Spiced Sweet Potato & Date Bread
[Paleo | Vegan | Yum]
Whipped this one up for Sasha & Aditi's #MindfulMorning last week. It was pretty darn moist & yum, but as it was my first time making it-- next time I'd definitely change a few things [you can see my subs alongside ingredients for optional changes!]. Enjoy! xo
- 1 cup coconut flour [I would sub this for 1/2 cup coconut flour + 1 cup Almond Meal]
- 1/2 cup pitted chopped dates [I cut Deglet Noor dates up with scissors, then soaked in boiling water for around 10 minutes to soften up-- but you can also just add whole pitted dates if you're feeling lazy! I get it]
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cardamon
- 1 tbsp caraway seeds [optional YUM I promise!]
- 1 tsp pure vanilla powder [or 1 1/2 tsp extract]
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon Himalaya pink salt
- 1 cup mashed Sweet Potato [about 1 large-- I cooked it be cutting into smaller pieces & steaming, then strained & blended to make a puree]
- 4 Chia Seed Eggs [sup: 4 reg eggs or flax eggs]
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar or maple syrup**[this was a little too sweet for me! I'd sub for 1/4 cup maple syrup or a few drops of pure stevia extract-- OR even leave unsweetened !]
- 3 Tablespoons melted Coconut Oil [sub: Ghee or olive oil]
- Optional Garnishes: Hemp Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Coconut flakes, Pepita or Sunflower seeds.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Either Grease or line with baking paper an 8.5x4.5-inch loaf pan. [I used a silicon non-stick loaf pan, though a tin or glass baking dish will work too -- it's just easier to use the baking paper to prevent it from sticking]
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
- In another larger mixing bowl, whisk chia seed eggs (or eggs if non-vegan). Add in sweet potato pureé, dates, coconut oil, maple syrup (if you're using it) and vanilla, and whisk very well to combine.
- Pour dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients, mixing well to combine into a nice thick batter -- if it's a little 'doughy' that's fine, just roll with it -- can always add a little water or nut mylk if needed!
- Pour batter into the loaf pan, and sprinkle on optional garnishes! [I didn't have sunflower seeds, but I think they would have gone REALLY well].
- Bake for around 40-45 minutes, until a knife/toothpick comes out clean. [And if after 45 minutes, it's still a bit crumbly and moist, take it out anyway!]
Allow bread to cool in the pan for about 30 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely -- being VERY careful when pulling away from the baking paper, as it may be a little crumbly/delicate [unless you switched for almond meal -- which will likely work better!]
Slice & EAT. Maybe even add a big smear of ghee, coconut oil, or nut butter...