This vegan purple sweet potato recipe turns those tubers into a creamy pudding, perfect for topping with blueberry and coconut layers for a vibrant parfait!
Sometimes I create a recipe to highlight a specific flavor, a specific ingredient.
Sometimes I create a recipe to revamp a favorite not-so-healthy something.
Sometimes I create a recipe because my imagination just conjures it from who knows where and it sounds too good not to make into real life.
But sometimes I create a recipe because I just really love purple.
This time it’s a little of the both of the last two. But mostly the purple one.
My thought process went something like this…
I have a purple sweet potato, I should make a purple smoothie bowl.
What else is purple?…blueberry nicecream!
Maybe an ombre parfait like this pretty one from Instagram (even though mine kinda turned into more of a color block situation).
Toppings? Toppings? Oooh flowers are pretty and I just planted some purple ones!
Yep, that’s pretty much how it came to be. Well I left out the in-between parts where I was singing embarrassingly loud. Empty house means kitchen time + jams obvs.
This purple sweet potato recipe starts with a sweet potato pudding. Maple syrup to sweeten and with a touch of vanilla bean powder, this pudding has a very unique you-have-to-try-it kinda flavor.
Next is the lighter, colder blueberry nice cream flavor. One of my favorite nicecream flavors of all time, but even better next to that sweet potato pudding.
And finally the lightest, fluffiest coconut layer. Oh, and then decorations of course!
And if you don’t have a purple sweet potato you could use a white one or even an orange one, your tastebuds won’t care about the clashing colors. The purple ones are really delicious though if you can find them!
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Purple Power Parfait
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
Purple Sweet Potato Pudding
- 1 medium purple sweet potato
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 1–2 tbsps maple syrup (to taste)
- 3–4 frozen bananas
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- Coconut Whipped Cream or So Delicious Cocowhip
- Freeze dried blueberries
- Pretty purple flowers
- Purple Sweet Potato Pudding: Bake and peel the sweet potato. Let it cool
- Blend all the ingredients.
- Divide between two jars
- Blueberry Nicecream: Blend all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Scoop into your jars on top of the pudding.
- Decorate: Top each jar with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and garnish with blueberries and flowers.
- Enjoy immediately!
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That is a gorgeous smoothie! I have bought purple potatoes once, and when we cut into them they had rotted! So we will have to buy some more soon to try them out. Also, in the video, I found it oddly satisfying watching you wipe away the smoothie that was running on the side. It made me want nice cream this very second.
Awww that’s a bummer. I rarely find them, but I just happened upon some on my last trip to the natural food store so of course I had to get a couple. Haha well I’m glad I left that scene in then! I thought about deleting it actually but then the drips just looked like they magically disappeared so I wanted to keep it real 😀 Now go make some nicecream already!! Call it brunch 🙂
Yes! I too create some recipes based on my love of the colour purple! This is so so beautiful. I’ve heard so many great things about purple sweet potato (apparently it’s the number one brainfood) but have never come across one. I’ve got my eyes peeled though 🙂
Sarah | Well and Full says
These parfaits are just stunning, Natalie! So creative to use purple sweet potatoes. And I absolutely loved watching the video, so well done! 😀
Thank you Sarah and thank you for watching too 🙂 I wish purple sweets were easier to find, i’d call for them constantly! I just adore the color <3
Natalie this is absolutely gorgeous! It must also be also very tasty ^.^ can’t wait to try it ♥
Thank you Francesca! I had so much fun just decorating these, I think I need a parfait for every color of the rainbow 🙂
Wow these are stunning ?? the purple potatoes are really common in Hawaii , and are much sweeter and dense , you created magic with them ???
Oh really!?! Well there’s reason 439 then that I need to move there 😀 They are really tasty, much better than the orange, but I still love the flavor of the Japanese ones the most <3 Thanks Amanda!
Natalie!!!! I swear your photos and videos just keep getting better and better! This parfait is seriously SO gorgeous!!!! We’re huge purple fans over here and we have a bunch of purple flowers in our yard, so this is a must! I’m adding purple sweet potato to my grocery list! Looks amazing! <3
Just imagine how beautiful this would be with some pretty pink pitaya nicecream on top of the purple sweet potato part, it would be like a Willow dream jar! Ooh yes, use the flowers while they last! Thank you Mandy <3
Heather McClees says
This is gorgeous! I just love purple sweet potatoes! Lucky you, they are so hard to find during summer here in SC. Be sure to eat plenty for me! 🙂 However, I can’t go a day without a cup of my favorite wild and organic frozen blueberries. They’re so tiny and sweet, I feel like I’m eating candy! 🙂 Beautiful photos, Natalie!
I totally just happened upon the purple sweets, they aren’t easy to find here either! Heck I can rarely even find white sweet potatoes! That’s why I had to do something fun with it 🙂 Luckily blueberries are easy to find! I’ve actually never tried the wild ones ? Are they that much better? I love frozen blueberries too just to munch on, my favorite berry <3
The Vegan 8 says
I LOVE sweet potato pudding! I make it often, but it’s with regular orange sweet potatoes and a chocolate pudding, I have never tried the purple sweet potato pudding yet! I have bought purple potatoes before, but the regular kind of potatoes, not the sweet kind. These look just beautiful, I love purple as well and would almost be hard to eat because I wouldn’t want to mess them up, haha! Are purple sweet potatoes sweeter than orange? I have heard that they are. Love your video too, as always!
Mmm yes I remember your cinnamon-laced chocolate sweet potato pudding! I’ve made it the chocolate way before too, it’s delicious. The sweet potato flavor is much more hidden that way, this legitimately tastes like sweet potato just sweetened up a bit. I love it! Yes the purple ones are sweeter and drier, especially if you bake them as opposed to steam them. This one wasn’t too dry though. Looking back I really regret not buying more of them, I would’ve loved one just baked to eat too 🙂 Here we are again going on about our love for sweet potatoes haha! But they are amazing <3
Masha | Cardio with Carrots says
I agree with everyone else on this post. The photographs are just amazing!! Now….to find a purple sweet potato…grrr. Till then I will try the orange sweet potato and nice cream combo.
Thank you Masha, and good luck finding a purple potato! They seem to just pop up at health food stores every once in a while very unpredictably, so if you spot them buy a few 🙂 But yes the orange ones will work flavor wise too!
Becky Striepe says
This looks so good! I love the purple sweet potato pudding.
Thanks Becky 🙂
Bianca - ElephantasticVegan says
B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.! <3 I need some purple sweet potatoes asap.
If I'd had a huge garden, I'd only plant purple produce 😀 hahaha or at least most of them would be purple kinds.
I love that idea!! Why not enjoy the beauty of purple while its growing too! I certainly don’t have a green thumb, so perhaps I’ll have better luck with purple plants 😀
Sorry it took me so long to leave feedback!!! As you know, we made this the other day and LOVED it!!! OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! I’m in love with the purple sweet potato pudding layer….the color, the simplicity, and obviously the flavor! I took your idea about making a pitaya nicecream layer for the center and it was a perfect addition!!! It paired perfectly with the pudding and blueberry nicecream layer. Willow insisted that I layered her parfait…even though I knew she’d have me separate it in the end! And yep, she started eating the blueberry nicecream and then asked me to put each layer in its own bowl 🙂 All three of us gave it a giant thumbs up and we’ll definitely be making this again soon! xo
Not long at all! I so appreciate you taking the time to leave a lovely review. Always 🙂 The pudding layer could be it’s own thing right?! It tastes just like what it is–extra sweet sweet potato–but I love it too! And I can actually see where she’s coming from with the unlayering part. You have to layer for the insta shot, but I eat almost all parfaits layer by layer too 😀 Thanks Mandy <3
Aryane @ Valises & Gourmandises says
I have no words for how beautiful these parfaits are!
I love the idea of sweet potato, but I don’t like the texture as much as other colours. I think I’d love it mixed into a delicious breakfast like this!
I’ve mixed orange sweet potato with dates, cacao, maca and silken tofu and it was simply amazing!
Mmmm that sounds delicious altogether, super creamy and sweet I am sure! And vibrant 🙂 The purple ones are fun just for presentation, but the taste isn’t too different. Thank you so much Aryane!
is there a substitution for the coconut cream? i only have yoghurt at home *cries*
Yogurt would be perfect on top, I love that idea! Enjoy 🙂