HAPPY HOUR + SWEET POTATO SPICE SHAKE

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I’m so excited for this weekend because we’re returning to those slightly brisk temps (open windows for sleep time = the best thing ever) AND we’re going to be taking in some Red Sox and Blue Jays action tomorrow. It’s all going to be very, very chill—a proper sendoff to summer days I think.

I still haven’t caved in and stocked up on pumpkin for anticipatory autumnal baking, but I’m pretty much there, and I’m fine with admitting that. In the meantime, there’s the humble, but totally heroic, sweet potato. When the weather allows lengthy oven use, I batch bake sweet potatoes at the beginning of the week for all kinds of things: stirring into oatmeal with cinnamon, re-heating and topping with avocado and hot sauce, and blending into this creamy and simple shake.

I know it sounds weird to mix cooked sweet potato with cold brewed coffee, almond milk, banana, and spices—but it gives off those pumpkin spice vibes so well, and honestly, I think it tastes way better than a PSL. I worked off of a base of Silk® unsweetened almondmilk here because it has absolutely zero added sugar, and the banana and sweet potato provide plenty of natural sweetness anyway. I also incorporated a big spoonful of Vega One because it adds a tasty punch of Omega 3’s, probiotics, fiber, and protein (and also because I add it to every single smoothie I make, always).

Hope you guys like this one! It’s my new favourite on a busy morning because it’s coffee and breakfast all in one decadent—but still so nutritious—blend. I’m always fine-tuning my morning routine for optimal energy and overall quality of life, and this is the latest improvement in that quest. Also, I’ve included just a few links for your casual reading and sipping. Happy weekend! ;)

I’m really excited for Peter Meehan’s upcoming Power Vegetables! Cookbook, but this excerpt from Lucky Peach will certainly hold me over for now. Miso on everything is a power move, guys.

Veggie burgers are rising and rising and rising. Also: “Vegans are detail-oriented, so if you mess up, you’re done.” Hehehe.

Do less/have less. Be more. These words are so loaded for me–especially the note on the constant stream of background noise in our lives. Silence is powerful!

The agony of Pete Wells/top level restaurant critics. Definitely a job I would never want, and also one that I sometimes wish didn’t exist. Longer read, but worth it—especially for the re-hash of the infamous Guy Fieri restaurant review.

“Chasing happiness rearranges your life so that you prevent yourself from taking the risks and enduring the suffering that’s likely to provide you with any sort of lasting awareness or wisdom.” My personal level of fitness could be described as “meh,” so I’ve been taking up these sometimes gruelling workouts for the past couple weeks (with fun results!). Reading this, I basically thought about the elation/anger that arises when I get through my billionth squat of the day ;)

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SWEET POTATO SPICE LATTE SHAKE RECIPE
Print the recipe here!
SERVES: 1
NOTES: If you aren’t a coffee person, feel free to replace the cold brew here with another ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk, or even some brewed masala chai tea if you’re into that. Also, if you have pre-blended pumpkin spice mix, just replace the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg with 1-1 ½ teaspoons of that.

½ cup Silk unsweetened almondmilk
½ cup unsweetened cold brewed coffee (I’ve been digging this one lately)
1/3 cup cooked sweet potato flesh (from about ½ of a small, roasted sweet potato)
1 frozen banana
½ scoop Vega One in French Vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or ground vanilla
ice

In an upright blender, combine the almond milk, cold brewed coffee, sweet potato, banana, Vega One, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, and ice. Blend on high until completely smooth and frothy, about 1 minute. Top with a dollop of coconut milk yogurt or coconut whipped cream if you’re feeling fancy

*This post was created in partnership with WhiteWave Foods/Silk/Vega. All opinions/endorsements are my own. Thanks for supporting!

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  • Stacy10/09/2016 - 9:09 am

    In the mornings I am a monster until I have both eaten breakfast and had my coffee. I am always frustrated at how long it takes to get to this point. But I had never considered combining the two together. Also, roasting your sweets in one large batch at the beginning of the week during the hot summer is genius. Kind of makes me want to do all my hot cooking at the same time. Like everything.ReplyCancel

  • Anya10/09/2016 - 10:34 am

    This looks so good Laura! I’m roasting up a batch of sweet potatoes as we speak. Making me wonder why I’ve never blended them into a smoothie before, since it seems like the best move.
    I loved the Lucky Peach article, and now I’m very excited for the cookbook. Thanks so much for sharing that.ReplyCancel

  • Krysten10/09/2016 - 2:46 pm

    This drink looks amazing!
    I am so excited about the temperature change.
    Fall might be my favorite season, everything smells so clean and wonderful during the fall!
    I’m going to have to make this asap! :DReplyCancel

  • Sherry10/09/2016 - 2:48 pm

    Laura, thanks for this! I so agree on the greatness of sweet potatoes for this kind of thing –– they’re both sweeter and less watery than squash/pumpkin and they work great. Confession/tip: I often stock a few of those little jars of organic baby food (in sweet potato, but also apple, pear, prune, butternut squash …) to add to smoothies, baking, soup … they amount to a perfect 1/2 cup of puree that is quick and easy to add to whatever. So I was able to whip this one up in a flash without even any oven time! Loving it.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Berkey12/09/2016 - 11:39 am

    This one’s unique though, but I’m sure it’s worth a try!ReplyCancel

  • Meg13/09/2016 - 6:29 am

    Not a coffee person? Do those people exist? Haha Just kidding! This one looks divine. I love the play on pumpkin spiced coffee with the sweet potato. A must try after yoga! xxReplyCancel

  • Trevor E13/09/2016 - 12:36 pm

    GORG! And so so so delicious. I think I already miss the summer, but this makes the cooler weather oh so much better :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie Snyder13/09/2016 - 1:41 pm

    This, Laura, THIS is positively brilliant. I am so making this recipe this week, we are diving into the pre-fall vibes over here too and I think this blend of fall spice and a cold shake is the perfect in-betweener to tie me over ;). Hope you had a blast at the ball game! xxReplyCancel

  • Veronika14/09/2016 - 10:35 am

    This shake looks so delicious and cozy. I’m so excited for autumn this year, I can’t wait to start making comforting cozy recipes again and this one is perfect for the summer/autumn transition! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cassie16/09/2016 - 10:30 am

    Wow, I LOVE Vega protein! This looks amazing! Who knew you could drink a sweet potato??ReplyCancel

  • The Wooden Spoon19/09/2016 - 11:02 am

    This sounds so good- I love the combo!ReplyCancel

  • Keara McGraw20/09/2016 - 10:43 am

    Yes to everything Lucky Peach/Peter Meehan! Looking forward to that one, too. I just had my first fake AF pumpkin beverage of the season and I must say, while short-term delicious, I’m looking to a fall-roster of drinks like yours above. Looks so divine, Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina B25/09/2016 - 9:14 am

    Really like ingredient swaps and nutrition boosts, I’ve been looking for some creative sweet potato ideas and just found another one here!ReplyCancel

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