Picture this ~ Thick, gooey chocolatey brownies made with just 5 ingredients, and they’re healthy. Too good to be true? Maybe, but I’ve made them anyway and you can too. These brownies are perfect at anytime of the day and are vegan, gluten free and paleo. You’re welcome.
I couldn’t believe how soft, dense and fudgy these brownies turned out, the texture is exactly what you’d want and 100% loaded with ingredients that are guilt free and good for you! All ingredients used are common items you might find in your pantry at home. These are a new breed of indulgent brownie in that they contain no butter, no oil, no sugar and no grains, but you’d never be able to tell. The sweet potato flavour isn’t overpowering, but it lends that gooey texture, especially when baked with the other ingredients!
The brownie base uses four simple ingredients- mashed sweet potato, smooth nut butter, pure maple syrup and a good quality cocoa powder. These aren’t the overly sweet kind of brownies, but more dark and rich. You’ll get some sweetness from the maple syrup and with the added healthy frosting. However, if you DO want super sweet brownies, feel free to add either some liquid stevia or some granulated sweetener of choice.
I use natural nut butter in a lot of my recipes, its so versatile and makes almost any recipe even better. It has a great texture to use in baking, but SOMETIMES it sadly can be a little overpowering and would be in this brownie recipe. As such, I recommend using either smooth almond butter or cashew butter to give them a more subtle nutty flavour and for a good binding consistency.
The final touch and the icing on the cake (literally) to these healthy chocolate brownies is the thick rich frosting. Normally the idea of frosting would be associated with ideas of high amount of sugar and unhealthy fats but THINK AGAIN, I’ve got you covered for a chocolate icing on your healthy sweet potato brownies that will satisfy that sweet tooth and keep them guilt free. There are different types of frosting you could make depending on your lifestyle, for example could make one using protein powder or a vegan cream cheese/chocolate frosting combo but i’ve gone for one that’s even more simple. Chocolate coconut ganache, using coconut cream and vegan chocolate chips (I used the brand Sweet William). I enjoy using coconut based ingredients just as much as I do peanut butter, So using a coconut cream base was a no brainer for me and it definitely complemented the brownies end result.
Brownies 2 cups mashed sweet potato 1 cup smooth almond butter can substitute for any nut or seed butter of choice 1/4 cup rice malt syrup 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup chocolate chips optional
Chocolate Coconut Frosting 2 cups chocolate chips 1 cup canned coconut milk
1 Preheat the oven the 180 degrees celsius and lightly grease a oaf or slice pan and set aside.
2 In a large mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients and mix until fully combined. Pour into the greased pan and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a skewer just comes out clean.
3 Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan completely.
4 While brownies are cooling, prep your frosting. In a microwave safe bowl or stove top, on low heat, combine ingredients and heat until just combined- Whisk until a thick, glossy, frosting remains. Once brownies are cooled, frost and cut into pieces.