When people talk to me about being grain free, they almost always ask: “But what about bread?!”
Bread lovers, I hear you! I used to be one of you.
As a kid, my mom would often buy those warm loaves of french bread (the white, fluffy, Americanized ‘version’ of french bread) from Albertsons and bring it home for dinner. I would sneak into the kitchen, tear it in half, and literally hollow it out, eating all the fluffy dough inside and then put it back, so it looked like it was intact and she’d find it demolished come dinner time. Sorry, mom.
Just because I’ve been grain-free for several years, doesn’t mean I no longer eat carbs. I eat plenty of them (carbs are not the enemy ladies!), they just come in whole-food forms, like sweet potato. I’ve been on the lookout for a fast carb option to refuel with after teaching my SoleFire Fitness classes, and it got me thinking… Why not have the convenience of toast, but in a seriously whole-food form? No flours, no mixing, just one ingredient ‘bread’? Why not!
You don’t have to be grain free, or even gluten free, to enjoy my special take on this handy convenience food.
Emily’s Dietary Scorecard
|Gluten Free||Dairy Free||Nut Free||No Sugar (added)|
|Grain Free||Delicious||Vegetarian||Low Sugars (all forms)|
|Paleo||Nightshade Free||Egg Free||Low FODMAP|
- 1 large sweet potato (more if you're using the freezer option)
- Olive oil
- OVEN OPTION: Preheat your oven to 200ºC (400ºF).
- Wash, scrub, and dry sweet potatoes.*
- Using a sharp knife or mandolin, slice lengthwise, ~1/4 to 1/3 inch thick.
- Place the slices in a large bowl and rub in olive oil using your hands, just enough to coat the outsides.
- Spread slices in one layer on lined baking sheets and bake, using a spatula to flip the slices at the 15 minute mark, baking a total of 20-30 minutes, until browned, but still firm.
- Add toppings and enjoy immediately.**
*If you have a sensitive stomach (perhaps on AIP), peel them as well.
**Freezer Option: I often make a large batch with several potatoes and freeze. Allow the slices to cool and then place in a freezer safe bag/container, using small squares of parchment paper between each slice, so they don't stick together. Then, when I need a quick slice or two, pop them under a pre-heated oven broiler for just a few minutes to heat through.
May 2016 Update: It seems Sweet Potato Toast has gone viral! I’m so glad this trusty favorite of mine is receiving so much love from toast-lovers across the globe.
A note on the ‘toaster option’ below – I used to list this as an alternate option for cooking your sweet potato toasts. However, I once had a piece of the sweet potato break off and fall onto the heating element of my toaster and catch on fire. I since removed this preparation option as a safety precaution, but it does seem to be working fine for many people – so please just be careful if going with this method.
Toaster Option: Prepare the sweet potato the same as above by slicing thinly, skip rubbing it in oil, and pop the slices straight into your toaster. You’ll likely need to toast them 2-4 times until the sweet potato is cooked through and browned. Top and enjoy!
Savory Toast Topping Suggestions:
-Avocado with fresh basil, smoked seat salt and chili flakes
-Bacon and wilted spinach, drizzled with olive oil
-Smashed avo with GF sausages and fresh herbs
-Cashew cheese, sliced tomato and cracked pepper
-Pesto and shredded chicken
-Gluten free Vegemite (yes, I said Vegemite, it’s good!)
-Hummus and sauerkraut, sprinkle of dukkah
-Sliced avocado, tahini and a squeeze of lemon
-Smoked salmon and cashew cheese
-Veggie-loaded bolognese and fresh basil
Sweet Toast Topping Suggestions:
-Ghee, cinnamon and a drizzle of honey/maple syrup
-Sliced apple and almond butter
-Finely grated dark chocolate and raspberries
-Macadamia nut butter and smashed raspberries
-Coconut cream or coconut butter with strawberries
-Sunflower seed butter and banana slices
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