Jul
09

You’re going to fall in love with this cinnamon sweet potato smoothie that tastes like a slice of sweet potato pie! Made with sweet potato, banana, greek yogurt for a boost of protein, almond butter, almond milk, vanilla and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Yum!

Welcome to day 2 of #AKSmoothieWeek! If you missed my green smoothie from yesterday, be sure to check it out and learn about what makes it so creamy and delicious.

Today, I’m excited to bring you one of my personal favorite smoothies that tastes like a slice of pie. Everyone, please meet my beautiful, creamy, delicious sweet potato smoothie!

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My sweet potatoes-in-smoothie obsession started when I went digging around in my freezer looking for something fun and different to add to my smoothies. I found a bag of frozen sweet potatoes (not fries, ha!) and decided to throw them in, because why the heck not?!

AND OH MY ZAC EFRON (or OMZE), when paired with banana, cozy spices like cinnamon, vanilla and greek yogurt, it’s truly a dream come true. Basically it tastes like a thick, creamy milkshake that I wanna live in for the rest of my life. Dramatic? Yep. But is that really anything new?

sweet potato smoothie ingredients laid out in bowls in a surface

Sweet potato smoothie ingredients

This sweet potato smoothie calls for only a few simple ingredients that you probably have already in your cupboard. What I love the most about this smoothie though, isn’t just the toasty pie flavor but rather the amazing nutritional profile. There’s over 18g of protein, 7g fiber and 9g of heart healthy fats making it a perfect breakfast or post-workout smoothie. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

frozen, cooked sweet potato: this recipe calls for frozen cooked sweet potato, which can be found in the frozen veggie section of your grocery store. If you can’t find sweet potato, feel free to use butternut squash — it’s just as delicious!

frozen banana: using frozen fruit it best in smoothies and banana helps to sweeten this

almond milk (or any milk): feel free to use any milk you’d like in my smoothie recipes according to your preferences. Almond milk tends to have a neutral taste in smoothies, coconut milk will add a more tropical and creamy flavor, and regular milk will add a boost of protein.

greek yogurt: for a boost of protein and to keep the recipe smooth and creamy, I love using greek yogurt. I typically use plain greek yogurt in my smoothie recipes, but you can use vanilla if you prefer a sweeter smoothie.

nut butter: either pecan butter or almond butter will work well in this recipe to create that nice, toasty flavor.

vanilla: a hint of vanilla is always recommended.

spices: don’t forget the cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of cloves to help bring out that spiced sweet potato pie flavor!

sweet potato smoothie in a blender

What does a sweet potato smoothie taste like?

When I first made this recipe for my mom, she wasn’t certain she’d like it but as soon as she took one sip she exclaimed ‘YUMMY!’

Personally I think this sweet potato smoothie tastes like pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie. It’s creamy, slightly sweet, has toasty flavor thanks to almond or pecan butter and a hint of spice from cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Too good.

sweet potato smoothie being poured into a glass

How to prep sweet potatoes for smoothies

When you make a smoothie with sweet potato, it’s best to use cooked sweet potato. Here’s how I like to prep my sweet potatoes for smoothies:

  1. First, cut up sweet potatoes into chunks, drizzle with a little olive oil and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Bake sweet potato cubes at 375 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Sweet potatoes are done when they are fork tender.
  3. 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.
  4. Use them in smoothies (or any recipe!) whenever you’d like.

overhead shot of two sweet potato smoothies with almond butter and granola

Adding extra nutrition to this sweet potato smoothie

oats: to add a little heartiness to your smoothie and to help thicken it, feel free to add in 1/3 cup oats. Do not use steel cut oats as they will not blend well.

flaxseed meal: this is one of my favorite ingredients to add to smoothies for a little boost of fiber and minerals, and is especially great for nursing mamas as flaxseed can help increase milk supply. Usually a tablespoon is plenty! Here’s a brand I love.

chia seeds: feel free to add in a tablespoon of chia seeds to your smoothie for a boost of healthy fats and fiber.

hemp seeds: if you’ve been wondering what to do with those hemp seeds lurking in your cupboard, feel free to throw in a tablespoon into your smoothie for a boost of healthy fats, omegas and minerals.

spinach: if you’re looking to get more greens in your smoothie, try adding a cup or two of raw or cooked spinach. You’ll never be able to taste it, but just know that it may change the color of your smoothie to brown depending on what other fruit you use.

protein: Easily add more protein to a smoothie by adding 1/2 cup greek yogurt or 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder. I recommend Vital Protein collagen peptides or Bob’s Red Mill Plant Based Vanilla Protein Powder.

frozen cauliflower: feel free to throw in a cup of frozen cauliflower to thicken your smoothie even more and get extra veggies in. You won’t even be able to taste it!

shot of two sweet potato smoothies in glasses

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I can’t wait to hear how you like this sweet potato smoothie! Come back tomorrow for another delicious smoothie recipe you won’t want to miss. And don’t forget to check out our guide on how to prep smoothies ahead of time. xo!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Cinnamon Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 1 smoothie
  • Serving size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 357
  • Fat: 9.7g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.3g
  • Sugar: 22.4g
  • Fiber: 7.8g
  • Protein: 18.0g
Recipe type: Breakfast, Gluten Free, Grain Free
Prep time: 
Total time: 
You're going to fall in love with this cinnamon sweet potato smoothie that tastes like a slice of sweet potato pie! Made with sweet potato, banana, greek yogurt for a boost of protein, almond butter, almond milk, vanilla and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Yum!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen cubed sweet potato (or sub frozen cubed butternut squash)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more as necessary
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt (whole, 2% or fat free will all work)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter or pecan butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
Instructions
  1. In a large high-powered blender, add in all ingredients and blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until all ingredients are well combined. If necessary, add in more almond milk to thin the smoothie. If desired, drizzled with almond butter and sprinkle with your favorite granola. Makes 1 smoothie.
Notes
Optional add-ins:
oats: to add a little heartiness to your smoothie and to help thicken it, feel free to add in 1/3 cup oats. Do not use steel cut oats as they will not blend well.

flaxseed meal: this is one of my favorite ingredients to add to smoothies for a little boost of fiber and minerals, and is especially great for nursing mamas as flaxseed can help increase milk supply. Usually a tablespoon is plenty! Here’s a brand I love.

chia seeds: feel free to add in a tablespoon of chia seeds to your smoothie for a boost of healthy fats and fiber.

hemp seeds: if you’ve been wondering what to do with those hemp seeds lurking in your cupboard, feel free to throw in a tablespoon into your smoothie for a boost of healthy fats, omegas and minerals.

spinach: if you’re looking to get more greens in your smoothie, try adding a cup or two of raw or cooked spinach. You’ll never be able to taste it, but just know that it may change the color of your smoothie to brown depending on what other fruit you use.

protein: Easily add more protein to a smoothie by adding 1/2 cup greek yogurt or 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder. I recommend Vital Protein collagen peptides or Bob’s Red Mill Plant Based Vanilla Protein Powder.

frozen cauliflower: feel free to throw in a cup of frozen cauliflower to thicken your smoothie even more and get extra veggies in. You won’t even be able to taste it!

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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