It looks like avocado toast will have to relinquish its crown as the hottest health trend on social media to a new picture-perfect sensation: sweet potato toast.
Unlike its predecessor, however, the popular foodie fad doesn’t involve spreading sweet potato on a piece of toasted bread, quite the opposite in fact. Sweet potato toast – or SPT to its most enthusiastic fans – involves using the ingredient in place of bread as a healthy, gluten-free alternative to the traditional toasted snack.
As well as being ideal for anyone eager to steer clear of gluten, the bread-alternative is also a perfect option for any one trying out the paleo or Whole30 diets as it fits into the regulations for both.
And far from being a complicated food fad that involves pricey ingredients, tricky recipes and lengthy preparation times, sweet potato toast is actually incredibly easy to do – requiring nothing more than a sweet potato, and an oven or a toaster.
Although it’s not clear who exactly is responsible for coming up with the idea, the most popular recipes involve slicing pieces of sweet potato that are of a similar thickness to a piece of bread, then sliding them into a toaster oven, or putting them in the oven, until they are brown or crispy.
Then you can top them with whatever you would normally put on a piece of toast, with many Instagram fans opting for a variety of both sweet and savory toppings, from fruit to peanut butter to avocado. And as far as the flavor is concerned, many people say sweet potato toast is actually a tastier, more interesting alternative to bread.
One of the first foodies to try the trend out – Kelsey Preciado, who runs the food-focused blog, Little Bits Of – described her personal recipes as ‘perfection’, explaining that sweet potato serves as the perfect pick-me-up whenever she’s trying to limit her gluten intake.
‘A couple of weeks ago I woke up craving avocado toast and thought we had bread but we didn’t!’ she said of her decision to try out sweet potato toast for the first time.
‘So I sliced up some taters, made my first sweet potato toast and posted it on my Instagram.
‘It is perfection for when I do a Whole30 or am trying to limit my grains!’
She may not be the official inventor of sweet potato toast, but Kelsey definitely kick-started the latest food trend that is all over food blogs and websites.
The trend is also taking over social media, especially Instagram, considering SPT has serious premium content potential.
In recent weeks, Instagram has been flooded with different types of SPT posts, with users sharing their often-colorful creations under the hashtag #sweetpotatotoast which has already amassed 12,513 posts and counting.
Kelsey’s SPT recipe is super easy which makes this treat that much more appealing.
Plus, because it takes only about 15 minutes to make, it’s a great option for a quick breakfast before work.
Either take the toast with you on-the-go in the morning or spare five minutes to enjoy the fulfilling breakfast treat before heading to the office.
No toaster? No problem. An alternative to using a toaster to make the ‘bread’ is using the oven and it will still take the same amount of time.