I've always been curious about adding sweet potatoes into brownies but never really wanted to give it the effort incase they turned out terrible and waste all the ingredients...but I am not really sure if there is such a thing as a bad brownie? I even like the stale left over ones or the burnt ones, in fact I prefer them that way! I know that sounds so weird, but it is true! I either love them totally melted or rock solid with a crispy crust on top.
I've managed to sneak vegetables in other things such as zucchini in my oatmeal, my chai spiced chocolate chip zucchini breakfast cookies, or my paleo chocolate chip bread and they have all turned out delicious. In fact you can't even taste the veggie, it really just made the bread, cookies, and the oatmeal so moist! So, I knew this had to be a winner, plus sweet potatoes are amazing on their own, so it should be a no- brainer.
The funny thing is, I am not a huge dessert person and really don't have a sweet tooth, shocking, I know! One bite and I am done. So of course, I will find a way to sneak vegetables into my desserts and make them as healthy as I can and still manage to make them taste just as good- I promise! The addition of sweet potato in the brownie just made the brownies super soft, fudge-like and super light tasting. Plus you get all the amazing health benefits of sweet potatoes- antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and help regular your blood sugar levels! Basically you can eat these for breakfast and feel good about it, not as if you should ever feel bad about the foods you eat, but these will give you energy and satisfy you a lot longer than regular brownies!
PLUS, another health bonus, I added my favorite superfoods protein blends from Philosophie- cacao magic instead of using regular cacao powder. Just one serving alone, has 10 grams of protein, no sugar, and is filled with just 8 good for you ingredients like; maca power, hemp protein, chia seeds, reishi, cacao nibs and just a few others! It is high in magnesium, makes you feel so good on the inside, provides you with energy, and the perfect way to get your chocolate fix. I love adding a spoonful into my smoothies, oatmeals, and all of my baked goods instead of cacao powder because of the protein it contains and the fact that it has no sugar! (If you are interested in trying it out you can use my code balance15 for 15% off all your orders!)
With just a few other ingredients added into the mix, you've got yourself a pretty healthy brownie that is super soft and will totally satisfy your chocolate craving! After they came out of the oven I decided to top mine off with Eating Evolved toasted coconut chocolate spread and it was delicious, but feel fee to add in chocolate chips, walnuts, or whatever you want into the mix! I always like a little something into the brownies! I also let them cool completely before I cut into them and then kept them in the fridge!
*These brownies were also on the smaller side so you can either use an 8x8 glass pan or something smaller if you prefer a thicker brownie! If you end up using a smaller pan I would suggest reducing the cooking time.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yields: 12 brownies
1 cup sweet potato, roasted, cooled, mashed
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup Philosohpie superfood honey
3 tbsp. coconut flour
1/4 cup Philosophie cacao magic
1/4 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. pink himalayan sea salt
handful of chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
optional add in:
-Pumpkin spices: about 1/4 tsp. each of: nutmeg, ginger, cloves
1. First you will need to roast the sweet potato and allow it to cool completely. Set the oven to 425 degrees and roast the sweet potato for 40 minutes or so. Peel the skin and mash the potato.
2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and either grease an 8x8 glass baking dish with coconut oil or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
3. In a mixing bowl or your vitamix add the wet ingredients; eggs, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and the sweet potato. Mix until well incorporated.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients; cacao powder, sea salt, cinnamon, baking powder, coconut flour, pumpkin spices if using.
5. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips if using.
6. Pour the batter in the pan and place in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Check after 25 minutes.