Sweet Potato nostalgia

November 21st, 2010 · Lisa · Recipes, Sweet, vegan mofo · Comments

It is amazing what love can develop when the options are limited. I’ve learned a lot about the power of proximity in the formation of most strong relationships. When I was living in Calgary, I fell in love with every product that said “vegan” simply because they were so rare. Grocery shopping there was nothing like my experiences in Toronto. Here you can stand for an hour trying to decide which brand of soymilk to purchase – there, if I found one on the shelf I would become devoted to its deliciousness (cognitive dissonance my friends). I remember the day I saw the word “vegan” on cookies prepared by a local baker. They were called “”sweet potato pow cookies. I loved them immediately – my partner thought they were weird. I didn’t care if they were weird – they were vegan!

I have never forgotten these cookies. When Kim and Ricki announced that sweet potato would be the selected ingredient for this month’s SOS kitchen challengeI decided the time was right to try to recreate this interesting treat. My version doesn’t contain any flour or refined sugar, so it is quite a twist on the original.

I was really happy with the result. I don’t know if you’ll think they’re delicious (you might think they’re weird) but they really do taste a lot like the ones I devoured while writing my Masters thesis in a tiny apartment in Calgary.

If you prefer baked cookies you can certainly add to the base recipe I created a little whole wheat pastry flour, agave, baking soda and baking powder.

If you’re up for the pow of these sweet potato power cookies then forget the flour and let the moist texture of the sweet potatoes be the star.
Sweet Potato Power Cookies
1 cup mashed, baked sweet potato
3 medjool dates, pitted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp molasses
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp clove
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup pecans
1 TBSP dark chocolate (I used raw chocolate)
In your food processor combine the sweet potato, dates, vanilla, molasses and dry spices. Pulse until well combined and a smooth texture is achieved. Add in the pecans and pulse to break them up into small pieces. Add the dark chocolate and pulse a few times – to leave chunks in the batter. Transfer to the fridge and allow to chill for an hour. Scoop/roll the batter into small balls (about one inch). You can dehydrate the balls at 115 degrees for 6 hours to create a firm cookie – or enjoy them straight from the fridge. If you are not going to dehydrate the cookies I suggest adding 1 TBSP of ground flax to the batter.
Have you ever tried to recreate a favourite store-bought food at home? Was it a success?

I am really excited for the posts I have ready for the next week. The theme will be treats for gift giving. Can you believe we’re in the final stretch of vegan mofo 2010?


  1. Posted November 21, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Oh, YUM! This is nostalgia for me too, as I used to buy those cookies here at Ambrosia before the ACD! Loved them, loved them. Your version looks great–and so much healthier! And I could probably swing a version of yours that I could eat. 🙂 Thanks for such a wonderful trip down memory lane–and a wondeful submission to SOS this month! 😀

  2. Posted November 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    These look very hearty and delicious. And sweet potato? Never thought to put them in cookies…

  3. Posted November 22, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Love this recipe! It's saved to my recipe file!

  4. Posted November 22, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Genius!! Cookies sound perfect!


    Pure2raw twin

  5. Posted November 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    These sound so yummy! I just bought sweet potatoes today (was so excited to find some!). I've bookmarked these babies.
    My big exciting recreating was simply making Lara Bars at home. I'd had some when visiting the states on vacation & wanted to make some. Was so happy by how easy it was!

  6. Posted November 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    What a fun idea! They look really yummy.

  7. Posted November 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Yum, those look great, I looove sweet potatoes.

  8. Posted November 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Ricki – I'm so excited to find another fan of the sweet potato pow.

    Jennifer and Jaclyn – pumpkin cookies are so popular now, that sweet potato cookies should be our new adventure.

    Shellyfish – what are you going to make with your special sweet potato.

    I'm glad you all liked the twist on traditional spiced cookies.

  9. eating with SOLE shauna
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Too funny! I am the creator of the sweet potato pow cookies you speak so highly of! I have long since sold the business and am on to other things, but I was just thinking about these cookies today and wondering what was happening back in Calgary with my old company! This post made me smile!

    this is my new culinary world http://www.eatingwithSOLE.worpress.com


    • theveganlisa
      Posted November 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Amazing! I will always remember those special cookies. Thank you for creating those delicious moments in my life. 🙂

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