SWEET POTATO BROWNIES
with sweet potatoes and raw cacao
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I am someone who craves chocolate about 5 times a day. I know, doesn’t sound very ‘healthy lifestyle’-ish. I could spend days dreaming about pastries and cakes and pain au chocolat.
Actually, when I first tried to delete gluten and sugar out of my diet I started working in a bakery/ fine chocolatier... How I survived without tasting any of it is beyond my understanding.
Anyway: I’m also a big youtube fan and when I discovered Deliciously Ella on there the world of indulgence opended itself back to me.
The first thing I tried on there were these brownies to bring along to a huge family party at my grandparents house. I kept the ‘weird’ ingredient secret, sure that if anyone knew, no one would ever ever want to taste a piece of it and I would get looks of disgust all around.
Well, quite the contrary happened: my brownies dissapeared so quickly! I started hiding them in suspicious looking cupboards, just to be sure that I still had some left for myself.
I KNOW, I have a problem with sharing...
I adapted the recipe from Deliciously Ella with ingredients I always find in my cupboards, I also left the maple syrup out since I think the sweet potatoes add enough sweetness by themselves.
- a pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup OPTIONAL
- 4 tbsp of raw cacao powder
- 14 medjool dates or medjool syrup worked as well for me
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 100 gr of rolled oats
- 80 gr of ground almonds
- 2 large sweet potatoes
For the icing:
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
- 2 tbsp of raw cacao powder
- 3 tbsp of natural peanut butter
First peel and cut the sweet potatoes and steam them untill soft. Meanwhile ground your rolled oats in your food processor until you have a fine flour. Add all the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir. Add the sweet potatoes and the medjool dates to a food processor and mix until smooth. Add this to the mixing bowl and stir well until everything looks smooth. Line a baking tray and smear with coconut oil, pour the mixture in and leave in the oven on 180°C for about 40 min or untill your fork comes out clean. Leave the brownies to cool for about half an hour. Start with the icing: melt all the ingredients in a pan and leave to cool for about 15 min before coating the completly cool brownie.
Makes 12 brownies