Gluten-free West African Sweet Potato Peanut Groundnut Pie



This gluten-free and vegan West African sweet potato peanut pie is traditionally a stew and goes by the name groundnut stew.

I reinvented the concept into a lovely pie with this fancy floral effect! (A real show stopper, but deceptively easy to do!)

This vegan pie is seriously delicious! Made with a gluten-free shortcrust base, a creamy, rich layer of flavours from peanut, tomato, garlic, ginger and a hint of spice and topped with silky sweet potatoes. It’s a great veggie option. Feel free to substitute the sweet potatoes with courgettes ribbons for another recipe variation.


8 servings


35 Minutes


45 Minutes


  • 1 batch shortcrust pastry to make a 9” pie

  • 2 – 3 large sweet potatoes/ yams, peeled and sliced with a mandolin

  • 3 Tbsp Greek extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion, (red or white) diced

  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated

  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander

  • 1 – 2 chili peppers, diced

  • 2 medium tomatoes, grated with juices

  • 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter, unsweetened

  • Handful fresh or frozen spinach

  • 1 small lemon, juice of

  • Sea salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Make your pie crust and par-bake it in the oven. When done, let cool.

  2. In a large pot over medium heat, add the oil, and sauté the onion, ginger, and chilli peppers til softened then add the garlic, spinach, lemon, spices and peanut butter. Remove from heat and put aside.

  3. Peel the sweet potatoes and use a mandolin on the finest setting to slice them from top to bottom. The slices must be long, very thin and bendy.

  4. Blanche the sweet potatos in boiling water for a couple minutes to help with the cooking, then dry with a paper towel. This step is optional, otherwise I find they don't cook through enough in the oven.

  5. Cut in half length ways to create thin ribbons.

  6. Put the potato slices in a large bowl and gently toss with olive oil to coat and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

  7. Spread the peanut mixture over the base of the pie crust and begin to arrange the sweet potato vertically in a concentric circle from the outside to the inside slightly overlapping. The potato slices should begin to form a floral effect.

  8. Bake at 170°C for 40-50 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are cooked.

  9. Drizzle with more olive oil and top with roasted peanuts, toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

  10. Serve warm or at room temperature.



Sweet potatoes - are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals and also high in antioxidants that may help protect your body from free radical damage and chronic disease. (Source)

Greek extra virgin olive oil - specifically Greek oil, has the lowest acidity (approximately 0.5%) and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Benefits may include anti-inflammatory properties, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and improves bone calcification. (Source)

Red onion nutrient dense, meaning they're low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. Red onions are rich in anthocyanin, which are powerful plant pigments that may protect against heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. (Source)

Garlic - contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and ageing, helps improve blood pressure, cholesterol and bone health. (Source)

Ginger - high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. (Source)

Coriander (ground) - high in active antioxidants, coriander is antibacterial, may help regulate blood sugar, and can enhance the digestive process through its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, was also a fan of coriander for its medicinal and aromatic properties. (Source)

Chili peppers - contain many vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidant carotenoid compounds; including Capsanthin - the main carotenoid in red chilli peppers which also give its red colour; and Capsaicin which is responsible for their spicy flavour and health benefits. (Source)

Tomatoes - are a good source of vitamin C and potassium, and rich in lycopene, a natural antioxidant that gives tomatoes their nice red colour. It can help improve heart health, lower risk of cancer and great for skin and vision. (Source)

Peanut butter (natural + unsweetened) - provides a source of protein and vitamins. (Source)

Spinach - contains several important plant compounds linked to improving eye health, heart health, reducing inflammation and decreasing your risk of cancer and chronic diseases. (Source)

Lemon - high in heart-healthy vitamin C and several beneficial plant compounds that may lower cholesterol. (Source)


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  • Many of my recipes call for Greek products like Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek honey or Greek oregano. It is not mandatory for it to be Greek in order to make the recipe, you are more than welcome to use a good quality alternative; just keep in mind if you are after the authentic flavours of Greece these details do make all the difference in Greek cuisine. You can shop these ingredients here.​

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  • Disclaimer: None of the health benefits listed are intended to diagnose or treat any pre-existing health conditions. Always consult a health care practitioner before making any health decisions. The benefits listed are from my own research and personal interest, and encourage you to follow the Source and do further research.


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