☑ Gluten free ☑ Dairy free ☑ Refined sugar free ☑ Vegan
When I think of Italian food I think of 2 things: oil and cheese.
Neither of those things are friendly for your health.
This gnocchi recipe takes the bad fat and processed foods out of Italian food and ramps up the flavour with sweet potato. The best part though…. ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS. Super simple and super healthy. This recipe uses sweet potato, a flax egg (which is ground flaxseed mixed with water) and some buckwheat flour. You can buy buckwheat flour online at iherb here but I was super savvy and used my Nutribullet to make buckwheat flour from whole buckwheat. It grinds it up into really fine flour! I have a serious love affair with the Nutribullet. I love buckwheat too because it is a SEED (Who would have guessed!?) so it is gluten free and makes a perfect flour alternative!
- 2 medium sized sweet potatos
- 1 white potato (optional),
- 1/3 cup buckwheat flour + some for dusting
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 2 tbsp water
To make gnocchi:
- Lay 2 sweet potatoes (and a white potato if you chose) on a lined baking tray and bake in a 180 degree C (350 F) oven until cooked through. This will probably take 40 minutes. The secret to a good gnocchi is a dry dough, so baking the sweet potato instead of boiling them will give you a fluffier gnocchi.
- Take the sweet potatoes out of the oven and peel off their skin. Start to mash the flesh with a fork or potato masher. At this point you can pass the mashed potato through a sieve or even put it in a blender or a Nutribullet to get it SUPER smooth.
- Add 1/3 cup of buckwheat flour to the mashed sweet potato. You may need to add a bit more depending on how wet or dry your mixture is. Try not to add more than you need. Buckwheat flour can be bought at the health food shop, or online at iherb here (10% off discount code: JWV697) or you can make your own by blending buckwheat into a powder in a Nutribullet. Stir until combine.
- Grind up 1 tbsp of flaxseeds in a Nutribullet or food processor. Add 2 tbsp of water to it. Let it sit for a few minutes to thicken. This will create a ‘flax egg’! This is an awesome substitute for egg in recipes and helps stick ingredients together. This recipe works without it though, so if you don’t have flaxseeds or a Nutribullet or food processor to blend them, don’t worry. Add your flax egg to the gnocchi mixture and combine.
- Roll you dough into a long sausage shape and cut it into 1.5 inch pieces using a butter knife’. Press a fork gently into each of the pieces to form a nice pattern on them. I then layed them on a lined baking tray.
- Add gnocchi to a pot of boiling water. They DO NOT need to be in for long of they will overcook and start to go mooshy and lose their shape. AS SOON as they start to float they are ready!!!!! This may only take 2 minutes! Be careful not to overcook them.
Serve with your favorite sauce and veggies! I used a homemade pesto and grilled capsicum and mushrooms.YUUUMMMMMM!
Original recipe by Made Whole co