I’m low-key obsessed with sweet potato toast, friends. If you’ve never heard of it before, sweet potato toast isn’t some new fancy sweet potato-infused bread you get at your local natural foods store—it’s literally just cooked planks of sweet potatoes that you use in place of bread in your favorite toast combinations.
It’s so beautifully simple, and it adds so much awesome flavor, texture, and nutrition to your daily dose of avocado toast. And if you happen to struggle to digest grains, it’s a wonderful gluten-free, grain-free alternative to sandwich bread.
Most sweet potato toast recipes will tell you to simply slice your sweet potatoes into planks, and then plop them in the toaster for a few rounds.
I have to tell you, I have never had success with this method. I don’t know what kind of magic toaster people have that I don’t, but using this method always gives me toast that is burnt and crispy on the edges and uncooked in the middle. And it takes FOR-EVER.
For me, I’ve had the best luck par-baking (AKA: precooking) my sweet potato planks in the oven, and then stashing them in the fridge until I’m ready to toast. I do this during my weekly meal prep session, so the planks are ready to go whenever I want them.
When it’s time to make my toast, I take the planks from the fridge and pop them right in my toaster for one round of toasting. This always produces a nice, sturdy piece of sweet potato that is cooked all the way through and just begging to be topped with all kinds of deliciousness!
A few other tips for sweet potato toast success:
- You’re looking for chubby sweet potatoes for this—the wider the better. Save the long, skinny sweet potatoes for another use.
- Don’t make your slices too thin! If you have a mandoline slicer with an extra thick slicing attachment, you can use that to get good slices. However, many mandolin slicers don’t go thick enough to create good, sturdy slices. I prefer just a good knife and cutting board!
- You can do this with any kind of sweet potato—orange, white, purple, or Japanese. I recommend leaving the peel on for all varieties except for Japanese sweet potatoes—giant sweet potatoes with a purple skin and white flesh—the peel tends to get very chewy and just isn’t good eats. But for the other varieties, the peel stays soft and adds fiber and nutrition.
When it comes to toppings, basically anything that you would put on a regular piece of toast works here, too! Here are four of my favorite combos—two sweet and two savory—to get you started.
Peach and Goat Cheese Sweet Potato Toast
- Creamy goat cheese
- Fresh peach slices
- Fresh mint leaves
- Drizzle of raw honey
Fiesta Sweet Potato Toast
- Pico de gallo
- Fresh cilantro leaves
- Squeeze of fresh lime juice
Bacon and Egg Sweet Potato Toast
- Scrambled Egg
- Crumbled Bacon
- Sliced Green Onions
- Shredded Cheddar
Banana Almond Butter Sweet Potato Toast
- Almond Butter
- Banana Slices
- Ground Cinnamon
- Hulled Hemp Seeds
These are just a handful of ideas—your own creativity is the only limit to what you can put on top of sweet potato toast! Make sure you share your favorite combos with the hashtag #wholefully on Instagram so we can see all the goodness you’re making. Enjoy!