a surprise inside

Can you guess what’s inside this little gem?

I’ll give you a hint

No, it’s not a  sinfully rich cream, butter and sugar concoction (heart attack anyone?)

It actually contain both fruit AND vegetable, if you can believe it.

It can also be served like this: (with Spiced Pumpkin Granola)

It is suitable to feed one of these:

If you can catch him.

Give up?

Ok, ok it’s:

Sweet Potato Custard

  • 3/4C soy milk (dairy/almond/coconut would work)
  • 2 Medjool dates
  • 2T maple syrup
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1/2t vanilla extract
  • 1/3C cooked sweet potato (or pumpkin)
  • 1/4t guar gum
  • 1/4t sea salt
  1. Chop up your dates finely, and place in the food processor with maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet potato and sea salt.  Use a little of the milk for lubrication and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer into a small saucepan with the remaining milk.
  3. Bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce to a simmer, and add the 1/4t guar gum.  Stir until thick.
  5. Spoon into bowls, either eat warm or let it set into more of a ‘pudding’ in the fridge.
If you want to use it as a pie filling, I made a simple nut crust (dates, almonds, sea salt pulsed in a food processor and pushed into a pie tin).  Pour in the sweet potato custard, chill in the fridge.  Once it has cooled and set slightly, pour this glaze on top:
(I made a single-serve pie – a 3 inch diameter dish – and this made too much for that.  Oh damn, what am I to do with all this leftover chocolate?)
  • 1T coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 t maple syrup
  • 1t organic cacao powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Chopped nuts for sprinkling
Melt coconut oil, mix in everything apart from chopped nuts.  Pour glaze over pie, sprinkle over nuts and chill in the fridge until it sets.
If you’re not into the sweet (what’s WRONG with you?!) than here is something savoury utilising my mate, old champy champ Mr. Sweet Potato (has no offiliation with Mr. Potato Head, that guy is just annoying).

Viper would LOVE this. Geek. Star Wars. Yawn.

Sweet Potato “Mayonaise”
If you want a thick dip, instead of a dressing/sauce – omit water.  Makes approximately 1/2 cup.
  • 1/3C sweet potato puree (can sub pumpkin instead)
  • 1T nutritional yeast
  • 1t tahini
  • 1/2 t wholegrain mustard
  • 1t apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 4T water
  • 1/2t lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Blend all ingredients together.
Use however you feel appropriate – salad dressing, sauce, dip, body paint – I’m not one to judge.

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About Lou

I'm a stay at home Mum, recipe book addict who can't stick to a recipe to save my life.

18 responses to “a surprise inside”

  1. lindsay says :

    custard?!! even better! its suitable for me too, right? great recipe!

    • Lou says :

      Yeah, it’s totally suitable for you 🙂 I’m on such a sweet potato kick at the moment, I suppose it’s because pumpkin is out of season here – I’m actually preferring the sweet potato! Baked sweet potato is all kinds of awesome – Misty digs it too, hooray !

  2. Brittany says :

    OH MY GOSH…this is amazing..you are amazing..I need to make these! Or you can mail me your leftovers! YUM!

    • Lou says :

      oh gee shucks 🙂 Thanks lovely lady. Hmmmm, think it will be hard to find leftovers – between me and Misty all the sweet potato glory is GONE (mmmm). Going to have to bake up some more today 🙂

  3. teabagginit says :

    wow! those recipes look great! i love that they’re so different than everything else i’m seeing, too!

    • Lou says :

      I’m known for cooking “weird” stuff. Hey, “weird” can be good (and tasty!) too. Nothing wrong with weird in my book, as long as it’s edible 🙂

  4. spoonfulofsugarfree says :

    This looks amazing!!! Love the squash filling…but I think my favorite part might be the chocolate topping 😀

  5. Sara says :

    Hello Lou! thanks for dropping by my blog. I’ll definitely make some time for surfing yours once exams are done. I also love dark choc. In Switzerland I picked up a bunch of 90% and some 99%, which I have not seen here. As for ‘weird food’, yes, that’s me. Today I was putting frozen broccoli into my smoothie and all Jase said to me was ‘try not to blow up another blender, ok?’. People get used to it.. 😉

  6. Hannah says :

    Oh gosh, cutest photo I’ve seen in a long time! I want a onesie… This looks so delicious, too!

    • Lou says :

      hehe, yeah I was always jealous of Misty’s onesie with the built-in socks and mittens – looks so cosy. I think an adult sized one would be perfect for snuggling on the couch, watching movies and drinking hot chocolate in the middle of winter mmmmmm cosiness 🙂 why do babies get all the good stuff?!

  7. Lou says :

    there’s no shame in a good snuggie 🙂

  8. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says :

    saw this on HEABs post and your sweet tater mayo looks amazing.

    RIGHT up my alley!

    • Lou says :

      Love HEABie, she’s such a gem 🙂 I’ve been a long time lurker of your blog too – love your photos, they are fantastic (not to mention the incredible baking!)

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