I may not be able to tell you anything about today’s clothing or hairstyle trends (somebody send help!) but I can tell you, sweet potato toast is about as trendy as it gets in the food space right now. Yes, certain foods are trendy. Take a look at Pinterest or Instagram if you don’t believe me – I don’t think a day has gone by that I haven’t scrolled past a photo of chia pudding, avocado toast, or a smoothie bowl. Now the sweet potato toast has started creeping into the mix and it’s had me so curious!
I wanted to try my own variation of sweet potato toast but my toaster wasn’t cooperating with me so I started wondering if I could make french toast instead. Paleo-friendly french toast can be a little hard to come by without making your own paleo bread loaf first. Even then, not all paleo breads will hold up to being dipped in whisked egg and milk. For this recipe, all you have to do is slice and steam the sweet potato, then continue to make french toast like you usually would.
I’ve included some topping ideas in the recipe but if you usually like maple syrup on your french toast, I’d definitely recommend trying a drizzle of maple butter instead. It’s become my favorite french toast topping. When I was a kid, I loved topping it with butter and powdered sugar because the hot bread would cause them to start melting together into a buttery powdered sugar icing (stop judging, it was good!) I think that’s why I like maple butter so much because it’s like a whole food maple flavored glaze that stays in place better than syrup. Also, it’s to die for on cinnamon rolls.
Sweet Potato French Toast
prep: 10 mins
cook: 15 mins
yield: 3 servings
- 1 lb sweet potato, peeled if desired
- 1 Tbsp water
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 C coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Approx. 1 Tbsp fat for greasing griddle.
- optional toppings: butter, ghee, powdered sugar, maple syrup, extra cinnamon, crushed pecans, berries, maple butter, whipped cream, caramel sauce, or anything else you enjoy on traditional french toast!
- Carefully slice sweet potato lengthwise. You can make these the thickness of bread slices but I like mine a bit thinner. If your potato is on the larger side, slice it in half widthwise first. A mandolin may be helpful (and safer!)
- Stand the sweet potato slices up on their sides in a microwave safe vegetable steamer and add 1 tablespoon of water. Microwave for 6 minutes, or until sweet potato is softened.
- Meanwhile, heat a griddle over medium heat. Whisk together the egg, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon and transfer to a shallow dish.
- Melt a small amount of the fat on the griddle. When the sweet potato is cool enough to handle, dip each sweet potato slice in the egg mixture then cook on the griddle for about 1 1/2 minutes per side, or until browned. Continue to re-grease the griddle as necessary.
- Serve hot with your favorite french toast toppings.
Steam the sweet potato the night before making this. You’ll cut down on the cooking time and be able to have freshly made french toast, even on a rushed weekday morning.