Sweet Potato Chocolate Milk


Have you ever had one of those months that’s so packed with activities that you’re not sure if you’re going to mentally, physically or emotionally live to tell the tale? June is shaping up to be one of those months.

While everything that’s going on is a bit overwhelming, it’s also very exciting, momentous, and extravagant. No complaints here!

Kevin and I are narrowing down the concepts for the blog redesign we’ve been planning for the last 2 months. The new (!) site should be live this summer. As part of the redesign, I’m meeting up with a Montreal-based photographer tomorrow to have a bunch of photos taken and then heading to New York next week for a meeting-packed, photography loving visit. 3 days after that, I’m flying home to watch my sister graduate… and look for a house for Kevin and I.

Ah, it feels so good to say… Kevin and I are moving home! Back to Alberta, back to the prairies, to the mountains, to our family. And it’s happening on June 28. I’ll get into more details as time goes on – everything is still very fresh and the turn of events are still marinading in my brain.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Milk

And… we haven’t started packing. But I’m not too worried about it. I’m a last minute, pedal to the metal, balls to the wall kinda gal. I’ll start packing on June 24 and all will be good.

So, while you’re enjoying this deliciously creamy (and healthy) chocolate milk recipe (made with sweet potatoes!?), I’ll be right there along with you. Packing will be there tomorrow, there is chocolate milk here to enjoy ;)

Sweet Potato Chocolate Milk

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Sweet Potato Chocolate Milk
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 4
Creamy chocolate milk made with homemade sweet potato milk. High in calcium and chocolatey goodness!
  • 2 cups cubed sweet potato (no need to peel)
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut nectar, agave nectar, or honey
  1. Fill a medium-sized saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add sweet potato and cook, covered, for 8 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and add to your high powered blender with 4 cups water.
  3. Blend for 1 minute, until completely pulverized.
  4. Run mixture through a nut milk bag. Alternatively, if you'd like to keep the milk thick and smoothie-like, do not use the milk bag.
  5. Pour the 'milk' back to the jug of your blender and add remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  6. Chill in the fridge overnight. Stir before serving.
Honey - if used, recipe is no longer vegan.
Sugars/Candida - if you are sensitive to sugars or have candida, you could try to replace the coconut nectar in this recipe with 2 tablespoons of xylitol. Alternatively, you could try stevia.
Sesame seeds - if you're sensitive/allergic to sesame, feel free to omit from this recipe. The only reason it is in here is to give the milk a boost of calcium. You could try replacing the seeds with almonds (soak in water for at least 12 hours, drain and rinse) and add them in at the same stage as the sweet potato.

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Sweet Potato Chocolate Milk

Fill a medium-sized saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add sweet potato and cook, covered, for 8 minutes.

Drain the potatoes and add to your high powered blender with 4 cups water.

Blend for 1 minute, until completely pulverized.

Run mixture through a nut milk bag. Alternatively, if you’d like to keep the milk thick and smoothie-like, do not use the milk bag.

Pour the ‘milk’ back to the jug of your blender and add remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Chill in the fridge overnight. Stir before serving.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Milk

In other sweet potato news, Antipastos Kitchen grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free sweet potato gnocchi is where it’s at. A made a batch last night for dinner and, instead of adding tomato sauce, stirred with fresh grated garlic, olive oil and a spot of ground pepper. Hubba, hubba. It was amazing. I am in LOVE with this grain-free pasta.

Sweet Potato Gnocci (1)

We all have crazy, insane, hectic lives and I want to know…

Has there been a time where your life was changing at such a fast pace that you weren’t quite sure which way was up?

How do you deal with feeling overwhelmed?

What exciting things are happening with you? I’d love to hear about them!

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  1. Ok, New York!? You never mentioned anything about that! Wow, super exciting!! And this chocolate milk… you continue to blow my mind with your use of veggies. As for exciting things here, the new j.o.b. is currently topping that list. Starting June 12!

  2. Wow! Sweet potato chocolate milk!! I could go for that. :)

    Holy wow!! Moving back to Alberta?!? You guys sure are brave – it’s enviable to see folks really taking their lives by the reins and steering themselves precisely where they want to go. I’ve struggled with that, letting the capricious winds of life sort of buffet me about. It’s made me good at adapting, but maybe caused me to “settle” for things that I could have done better had I been more proactive.

    All in all, I like a fast-paced worklife and I work better with an impending deadline… Yet, I can’t seem to set deadlines for myself – I get too worried about failing to meet them and so, don’t even try to establish them in the first place. Still, I’m working with The Desire Map (yeah for Danielle!) to find a way of goal-setting that’s more congruous to my style than the typically ubiquitous To-Do list.

    As to what’s new, we’re transitioning into summertime down here, figuring out what to do with the kidlets during their break so that they don’t tear the house down. Wish I could take the summers off while they are still young enough to want to hang out with me. :D

    • Wow, sounds like you have lots going on as well! My Mom was the same – threw us in summer camp for the whole summer. My sister and I LOVED it!

      I hope you’re enjoying Desire Mapping. It took me a long, long time to get my core desired feelings, and I find that they change every couple of months… so, so helpful though! I’m confident that sorting through how you want to feel will help you figure out how you can get what you want while not setting crazy expectations. It’s a tricky balance, but it IS possible!

  3. This is more than a little brilliant. I always just make protein smoothies with mine. Just roasted a ton of butternut… I think that would be amazing here too.

    Good lucl with move!!! If you ever get sick of the cold, you should come down South. ;)

  4. I know what you mean about the moving thing. We are moving this weekend and I only have 4 small boxes packed. Fortunately it’s just a cross-town move so I’m not too worried. Good luck with your move though! That’s very exciting!

    • May I make a suggestion? Of the 10 moves we made in the first 12 years of marriage, several were just across town. We used grocery bags, which I filled. Then we drove to the new house where I unpacked the bags into their new places while my husband drove back to the old house to get another load. Three advantages: I couldn’t pack anything so heavy as to kill him, I knew where I wanted things to go, and he didn’t go nuts with boredom waiting for me to do either the packing or unpacking.

      • Wow, that’s awesome! I wish we were just moving across town. Come to think of it… I’ve never done a ‘just across town’ move. But WHEN I do, I’ll be sure to use this little trick. Thanks Sue!

        • My husband was in the military, so sometimes we rented until military housing became available. One year we moved from a rental we’d been in for a year, to military housing for 6 months, then to military housing in another state for 6 months, then to another town more than 100 miles away where we bought a home. I unpacked everything except holiday boxes at each home–unless the holiday occurred. I learned that when movers pack your things, the one who packs your dishes and china is the most skilled, so have him/her pack anything that is fragile.

  5. You are amazing, and such an inspiration!! I’m on an ice cream kick these days- I wonder if this recipe would work, just throw it in the ice cream maker! YUM!!

  6. At one point last year I was in court finalizing my divorce, trying to sell my house, on a leave from work, and decided to start eating meat after 18 years as a vegetarian….yup, that was a stressful, crazy time. I kept sane my talking to my friends and family as much as possible, walking on a daily basis, deep breathing and going to the gym. Eventually it all works out – good luck to you! And, I have to add, this recipe looks amazing! Yummy!

  7. whoa, I can definitely get on board with sweet potato milk! I was just about to ask about the sesame seeds, thanks for putting the note in there… I’ve been dealing with a lot of sensitivities and there are quite a few nuts/seeds I can’t have. I’m definitely making this on the weekend!

    May has been an incredibly busy month with travel (San Francisco and Blend Retreat!), conferences and going through a food sensitivity elimination. I’m ready for a quieter month! I’ve had to say no to a few things to make sure I get enough rest, and working out daily has been put on the backburner. There is comfort in knowing that it’s temporary, and that soon I’ll get back on track! The most important time that I’ve spent is making sure I have been getting the nutrition I need. Food has become all-consuming but I’m learning a lot! June will definitely be a make-up month spending quality time with my husband :)

    So many exciting things in the works for you! I’m looking forward to watching it all unfold. Now that you’re on your way back to Alberta we should connect!

    • Brownies? Sweet potato and chocolate brownies? Yeh, that’s pretty much awesome! Thanks for your words of encouragement, Suzanne :)

  8. Am going to make this! (Of course, I’ll nuke the sweet potato, and if I don’t feel like adding sesame, I’ll add protein by using a protein powder.) you’ve provided another stellar recipe! Thanks, Leanne!

  9. Neither of the two links (to e-mail/print the recipe and to see the nutritional information) are working.

    I’m going to make this into a protein smoothie (by adding in some protein powder) and having this for breakfast! It sounds delightful!

    Have a wonderful June <3

  10. Sweet potatoes and chocolate? Moving back to AB? Yes!!! Leanne, I love your sense of adventure on all fronts!
    QUESTION: is the nutrient info. based on flitered or unfiltered sweet potato chocolate milk? My mind is already humming on what cool uses I might find for the pulp after filtering…
    RE: keeping all the balls in the air without crashing: Surrender to grace. Follow the breath. Come back to the moment. Or in the words of the Dead Dog Café, ‘Stay calm. Be brave. Wait for the signs.’ And ask for help when you need it. People who love you are just waiting to give back to you.

    • Yo! Haha well, I try to have a sense of adventure at least… The nutrition info is for unfiltered.

  11. Wow– congratulations, Leanne! Are you moving back outside of Calgary or going straight into the sprawl? :) I’d love to meet up with you the next time I’m in the area to visit family. (It only happens once a year-ish, but it’s been ages and ages since I’ve traveled to Montreal, so meet-up odds are decidedly better out west.)

    Re: chaos– I have 3 months of insane busy-ness at our art booth over the summer, and then I start nutrition school THE DAY AFTER our busiest day of the season (Labour Day). In Vancouver!! YIKES!! I think I’ll just throw a couple of outfits and textbooks into a carry on bag for the ferry on the eve of Labour Day and then bring a few more things out to Van after the first week of school is over. (This ‘go with the flow’ thing will either be awesome or the worst possible way to approach the back to school transition– we’ll find out in September!)

    Best of luck with packing and moving. I’m excited that you and Kevin get to go back to where your hearts are. :)

    • Thanks Dana! We’re planning on finding a home outside of Calgary, in Airdrie. We just love it out there! I would LOVE to plan a meetup. I’ll be in Victoria beginning of November… (!!)

      Go with the flow, totally. It’ll unfold just as it should and you’ll enjoy every minute of class, I can tell you that much!

  12. Life is totally crazy for me right now. We just moved across the country for a summer internship for my husband. I got to pack up the house, and fly with a 4 month old and a cat, while he drove with our stuff. Moving sucks :P
    Thank goodness I brought my vitamix! I am drinking this chocolate milk right now, and totally loving it! This is a new fave for sure!

  13. Oh yay! I live in Calgary. I was born here.

    As much as I wanna travel, I’d have a hard time moving away from here. I’d miss my family, the rocky mountains, food at The Coup, magpies and the prairies!

    I will definitely try out this recipe sometime :D

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