As promised, I’m here with a treat for you today! Healthy Sweet Potato Brownies!
I’ve made two batches of these in the past week. They’re both gone. The original batch I made using Nuttzo! (Check out tomorrow’s post for more info on how much I’m loving Nuttzo!) I actually came up with the idea for these brownies while I was thinking about how I could use the Chocolate Nuttzo to bake! Chocolate immediately made me think of brownies so I settled on those…but I hate how unhealthy most brownie recipes are. I decided I would try using dates to sweeten theses brownies and also threw in some sweet potatoes to keep them moist!
I made the first batch with chocolate Nuttzo and they passed the hubby test! That’s when I realized I might have a winner. Then I made a second batch to take to our Memorial Day cookout. My father-in-law loves peanut butter brownies so I used regular peanut butter for the second batch. Even my mother-in-law, who never eats dessert, ate one…so I call that a major win!
Here’s the recipe:
- (8x8 pan)
- 1¼ c chopped, pitted dates
- ½ c cooked sweet potato, mashed
- ¾ c nut butter
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ c unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ c applesauce
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ⅔ c dark chocolate chips
- Put the dates, sweet potato and nut butter in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Add the eggs and applesauce and process until mixed.
- Sift in the cocoa powder and baking soda and pulse until combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon into a greased 8x8 pan and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in comes out clean.
- Optional frosting: When cooled, top with nut butter, or melt nut butter and more chocolate chips in the microwave, stir to combine and spread over brownies.
Pretty simple, right?
A word of warning…these are not super sweet. So don’t expect a traditional brownie. For hubby and I, who don’t like super sweet stuff, they’re perfect. If you’re worried they won’t be sweet enough for you, adding the melted chocolate chip/pb frosting adds some sweetness! At our cookout, I served them frosted with a scoop of ice cream…DELISH! Also, they’re more like cakey brownies, not fudgy. My guess would be if you added another egg they’d be fudgier but I haven’t tried it.
My best advice. Make these…serve them to your friends and family but don’t tell them the ingredients! I bet they’ll be a big hit!