Fab Frugal Friday: Your New Favorite Smoothie: Sassy Sweets Breakfast-in-a-Glass

Got leftover sweet potatoes? Have I got a fabulous frugal recipe for you!

So, you see, I got this new amazing blender. I couldn’t help it – they had one of those demos at Costco – you know the kind – where they whip up amazing complete gourmet meals in 12 seconds or less.

Before you think I have gone completely insane, I have tried at least a dozen smoothies since my purchase a few weeks ago. I have tried adding whole veggies and fruits with skins and seeds and all. They’ve all been good, but if you held a gun to my head and forced me to pick a favorite, it would be this one. This conclusively proves my theory that anything tastes better with sweet potatoes! Anything. They are nature’s perfect candy/vegetable – and a powerhouse of nutritional goodness. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has ranked sweet potatoes as number one in nutritional value among all vegetables.

Try this some night: Make a couple of baked sweet potatoes. Eat one with butter and cinnamon sugar. Yum. Then, throw the other one in the fridge for your morning smoothie – A Sweet Potato and Oatmeal smoothie sensation! You will swear that there is cream and sugar in the mix after you taste this magical concoction, but there is not. Fresh ginger gives this smoothie a little bite, the oats add creaminess, and the dates give it a richness. Such a great way to start your day!

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY ON FFF: Caribbean Sweet Potato Hash Browns


1 medium sweet potato ( about 3/4 pound)
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 medium orange, peeled and chopped
1/2 medium apple, quartered
1/2 cup quick oats
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
4 to 5 whole pitted California dates
1 cup red (or green in a pinch) grapes
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups crushed ice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut sweet potato in half and place cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until sweet potato is soft when pierced with a fork. Refrigerate until cold. Scoop out sweet potato flesh and use one cup of flesh in smoothie.

Place sweet potato flesh and all other ingredients except ice in blender and blend until very smooth, about 3 minutes on highest setting. Add in ice and blend just until ice is blended, about 10 to 20 seconds.

Serve immediately.

A few other adventurous and fabulous food bloggers have made smoothie magic with sweet potatoes:
The Simple Life (and smoothie), Diet Dessert and Dogs
Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie, Carrots ‘n’ Cake

— posted by Donna


  1. says

    Sounds wonderful! I think that was one of my favorite smoothies, actually. I have to agree–sweet potatoes make ANYTHING better! Thanks for the reminder, and with such a gorgeous photo to boot. :)

  2. says

    I hereby express my jealousy of your blender. My sister bought one, which prompted me to buy a kitchenaid to replace the $20 one I got for my wedding. It’s not a vitamix, though. Congratulations. Yummy looking smoothie, too. I love sweet potatoes. My favorite of Sara’s concoctions is grapefruit with some grapefruit crystal lite and ice. Mmmm!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *