SWEET POTATO BROWNIES – VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE
You won’t believe how good these vegan sweet potato brownies are! The recipe sounds crazy – because who wants to taste sweet potatoes in a brownie? But it really works. Nobody who doesn’t know will taste the sweet potatoes, I swear! Instead these gluten-free and vegan sweet potato brownies are sweet, moist, chocolately and simply delicious.
The original recipe for these sweet potato brownies is by Deliciously Ella and I only changed it slightly to make it nut free and added some extra chocolate – just because there never can be too much chocolate in my brownies.
Ingredients for around 10 sweet potato brownies:
- 2 medium to large sweet potatoes (600g)
- 14 medjool dates (or more if yours are rather small)
- 4 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
- 2/3 cup of gluten free flour (the original recipe uses almond flour, if you have no problem with nuts feel free to use it instead)
- 1/2 cup of buckwheat flour (100g)
- 4 tablespoons of raw cacao
- A pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 100g Dark Chocolate, cut into small pieces
Pre-heat your oven to 180C. The original recipe ask you to peel the sweet potatoes, cut them into chunks, and then steam them for about 20 minutes until they are soft. I baked the sweet potatoes instead and I think it works much better. Just pick the skin of your sweet potatoes with a knife a few times and then bake them in the oven for around 40 minutes, until they are super soft. Let them cool slightly and remove the skin.
Whatever alternative you use, once your sweet potatoes are perfectly soft take them out and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates and maple syrup – you will get a delicious, creamy mix of goodness!
Put the remaining dry ingredients into a bowl, mix them, and then mix in the sweet potato date combination. After that mix in the chocolate pieces.
Place your mix into a lined baking dish and bake your sweet potato brownies for about thirty minutes. They will still be moist on the inside but that’s okay, don’t worry about it. Remove the tray and allow it to cool for another twenty minutes – this is important, as it needs this time to stick together! Remove the sweet potato brownies from the tray, and let them cool down completely before cutting them into squares. Sprinkle with cacao powder and cinnamon and enjoy.