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Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls with Pecans & Cranberries

Nov 16, 2021 | Recipes | 0 comments

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

Meal prep Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls for a quick Paleo breakfast all week long! Make sure to check out the variations after the recipe.

Are you a sweet breakfast or a savory breakfast person?

Personally, it depends on the day for me. I LOVE a good breakfast hash (<< old picture, but great recipe!) but some mornings I'm in the mood for something a bit on the sweeter side like my Paleo Oatmeal.

What I love about these Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls is they're a great way to mix sweet and savory together for the best of both worlds! The sweet potato is, obviously, sweet but you can pile on whatever toppings you like. Salty roasted nuts give it enough of a savory kick to perfectly satisfy my sweet and savory cravings in the morning.

Make sure to check out my ideas for variations on this quick paleo breakfast after the recipe. I'd love to hear your favorite toppings as well on Instagram or Facebook! Make sure to tag me @prepdish.

 

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries*
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2 tsp pumpkin seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Cut 2 large sweet potatoes in half, wrap each half in foil & bake for 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserts easily. Cool enough to handle. Peel and mash until smooth.
  • Stir 1-2 tsp maple syrup and ½ tsp cinnamon into mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Divide sweet potatoes into 4 bowls and top each bowl with 1 Tbsp dried cranberries, 1 Tbsp pecans and ½ tsp pumpkin seeds.

Notes

*Read all ingredient lists; avoid added msg, sugar, gluten, salt, etc.

What are the nutritional highlights for these Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls?

This quick Paleo breakfast is packed with quite a bit of nutrition. Here are some of the highlights!

Sweet Potatoes (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Potassium)

The star of the recipe, the humble sweet potato contains so much nutritional goodness. Possibly the most nutrient-dense affordable food, sweet potatoes have a special protein that may fight cancer. Furthermore, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins including very high levels of Vitamin A.

Cranberries (Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamin E, Vitamin K1, Copper, Antioxidants)

Similar to many other fruits and vegetables, much of cranberries‘ nutrition is in the skin so you don't get it if you drink cranberry juice. Cranberries are perhaps best known for preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs) but studies show they may also help prevent ulcers, stomach cancer and heart disease. Make sure to look for low sugar or no sugar added cranberries like these for maximum nutrition.

Pecans (Copper, B Vitamins, Zinc, Magnesium)

Pecans and other nuts are considered excellent for heart health and they also add healthy fat to help keep you full until your next meal. They're high in monounsaturated fatty acids which may benefit cholesterol levels. Pecans may also help improve blood sugar levels.

Pumpkin Seeds (Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Iron, Zinc, Healthy Fats)

Like most seeds, pumpkin seeds are nutritionally dense. Also known as “pepitas,” pumpkin seeds' high magnesium levels support healthy blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease, strong bones and stable blood sugar. They also support heart health.

Pure Maple Syrup (Manganese, Zinc)

1/3 cup of pure maple syrup contains 165% of the recommended dietary intake for manganese and 28% for zinc. It also has a lower glycemic index than table sugar, reducing blood sugar spikes.

Are these a good Whole30 breakfast option?

With a minor tweak, these sweet potato breakfast bowls make a great Whole30 breakfast option.

The main change you'll need to make is omitting the maple syrup as Whole30 doesn't allow any added sweeteners. Trust me though, these still have plenty of natural sweetness from the sweet potatoes to be totally delicious.

You'll also want to make sure your dried cranberries have no added sugar. If you can't find a sugar-free option, use raisins or dried cherries instead, which are easier to find without added sugar.

If you're looking for more Whole30 ideas, make sure to check out my 5 week reset diet meal plans, which are Whole30-compliant!

How to Make This Part of Your Paleo Meal Prep

One of my favorite things about these sweet potato breakfast bowls is that, with a bit of meal prep, they come together FAST in the morning. You can roast the sweet potatoes as part of your normal meal prep session. Here's what I recommend for meal prep:

Variations on this Quick Paleo Breakfast

While I really do enjoy the classic version with cranberries, pecans and pumpkin seeds, there are SO many variations on this quick Paleo breakfast! Here are a few of my favorites:

Sweet

If you want to keep this breakfast on the sweet side, here are some additional topping ideas:

  • shredded coconut
  • chopped dates
  • paleo granola
  • cacao nibs or a few mini chocolate chips
  • chopped apple sauteed in cinnamon & coconut oil
  • drippy almond butter
  • vanilla extract
  • fresh pomegranate arils
  • Greek yogurt
  • fresh blueberries
  • hemp seeds or ground flax (great for sweet OR savory!)

Savory

For a savory version, omit the maple syrup and cinnamon. Then add savory toppings like these:

  • a fried or poached egg
  • crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese
  • chopped green onions
  • sautéed kale
  • avocado
  • fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, parsley or cilantro
  • diced red onion
  • sautéed peppers and onions

More Healthy Meal Prep Breakfast Ideas

If you're looking for more healthy meal prep breakfast ideas, I've got you covered!

I've linked a few of my favorites below but I also have an eCookbook totally devoted to prep-ahead breakfasts. My Breakfast Bundle has 6 prep-ahead breakfast menus, perfect for when you have company over or for a Saturday family brunch.

Breakfast Cookies: If you need a breakfast that is totally grab and go, this is a great one! You make the entire recipe ahead and then enjoy it all week. Sub almond butter or cashew butter for the peanut butter to keep this one Paleo. They also make a great healthy dessert for the kiddos or a satisfying afternoon snack accompanied by a mug of tea.

Sweet Potato Frittata: Frittatas are one of my favorite breakfasts and they're perfect for meal prep! You can either make the whole thing ahead or prep all of the add-ins and make it when you're ready to eat. Bonus – frittatas make a great lunch too, just add a simple green salad on the side!

Orange Carrot Smoothie: Smoothies may not be the first thing to pop into your head when you think about meal prep breakfasts but they actually work really well! Just separate your ingredients into individual “smoothie bags” and store in the freezer. Then all you have to do is add your favorite liquid to the blender (I love coconut water) and dump in a smoothie bag!

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