Learn how to make sweet potato toast and jump on the newest trendy bandwagon today! Naturally gluten-free and sturdy enough for any topping your heart [and taste buds!] desire.
I’m going to be straight with you guys – this was not the post meant for today. Unfortunetly this is the post that was already pre-written and due to my recent neck injury [Instagram has the details!], this is the post that I had to go with for today. The thought of sitting at my desk typing up another post made me want to cry, so you get this one instead! It’s a good one though – I promise 😉
To those of you wondering what’s going on, I tweaked my neck on Friday [no idea how!] and have been suffering with some pretty severe pain since then. I’ve barely slept more than 3-4 hours each night since, I can’t lift my left arm and I can’t turn my head. Soooooo yeah. Prayers are appreciated!
Sweet potato toast. It’s taking over instagram y’all.
Which is why I find it so intersting that I’m jumping on the bandwagon. You guys should know by now that I am not a bandwagoner – in any way. In fact, I actually hate being “on trend” or following what’s “in”. Sure, sometimes some of it is cool and makes sense but a lot of time I feel like it’s people just forcing themselves to fit in. It gives me flashbacks of high school – which was not my all time favorite time in the world. Maybe there’s some deeper issues here I should address? 😉
Anyway, my point is that it takes a lot for me to jump in on a trend. But sweet potato toast? That took me roughly .5 seconds to take the leap!
I first posted my sweet potato toast creations a few weeks back on thinking out loud and so many of you were interested in learning more, so I thought I would dedicate an entire post on how to make sweet potato toast! I have no idea who officially “started” this trend but whoever you are, you the real MVP. Hats off to you for single handedly increasing everyone’s sweet tater consumption. The farming community thanks you!
But Why Sweeet Potato Toast?
1 It’s real food
So what makes this trend so appealing to me? First and foremost, it encourages people to step away from processed foods and instead focus on more wholesome, real food options. While I am no bread-hater, I do feel like people can rely on it as their carb source a little too heavily, which is what makes sweet potato toast so darn perfect! You still get a vessel for your favorite toppings but you are replacing processed food [regardless of how clean it is!] with a whole food option.
2 It’s packed with nutrients
Secondly, sweet potatoes are gosh darn good for you guys! Chock full of beta-carotene that is transformed into vitamin A within the body, an essential antioxidant for hair, skin, nails, vision and even the immune system, sweet potatoes are also loaded with vitamin C, fiber, potatssium and B vitamins.
3 It’s naturally gluten-free
Thirdly, it is naturally gluten-free! My gluten-free friends will understand this one – gluten-free products ain’t cheap y’all. Sweet potatoes though? Well those babies cost far less than a loaf of gluten-free bread! And while I’m not saying to completely cut bread out of your life [you aren’t living if you aren’t enjoying some bread!], I find the sweet potato toast option a really great compromise to everyday bread.
But is it really as simple as it sounds? Yes, dear friends, it really is.
How to Make Sweet Potato Toast
1 You want to start with a longer sweet potato that has some girth to it. Remember that the slices are going to be your “bread”, so think about how big you want the surface area to be! That being said, you also have to remember that it needs to be able to fit into your toaster, so don’t buy a behemoth that won’t fit.
2 After washing & drying your sweet potato, slice it roughly 1/4 inch thick. Again, you want it to be thick enough to remain sturdy however not too thick that it won’t cook. Try to make the slices as uniform as possible so that you get even cooking with the slices.
3 Place a slice of sweet potato into each side of your toaster. It’s ok if some of it stick out, just flip it around come the second cooking time. Turn your toaster all the way up to high [yes, high!] and then let the toaster do it’s thing! After the toast pops up, flip it around and cook it again. I typically cook mine twice, maybe 3 times if the slices are thicker. I find that thicker slices “toast” better when pricked with a fork first.
4 Carefully [the toaster will be extremely hot!] remove your toast from your toaster and load it up with your toppings of choice!
My favorite sweet potato toast toppings:
- nut butter & jelly
- avocado & black pepper
- hummus & roasted bell peppers
- eggs, scrambled or whole yolk
So there you have it – the simple way how to make sweet potato toast explained!
Have you tried sweet potato toast?