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Sweet Potato ‘Toast’ Is a Gluten-Free Bread Alternative Even Tastier Than It Looks

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Sweet potato toast is one of the latest food trends taking over social media, and it’s not just because it looks beautiful. This gluten-free alternative to traditional toast is chock-full of health benefits and delicious flavors — and that’s before you decide what kind of toppings you want to add to it.

But before we talk about how nutritious and incredibly customizable sweet potato toast is, let’s discuss how easy it is to make at home. All you have to do is cut a sweet potato lengthwise into 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch slices (depending on how thick you want your toast to be). Next, you pop them into your toaster and put them through a few high-heat rounds until they’re cooked through. How many rounds specifically depends on the strength of your toaster and also the thickness of your toast, but many folks have reported putting it through about three to five rounds.

If you don’t want to use your toaster, you can also try making sweet potato toast in the oven. If you opt for that method, Food Network suggests baking the sweet potato toast at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes (or until they’re tender), flipping about halfway through that time period. If you’re cooking multiple toasts for meal-prep purposes, it’s worth noting that you can reheat the leftovers in the toaster if you like.

Once your sweet potatoes are ready to eat, then it’s time to decorate them with your toppings of choice. In the mood for something sweet? You might try spreading peanut butter and fresh berries on your toast. Prefer a more savory taste? You may enjoy some mashed avocado with salt and squeezed lemon. Depending on what your current diet looks like (plant-based, gluten-free, etc.), you can get pretty darn creative with your embellishments. 

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, sweet potatoes boast many health benefits, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. But of course, you don’t want to overeat any edible root, even a nutritious one. Sweet potato toast, therefore, is a smart way to practice portion control if you find yourself overdoing it on your healthier carbs. 

This nutritious and delicious base might inspire you to add more healthy additions to any of your meals of the day. Breakfast sweet potato toast might include some homemade poached eggs, or dinner sweet potato toast may incorporate some spicy chicken or creamy hummus with chickpeas. Once you get comfortable with a process of cooking sweet potato toast that works for you, you might even discover a new favorite recipe that’s all your own.

We’ll “toast” to that!

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