Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time (specifically around 10:30 PM on a weeknight) a girl and her boyfriend were hungry so they said “lets go get some food”! The boy suggested going to Cookout and she said “sure, why not?”. But when they got there, the girl felt a need to be healthy. She had been doing so well that day, why mess it up then? So, desperately she racked her brain for a recipe idea that would sound better than some crispy golden fries and a milkshake. What she came up with was pretty brilliant. It combined some of her favorite foods (sweet potatoes, apples, peanut butter, and honey) and would fend off her hunger in a delicious and healthy fashion. It was a roasted sweet potato and apple sandwich on toasted whole wheat bread with a peanut butter and honey spread. As soon as she got back she got to work and was so pleased with her results that she decided to share the recipe with the world…
While we may never know who that girl was, she managed to share her recipe with me and now I will pass it on to you. Please do try it, I also made it and it is a lovely juxtaposition between crunchy and soft and sweet and savory.
SWEET POTATO APPLE SANDWICH RECIPE
Two pieces of bread, whatever type you want
Half a sweet potato cut into slices
1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
Half of a sweet apple, sliced (like a gala or a honey crisp)
A pinch of kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 425 F
1. Slice the sweet potatoes into thin discs (but not too thin, you’re not making chips here!)
2. Drizzle about a tablespoon of oil onto the sweet potatoes. Then add about 1/2 a tablespoon to a tablespoon of honey and season them with cinnamon, ground ginger, and cardamom. Go easy on the cardamom if you’re using it, it is a strong spice and can easily overpower the other flavors. Make sure the sweet potatoes are all covered with the spices. Then add a pinch of kosher salt (it’ll help bring out the sweet flavors).
3. Lay out the sweet potato discs on a lined baking sheet (either with parchment paper or aluminum foil) and bake the sweet potatoes for about 25 minutes. Flip them once halfway through.
4. While they’re baking you can prepare the rest of the sandwich. Add about a tablespoon of peanut butter or more or less depending on how much you like peanut butter to a bowl and add a little drizzle of honey to sweeten it and a dash of cinnamon. Try not to mix it for too long because the peanut butter will interact with the honey and spices and become harder if it gets mixed too much. *Note: This recipe is based off of natural peanut butter which is not sweetened. If you are using regular peanut butter you may want to use less honey as it normally already has added sugars.
5. Toast the bread of your choosing. Spread the prepared peanut butter on the bread. Put the sliced apples on top and then when the sweet potatoes are down put those on top. They sprinkle it with some more cinnamon on top. That’s it, you’re done!
Here is the final result!