Spiced Sweet Potato Smoothie

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Savor autumn with this spiced sweet potato smoothie—flavored with warm spices, anti-inflammatory ginger, and nutritious sweet potato. It tastes like a sweet potato pie without all the sugar!

The sweet potato not only makes this smoothie naturally-sweetened and super-healthy but also also adds a silky creaminess.


Note on Sweet Potatoes 

  • This is a great recipe for leftover baked sweet potatoes. OR, simply cook the sweet potato in the microwave for 5 minutes until tender. OR, use a canned version of sweet potato (or, even pumpkin). 
  • We like to use roasted sweet potatoes and prepare in advance for instant smoothies. Just cut into chunks, drizzle with olive oil, place on a lined baking sheet at 375 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool completely, then place into a reusable bag or a freezer safe airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe substitution options:

  • We use almond milk to make this smoothie dairy-free but you can certainly use regular milk or any milk of your choice.
  • Coconut oil can be substituted with almond butter, if you prefer.
  • We like to soak the dates in water in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds. Sometimes dates are a little hard. If you don’t have dates, they can be replaced by frozen banana but we prefer the dates.

See Patty making the Autumn Spiced Smoothie in a beautiful setting.

Thank you to Purdue University extension nutritionist Patty Sanders for sharing this simple health recipe. We always learn something new!

1/2 cup cooked sweet potatoes
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
2 to 3 Medjool dates, pitted
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, preferably Ceylon cinnamon
Dash of ground cardamom
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
Optional: 1/2 inch knob of fresh ginger (or 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger)
Optional: Stevia (if more sweetness is desired)

In a blender, add sweet potato, milk, dates, coconut oil, and ground spices.

Optional: Press ginger through garlic press or mince into small pieces and add to blender.

Blend until thoroughly mixed and very smooth.

Taste and add sweetness if you wish; add another date or add some Stevia. 

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Patty Sanders

Patty Sanders is a certified herbalist and professional nutritionist for Purdue University Extension. Read More from Patty Sanders

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