Saturday, December 6, 2014

Apple, date and sweet potato butter

This is a delightfully simple recipe. It is a cross between a puree and a spread, and is well suited to topping crumpets, pancakes or even porridge (oatmeal). It would also make a nice base for muffins or other baking, and tastes rather good straight off a spoon.


I left my butter relatively chunky, but you could make it smoother if you wanted to. I used the large bowl of my food processor, which was a little too large for the volume of ingredients, resulting in the butter getting stuck around the edges of the bowl. I liked the chunky texture myself, but a smaller food processor bowl or blender, with longer processing time, would smooth things out if you prefer.

I found this tasted of sweet potato initially, but the dates and apples quickly followed. I kept it naturally sweet, so the only other ingredient I used was vanilla. If you were using the butter in baking, or just wanted a sweeter spread, some maple syrup would be a nice partner.


Apple, date and sweet potato butter
A great base for baking, or a stand alone spread for crumpets or pancakes
Makes approximately 2 cups
Vegan, low fat and gluten free

Food processor or high speed blender required

Author: Bite-Sized Thoughts


Ingredients
1 cup (180g) loosely packed pitted dates
1 large apple, quartered to give approximately 150g apple segments
1 medium sweet potato, cooked and cooled, to give approximately 1 cup (180g) of sweet potato pieces
1 tsp vanilla

Method
Combine the dates and apple in a food processor or blender and process until coursely ground. Add the sweet potato and vanilla and process to your desired consistency.

Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


 What spreads or butters are you enjoying at the moment?

18 comments:

  1. Kari, this sound delicious, especially the oatmeal suggestion. As its avocado season at the moment, my favourite spreads revolve around them at the moment. Breakfast of choice is vegemite and fresh avocado atop slice of good crusty bread

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah, good old vegemite :-) I don't love avocado but can imagine it being good with vegemite or marmite! I am glad you like the sound of this too.

      Delete
  2. this would go really well on the cranberry bread rolls that you made for christmas a few years ago - am thinking of making them again this christmas

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, super! And you're right - this would be a really great match for them.

      Delete
  3. Yummo, this spread sounds delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I like how you kept it a bit chunky because I like having a bit of texture. This is a lovely 'butter' and very useful and it would make lovely Christmas gifts xx

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love the look of this Kari! 3 of my favourites all rolled into one! I'm sure it would be fantastic on porridge or toast.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Emma - I have certainly enjoyed it both ways!

      Delete
  6. This looks delicious! I haven't made many butter/spreadable type things yet, but it's something I would like to try because I have found a great yeast free all natural bread I really love now so I need stuff to put on it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooh, fantastic. And yes, in that case, you definitely need a good assortment of spreads to help you out! I'm glad this one appeals as an option.

      Delete
  7. I think I would like it a bit chunky as well...especially smeared on a bagel or English muffin in the morning!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I tried making fruit butter not so very long ago for the first time and was kind of pleased with the results so definitely up for making some more. I liked the addition of sweet potato in there - I'm intrigued to make some!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Musicians - Check this out - It's Great!!
    Discover How YOU Can Make Money in The Music Industry
    go here to register for FREE: http://musicasyourbusinesssummit.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. oh yeah! This is definitely my type of spread :-)
    I have an overload of sweet potatoes atm so even though i'm wayyyyyyyy behind with blog reading this has come at a good time for me lol

    ReplyDelete

I genuinely appreciate all comments and the time taken to post them. Occasionally, I may need to restrict commenting to registered users in order to halt large volumes of spam. If that happens, I will lift the restriction within a week.

Want other ways to interact? Bite-sized thoughts is on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/bitesizedthoughts) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/bitesizethought).