My Newest Obsession: Sweet Potato Flour

How My Bumper Crop of Sweet Potatoes Turned On My Newest Obsession.


More people are shifting to an anti-inflammatory diet to help manage their health issues, and one of the most common substitutions for white potatoes on this diet is sweet potatoes. If you didn't know, the white potato is known to cause inflammation. Potatoes are a nightshade vegetable.

Nightshades weren't one of the inflammatory foods I personally eliminated or even knew about right away. It was nearly 15 years into my healing journey before I learned about them.


Cutting out inflammatory foods like the potato was pivotal to putting my own body into remission for the long haul—as it has been for many others. Not that you won't ever have inflammation issues on an anti-inflammatory diet, but there is always a cause, and it doesn't hang around long once you eliminate that inflammatory food again.


Why Potatoes Cause Inflammation


It's thought that a group of vegetables called "nightshade" contain solanine and damaging alkaloids like strychnine, caffeine, nicotine, and morphine, which causes inflammation for many people. This is especially true for people that already have an underlined condition like arthritis, autoimmune, or fibromyalgia.


Potatoes are only one kind of nightshade though. Other nightshades include vegetables like eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, tobacco, tomatillos and goji berries



Sweet potatoes are non-inflammatory and may instead reduce inflammation!


Are you excited about sweet potatoes yet?


The Beauty in Colors


There is a lot to be said about eating a medley of colors. Each has its unique combination of valuable chemicals and antioxidants that do different things for the body. It's also known that almost all of the natural chemicals that produce color in whole fruits and vegetables reduce inflammation.


The chemical components of orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are typically carotenoids called alpha and beta carotene. They help the body produce vitamin A and are strong antioxidants.


Sweet Potato Nutrition


Sweet Potatoes are starches that are lower in carbs and Glycemic Index than white potatoes. Also, as a complement to the powerful antioxidants, sweet potatoes contain several beneficial vitamins and minerals like:


  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin C

  • Manganese

  • Vitamin b6

  • Potassium

  • Pantothenic acid

  • Copper

  • Niacin

  • Thiamin

  • Magnesium



Besides reducing inflammation, sweet potatoes may aid in weight loss and stabilize blood sugar as well.


A Happy Accident


I ended up with a bumper crop of sweet potatoes this past year. I knew I couldn't store them all in my make-shift root cellar (an old coal room).



When you eat whole foods, especially alternative foods, you find out that they make flour and milk out of just about everything.



My flour of choice is cassava flour, made from the yuca root.


I've used fresh grated sweet potato for cakes, muffins, pancakes, and gnocchi so dried sweet potatoes flour is really just the next logical step. I have so much of it anyways and alternative flours are expensive.



The only question in my mind was, could I actually pull off a tasty and usable flour made out of sweet potatoes?


If you never try, you can never succeed!



I will explain how to make the flour in just a second, but first, let me share a couple of tried and true tips about sweet potato flour.


  1. I have found this flour is best used in combination with other flours like cassava. It is a denser flour and can add moisture and "fluffiness" when combined with a dryer flour-like cassava.

  2. After trying several different ratios, I've decided I like a one-to-one ratio for most recipes. However, it doesn't work with everything, so you will have to play around with it to see what kinds of foods you like to use it in and which ones you don't. It's kind of weird in gnocchi.

  3. Like with most alternative flours, it has its own flavor that may not work with some savory foods.



I'm eager to share my recipe post for an incredible Sweet Potato Berry Super-bread with you. I will tag this flour recipe in it when I get it just right. It's loaded with super-foods like mushroom powders, blueberries, blackberries, sweet potatoes, ginger, and turmeric!


Sweet Potato Flour


You will need:


* A dehydrator with liners


* A grater or food processor


* Sweet potatoes


* Blender with a flour setting


* Airtight storage container


Directions



  1. Wash your sweet potatoes thoroughly. I did not peel mine, but you can if you want. I prefer to keep all of the vitamins and minerals from the peels in my flour.

  2. Grate the sweet potatoes either with a food processor or by hand with a food grater.

  3. Carefully spread the grated sweet potatoes around on the liner-covered trays. They need a little room to breathe so don't push them down or squish them. You can cover the tray with about an inch of grated sweet potato

  4. Dehydrate on high overnight or until potatoes are hard and completely dry. NOTE: there cant be ANY moisture left in the potatoes or they will not blend into flour.

  5. Carefully scoop all of the dried bits into a large bowl.

  6. Fill your blender about halfway with the dried sweet potato pieces and blend on the "flour" setting until it reaches a fine powder.

  7. Repeat with all of the sweet potato shreds.

  8. Store in an airtight container for up to three months.




If you try this flour let me know in the comments below. I am curious to know how you like using it.