Paleo Bread

Sweet Potato Toast (GF, Paleo, AIP)

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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.

Sweet Potato Toast AIP and Whole30

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.

Paleo Toast

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

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!

Avocado Toast

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

-Homemade ‘Nutella’

-Macadamia nut butter and smashed raspberries

-Coconut cream or coconut butter with strawberries

-Sunflower seed butter and banana slices

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  • Reply Ashli November 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Imogen and I loved these Emily. Just like you said at class this was the perfect way to replenish after our hard work! I always look forward to coming to your classes so now I have even more motivation with this snack in mind at the end.

    • Reply Emily November 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks Ashli! How good are they?! See you at class next week!

  • Reply Christy March 22, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    The coconut cream with berries looks so yummy!

    • Reply Emily March 24, 2018 at 8:29 am

      One of my favorite combos! Enjoy!

  • Reply Anna June 22, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Emily, I love the sweet potato toast!! I’ve used both regular ‘golden’ sweet potato and also the white one (with purple peel). Both are great but I prefer the white, as it holds its form better. I actually pop the slices straight in my toaster. I put it on the highest setting and have to pop it 3 times.
    I love mashed banana as a topping! Also can’t go wrong with avocado : )
    I hadn’t thought of freezing before – good idea, I’ll try that. I’ll use the oven for batching though ; )

    • Reply Emily June 23, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Hi Anna, that sounds delicious! I would agree that the white sweet potato has a lower water content, holds together better. I used to recommend the toaster method on this recipe, but my toaster caught flame once, so I have removed that for safety purposes.
      You’re not the first person to report that the toaster hasn’t been a problem for them however! The freezing is great because you’ve always got back up, especially when you’re in need of a grocery shop but want to keep eating well. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your tips :)

  • Reply Marnie April 5, 2020 at 9:36 am

    So I realize you wrote this post several years ago, but I’m newly AIP and really wanted something toast-ish, and I was so excited to find this! I had purple sweet potatoes, and it worked just fine in the toaster. It started to smell a little bit like it was burning, so – heeding your warning – I stood there, fire extinguisher at the ready. But it got a lovely bit of brown, and it was just the right combo of crisped edges and soft middle, and it was delicious with mashed avocado and lox. Thank you so much for this recipe!

    • Reply Emily Pruitt April 5, 2020 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Marnie! Thanks so much for your comment :) Hope AIP is going well for you. I know what you mean about wanting something ‘toast’-like and these really hit the spot with their crispy texture and toasty flavor. Oh and purple sweet potato are my FAVORITE variety, your combo of avo and lox sounds delish. The topping options truly are endless, enjoy!

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