We recently did whole30, and even egg-free breakfasts were going pretty well, then we came to Sunday. AHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What in the world would I do without our oatmeal? Sunday mornings are focused on getting several kids fed, dressed, usually re-dressed and out the door for church. There isn’t much time for breakfast, and there definitely not time for me to pick myself out of an oatmeal rut and figure something else on the fly. So, I did the best thing I could do. I made pretend oatmeal, out of sweet potatoes. Sweet Potato N’Oatmeal if you will.
It is so simple and easy I am not sure you could call it a recipe. But, it is tasty enough I wanted to share. If you grate the sweet potatoes ahead of time (using a food processor if you have one is VERY quick) then it comes together in less time then old fashioned oats.
The base recipe is kind of boring on it’s own (think unflavored sweet potatoes) and not very filling. But it is a great vehicle for nuts/seeds, creamy coconut milk, spices, fresh or dried fruit, vanilla, and just a touch of sweetener (I did about 1/2 teaspoon sucanat for a big bowl and it was plenty). While on whole30 I did not sweetener of vanilla of course, but I must say I much prefer it with a bit. I am not sure I even would suggest this on whole30, because it basically made me miss oatmeal. But, now that I can have it sweetened I love it.
It does not leave me filling sluggish like oatmeal sometimes does. I am also trying to get in the habit of soaking grains. I have played around with the idea for a LONG time, but my sister recently started and loves it. So, I am gotta try and being the annoying sister who has to do everything big sister does (like get married 9 months after her, and have 1 boy then two girls just like she did). But, it isn’t going so well… I keep forgetting. So, it basically means I am making things like this ^ as I try and get emerged in soaking.
In the end it is a like a big warm fall hug, one I will enjoy again and again and again. In fact… pretty sure I am making this again tomorrow.
- Sweet Potatoes, I do ~1 lb per person
- 1 cup of water to every pound of sweet potatoes
- ¼ teaspoon salt to every pound of sweet potatoes
- Toppings such as cinnamon, banana slices, vanilla, coconut milk (I really like it cultured, but also have had it straight), nuts/seeds for protein and crunch, & sweetener of choice (I used about ½ teaspoon sucanant for per bowl and it was plenty)
- Peel and shred the sweet potatoes. Cook the sweet potatoes, salt, and water together. Once it starts boiling it should take around 5 minutes.
- Top with desired toppings (I do not suggest eating it plain as it would be rather bland and not very filling)