It turns out not only are sweet potatoes delicious to eat, but they can be used in brownies. I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first. I’ve tried the black bean brownies, which ended poorly when my food processor did not adequately puree the beans. No one likes a bite of bean skin while eating brownies. So do yourself a favor and buy a quality food processor, it’s a kitchen staple. I like this Hamilton Beach one. Just like with the beans, be sure you mash the heck out of the sweet potatoes. Chunks are evitable, but give yourself an arm workout and you won’t be disappointed. Resist the temptation to eat the mashed sweet potatoes and peanut butter, it will smell heavenly, but remember it’s a great snack.
Another notable point, when making a ‘health’ brownie is to realize they are not going to taste exactly like the original, a sugar filled brownie. You can’t replace the power of sugar. If you get in the mindset that these will fit your diet, life and help you fit into your pants better, you’ll enjoy them a lot more. Health food still has calories so these are not calorie free. In fact, they might be higher in fat than traditional brownies; which is ok, in moderation. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.
¾ cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed
¼ cup sugar free syrup
¼ cup (56g) coconut oil
¼ cup (66g) nut butter*
2 whole eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup (23g) paleo flour*
¼ cup (20g) cocoa powder
¼ tsp. salt
8 tsp. (32g) Cacao nibs*
In a microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil until smooth. Cook sweet potato, remove skin and let cool. Make sure you mash sweet potato well so there are no chunks in brownies. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cooled sweet potato and peanut butter then beat until smooth. Add eggs, syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Next fold in dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder and salt. Beat just until no lumps remain.
Line a 9x9 glass baking dish with parchment paper and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Spread batter into pan. Top with cacao nibs. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack and brownies will set as they cool.
*Nut Butter – if you are following the Paleo diet, do not use peanut butter. Instead opt for almond or cashew butter.
*Salt – if you are following the Paleo diet, do not use the added salt
*Cacao Nibs – you may substitute mini chocolate chips for cacao nibs, however it will change the recipe nutrition (macros)
Serving Size: 1 piece
Recipe makes 9
169 calories, 13g Fat, 9g Carbohydrates, 4g Protein