This healthy and easy recipe from My Korean Kitchen is perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or a nightcap.

By Eating Well
March 31, 2021
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Sweet potato latte in a mug
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This story originally appeared on EatingWell.com by Megan O. Steintrager.

I have a ton of sweet potatoes from my CSA right now, but I'm not complaining. I'm loving them in sweet and spicy preparations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and now — thanks to this Sweet Potato Latte recipe from My Korean Kitchen — in drinks too. I'm not the only one who's enjoying sweet potato lattes, as they've gone a bit viral on TikTok recently. For the record, Sue from My Korean Kitchen first shared her recipe in 2015, so she was way ahead of the current trend. But while this sweet and healthy drink might not be new, it's definitely worth trying if you haven't already. (Related: These Whipped Drinks Prove Coffee Isn't the Only Ingredient Worthy of the Frothy Treatment)

As Sue explains in her post about the latte, the popular Korean drink is simply made from cooked sweet potato, milk, and a little bit of sugar — there's no coffee involved so it's a perfect drink anytime of day, including bedtime. You can make the latte with a regular orange sweet potato, or for a beautiful drink like this one Sue shared on Instagram, with purple sweet potato.

To make her sweet potato latte, Sue starts by cooking the sweet potato — you can boil or steam it but Sue recommends roasting it as it brings out more of the nutty flavor. You can roast a bunch of sweet potatoes at once and scoop out their flesh to make lattes all week. For the milk, I used full-fat cow's milk but I think the latte would work well with a low-fat milk or a nondairy milk, especially "barista-style" milks. Sue recommends raw sugar, but you could also use brown sugar, maple syrup or another sweetener.

The sweet potato latte on My Korean Kitchen serves two to three but I halved it to serve just me. Here's what you'll need and how to make it.

How to Make a Sweet Potato Latte

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup roasted sweet potato (leave the skin out)
  • 1 cup milk, plus more for garnish
  • 1-2 teaspoons raw sugar or other sweetener
  • Cinnamon and crushed nuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine the cooked sweet potato and milk in a blender and whir it until the mixture is smooth. Pour the sweet potato mixture into a pot and add the sugar (or other sweetener) to taste.
  2. Heat over medium until simmering and heated through, whisking frequently.
  3. Pour the latte into a mug. Top with frothed milk, cinnamon, and/or nuts if desired. Serve immediately.

And that's it: Easy, delicious, and a great use for leftover sweet potatoes too!

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