These gorgeous, aromatic Purple Sweet Potato Cakes are nothing short of spectacular! From the rich jewel-toned colors to the sweet and savory flavors, it’s safe to say that your weekly menu just became a lot more interesting. Options are endless with this type of sweet potato, as you can make it sweet or savory depending on the seasonings, which means that these cakes will add a whole new dimension to your recipe collection. Thanks to the poached egg, this makes for the perfect brunch recipe, lazy weekend dinner, or easy weekday breakfast, and is sure to wow taste buds all around.
Because this type of sweet potato is more dry and dense than the average variety, it takes longer to cook (90-120 minutes), so it’s recommended that you batch cook these and save them for different meals throughout the week. But, however you choose to enjoy these sweet potato cakes, you’re in for a treat!
Sweet potatoes are well known for their health benefits, and this purple variety is certainly no exception. Thanks to the anthocyanins, the natural pigments in plant foods, these sweet potatoes are rich in color and even have cancer prevention properties (1). Studies have also shown that moderate consumption of anthocyanin products may reduce cardiovascular disease and improve visual functions (2). In addition to cancer prevention, purple sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, while providing a diabetic friendly low glycemic index. So go ahead and enjoy these tasty roots–we know we do!
(1) Lim S, Xu J, Kim J, et al. Role of anthocyanin-enriched purple-fleshed sweet potato p40 in colorectal cancer prevention. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2013 Nov;57(11):1908-17. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23784800.
(2) Hou DC. Potential mechanisms of cancer chemoprevention by anthocyanins. Curr Mol Med. 2003 Mar;3(2):149-59. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12630561?ordinalpos=3&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum.