avocado & sweet potato brownies
1 Sweet Potato (peeled, steamed,
1/2 cup Almond Butter
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Organic Coconut Milk
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Organic Dark Chocolate Chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9x9 baking dish using a bit of coconut or avocado oil.
2. Peel and mash the avocado, add to a large bowl
3. To the bowl add the almond butter and mashed sweet potato. Use a hand mixer to blend
4. To the bowl, add the maple syrup, coconut milk, egg, vanilla and sea salt. Use mixer to
combine everything until smooth.
5. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the cocoa powder to the mixture. Once combined, fold in
6. Pour batter into the baking dish, use a spatula to smooth it out evenly.
7. Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Once set, remove from the oven and
place on a rack to cool. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
I think I have a new obsession: baking with avocado.
Hear me out.
We all know this fruit (yes, it's a fruit) is loaded with good fats. Now think about a classic brownie recipe; what's the first step generally? Usually you're combining some kind of fat like butter or coconut oil with some sugar. Replace that butter or coconut oil with a pureed avocado and you've got a healthy base for some delicious treats!
These gooey, fudgy, chocolatey brownies are exactly what you've been looking for. Not only because they taste amazing, but they can actually be considered a healthy snack, not just a dessert. The sweet potatoes bring a natural sweetness, therefore I was able to cut down on the overall added sugar content. And with only 1/4 cup of maple syrup, these brownies contain a fraction of the sugars that a traditional recipe would have. The added fiber from the sweet potatoes and protein from the almond butter means these brownies are going to satisfy your hunger and keep your blood sugar balanced.
As with all my recipes, I tried this one out on my boyfriend, Jordan. The response I got when I asked him how they were?
"They taste like brownies."
That's how you know they are good!
First of all, he wouldn't lie to me if they only tasted okay (trust me). Second of all, they taste like brownies! Enough said.
These aren't "healthy" brownies that sort of taste like a version of a brownie. These are delicious tasting brownies that just so happen to be better for you! That's all I've ever wanted out of my brownies and I know you'll feel the same way once you try them.
This is the type of recipe that I love because it really highlights how easy it is to create delicious AND healthy treats. You don’t have to compromise on taste or texture just to make a healthy snack. Something I teach my clients is it’s not about giving up the foods that you love, sometimes you just need to find a better version. Use this recipe when a chocolate craving hits or when you just need a little treat. I recommend topping them with an extra drizzle almond butter but they are perfect just on their own. This simple, healthy recipe will satisfy the biggest of cravings and leave you feeling great, even if you indulge in more than one… which I’ve been known to do every single time I make them ;-)