This sweet potato and banana smoothie is not only scrumptious, nutritious and satisfying, but also fits the guidelines for vegan, gluten free, whole 30 and paleo.
I’ve never been into dieting or following dieting trends/guidelines because I don’t have enough will power to restrict my food intake. I kind of love food too much, especially all the stuff that’s terrible for you. I absolutely believe that every body is made uniquely, therefore processes foods differently, which in my mind means that there’s not one magical diet that will make everyone the superman version of themselves. Instead, I think it’s important to be knowledgeable on the subject of nutrition, and know how your body handles everything. Bottom line: take bits and pieces of different diets and tailor it to yourself; oh, and everything in moderation! Anyways, I know the paleo and whole 30 thing has been pretty big these days, so if you’re into that kind of stuff, this is the perfect recipe for you!
Even though this smoothie takes a little prep work, it is so simple to make – literally just throw everything into the blender. That being said, the prep work is minimal: peeling and freezing bananas and cooking the sweet potatoes. The sweet potato just has to be cooked; you can choose whatever method of cooking you choose (baking, steaming, microwaving, etc).
I can’t go on enough about how wholesome this smoothie is. Seriously, the main ingredients are sweet potato and banana. There are no added artificial sweeteners; it’s naturally sweetened with the sweet potatoes, bananas, and Medjool dates. Other than that, the only other ingredients are spices, almond milk and ice. That makes this baby gluten free, vegan, and compliant with whole 30 and paleo. You might think that would make this smoothie not that yummy. You would be wrong; it is so delicious! Even the kiddos will love it (ps. look how freaking adorable my niece and nephew are)!
Side note: sweet potato balls and flower bananas are definitely not necessary, but make this smoothie so fancy shmancy. The other toppings are not necessary either (the smoothie on its own is delicious enough), but they add a little special umph. I really hope that you try it so you can share in this happiness with me! Hugs & kisses, and all my best wishes!
- 1 medium to large sweet potato
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup ice
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp pumpkin spice
- Optional toppings: banana, sweet potato, hemp seeds, chia seeds, cacao nibs, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut
- Cook sweet potato. I baked mine whole at 400F for 45 minutes, until the flesh was fork tender. You can also cook your sweet potato by steaming or microwaving it. Let cooked sweet potato cool completely.
- Put cooled sweet potato, frozen bananas, almond milk, ice, medjool dates, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add a splash more milk if needed.
- Pour smoothie into individual portions. Add toppings as desired (sweet potato, banana, hemp seeds, chia seeds, cacao nibs, chia seeds, coconut shreds). This recipe will make 4 snack-sized servings.