Purple Sweet Potato Split (Vegan + GF)

Purple Sweet Potato Split (Vegan + GF)

This Purple Sweet Potato Split makes the best healthy dessert! It’s easy to make, so delicious and also happens to be vegan and gluten-free!

Purple Sweet Potato Split (Vegan + GF)

This recipe was inspired my love of ice creampurple sweet potatoes, and Japanese dessert flavours in general.

I love the combination of the soft, warm purple baked sweet potato and the melt-in-your-mouth vanilla ice cream – it’s just perfect if you’re getting a bit bored of fruity pies but are still craving a warming, comforting dessert that’s perfect for autumn and winter!  

I absolutely love purple sweet potatoes, and have used them for lots of different desserts, like: 

I really like their natural sweetness, almost perfumey flavour, and of course their beautiful colour! They’re also really, really healthy.

The Japanese island of Okinawa is home to some of the healthiest and longest-living people on the planet, and it’s no coincidence that purple sweet potatoes are a big staple of their diet.

All I did to make this Purple Sweet Potato Split was halve a purple sweet potato, bake it in the oven until soft, and serve it slightly warm with some scoops of (dairy-free) vanilla ice cream. 

I decided to drizzle the whole thing with some date syrup, which is a great healthier substitute for kuromitsu – a Japanese sugar syrup that’s similar to molasses but milder and thinner.

I also sprinkled it with kinako, which is a roasted soybean flour that is widely used in Japanese cuisine.

It’s a really healthy topping and flavouring ingredient as it’s full of protein and Vitamin B. Obviously both of these are optional, and you can add whatever other toppings you like, such as:

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Purple Sweet Potato Split (Vegan + GF)
Purple Sweet Potato Split (Vegan + GF)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This Purple Sweet Potato Split makes the best healthy dessert: it's easy to make and so delicious.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 2
Calories: 395 kcal
  • 2 purple sweet potatoes
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream (ensure dairy-free if necessary)
  • Optional: drizzle of date syrup
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon kinako powder
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (350 degrees)

  2. Wrap purple sweet potatoes in foil or baking paper

  3. Bake in oven for around 40 minutes, until soft enough to easily pierce with a fork

  4. When ready to serve, cut each potato in half and top with ice cream (and date syrup and kinako if using). Add any other toppings you like.

  5. Enjoy immediately!

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