I’m so excited to share this with you today! Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Spread is the perfect way to add vegetables to breakfast (or anytime!) without hearing your family complain.
The sweet potato is like the stage crew in this spread. No one really knows it’s there, but the show won’t go on without it! It adds some sweetness, fiber, and a whole lot of nutrition. Notably, sweet potatoes are a great source of potassium – something most of us don’t get enough of, and it’s essential for a healthy heart!
The sweet potato also makes the peanut butter a bit less sticky, so you can spread more on! Speaking of spreading more on, sweet potatoes are lower in calories, so you can bump the portion size up a bit. Who doesn’t love that?!
Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Spread Nutrition
Let’s talk about peanut butter nutrition for a second. We do some pretty unhealthy things to peanut butter (I’m looking at you Reese’s!). And yes it’s high in calories, so portion size is key. But at it’s core, peanut butter is great for your health.
It’s so high in fat! I hear that a lot. It is true – a serving of peanut butter has about 16 grams of fat. Half of that, however, is monounsaturated fat. That’s the healthy kind that’s so good for your heart! Speaking of heart health, peanut butter also has a good amount of magnesium and some potassium to keep you on beat. The fiber and protein will help keep you satisfied longer, too.
Cinnamon and sweet potatoes are a natural combo, and it comes through in the background of the spread that really makes it just perfect – plus antioxidant power!
FAQs and Substitutions
Absolutely! Any type of nut butter will be excellent in this recipe!
Simply substitute a nut free seed spread like sunflower butter or soy nut butter for the peanut butter, and this will be nut free and school lunch friendly!
For this recipe, that substitution won’t work. You could probably use cooked carrots or butternut squash if you were in a pinch, but sweet potatoes are you go-to here.
Mix up your flavor combinations but trying cardamom, vanilla extract, or a pinch of ground cloves instead of (or in addition to!) the cinnamon.
For an in depth explanation and brand recommendations, check out my article: the Best Peanut Butter for Heart Health. The tl:dr version is pick a natural peanut butter with minimal ingredients – you’ll probably need to stir it.
Try it on toast, bagels, or in oatmeal. Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Spread will stay good in your fridge for about 5-7 days – if you have leftovers!
Peanut Butter Sweet Potato Spread
A fun way to incorporate vegetables into breakfast or anytime!
- 1 medium sweet potato, baked or microwaved until soft
- 1/4 cup creamy, natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender. Blend on high speed until creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
To cook a sweet potato in the microwave, first scrub it clean with water and a scrub brush. Put it on a plate, and use a fork to pierce the skin on all sides, being careful not to pierce your hand. Place in the microwave on high for about 7 minutes. Be careful when removing it from the microwave, as it will be PIPING HOT! If it’s not quite soft all the way through, put it back in for 1-2 minute intervals until done.