This is a variation of our dairy free smoothies base recipe. A sweet potato in a smoothie? Why not?! Definitely not your traditional smoothie, this dairy-free sweet potato smoothie is great for starting your morning, fueling a workout, or satisfying a craving for something cold, creamy, and sweet!
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Culinary Tips for the Healthy Sweet Potato Smoothie
To roast a sweet potato, preheat your oven to 400º. Prick the sweet potato several times with a fork and place on a foil lined sheet pan. Roast for 45 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork.
Even though this recipe only calls for one sweet potato, cook several at a time so that you can use them in other recipes!
Allow the sweet potato plenty of time to cool before adding to the blender.
If you want to make a banana sweet potato smoothie for breakfast and are usually in a time crunch in the morning, place all of the non-frozen ingredients in your blender’s jar and place it in the fridge the night before. Add the frozen ingredients in the morning and blend!
If your smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.
- Sweet Potato: substitute canned butternut squash or 100% pumpkin puree. You could also turn this into a beautiful purple sweet potato smoothie by roasting a purple sweet potato!
- Banana: substitute fresh banana. You could also add or substitute mango to make a mango sweet potato smoothie.
- Soy Milk: substitute another dairy-free milk alternative.
- Cinnamon: substitute or add other sweet spices such as allspice, apple pie spice, cloves, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice.
Sweet Potato Smoothie Variations
“Should I add protein powder to my smoothie?” We don’t recommend it! By adding a few simple ingredients to your morning smoothie, you can satisfy your protein needs and avoid expensive protein powders with questionable ingredients! Nuts, nut butters, and seeds are all great plant-based protein sources.
Add any other plant-based ingredients of your choice, such as natural flavor extracts, spices, oats, or coconut.
For even more antioxidant power, add frozen blueberries to make a sweet potato blueberry smoothie.
Need some smoothie recipe inspiration?
Use our dairy-free smoothie base recipe as a guide, or try out our other tasty variations!
Which Blender is Best for Smoothies?
Are Smoothies Healthy?
While eating whole fruit is normally best, a smoothie can be a great way to get lots of fruits and/or vegetables in one easy serving. This smoothie recipe is also free of dairy, so it can be a nutritious option for individuals trying to adopt a plant-forward diet. This recipe features bananas, sweet potatoes, and unsweetened soy milk.
Bananas contain fiber and potassium. The natural sugar in bananas (and all fruit) does not count against your daily sugar budget. Aim to include fruit in all of your meals so that you fill up on beneficial vitamins, minerals, fiber, water, and phytochemicals!
All varieties of sweet potatoes contain disease-fighting phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Sweet potatoes have natural sugars that are enhanced by roasting.
Unsweetened Soy Milk
Soy milk is a great source of plant-based protein. Most soy milks are fortified with calcium to match the level found in cow’s milk. Check out our plant based milk vs. cow’s milk article for a deep dive into the pros and cons of milk alternatives. When choosing a milk alternative, try to limit added sugars, gums, and stabilizers.
For more information about best choices, check out our ingredient guide!
Smoothie Serving Suggestions
Will Smoothies Keep in the Fridge?
Keep leftovers in the fridge and enjoy the next day. They can hold for longer than a day in the fridge but often start to separate. Shake before drinking for a delicious vegan smoothie.
Want more healthy breakfast recipes?
Try out these favorite base recipes, and as always, adjust to YOUR taste!
Sweet Potato Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
- 1 cooked and cooled medium sweet potato (~1 cup)
- 1 large frozen ripe banana (~1 cup)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 6-8 ice cubes (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and puree. Enjoy!