sea Salt: Just a pinch is needed, but this offsets the sweetness of the bowl nicely.
• Collagen Peptides: A scoop of collagen peptides is optional, but I really like using it to add some protein to the dish. I like to use Perfect Supplements collagen powder.
• Optional spoonful of fat: I use canned full fat coconut milk so there's quite a bit of fat in it, but if you're making a homemade coconut milk, tigernut milk, banana milk, or even one of the nut milks you may also want to add a spoonful of fat, whether it's coconut oil, avocado oil, lard, etc. This will just help keep you fuller longer.
How to make this bowl
This bowl is really easy to make:
• Peel, dice, and steam the sweet potato: You can also roast the sweet potato in the oven or cook in an Instant Pot, but steaming is the fastest method and still hands-off. Just put the diced sweet potato in a steamer insert over a pot of boiling water for about 15 minutes or until the pieces are soft
• Add the ingredients to a mixing bowl: While the sweet potato is steaming you can add everything into a medium-large mixing bowl and just let it sit until the sweet potato is done. Once it is, dump it on in!
• Blend or mash together: If you have an immersion/stick blender, blend the ingredients until creamy. You can alternatively mash the ingredients together with a potato masher or fork – they just may not get as creamy as with a blender.
• Scoop into a serving bowl and add toppings: This is what makes bowls like this so fun – you can customize the toppings so that the bowl itself can be so different from day-to-day. See below for some ideas:
Toppings for the bowl
There are so many choices for toppings, but here are some of my favorite ones:
• Bananas and chocolate tigernut granola (AIP-friendly!). This is what is in the picture.
• Sliced figs and melted coconut butter
• Sliced kiwis, pineapple chunks, and coconut flakes for a more tropical vibe
• Pumpkin Spice Tigernut Granola (again, AIP-friendly) and diced apples
Really, there are tons and tons of things you can do and that's what makes bowls like this so much fun, especially on a restricted diet like AIP. You feel like the possibilities are endless! (Which is awesome because how often do you feel that way on AIP, right?)
Want a list of AIP-friendly breakfast bowl topping ideas? Check out my Paleo & AIP Freebie Library where this is one of the resources you can get!
Make this Breakfast Bowl Ahead of Time
You can make this bowl up to 1-2 days ahead of time, just because the banana starts to turn brown.
However, you could always make the steamed sweet potatoes up to 5 days ahead of time and then just add the banana just before serving.
If I'm the only one eating this, like when I do AIP, I like to use a medium-sized sweet potato and a full banana then divide the mashed part into 2. One for me that morning and one for the next day.
Simply reheat when you need it!
A note on freezing: While you CAN freeze this, I don't love the texture as much as fresh. Therefore I recommend freezing just the mashed sweet potato in a portion-sized container and then thawing, reheating and adding the rest of the ingredients when you are about to serve it.
Want More Breakfast Ideas?
I love making breakfast recipes, therefore I've got a TON on this site and in the AIP Breakfasts Book as well.
Here are some of the ideas you can also try:
Spiced Carrot Breakfast Porridge (Paleo, AIP)
Nourishing Breakfast Bowl (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)
More Helpful AIP & Paleo Resources in the Freebie Library
If you find this recipe helpful, you may really enjoy the resources in my Paleo & AIP Freebie Library! There's a “dump” freezer meal plan, a list of AIP-compliant breakfast toppings, and so much more. Plus, you'll get even more ideas sent to your inbox! Get the password here.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl Recipe
If you make this bowl I'd love to hear how it turned out! Either comment below or share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thrivingonpaleo!
Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)
- 1 small Sweet Potato
- 1/2 Banana or 1/4–1/2 cup Applesauce optional, but makes it pretty creamy
- 1/4 cup Coconut, Tigernut, or Banana Milk
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- pinch Sea Salt
- 1 scoop Collagen Powder optional, omit to make Vegan or Vegetarian
- 1 tbsp Coconut or Avocado Oil optional to give the bowl more fat
- Set a saucepan 1/4-filled with water over medium-high heat.
- Peel and dice the sweet potato into 1/2-inch cubes, set into the steamer basket, and place over the saucepan. Cover and steam for 15 minutes (or until the sweet potato pieces are soft).
- Meanwhile, place the banana, collagen powder, milk, cinnamon, salt, and fat (if using) into a medium/large mixing bowl.
- Once the sweet potato is soft, pour the pieces into the mixing bowl as well. Using an immersion stick blender, potato masher, or fork, mash and blend until creamy.
- Scoop the mixture into a serving bowl and add any desired toppings.