Sweet Potato, Bacon, and White Chocolate Oatmeal


Before making this, I thought to myself, “Bacon? Or white chocolate chips? Bacon? White chocolate chips?”

“. . . OR BOTH.”

Sweet Potato, Bacon, and White Chocolate Oatmeal #vegan

It felt a little bit wrong to celebrate my birthday without peanut butter–although I assure you I had it later in the day–but once I came up with this idea, it seemed like a worthy alternative. The sweet potato base is cozy and earthy, the white chocolate chips add sweet and gooey bliss, and the bacon is–well–BACON. ‘Nough said. The three components together create a sweet-yet-salty, creamy-yet-crunchy, healthy-yet-indulgent combo.

You can use whatever bacon you want, but I highly recommend Sweet Earth “Benevolent Bacon” if you can find it. The BEST vegan bacon on the market, if you ask me (and no piggies harmed ?). Om nom nom.

Sweet Potato, Bacon, and White Chocolate Oatmeal - sweet earth bacon

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I have officially reached the second half of my 20s. I think now is when I’m supposed to go on some tangent about how “old” I’m getting. However, I find that aging comes with a lot of benefits. Childhood is obviously unbeatable, but once you reach young adulthood, there’s no going back, so you might as well look forward.

Sweet Potato, Bacon, and White Chocolate Oatmeal #oatmealartist #vegan

Reflecting on the last several years, I have found that every year gets a little easier. I understand myself better, I have more confidence, and I’m less stressed out by “adult” duties, like signing leases or paying bills.

Furthermore, when I was teaching, I valued getting older. Teaching is one of the few professions that values age, and as a young, newbie teacher, I constantly worried about how parents perceived me. With every birthday, I felt a little more valid, like I belonged in that classroom.

Sweet Potato, Bacon, and White Chocolate Oatmeal -- it's vegan!

(As it turns out, I don’t belong in any classroom, regardless of my age. But I digress.)

So bring it on, 26. If you’re anything as good as this oatmeal, I think you and I are going to get along great.

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Sweet Potato, Bacon, and White Chocolate Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 strip bacon of choice (I used Sweet Earth Benevolent Bacon, which is vegan)
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (or water)
  • 1/2 cup quick cook steel cut oats
  • 1 smallish sweet potato, peeled and cooked (or 1/2 a large one)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of white chocolate chips (I used King David brand, which is vegan)

How to make it:

  1. Cook bacon as directed on package. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a saucepan, bring milk/water to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  3. Mash sweet potato. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, stir into the oatmeal.
  4. Add vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Stir.
  5. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Chop up the bacon and add to the top of the oatmeal, along with the white chocolate chips and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, fresh fruit, nuts, etc.).

Sweet Potato, Bacon, and White Chocolate Oatmeal #vegan #oatmealartist

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

14 Responses to Sweet Potato, Bacon, and White Chocolate Oatmeal

  1. Interesting combination! I wonder if they sell any kind of vegan bacon where I live; I’ve never thought to look. It’s kinda crazy how much I DON’T miss bacon, considering how often people rave about it and even use it as their best argument for not being vegan. Anyway, Happy Birthday!

  2. Kelsey says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Also, not sure how I feel about the bacon/white chocolate combo, but I’m intrigued enough to seek out some vegan bacon and white chocolate.

  3. Cassie says:

    Happy Birthday Lauren! I can’t believe you’re in your 20’s–you look so young! It’s also so crazy because you sound so wise and lovely on the blog! Have a wonderful day of delicious oatmeal to come 😀

  4. Happy Birthday! I hope you have/had a fabulous day 😀
    Also, this oatmeal looks outrageously delicious.

  5. Sandra says:

    Happy Birthday [belated] Lauren!!!! In the words of Kimmy Gibbler “26? That’s more than half way to 50!! [canned laughter].” Age is merely just a number; it’s what you make of it. You are definitely correct in the fact that aging has its benefits, i.e. wisdom, confidence, and a sense of identity. You are very wise beyond your years and I love seeing you grow with each post!! Have a fantastic 26th birthday celebration and enjoy each day no matter how different or ordinary it is!!

  6. Sherly says:

    Maple syrup is unavailable at my home town. Is there any substitute can make this happen??

  7. Sherly says:

    Maple syrup is unavailable at my home town. Is there any substitute can make this happen????

  8. Christine says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this recipe ever since you posted it, but didn’t have all the ingredients. I finally tried it this morning. It was delicious! The recipe was perfect for me because I love sweet potatoes in oatmeal, and am a huge fan of the sweet/salty combination. I used 1 strip Morningstar bacon, and a heaping tablespoon white chocolate chips for the topping.

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