Sweet Potato Porridge Gluten Free Breakfast Bowls Recipe

Sweet Potato Porridge is one of our favourite festive breakfast bowls to make in the morning during the chilly Fall and Winter months.

Our quick & easy Sweet Potato Porridge recipe is a healthy brunch dish suitable for gluten free diets.

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls are prepared as a porridge using grated sweet potatoes that are cooked in milk and spices until tender.

Scoop the steaming porridge into bowls then mix in your favourite roasted nuts, chewy raisins and fresh sliced fruit. Serve hot drizzled with maple syrup!

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What Is Sweet Potato Porridge?

Porridge is a food made by heating or boiling ground, crushed or chopped starchy plants, typically grain, in milk or water.

It is often cooked or served with added flavourings such as sugar, honey, fruit or syrup to make a sweet cereal, or it can be mixed with spices, meat or vegetables to make a savoury dish.

Examples of sweet porridge are Oatmeal and Buckwheat Porridge and examples of savoury porridge are Chao Ga Vietnamese Rice Porridge and Polenta Breakfast Bowls.

Sweet Potato Porridge is a gluten free recipe that is best served as pretty dressed up breakfast bowls.

Grated sweet potatoes are cooked in a skillet on the stove with milk and festive spices until soft and tender then garnished with fresh fruit, dried fruit and toasted nuts.

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Healthy Sweet Potato Porridge recipe ingredients.
Healthy Sweet Potato Porridge recipe ingredients.

My Family Loves Breakfast Bowls

My family are Irish and Scottish so it’s no wonder I grew up eating hot bowls of oatmeal porridge and cream of wheat.

My father would make porridge year round, adapting the recipe to reflect what was fresh and in season. In the Fall and Winter he’d top our porridge with sliced apples, pears and dried fruit. In the Summer we’d garnish each bowl with freshly plucked berries.

This gluten free Sweet Potato Porridge recipe is a family favourite ever since I made it at our cottage in Muskoka for Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes are in season during the Fall harvest season so it’s a perfect seasonal porridge to prepare on a chilly morning.

I like to prepare pretty Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls in the Fall and Winter, flavouring the porridge with festive spices like cinnamon and cardamom.

Prepare healthy breakfast bowls with shredded sweet potatoes and festive spices.
Prepare healthy breakfast bowls with shredded sweet potatoes and festive spices.

Health Benefits

Our healthy Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls are packed full of healthy ingredients!

Consuming dairy products (such as milk and cheese) provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. Dairy foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.

Rich in energy-boosting manganese, cinnamon is also antibacterial and may protect your brain against Alzheimer’s disease.  

Cardamom contains phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

An excellent source of vitamins A and C, sweet potatoes boost your immune system and help keep your skin healthy. They also have a very low glycemic index, providing a steady supply of energy to your body. 

Raisins contain healthy vitamins and minerals. They are also fat-free and cholesterol-free, high in antioxidants, and an excellent source of fibre.

Pecans offer heart-friendly fats, immune-boosting copper, and manganese, which helps keep your brain and  nerves healthy.

Containing starch and fibre, bananas are an excellent superfood for digestive health. They are a good source of heart-healthy potassium, as well as amino acids and vitamin B6, which help keep your brain healthy.

Cook Sweet Potato Porridge in a large skillet until softened.
Cook Sweet Potato Porridge in a large skillet until softened.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls Cooking Tips

If it’s your first time making Sweet Potato Porridge at home be sure to review our recipe below. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get you started.

  • The key to making the perfect Sweet Potato Porridge is ensuring the grated root vegetable is fully cooked and tender. Be sure to taste with a small spoon before serving to ensure it is fully cooked through.
  • We’ve used dairy milk in this recipe but if you want to make vegan sweet potato porridge add your favourite non dairy substitute like almond milk or soy milk.
  • We’ve flavoured the sweet potato porridge with festive spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Feel free to get creative by using other warming holiday spices like nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
  • We’ve used raisins in this recipe to give the sweet potato breakfast bowls a nice chew. Feel free to substitute for other dried fruits like craisins, currants, dates, figs or apricots.
  • We’ve garnished the porridge with sliced banana but you can use other fruits like apple or pear.
  • Top the breakfast bowls with crunchy toasted nuts like pecans, walnuts or almonds.
  • Add additional crunch by sprinkling the bowls with toasted pumpkin seeds, granola, or rice krispies.
  • We sweeten the porridge with maple syrup (we’re Canadian you know!) but you can substitue for honey or agave if you prefer.
Combine Sweet Potato Porridge with chopped nuts and raisins.
Combine Sweet Potato Porridge with chopped nuts and raisins.
We love serving Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls in the Fall and Winter on cold mornings.
We love serving Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls in the Fall and Winter on cold mornings.

What To Serve with Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls are one of our favourite quick and easy gluten free porridges to serve for breakfast in the Fall and Winter.

This healthy recipe is very versatile. You can really throw your entire kitchen sink into the mix, adding fresh fruits in your fridge and nuts and seeds in your cupboards.

You can also add a dollop of Greek yogurt, homemade granola, scoop of organic nut butter, or your favourite fruit compote.

Since this Sweet Potato Porridge recipe is prepared as a breakfast bowl you can serve it alongside other popular brunch dishes like pancakes, waffles and muffins.

We like to double the recipe as leftovers can easily be reheated in the microwave or in a small pot over the stove. Store leftover Sweet Potato Porridge in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 4-5 days.

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Garnish Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls with sliced banana, cinnamon and roasted pecans.
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Now you're an expert on how to make healthy gluten free Sweet Potato Porridge!
Now you’re an expert on how to make healthy gluten free Sweet Potato Porridge!

How To Make Spiced Sweet Potato Porridge

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Spiced Sweet Potato Porridge

How to make healthy Sweet Potato Porridge. Our easy gluten free Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls feature raisins, roasted nuts and fresh fruit.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet Potato Porridge
Servings: 2
Calories: 298kcal

Equipment

  • Grater
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • Skillet
  • Spatula or Wooden Spoon
  • French knife

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 10 Cardamom Pods
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Grated Sweet Potato
  • 2 tbsp Raisins
  • 2 tbsp Roasted Pecans
  • 1 Banana sliced

Instructions

  • Put the milk, cinnamon, cardamom and maple syrup in a saucepan set over medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Turn the heat right down so that the milk stays warm and the flavours infuse for at least 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and cool completely before straining into a bowl using a fine mesh sieve.
  • Return the infused milk to the pan. Bring to a gentle simmer, add the grated sweet potato and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring often, or until sweet potato has softened.
  • Add the pecans and raisins and stir to combine.
  • Serve in bowls topped with sliced banana and sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 61.4g | Protein: 6.5g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 878mg | Fiber: 6.5g | Sugar: 35.2g | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 4mg

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