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Sweet Potato Brownies with Walnuts

By Tia Ohm

Wait, did you say sweet potato? Do you mean this dessert actually has a vegetable in it? Yep, these tasty treats are just that; a treat, in every sense of the word. This is a recipe we saw on A Tasty Love Story and had to make it. They are decadent without over-doing it, not too sweet and delightfully moist. I’ll admit, they do take a bit of time and effort, but well worth it if you would like a dessert that you can eat without feeling guilty. No added sugars in this recipe, these little brownies are sweetened naturally with sugar dates and sweet potato.

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The original recipe used wheat flour, but we had to make it gluten-free. So instead, we used almond meal and now it becomes grain-free too. You can actually turn this dessert into a super-food if you use cacao nibs and cacao powder; genius! Throw in some chopped walnuts for a crunch, and your ready to go. I think I’ve said enough already. Bring your kids along for the ride, and get baking.


What You’ll Need:

  • 2 1/4 cup sweet potato, roughly 2 smaller sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 pastured eggs
  • 12 dates, pitted
  • just less than 1/2 cup dark chocolate, or cacao nibs
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 heaping T cocoa powder, or cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional

What to Do:

  1. Steam your sweet potatoes until soft, about 10 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. In a food processor, blend your steamed sweet potatoes, dates, sea salt and vanilla until creamy.
  4. In a double boiler, melt together your dark chocolate and coconut oil.
  5. Transfer your sweet potato mixture to a bowl and add the melted chocolate.
  6. Add cocoa powder, baking powder and almond meal and mix until well incorporated.
  7. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9×11 inch pan with coconut oil. Pour in your brownie mixture and spread evenly.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until a fork or toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

Makes about 20 smaller brownies


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