There has been a debate going on in my kitchen for a while now. You see, I love sweet potatoes and would eat them with almost any meal. Mr. Real Food….not so much. I love the sweetness of sweet potatoes and the flavor they add to some of my other favorite foods like quinoa and avocado. The combination of quinoa, sweet potato and avocado might just be my ideal flavor combo. Mr. Real Food doesn’t like anything sweet in a savory dish so he turns his nose up every time he sees sweet potatoes on his dinner plate. But, the way things work around here is that if you cook dinner, you get to cook what you want. I love the health benefits that sweet potatoes offer so I consider it a bonus that they’ve got a touch of sweetness. But Mr. Real Food’s comments got me thinking that the sweetness might lend itself well to a dessert. There’s no reason that sweets can’t be part of a real food diet, right?!? I’ve used sweet potatoes in these brownies before and they were fantastic but they were hidden. I wanted to experience the amazing sweet potato as the star of the show!
So I went there! Oh yes, I went there! These sweet potato dessert fries showcase sweet potatoes in all their sweet glory and add the more traditional elements of dessert – like chocolate and whipped cream. These dessert fries are definitely drool worthy even though they aren’t your standard dessert. And even better, they are quick and easy to make a sophisticated, fancy dessert that everyone will love! This might just be the healthiest, most nutrient-packed dessert ever. Move over brownies and ice cream….I’ve upped my dessert game! Here’s how you can make these yourself:
Pick up a bag of Alexia All-Natural Sweet Potato Fries from the freezer section of your local Walmart. You’ll find several different kinds of Alexia All-Natural foods, including crinkle cut fries and onion rings. I love that Alexia offers a variety of all-natural products that can be used in so many different ways. We’re huge fans of onion rings here so I thought I’d grab some and dress up our veggie burgers. I would never serve sweet potato fries and onion rings in the same meal but when you turn sweet potatoes into dessert, it’s perfectly acceptable to have onion rings with dinner. Not only is it acceptable, but I highly recommend it :). While I was at Walmart, I picked up all of the other ingredients I needed: a can of full fat coconut milk, all natural peanut butter, and dark chocolate chips. You’ll also need a tablespoon of pure maple syrup and a little vanilla extract.
Refrigerate the coconut milk overnight, flipping the can upside down. This allows the liquid to separate from the cream part. After refrigerating, flip the can upright and open. Drain the liquid and scoop the cream into a bowl. Not to worry though, you don’t have to waste the liquid part – just set it aside and add it to a smoothie later. This is what the coconut cream will look like.
Add a tablespoon of maple syrup and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the coconut cream and whip until light and fluffy. You can adjust the amount of maple syrup and vanilla as desired to flavor it and add the amount of sweetness you prefer.
Bake Alexia sweet potato fries according to package directions. A full bag was 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees.
As soon as the fries come out of the oven, melt about a cup of chocolate chips for the drizzle. I also heated about 1/4 cup of peanut butter for a few seconds in the microwave so it was easier to spoon over the fries.
Place the sweet potato fries on a serving plate and drizzle with chocolate and peanut butter. Add a dollop of whip cream on top and serve immediately.
These are practically a meal on their own but I served them after our veggie burgers. Doesn’t this look like an amazingly delicious meal? I can assure you it was! And we got to enjoy onion rings and sweet potato fries in the same meal!
Sweet Potato Dessert Fries
1 bag Alexia All-Natural Sweet Potato Fries
1 can full fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
Refrigerate coconut milk upside down in can overnight.
Turn can upright, open and drain liquid. Place cream in bowl.
Add maple syrup and vanilla extract to cream and whip until light and fluffy.
Bake sweet potato fries according to package directions.
When fries come out of the oven, melt chocolate chips.
Heat peanut butter for a few seconds in microwave to make it easy to drizzle.
Drizzle melted chocolate and peanut butter over fries and add a dollop of whipped cream.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes? Have you ever had them as dessert? Tell me in the comments below and be sure to check out Alexia on Facebook and Pinterest.