While looking for a plant based option for gluten free noodles, I stumbled upon sweet potato noodles… and I was immediately hooked. This recipe is originally from my cookbook, Simple Green Meals.
Asian-fusion is a popular “family night out dinner” in our house. Panda Express is usually Ryan’s vote… and Pei Wei is mine. When we splurge, PF Changs can make it out on top. Yet I usually don’t feel too great after eating at any of those places. My knuckles swell from the sodium levels and my tummy gurgles from all the highly refined oils and sweeteners. I down cup after cup of water to no avail.
To combat this feeling, yet still enjoy the flavors I love, I created my own plant based take on Pad Thai.
Plant based, gluten free noodle options
Did you know how easy it is to spiralize veggies? I love all the creative gluten free noodle options besides sweet potato noodles. I use zoodles (spiralized zucchini), when making my to-go ramen recipe. Zoodles are also delicious topped with almond butter sauce. Spaghetti squash comes already ‘pre-noodled.’ All you have to do is slice in half, bake, and scoop to bring some delicious gluten free squash noodles to the table. Top them with a traditional pasta sauce, or make my mediterranean-style recipe. Butternut squash is another great option. Try a few and maybe find a new favorite to bring to the next pasta dinner.
Sweet potato noodle recipe
There are 3 key components that go into this flavorful noodle recipe:
Sweet potato noodles
To make the noodles, you can use a hand held spiralizer, or invest in an appliance that does it for you. Once you’ve got a bowl of noodles, coat them in the olive oil and ground black pepper. For this recipe, I just toss the sweet potato noodles in the oven, yet they can also be sauted on the stove top. A cast iron skillet does a great job at crisping them. Sweet potatoes are a great base for this recipe, as they are super nutritious. One cup contains 4 grams of protein, 769% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin A, and 65% of the RDI of vitamin C.
This vegan coleslaw is so creamy, you won’t miss the dairy! The cashews pack a protein punch while the cabbage and carrots provide great color, as well as crunch. While traditional coleslaws are full of processed ingredients, dyes, and chemicals, this delicious contains plant based, whole food ingredients, that complement the sweet potato noodles perfectly.
Almond butter sauce
Not to be outshined by the coleslaw, this almond butter sauce is a delightful winner as well. You can swap the tamari with coconut aminos if you’d like a soy free option. You can also add in a little more heat with some crushed red pepper flakes. The almond butter adds in a good amount of healthy fat to round out the nutritional profile in this sweet potato noodle recipe.
Sauces to go with sweet potato noodles
Sweet potato noodles are actually quite versatile. They pair well with both sweet and savory sauces, as well as other veggies. Here are some of my fav sauce recipes to pair with these gluten free noodles:
- Vegan pesto (5 ways!)- Pesto sauce is packed with nutrients. It’s delicious on a variety of veggies.
- Hemp heart sauce– The original recipe for this sauce has cubed sweet potatoes, yet these can be spiralized instead for a fun new take.
- Almond butter sauce– This sauce recipe is a favorite among many. Creamy, perfectly spiced, and warming.
Have you tried sweet potato noodles yet? Leave a comment and let me know how you like them!
Almond Butter Swoodles
- 1/4 cup yellow onion - chopped
- 1 inch ginger root - peeled and sliced
- 1 clove garlic
- 3/4 cup almond butter
- 1 tablespoon tamari
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice - v
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper - optional
- sea salt
- black pepper
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 sweet potatoes - spiralized (TOOL)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil - melted
- sea salt
- black pepper
- 1/2 cup green onions - thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley - chopped
- Cashew Coleslaw - recipe here
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the oil, making sure the pieces are well coated. Place on the prepared baking sheet. The swoodles will overlap, but they will lose volume as they bake. Season lightly with salt and black pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, or until tender and golden. Check for doneness around the 10-minute mark, and check again periodically, to remove any swoodles that have cooked more quickly than the others.
Almond Butter Sauce
- In a food processor fitted with the chopping blade, combine the onion, ginger, and garlic and pulse a few times until finely chopped. Add the almond butter, tamari, lemon juice, honey, paprika, ground red pepper (if using), and salt and black pepper to taste. Process until combined. Stop to scrape down the sides.
- With the motor running, pour the water through the feed hole. Keep processing until thick and creamy. Set aside.
- Divide the swoodles between 4 plates. Top each serving with a little of the sauce, 1 tablespoon scallions, and 1 tablespoon parsley.