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Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl With Black Beans

  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 people 1x


A delicious and healthy vegan sweet potato buddha bowl recipe that everyone will love. Perfectly roasted sweet potatoes, seasoned cooked black beans, and sautéed garlicky kale all topped with an incredible avocado cream sauce.



For the roasted sweet potatoes

  • 2 cups diced sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the black beans

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion (diced or minced)
  • 1 red or green bell pepper (diced or minced)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans (drained and rinsed well)
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning – I used store-bought
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper

For the kale

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 bunch of kale (about 4 cups chopped), you can use curly or tuscan kale
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock (or dry white wine)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper (to taste)

For the avocado cream sauce

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt (1/4 cup plain coconut yogurt for vegan option)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh parsley
  • The juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper (to taste)


Roast the sweet potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and place the diced sweet potato into a mixing bowl, pour in one tablespoon of olive oil, one tablespoon of garlic powder, one tablespoon chili powder and some salt and pepper and toss well. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, pour the seasoned sweet potatoes onto the baking sheet in a single layer and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Cook the black beans

  1. Heat a non-stick pan on the stove with one tablespoon olive oil. Add in the onions and peppers, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in one tablespoon of the minced garlic and toss — Cook for 1 minute. Add in the black beans and taco seasoning and toss them with the onions, peppers, and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Place the black beans into a bowl and set aside.

Saute the kale

  1. In the same pan, you used to cook the black beans, heat one tablespoon of olive oil. Add in one tablespoon of the garlic and cook for one minute. Toss in the sliced kale and stir everything together to coat the kale in the oil and garlic. Pour in a little veggie stock or dry white wine for added flavor. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Make the avocado cream sauce

  1. Place the avocado, greek yogurt, red wine vinegar, one tablespoon olive oil, 1 clove of garlic, honey, cilantro, parsley, lime juice, salt and pepper into a blender and blend on high until it forms a creamy sauce. Add some water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix to thin out the sauce if needed. 

Build your buddha bowl

  1. Divide the roasted sweet potato, cooked black beans and half of the sautéed kale between bowls. Top with some of the avocado cream sauce and enjoy! 


    1. You can swap out the kale with spinach, but you will want about 4 cups since it cooks down more than the kale. You could also swap out the kale with sliced collard greens.
    2. All of the components (sweet potatoes, kale, black beans, and sauce) can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. When ready to eat, build your buddha bowl, heat it in the microwave and top it with some of the avocado cream sauce.
    3. I like to top this with some cilantro or parsley for a nice herby finish.
    4. To make this vegan, sub the greek yogurt with dairy-free greek yogurt. Or, you can use tahini sauce. 
    5. To cook the sweet potatoes in the air-fryer:  If you have an air fryer you can cook the sweet potatoes by preheating the air-fryer to 390 degrees, spray the basket with cooking spray, season the sweet potatoes as noted in the recipe, place them into the air fryer basket, close, and roast for 15-20 minutes until nice and golden brown. Check them halfway through and adjust the time since it will depend on how large you cut the potatoes. My times work for about 1 inch cubes.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean