Saturday, October 29, 2016
Dairy-Free Sweet Potato Buttercream Frosting (refined sugar-free, vegan)
It's not easy coming up with a whole food-based frosting that is as nutritious as it is tasty, but way back in 2010 I came up a sweet potato icing recipe based off of the ingredients I was using in the liquids for this Buckwheat Cinnamon Roll Recipe. I've made a number of different variations on this theme and included some in my cookbooks. I have even made this into a chocolate sweet potato frosting! Below you will find a delicious dairy-free sweet potato buttercream that you can use to frost your cakes or cookies.
Use this frosting to make sandwich cookies using my Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookie Recipe, or use it to frost your favorite cupcakes. Using orange-fleshed sweet potatoes will create a beautiful orange frosting (perfect for fall holidays), while using white-fleshed sweet potatoes will create a gorgeous white frosting (to replace those sugary vanilla frostings).
Sweet Potato Buttercream Frosting
To cook the sweet potatoes, I usually just slice them into thick rounds (leaving the skin on) and then place them into a small pot filled part way with water, then cover and cook over medium heat until tender. You can also bake them whole in your oven or steam them using a steamer basket.
1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (still warm)
1/2 cup coconut cream (scooped from the top of a chilled can of full-fat coconut milk)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup softened coconut oil
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon vanilla
pinch sea salt
Place all ingredients into a high powered blender or food processor and blend until super smooth and creamy. Scoop frosting out using a rubber spatula and place into a glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight or place uncovered into your freezer and chill for about 30 minutes, whisking frequently with a fork. The mixture will thicken into a beautiful, spreadable frosting. If you have it in the refrigerator, then be sure to whip it up using a fork before using.
Frosting will last in the refrigerator for up to 10 days, or a few months in your freezer.
Yield: enough to frost 1 dozen cupcakes or a 9-inch cake (double the recipe for a layer cake)
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Posted by Ali Segersten at 10/29/2016 12:04:00 PM
Tags: cakes, coconut cream, cookies, dairy-free, dessert, frosting, grain-free, halloween, holidays, nut-free, sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving Recipes, vegan, Yams
About the Author
Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them, and offers elimination diet recipes, healthy gluten-free recipes, paleo and vegan recipes, as well as tips for feeding your family a nourishing, whole foods diet. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!