Sweet Potato Protein Breakfast Bowl

Sick of oatmeal for breakfast? Try a sweet potato breakfast to change it up! Bonus: it’s gluten-free, high in protein, nutrients, smart carbs, and customizable. 

I’ve been a little bit breakfast bored lately.

It’s my favorite meal of the day, but it’s also the most frantic. I’m usually trying to feed Liv and P at the same time, chugging coffee, and scrambling around afterwards getting everyone dressed. For this reason, I usually don’t have a *real* breakfast until later in the morning, after the girls are playing happily after breakfast (or if it’s a camp or preschool day: after drop-off) or when P takes her first nap.

Then I can settle in, make some food and enjoy.

I usually stick to the same staples: overnight oats, egg burritos, egg with oats, breakfast cookies, or cookie dough cereal. 

My friend Jen posted a breakfast on Snapcat, and I knew I needed to try it immediately to switch up the rotation:

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl 

Sweet potato protein breakfast bowl


Sweet potato breakfast bowl

I’ve been known to eat a cold sweet potato out of the fridge, skin and all, but to actually put it into a bowl, heat it up with delicious toppings….

we must make up for lost time here. 

Sweet potato breakfast bowl

This is one of those recipes that isn’t really a recipe, but a great idea that I wanted to share with ya. 

How to Make Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

Bake an entire bag of sweet potatoes. Peel them while they’re still slightly warm -they’re easier to peel that way- cool to room temperature, and store covered in the fridge.

For breakfast, grab one medium potato or two smaller ones out of the fridge, and mash in a bowl with almond milk to thin it out.

Sweet potato breakfast bowl

Heat on the stovetop or in the microwave, before stirring in a scoop of protein powder, more almond milk as needed, pumpkin pie spice, and a splash of vanilla.

protein powder in the mix

All mashed up

Top with any combo of the following:

sliced bananas or berries

walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds or flax

a drizzle of your favorite nut butter

shredded coconut

Honey or maple syrup

More cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

Sweet potato breakfast bowl ready to eat


Have you tried this before?

Any fun or new breakfast combos lately? I think I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but I love cold leftovers for breakfast. Pizza, lasagna and enchiladas are my fave. 🙂



More breakfast recipes that changed the game in our house:

the perfect protein pancake

breakfast cookie

baked breakfast cookies

make-ahead breakfast burritos

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  1. Robin on July 6, 2016 at 7:25 am

    You must try sweet potato toast. Delish

  2. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on July 6, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Now this is a genius breakfast! I’m all for this!

  3. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on July 6, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Love this idea! I eat oatmeal with protein powder, peanut butter and banana almost every single day for breakfast ha. Definitely need to change it up. It’s getting so boring!

  4. jen on July 6, 2016 at 8:26 am

    So glad you love it too! Bulk baking the sweet potatoes is definitely the key. They are just not the same in the microwave!

    I am going to try your version this week with the protein powder addition! Love that spin on it.

  5. Genna on July 6, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Brilliant and simple! I haven’t tried them heated, but I do throw in my sweet potatoes into my protein smoothies PWO. Adds sweet, creamy, and thickness to the shake. Yum!

  6. Meagan @ My Life as Mrs on July 6, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I’m so lazy with breakfasts! I like a good bagel, cereal or one of my favorite smoothies. I do like the idea of a mashed sweet potato dinner combo though so maybe I’ll play with that.

  7. Rosie on July 6, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I get bored with my usual breakfast routine as well (alternate b/w greek yogurt w/berries, overnight oats or micro-scrambled eggs and veggies) so I love this idea. I head to work early so always eat my breakfast at work so this looks like it would travel well -another bonus.

  8. Tracy on July 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I have seen Jen’s sweet potato bowls on her blog and have been meaning to try it! I also keep seeing “sweet potato toast” and I’m definitely trying that as soon as I pick up some sweet potatoes!

  9. Amy K. on July 6, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I can’t wait to try this!! Thanks so much for a great recipe!!

  10. Alana on July 6, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Yes! This looks like adult baby food (in the best way possible). I’m sure my husband will give me the WTF look but I can’t wait to make this tomorrow 🙂

  11. Hilary on July 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Ok I’m headed to the kitchen right now to bake some sweet potatoes for tomorrow am! Yum! I usually roast a big batch and top with poached eggs but I love this sweeter idea!

  12. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on July 6, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    It is easy to get into a breakfast rut. Same old. This is an awesome recipe. Love anything with sweet potatoes.

  13. Kasey @ Working Mama Monologue on July 6, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Yes! Love this! I’ve been tired of my regular oatmeal for breakfast too but I would definitely eat this any time of day! Great for grab and microwave with no prep time for busy moms!

  14. Bethany on July 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    This smoothie bowl has been my meal prep jam lately: http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com/2014/01/04/almond-joy-breakfast-smoothie-bowl/

    We do not have ‘regular’ sweet potatoes where I live but I am thinking your recipe would also be amazing with a butternut squash…… =)

  15. Alexandra on July 6, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Oh yum! This looks like such a great idea!! Can’t wait to try! Thanks 🙂

  16. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on July 6, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Ohh I’m so curious about this! I love sweet potatoes!

  17. Jeanne on July 6, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    This is so good with crunchy almond butter if you like sweet & salty. A nice change from oars!

    • Jeanne on July 6, 2016 at 9:27 pm


    • Fitnessista on July 6, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      i put that on mine this afternoon! so so good!!

  18. Tasha on July 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

    IBe made something similar before with sweet potato, & cinnamon bun protein powder. So yummy!

  19. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on July 7, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I like to make sweet potato smoothie bowls which I guess is essentially the same thing 🙂 I just throw a sweet potato in the microwave for like 6 min, then blend it up with some almond milk and maple syrup and put all sorts of toppings on it. So gooooood.

  20. Tiffany Meiter on July 7, 2016 at 10:44 am

    This looks great! I would never have thought to use sweet potatoes for breakfast. Breakfast is usually hard for me because I do not enjoy most of the foods in the morning that actually have protein in them. So always looking for good ways to get my dose of protein in the morning.

  21. Sam @ Barrister's Beet on July 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    This is so interesting! I’ll have to try it. I love all of the individual components, so now I’ll just have to try them all together : ) Thanks for posting!

  22. Lisa on July 8, 2016 at 5:01 am

    That looks so yum! Thank you for sharing

  23. Cait on July 11, 2016 at 5:37 am

    What a great idea! Sounds yummy x

  24. Ask Helen on July 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Wow! I wouldn’t mind waking up early for this breakfast! This is a must try. Thanks for the recipe!

  25. Gemma on July 24, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Omg that looks so delicious! Need to make my breakfast sparkle by trying me some of this!

  26. dee on September 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Hi, I’m looking at your download for healthy eating, and I think it’s something I can do. Have a question, what type of protein powder do you use, and can i get it at Walmart? lot of things are so much cheaper there/ thank you for your time

    • Fitnessista on September 12, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      do you have a costco membership? i’ve heard great things about orgain

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