Vegan & Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crockpot Soup – #Crocktober

A simple autumn-inspired healthy crockpot sweet potato soup which will satisfy vegan, gluten-free, and non-restrictive diets.

By now, most of y’all realize that I am a big believer in Crockpot Monday, even if I don’t necessarily observe it every week. Basically, I just love the idea of prepping a few ingredients in the morning before heading to work and then coming home to find a delicious meal ready and waiting. Plus, who doesn’t love coming home to the smell of crazy yummy goodness wafting through their house? So, when I heard about a few fellow food recipe blogger friends who were getting together to celebrate #Crocktober, I was pretty much all in immediately.

Since I have our big annual Halloween party coming up this weekend, I decided to make and freeze a large crockpot full of sweet potato soup for the big day. I have several friends who follow a strict diet and thought that if I had at least one thing that was vegan, gluten-free, and healthy, that each one of them would have at least one thing that they could enjoy at the party without fear of getting sick. I hate for anyone to feel like there is not at least something they can eat or snack on while hanging out in costume.

“I love that I can top this creamy soup with anything my heart desires. That means I can eat it several days in a row without ever having it exactly the same way twice.”

Seeing as I pretty much survive on pretzels and cheese, I’m obviously not a huge fan of anything gluten-free or vegan, so coming up with a recipe that fit both of these requirements was kind of a drag. After much thought, I decided that sweet potato soup was the way to go. I decided that I could easily adapt my original Cozy Winter Sweet Potato & Thyme Soup, which is currently being featured in the October/November 2017 edition of Taste of Home Simple & Delicious, to be both vegan and gluten-free.

Thankfully for me, many recipes can be made vegan by swapping in olive oil for butter and vegetable broth in lieu of chicken or beef broth. Potatoes are also naturally gluten-free, thus making them perfect for those with gluten restrictive diets. When trying to make something gluten-free, just make sure to carefully check the labels of all of your ingredients. You’d be surprised how many things gluten is in. Definitely pretzels, which is good for me; it means I get to keep them all to myself. For more great crockpot recipes, make sure to check out Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck’s Crockpot Monday page or our Crockpot Monday Ideas Pinterest page.

A simple autumn-inspired healthy crockpot sweet potato soup which will satisfy vegan, gluten-free, and non-restrictive diets.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Sweet Yellow Onion, Peeled & Diced
  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 Large Sweet Potatoes, Peeled & Diced
  • 3 (32-oz.) Cartons Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Chipotle
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt

A simple autumn-inspired healthy crockpot sweet potato soup which will satisfy vegan, gluten-free, and non-restrictive diets.

Directions:

  1. Place the diced onion and olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook the onions until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the sautéed onion and the remaining ingredients to a crockpot and then stir to combine.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  4. In small batches, purée the soup in a blender until smooth.

A simple autumn-inspired healthy crockpot sweet potato soup which will satisfy vegan, gluten-free, and non-restrictive diets.

Suggestions:

  • Cut the sweet potatoes into evenly sized chunks so that they cook at the same rate.
  • Purée this soup in small batches to avoid a soup explosion in your kitchen. I suggest never filling your blender over halfway full when puréeing a hot liquid.
  • I did not use low-sodium vegetable broth for this recipe. If you do, you may need to adjust the salt.

A simple autumn-inspired healthy crockpot sweet potato soup which will satisfy vegan, gluten-free, and non-restrictive diets.

Improvements:

  • If you are feeding vegan, gluten-free, and dietary non-restricted dinner guests, set out small bowls of grated cheese, bacon bits, and sour cream with this soup so that each guest can alter it to their own desired taste.
  • As most of y’all know by now, I love using Miss O’Hara, my Crock-Pot 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker. She’s been a great friend to have in the kitchen and I can’t imagine life without her. So far, she’s been worth every last penny I spent on her.
  • Garnish this soup with chopped scallions or chives before serving.

Vegan & Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crockpot Soup

Vegan & Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crockpot Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Sweet Yellow Onion, Peeled & Diced
  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 Large Sweet Potatoes, Peeled & Diced
  • 3 (32-oz.) Cartons Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Chipotle
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. Place the diced onion and olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook the onions until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the sautéed onion and the remaining ingredients to a crockpot and then stir to combine.
  3. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
  4. In small batches, purée the soup in a blender until smooth.
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A huge thank you shout-out to Sue from A Palatable Pastime for hosting this #Crocktober event.

I will also be sharing this healthy crockpot soup recipe this week on Souper Sundays.

A simple autumn-inspired healthy crockpot sweet potato soup which will satisfy vegan, gluten-free, and non-restrictive diets.

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  • Wendy Klik

    You are right, that soups are the most easily adaptable of recipes when cooking vegan. This soup sounds amazing and congrats on getting it published.

    • Thanks Wendy! I’m relieved to know that one party dish is as easy as thawing, tossing in a crockpot, and reheating! Just add spoons, bowls, and optional pepitas!

  • Kate

    I’m so excited to try this! Yum!

  • This looks delicious even if it is vegan and gluten free! Love the pepitas on top too.

    • Karen, I’m kind of crazy about adding them to everything! They are just so addictive!

  • thenotsocreativecook

    I love anything sweet potatoes! This looks delicious! Happy Fiesta Friday, Colleen.

  • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

    I love sweet potato soup. I’m visiting from Souper Sunday.

  • Gingerandbread

    Stunning pictures – I love your addition of spices, they will really give this soup an interesting kick! Thank you for bringing these along to Fiesta Friday!
    Ginger x

    • Thanks…it’s what I’ll be eating for dinner tonight! Quite yummy!

  • debinhawaii

    Your soup looks delicious and would be welcome at any fall party whether a GF vegan eater or a carnivore. 😉 Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week too.

    • I swirled a little sour cream into it last night…AMAZING!!!

  • Jan Thomas

    I harvested SOOO many sweet potatoes this year from my garden! I will be making this for sure! Thanks for sharing it on our Celebrate365 #crocktober link party1

  • Vanitha Bhat

    Love soups and this creamy sweet potato soup sounds like my kind of dish!! Love the color and texture!!
    Thanks for sharing at FF #179!!
    I might have missed it, but please do link back to Fiesta Friday so you can be considered for a feature and more bloggers can find us and join the party!! Looking forward to more such yum creations from you 🙂 Happy Fiesta Friday!