Enjoy a warming cup of coziness with this delicious sweet potato latte that tastes like sweet potato pie in a mug! Made with roasted or steamed sweet potatoes, sweetener, warming spices and milk, it’s perfect for chilly mornings!
In the blink of an eye summer turned to fall and soon the weather will be crisp enough to warrant a warming start or end to the day.
Chilly mornings will call for a cup of warmth and that’s when I find myself craving something with a little spice. With plenty of spicy ginger and cinnamon, this sweet potato latte fits the bill perfectly.
What is a Sweet Potato Latte?
A Korean sweet potato latte (also known as goguma latte) is a caffeine-free drink made from roasted or steamed sweet potatoes, sweetener and frothed milk. It's creamy, sweet and warming.
Traditionally pale yellow-fleshed Korean sweet potatoes are used for making sweet potato lattes and if you can find them I urge you to try them as their mildly sweet and chestnut-like flavor is unlike the orange varieties we often see.
I also like to add some warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and nutmeg for a taste reminiscent of sweet potato pie in a mug that's just right for the fall season.
(Here are a few notes about the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe. As always find the full list of ingredients and directions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.)
- Sweet Potato - Use a Korean sweet potato if you can or substitute an orange-fleshed variety. Either steamed or baked sweet potatoes work for the latte. (You can find direction for how to steam or roast sweet potatoes in the recipe card below.)
- Milk - I've used coconut milk for a dairy-free latte but feel free to use the milk of your choice.
- Maple Syrup - I'm using maple syrup as a sweetener since it pairs well with the sweet potato and spices but you can substitute your sweetener of choice.
- Spices - I'm using a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, black pepper for a sweet potato pie flavor and a pinch of turmeric for color.
How to Make a Sweet Potato Latte:
- First you'll either roast or steam your sweet potato until tender. (You can do this step ahead of time and store the cooked sweet potato in the fridge until needed.)
- Next you'll blend the cooked sweet potatoes with your milk of choice, sweetener and spices until smooth and frothy.
- Pour the mixture into a small saucepan to heat and you are ready to serve!
Smooth and silky with a creamy texture it’s a cup of coziness and I can’t think of a nicer way to welcome fall than with this simple, creamy concoction. Enjoy!
- Use any variety of sweet potato you'd like keeping in mind that orange-fleshed sweet potatoes will give your the most sweet potato pie-like flavor.
- Use any milk you'd like regular or non-dairy.
- Use any sweetener you'd like.
- Use a pumpkin pie spice blend instead of the ground spices.
More Warming Drinks for Fall:
Enjoy a warming cup of coziness with this delicious sweet potato latte that tastes like sweet potato pie in a mug! Made with roasted or steamed sweet potatoes, sweetener, warming spices and milk, it’s perfect for chilly mornings.
- Half (about 150g) of a baked or steamed sweet potato, skin removed (see notes below for how to roast or steam a sweet potato)
- 1 cup/240ml light coconut milk (or milk of choice)
- ½ cup/120g filtered water
- 2 Tablespoons/30g maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛th teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛th teaspoon ground nutmeg
- A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- Combine all the ingredients together in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and lightly frothy.
- Pour into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until steaming.
- Remove from heat and serve with a dash of cinnamon powder on top.
How to Roast a Sweet Potato:
Preheat oven to 425º F. Place sweet potato on a parchment lined baking sheet and prick all over with a fork.
Bake until tender and easily pierced with a knife, (about 40 to 50 minutes depending on size).
Let cool, then split open and scoop out flesh.
How to Steam Sweet Potatoes:
In a large pot or saucepan fitted with a steamer basket, bring a few inches of water to a boil.
Slice the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise.
Place the halved sweet potatoes in the steamer basket, cover with a lid, and lower heat.
Steam the sweet potatoes until knife tender (about 10-15 minutes). Let cool and scoop out flesh.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 35gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g
Sylvie Shirazi is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Gourmande in the Kitchen. For the last 10 years she's been making eating more healthfully easy and accessible with gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and vegan recipes that are free from processed ingredients.