As I have said before, I love packing healthy options on Panos’s snack-boxes. Usually, I pack a dip along with fruits and vegetables for dipping. I have many dips on my repertoire, savory and sweet. This sweet potato spiced dip is slightly sweet, easy to make and most probably with ingredients that you already have in your fridge and pantry. The aroma and the flavor are so delicate and you can serve it either warm or cold.
Sweet potato is one of my favorite root vegetables. Its perfect as a side dish for fish or roast or on sweet recipes, like waffles or crepes. If you want to learn more about this amazing and nutritious vegetable, head over to my sweet potato waffles recipe.
What is in the snack-box?
Following “The Green Snack-box” idea, I came up with “The Orange Snack-box” packed with delicious orange foods. I served it in Panos’s favorite eco-friendly stainless steel snack-box*. It is perfect for little fingers as the portions that it fits are just right for a kid. The small compartments are very convenient as it gives you the flexibility to pack different options for your little ones. Panos loves to have a variety on meals.
So what I packed in this snack-box:
- A serving of my sweet potato spiced dip with hemp seeds.
- A side of my fluffy and delicious paleo sweet potato waffles.
- Orange veggies: orange bell peppers and oranges, cut with my veggie cutters* to be more playful.
- Orange fruits: clementine and sanguine slices.
Stay tuned as I plan to implement more colorful snack-boxes. We eat the rainbow after all, so if you have any suggestions on which color you want to see, let me know on the comments below.
What you will need
- Mashed sweet potato. You can use any variety that you want, from white to purple to yams. Check the section below on how to prepare it.
- Raw honey. If you want this to be less sweet or if you want to serve it to an infant (6-12 mo old) you can omit the honey. Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet so the final result will be sweet enough even without the honey.
- Almond butter. You can use any other nut butter that you like or any seed butter for a nut-free version.
- Greek yogurt. I added yogurt to thin this out and reach the smooth dip-like consistency. You could add any yogurt of your choice. If you want to keep this dairy-free you can add a plant-based yogurt or coconut cream.
- Pumpkin spice. You can substitute with cinnamon of course. Personally I’m obsessed with pumpkin spice though so i find every excuse to use it.
How to prepare the sweet potato
You will need mashed sweet potatoes for this recipe. You can use any of the following ways to cook the sweet potato. The result is the same so pick the one that is more convenient for you.
- The fast way – Microwave. Place the sweet potato on a deep dish and cover with a flat dish. Do not peel the potato as it will dry out. Microwave for 5-7 minutes or until it is fork tender.
- The extra flavored way – Roast. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in big chunks. Drizzle with coconut oil and pumpkin spice, stir and bake for 40-45 minutes.
- The easy way – Boil. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in big chunks. Place them into the pot, cover with water and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until is fork tender.
As soon as you have cooked the sweet potatoes, just mash it either with the blender or with a fork.
Sweet potato spiced dipCourse: SnackDifficulty: Easy
1 cup mashed sweet potato (Around 1 big sweet potato)
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tsp pumpkin spice
- Add the sweet potato along with the rest of ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth
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