Those of you who have tasted my pumpkin pie smoothie, pecan pie smoothie, and the apple pie smoothie that I made for my series of blender-inspired videos for Chow would be familiar with my love affair with vegan "pie in a glass" smoothies. I LOVE vegetable and fruit pies. But on the days when I am not inclined to bake (which is most days!) I turn to my trusty blender for inspiration and whip up a pie smoothie to satisfy my craving for a decadent piece of pie without the need to coat-check my colon!
Today I cast the fabulous sweet potato as the star attraction in my pie smoothie love fest! Sweet potatoes are soft, fibrous vegetables that are sweet and decadent, and are high in beta-carotene which boosts immune defenses and may protect DNA in cells from cancer-causing chemicals. They are quite high in sugar, so I don't indulge in them all that often. However, due to their supposed anti-cancer properties I decided to use them to create a really decadent sweet smoothie amongst my anti-cancer smoothies for The Thrive Alive Foundation in Canada.
This sweet potato smoothie hits the spot for me, and I hope it will for you too. I will attach a disclaimer right here and say that this smoothie is very rich! A little goes a long way for me. I always share it with a friend, but my mother could happily devour the entire blender full in one sitting. See how you go!
This smoothie is fantastic if you feel like something decadent during your healthy eating regime. It tastes like a treat without being too naughty.
I like to use orange sweet potatoes or yams to get a really nice depth of flavour in this drink. The maple syrup adds to the mixture beautifully, and the spices round out the flavours nicely. You could always add a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to make this smoothie more affordable if you don’t want to purchase each individual spice. Similarly, you could use soy milk for people with nut allergies, or rice milk to accomodate multiple food allergies.
Either way, this smoothie is divine. Try drinking your piece of pie and you won't be sorry!