So breakfast this morning felt like a peanut butter banana toast kinda morning. The problem with that is, I am limiting my peanut intake, and also I don’t eat gluten or eggs. Two very common ingredients in bread. Well guess what? Sweet potatoes make an awesome “bread” substitute and you can put the same things on it that you would put on toast. AND you make it in a toaster. Easy, check. Healthy, check, Delicious, check. Sweet potato toast. It even rolls off of the tongue. The hardest part about this “toast” is slicing the sweet potato evenly and consistently. I am not talking about laser precision here, but you don’t want one side of it to be ¼” thick and the other side ½’ thick, because then you are going to have issues toasting it.
The slice. I made that sound like this is going to be some news clip but it’s not. Though it is catchy. Slicing the sweet potato is the focus here. There are two ways to go about it. If you have a good mandolin, you’re golden. Go back to bed and get another hour sleep. Kidding. Slicing with a knife is just as fast. That (slicing with a knife) is our second option. Now there may be other options out there, but I usually use one of these two.
If you are going to use a mandolin, I can’t stress enough how important it is that you have a good sharp mandolin for this. Sweet potato is big, thick, dense, and starchy. This makes it difficult to push through a mandolin that isn’t sharp. Even so, it is going to take a bit of effort, which brings me to my next point. Safety. You need to either use the hand guard or buy yourself a cut proof Kevlar glove. Don’t even think of trying this without either of those because you are seriously risking losing a finger or part of it. I use a Benriner mandolin which I talk about more in my Gotos section. I love it to death but the hand guard is useless. I use the glove and a lot of care. It’s simple though. Set the mandolin so the cut depth is roughly ¼” and slice away until you have as many slices of “toast” as you need. Done. And hopefully you can still count to 10 on your fingers. I may add a counting quiz at the end of this post just to make sure. I don’t want any of you getting hurt.
A knife is a little more work and a little more care, but a little safer. Again, a good sharp chef’s knife or vegetable cleaver will work well but require some force. The idea with the knife method is to create a stable base for cutting as the potato is round and will roll on you putting you at risk of cuts. So, pick a side of the sweet potato, and cut a ¼” slice off the right or left side. Now roll the potato over onto that cut side and you have a stable base for slicing. Carefully slice the potato into roughly ¼” thick slices taking care to try to keep the thickness as even as possible. Slice until you have enough for your toast.
The toast. You don’t have to do this in a toaster. You can do it in the oven. The toaster is easier and quicker though, you just have to be careful about burning. Also, if the sweet potato falls down off of the little platform into the bottom of the toaster, don’t stick a metal object in there. Unplug the toaster befor fishing it out. Anyway, I set my toaster to 6 and run the “toast” through 3-4 cycles until it starts to brown. You can play with various settings and times on your toaster to see what works best for you. All toasters are different. Just keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Once you’ve done it a few times you’ll get used to the timing and won’t have to pay AS close attention.
Now, you’ve got some sweet potato toast and you are ready to top it!! For the sake of this post, I topped half with almond butter and banana, and the other half with avocado, salt, and some of my garlic scape chimichurri. DELISH!!!
Have it with coffee, accompany it with fruit. It doesn’t really matter. It’s your breakfast. Eat what you want. Just enjoy it. And enjoy the fact that you aren’t swallowing gluten, non-necessary carbs, and things you can’t pronounce. As always, like, try, comment, and share. Yes, I’ll keep mentioning it until it becomes automatic practice.Print
Sweet Potato Toast
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 3-4 mins
- Total Time: -25317953.833333 minute
- Yield: 2
- Category: Vegan
- 1 – 2 sweet potatoes cleaned well or peeled
- 1 banana
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- 1 avocado
- salt, pesto, or chimichurri
- slice the sweet potato into 1/4″ thick slices (using to your method of choice).
- toast until browning starts and potato is cooked.
- top the way you like!
These “toasts” can be treated just as regular bread. Top it with anything you would normally put on your toast. I have not tried to make grilled cheese with them, but it does sound quite delicious.