Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 7 votes

Rich, luscious, and so satisfying: my chocolate sweet potato smoothie is perfect for breakfast and contains no banana! Loaded with nourishing sweet potato and it tastes like a dessert.

A head-on shot shows a glass of chocolate sweet potato smoothie with almond butter swirls and cacao nibs on top.

Learn how to make this thick and luscious Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie at home in 5 minutes with one simple prep step—it’s a delicious vegan breakfast smoothie with no banana! Made in the blender with nut milk, almond butter, cocoa powder and nibs, one date, chocolate protein powder and a cup of steamed and frozen sweet potato, this healthy sweet potato smoothie strikes a nice balance between creamy and wholesome. It’s perfectly sweet and so satiating, and best served straight away to preserve the frothy texture.

An overhead shot shows two glasses of chocolate sweet potato smoothie with almond butter swirls and cacao nibs on top; all in direct sunlight. The glasses are perched on a beige marble platter.
An overhead shot shows steamed and frozen cubes of sweet potato in a bowl.

Wow, I was not prepared for how much I would love this smoothie! The chocolate flavour is unexpectedly deep. Cocoa powder and cacao nibs (plus a scoop of your fave chocolate protein powder) compliment the natural sweetness of sweet potato so well! Additional flavour from cinnamon, vanilla, a caramel-y date, roasted almond butter, and tangy vegan yogurt plays a big part as well.

I always try to come up with banana-free smoothies here when I can. I know that some folks have an aversion to the flavour or simply want to shake it up. The steamed and frozen sweet potato does all the work here (along with a little bit of ice), getting so velvety and thick. If you need to hide some veg, this sweet potato shake is a great strategy. Fans of this might also like my vanilla chip smoothie. Of course if you love banana in a smoothie, I recommend checking out my chocolate fiber smoothie recipe.

How to prep sweet potato for a smoothie:

  • Consuming raw sweet potato can cause digestive issues for some folks, so I prefer cooked sweet potato in a smoothie. Cooking also enhances the natural sweetness!
  • To prep for smoothies, I peel and chop sweet potatoes first. Then I steam or boil them until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  • From here, I lay the cooked sweet potatoes out on a parchment lined baking sheet and slide that into the freezer.
  • Once frozen, I transfer the sweet potato chunks to a bag or container for storage. These will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Almond butter, sweet potatoes, a little bit of vegan protein powder… that sounds like breakfast to me! But I swear that this blended concoction truly tastes like a dessert. Other great ways to boost this one: flax or chia seeds, a scoop of wheat bran, or 1/4 cup of rolled oats. My new favourite vegan smoothie for sure. Hopefully it’ll be yours too!

An overhead shot shows frozen cubes of sweet potato, ice, and almond butter in a blender pitcher.
An overhead shot shows a hand using a paring knife to create almond butter swirls in the top of a smoothie.
An overhead shot shows two glasses of chocolate sweet potato smoothie with almond butter swirls and cacao nibs on top. The glasses are perched on a beige marble platter.

Chocolate Sweet Potato Smoothie

Rich, luscious, and so satisfying: my chocolate sweet potato smoothie is perfect for breakfast and contains no banana! Loaded with nourishing sweet potato and it tastes like a dessert.
5 from 7 votes
A head-on shot shows a glass of chocolate sweet potato smoothie with almond butter swirls and cacao nibs on top.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (an "unsweetened vanilla" variety is nice here!)
  • ¼ cup plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cacao nibs
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted
  • 1 heaped cup frozen cooked sweet potato chunks (see note)
  • handful ice

Equipment

Notes

  • For frozen sweet potato chunks: I peel and chop sweet potatoes and steam them until tender (about 10-15 minutes). Then I lay them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place them in the freezer until frozen. Then, I place the chunks in a bag/container to save space.
  • My favourite non-dairy yogurts are Yoggu! or Culina.
  • Fun and fiber-ful ways to boost this smoothie: 1-2 teaspoons chia/flax seeds, 1 tablespoon wheat bran, or 1/4 cup rolled oats.

Instructions

  • In an upright blender, combine the non-dairy milk, non-dairy yogurt, almond butter, vanilla, chocolate protein powder, cocoa powder, cacao nibs, cinnamon, sea salt, pitted Medjool date, frozen sweet potato chunks, and ice. Blend on high until completely smooth, about 1 minute. Enjoy immediately.
An overhead shot shows a glass of chocolate sweet potato smoothie with almond butter swirls and cacao nibs on top.
08/09/2023 (Last Updated 11/04/2024)
Posted in: autumn, beverage, breakfast, creamy, gluten free, grain-free, oil free, quick, refined sugar-free, snack, spring, summer, sweet, sweet potatoes, vegan, winter

6 comments

Recipe Rating




  • Coby

    5 stars
    This smoothie is really delicious- so creamy, and it feels like a dessert. I left out the cacao nibs because I didn’t have them, and added a teaspoon of a ground up chia/flax/pumpkin/sunflower seed mixture for healthy fats. I love this smoothie, and it’s definitely going on repeat!

  • Natalie

    5 stars
    So easy to get in a smoothie rut, but this one is top 5 favourite smoothies for sure!

  • Kelsey

    5 stars
    I’ve made this twice already this week! It’s so cozy and rich. Thanks for a creative and delicious way to get vegetables in at breakfast!

  • R. Shelton, author of "Member Heal Thyself"

    I was literally yesterday telling my husband “I really want a sweet potato smoothie…and chocolate…is that possible?” Looking forward to trying this out! Thank you for being so in tune to my cravings, ha!

  • Monica

    I can’t wait to try this; I have a banana-resister child who also dislikes most fruit and veg so smoothies are the nutritional battering ram for now. May I ask…in most things baking, would sweet potato be a good sub for banana?

  • Cecilia Cabrera

    Do you have any nutrition data on this recipe by any chance? It sounds delicious by the way..