Coconut cacao sweet potato (yam) recipe

Garnet "yam". Photo by Sattvic Planet.

Garnet “yam”. Photo by Sattvic Planet.

1 sweet potato, garnet or jewel yam

1 large spoon coconut oil

1 large spoon 100% cacao powder

½ small spoon cinnamon powder

1/2 lime

dash of Himalayan pink salt

Chocolate for breakfast?! Well, almost, but not quite. Many people often confuse cacao and chocolate, the former being the primary ingredient for the latter. However, in addition to cacao, chocolate often contains milk from conventional dairies that we should probably be avoiding, sugar which we already eat way too much of in our diets, and other unnecessary ingredients depending on which chocolate you buy. When eaten alone cacao can be equally as delicious as a bar of chocolate, without the negative effects on your health.

 

Cacao coconut sweet potato. Photo by Sattvic Planet.

Coconut cacao sweet potato. Photo by Sattvic Planet.

 

  • Rinse the potato and cut into medium size pieces.
    • I leave the skin on because they often contain more nutrients in many fruits and vegetables, but feel free to remove them for a smoother texture.
    • Garnet and jewel yams are actually sweet potatoes despite their confusing names.
    • If you can find a true yam that might be a tasty alternative.
  • Steam the potato in a stainless steel steamer for 10 to 15 minutes.
    • Boiling directly in a small amount of water also works if you don’t have a steamer.
  • Mash the potato with a potato masher.
    • A fork works too.
  • Heat one large spoon of coconut oil in a small pan.
    • Or ghee as an alternative.
  • Add one large spoon of cacao powder, and one half small spoon of cinnamon powder to the oil and heat on low until the aroma is released.
    • 100% pure cacao can be found in the bulk section of your grocery store. It should contain no sugar or other ingredients.
    • It may also be called cocoa, but again find a 100% pure option.
    • Raw versus roasted? Depends on what is available, but I believe raw foods may be more difficult to digest for some people.
  • Mix the spiced oil into the potatoes.
  • Squeeze lime and mix into the potatoes.
  • Top it with a dash of salt.

There it is, a chocolate like dish that reminds one of dessert, yet can be eaten as all or part of a meal. I think this recipe proves that cooking doesn’t need to be complicated, healthy food can taste better than junk food, and living without sugar isn’t as intimidating as it may seem. Assuming the rest of your diet is good and you get moderate amounts of exercise then eat as much of this as your heart desires. This recipe is dairy, gluten, grain, sugar, GMO, and guilt free. Enjoy!

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