Try this recipe for vegan sweet potato brownies. With no refined sugar they make a healthy tasty treat. Deliciously squidgy just like traditional brownies but so much healthier!
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month and the charity, Bowel Cancer UK is encouraging everyone to be a star and bake a cake for family and friends. Although the 4th most common cancer in the UK, bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer and it's hoped that the campaign will raise awareness as well as vital funding.
A number of celebrity chefs have shared their favourite recipes in support of the charity. As a huge fan of brownies as well as wanting to offer healthier sweet treats to my family when I can, I couldn't resist having a go at the sweet potato brownies by Deliciously Ella.
These sweet potato brownies are vegan, wheat-free and have no refined sugar!
These brownies are such a healthy option and a great choice for people on various free-from diets. They're vegan, wheat-free and refined sugar-free. The sweetness comes from dates and maple syrup and it's the dates that give them that beautifully squishy brownie texture. The chocolatiness is from raw cacao powder, rather than melted chocolate.
I found the more of these I ate, the more I liked them. I absolutely love real brownies but I don't feel good if I eat too much sugar. But with these vegan sweet potato brownies, I still felt healthy. They also made a great post-running snack.
What ingredients are in these sweet potato brownies?
Well, there are sweet potatoes of course. Not just a small amount of sweet potato but 500g. That means you are definitely eating some vegetables when you eat one of these!
Instead of flour there are ground almonds and oats. There are medjool dates and maple syrup to add sweetness but no refined sugar.
The chocolate flavour comes from raw cacao powder.
What substitutions can you use?
If you can't get your hands on all the ingredients, don't worry. If you have no maple syrup then try making them with agave nectar or honey. Although if you use honey they won't be vegan.
The dates don't have to be medjool dates. You can substitute cocoa for the raw cacao powder.
If you are not looking for a wheat-free recipe and don't have oats or ground almonds then you can use flour instead.
Do sweet potato brownies taste the same as 'real' brownies?
I should say, that if you are expecting these to taste the same as brownies, they don't. You can taste the fruitiness of the dates and the chocolate flavour is nowhere near as rich as in real brownies. However, they do have that lovely gooey brownie texture and if you don't have a really sweet tooth and you love fruity bars then these are definitely something for you.
I want you to make these sugar-free brownies and love them for what they are, not be disappointed that they don't actually taste like brownies!
As I said earlier, these sweet potato brownies grew on me. With my first one, I found myself thinking, it's good but it's not a brownie. By the time I ate my last one, I was already planning to make some more!
How long do these sweet potato brownies keep?
I find bakes with sweet potato in don't keep fresh for very long so it's important to eat them quickly or keep them in the fridge. If they are not in the fridge they won't keep for longer than three days. If you store them in the fridge they will stay fresh for about a week.
Can you freeze these sweet potato brownies?
It's also possible to freeze these sugar free brownies if you don't think you can eat them all up quickly enough. Space them out slightly and put them on a baking tray in the freezer and once they are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container. I put a sheet of baking paper between the layers so they don't stick together in the freezer and it's easy to take out just one or two brownies at a time. They'll keep in the freezer for at least three months.
What equipment do you need to make these brownies?
In order to mix all these ingredients together you need to use a food processor or a powerful blender. I use my Magimix* which has worked brilliantly for over 10 years.
It's really easy to quickly blend the dates to a puree and then all you need to do is mix them up with all the other brownie ingredients. You'll also need a loose bottomed 20cm baking tin.*
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Sweet Potato Brownies by Deliciously Ella
- 500 g sweet potato
- 100 g ground almond
- 100 g ground oats
- 12 medjool dates
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 6 tbsp raw cacao
- 6 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Pinch salt
For the icing
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp cacao
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- Steam the sweet potatoes until they are soft. I cooked mine in the microwave then removed the skin.
- Pit the dates if they have stones in. Chop roughly then put in a food processor with the sweet potatoes. Blend to a puree.
- Put the date and sweet potato puree in a bowl with all the other ingredients and stir well. The mixture will be quite stiff.
- Transfer to a square tin lined with baking paper.
- Bake in the oven at 180C for 40-50 minutes. A skewer should come out dry when they are ready.
- Let the brownie cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack.
- While the brownies are cooling, put all the ingredients for the icing in a small bowl. Heat in the microwave for a minute then stir together. Let it cool in the fridge. If it's still too runny when you are ready to use it, put it in the freezer for a short time to firm up.
- Cut the brownies into squares and spread the icing on top.
- They will keep well for about 4 days in an airtight tin.
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