I like keeping things simple. I’m not so good at it in some areas of my life, but one area where I am always winning at the keeping it simple game is cooking and recipes. I bloody hate recipes that have long ingredient lists and complex procedures. I’d much rather be able to make things with a few ingredients that taste great, and ahem, cheat with a few supermarket goodies when I need extra flavour, like curry pastes for example.
This sweet potato puree and oaty choc chip cookies are a prime example of this. Simply roasted and blended sweet potato is used to sweeten these cookies, but can also be added to a number of different meals and snacks. The cookies themselves contain only four ingredients, are vegan friendly and have no added sugar. What’s not to love?
Try using the sweet potato puree stirred into porridge, mixed with yoghurt or beaten with two eggs to make my sweet potato pancakes. It could even be used as a spread or dip!
The combination of sweet potato, chocolate and peanut butter is always a winner in my book too!
These cookies are based on a recipe I often use in my community projects. It’s perfect because they show people how simple healthy and tasty snacks can be, plus they are perfect for making with children.
- At least 2 medium sweet potatoes (or more)
- 1/2 cup of porridge oats
- 1/2 cup of sweet potato puree
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (use dairy free to keep it vegan)
- Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees. Wrap the sweet potatoes in foil and bake until very tender which should take 40 minutes to an hour depending on their size. Allow to cool and scoop out the flesh. Either mash very well or puree in a food processor.
- Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and measure out spoonfuls of the dough to form into cookie shapes. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until firm and slightly golden. Leave to cool on the tray.
- Store these in an airtight container and they should last 3-4 days. If you don't fancy the sweet potato, try using one mashed banana instead.
The sweet potato puree can be replaced with a mashed banana and the chocolate chips left out and replaced with dried fruit or chopped nuts if you’d prefer. It’s a very versatile recipe!
Do you like simple recipes or more complex ones? Are you a sweet potato fan?
These look great! I much prefer simple recipes, I like to keep kitchen time to a minimum most of the time! Long ingredient lists can get pretty pricey, too.
I know, it’s amazing how expensive some recipes turn out to be!
Fantastically easy and yummy!!!! Thank you Laura!!!!! With the sweet potato puree do you think you could do a big batch and then store it? Or is it better to do it & use it all in the same day … xxx
I think you could store it, I had mine in the fridge for about 3 days and it was fine :-)
I’m highly obsessed with the combination of sweet potatoes and nut butter…can only imagine throwing chocolate into the mix can amp things up. And these sound awesome with the banana alternative too! Ohmygosh yes, the moment I see an ingredient list running on, it turns me off because the harder it is to ever get to making it.
Oh yes it’s like all my favourite things in one cookie!
Simple recipes are always good, especially for everyday things. And I’m always a sucker for anything with chocolate and peanut butter! Sometimes I like to challenge myself with something new though, although I do need to clear the kitchen so I can make a total mess!
Will definitely have to try these, perhaps using up a lonely can of pumpkin puree I’ve had lurking in the cupboard for a while now. I’m guessing that’ll work ok too, given that it’s practically the same as sweet potato, but maybe a bit sloppier. I can always add more oats.
Chocolate and peanut butter is always a winner! The pumpkin would work perfectly :-)
So simple yet they look so good – i am putting sweet potato in everything these days – so cheap, so energizing and so delicious! I love simple recipes – perfect for when you are brain dead but fancy something awesome:) Hope the projects go well!
Haha you are not wrong there! Some days I think there’s just no way I’d be able to follow a harder recipe!
Mm these sound amazing. Definitely one to put on my list. I used to love roasting a sweet potato and having it with peanut butter. Not sure why I don’t do it anymore!
I used to have them all the time as well, especially nice with almond butter too!
Sounds fabulous and no shopping for ingredients required as most of these things we have knocking around the kitchen. Will be making them at the weekend definitely.
Brilliant! Let me know how you get on with them :-)
These look great. I guess you could use pumpkin puree instead which I might give a try as I have a tin in the cupboard.
Yep, pumpkin would definitely work :-)
I’m definitely with you on loving to keep things simple. I can appreciate a complicated recipe, but I can’t even tell you the last time I made one. I’ll put in the extra effort for special occasions, but when it comes to day-to-day things? The simpler the better!
Couldn’t agree more! I don’t mind making an effort with a cake or something, but other than that simple is best!
Love simple recipes like this, I’ve never used sweet potato in baking before, will definitely give these a go.
Hope you enjoy them!
Simple recipes are brilliant- it can be so annoying when you start to make something and then find out you need a tiny amount of something that you don’t have.
I love sweet potato, although I prefer it with savoury things usually.
I have made similar cookies to this with banana purée and they work out really well- the sweet potato sounds lovely- maybe with some nutmeg in there too?
Mmm they would be great with the nutmeg and some cinnamon as well :-)
I had never tried sweet potatoes until I started reading blogs but they definitely come high in my favourite list of foods now.
Simple recipes are the best. And I’m a fan of recipes where I haven’t got to stick too closely to the measurements as well. Much easier to throw a bit of this and a bit of that in to the mixing bowl!
I’ve never tried sweet potato with peanut butter before and I’m looking forward to trying these. :-)