The Athlete’s Plate Challenge: Sweet Potato

Welcome back to the second edition of The Athlete’s Plate Challenge.  The first challenge went to Matt over at The Athlete’s Plate for his Tempeh Bacon over my Mediterranean Style Tempeh.

When the votes were counted up the sweet potato had the most votes and became the secret ingredient for the 2nd version of The Athlete’s Plate Challenge.  Once the ingredient was chosen my mind started racing.  I first thought about making a Shepherd’s Pie with sweet potatoes and seitan instead of white potatoes and ground beef.  The next item that popped into my head was a vegan sloppy joe with sweet potatoes fries.

After quite a bit of discussion my wife and I came up with a sweet potato / brown rice pudding.  It was for our anniversary that we had gone to a restaurant and had the best bread pudding and that was the inspiration behind this dish.

So without further delay let’s go over the ingredients, directions and nutritional information.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup short grain brown rice (I used sweet brown rice)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 4 cups of milk (I used my homemade almond milk)
  • 2 tbsp of sweetener (brown rice syrup, agave nectar, honey, maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 cups sweet potato puree


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Pierce sweet potatoes and place on baking sheet.  Bake for about 1 hour until soft
  • In a heavy-bottomed pot combine water, rice and salt.  Bring to a boil, stir once and cover.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 40 minutes (rice should be al dente since it will continue to cook in milk mixture)
  • Remove rice from heat, place in a bowl and set aside
  • In same pot add in milk, sweetener of choice, maple syrup, vanilla and spices.  Bring to a low boil and stir so milk does not scorch.  Lower heat to medium-low
  • Remove sweet potatoes from oven and put flesh only into food processor.  Blend until smooth.
  • Whisk rice and sweet potato puree into milk mixture.  Cook over a medium-low heat continually stirring.  Do not try to read this blog while doing this step as you don’t want to burn the pudding.  (If a skin appears during this process just stir it back into the pudding.)
  • Simmer the mixture for 30 minutes and the pudding will be very creamy and your kitchen will smell like fall.
  • Transfer rice pudding to a large bowl or baking dish and let cool.  The pudding will thicken as it cools.  For quicker cooling put in refrigerator.

Photo by official CTER camerawoman: Karen Bahamundi

Servings: 10-12

Nutritional Information (per serving): 145 calories, 1.8g fat, 31.4g carbs, 1.9g fiber, 2.8g  protein

This version was served with granola over the top for dessert, but I have also eaten it for breakfast with fruit (banana, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries.)

My suggestion is to put it in the refrigerator to thicken and then heat in microwave for 90 seconds.

Check out Matt’s Avocado Sweet Potato [HERE] and then come back and vote for your favorite dish using sweet potatoes.  Voting will be open until February 28th at midnight in case you want to make the dishes before voting.

Choose a type of dish you would like to see in the next Athlete’s Plate Challenge:


Both polls close at 11:59pm on February 28th.

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  1. I LOOOVE sweet potatoes! I made a sweet potato brown rice pudding a while back ( that was very similar, and loved every bite. I need to try it with almond milk :). Great idea to top it with granola!

    • Jason says:

      The almond milk I thought gave it some added sweetness. I also found that when I ate it after cooking while thick it wasn’t as thick as after I put it in the refrigerator and ate it after an hour or so. I just put it in the micro for 90 seconds and it held the consistency and tasted better. Guess I like my pudding a little thicker.

      The granola was huge and I used homemade granola. The recipe for that will be coming out in this Sunday’s newsletter. The granola has a bit of chocolate in it and that was the clincher. But as I said I added fruit to it for breakfast one morning and that was incredible as well.

      I will say that your version looks creamier and more orange. I wonder if the almond milk made the difference there or if it is just the camera.

  2. This looks amazing and I think I have to try this out this weekend-super happy that it falls right in line with the kind of eating I have been doing lately. Of course, this’ll be a “treat” following a long workout ;)

    Gotta ask–how do you make your own almond milk? I think that would be really interesting to learn about-do you mind sharing??

    Your photog did an amazing job!! Did you enter the Tough Chik giveaway for her yet?? hmmmm (very subtle hint!)

    Alright, off to check out Matt’s recipe now and will be back to vote! Good luck this week.
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  3. YAY! Looking good Jason!
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  4. adena says:

    oh man!! I can’t decide AGAIN!!! I prefer savoury over sweet but this looks good enough to be a problem food for me, meaning so delicious I can’t have it in the house.. Argh, I want to be able to vote a tie again this week.
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  5. Holy wow that looks delicious! Great nutritional stats also, perfect for adding in whatever you want! very creative, nicely done!

  6. Marlene says:

    Interesting dish! You have my vote!

    And I voted for PIZZA: my fave.
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  7. Yum! That looks so good! I will definitely try that!
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  8. Jen says:

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  9. Chuck says:

    Cool recipe man. So what does the winner of all these get? lol
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    • Jason says:

      We get the satisfaction of winning but more importantly sharing great food with people and hopefully getting them onto a lifestyle of making healthy decisions.


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