Paleo Sweet Potato Pizza Toast Recipe
If you find yourself craving toast but you don’t feel like going through the extra work of whipping up a batch of Paleo-friendly bread, reach for this recipe for Paleo sweet potato pizza toast. This is a Paleo take on the perennial favorite, English muffin pizzas. This recipe comes together in two parts. First you slice the sweet potatoes to make your “toast.” Then you roast the sweet potato in the oven (or in the toaster over) to give it the warm center and crispy crust we all love. Once the “toast” is ready, it’s time for the toppings. Paleo pizza sauce and cashew cheese are easy toppings that pack a big punch of flavor in a small package. It’s pizza, it’s toast, and it’s all grain-free!
Five Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet potatoes are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber – Fiber supports gut and colon health. In scientific studies, a fiber-rich diet has been linked to a lower risk of colon cancer [1, 2].
- Sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants – All sweet potatoes contain antioxidants but the purple and orange varieties are particular antioxidant rich. Antioxidants protect your body from damaging free radicals and an antioxidant rich diet has been linked to decreased risk of certain chronic diseases [3, 4].
- Sweet potatoes are good for your vision – Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A with is essential to healthy vision .
- Sweet potatoes have nutrients that help support your immune system – Vitamin A is also important for your immune system. Studies have shown that vitamin A deficiency reduces the ability of your immune system to respond to threats. Easting sweet potatoes can help prevent vitamin A deficiency [6,7].
- Sweet potatoes have anti-inflammatory properties – Scientific studies have shown that certain compounds in purple sweet potatoes reduce inflammation in animals. More studies are needed to see how effective this is in humans .
Yams vs Sweet Potatoes: What is the Difference?
If you live in the US, especially in the South, you may be used to calling sweet potatoes yams. But is there a difference between a yam and sweet potato?
The surprising answer is yes!
The true yam plant is a starchy white-fleshed root. It is more similar to the potato than the sweet potato.
However, in the US, yam and sweet potato are often used interchangeably, so make sure to take a second look at anything labeled “yam” at the store.
More Sweet Potato Recipes for Every Occasion
Sweet potatoes are an excellent ingredient to add to your Paleo pantry rotation because they are so versatile. They can be sweet or savory, mashed or roasted. Read on for just a few of the different Paleo-friendly ways to prepare sweet potatoes.
Sweet potato crust and cashew cheese? Yes please!
For the sweet potato toast –
- 2 small sweet potatoes, ends removed and sliced lengthwise into ¼-inch (0.65 cm) thick slices
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of avocado oil, divided (plus additional for the baking tray)
- Salt, to taste
For the Paleo pizza –
- Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).
- To make the sweet potato toast, sprinkle the toast with salt and place on a greased rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes, flipping in the middle. (Alternatively, toast the slices without the avocado oil in a toaster on high for 5 minutes per slice.)
- Spread Paleo pizza sauce and then cashew cheese on top of each slice.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 220
- Sugar: 3 g
- Fat: 17 g
- Carbohydrates: 14 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 4 g