Hey! How’s your day going so far?
Lots of sweet potatoes in our house lately.
and for us.
100% correct: sweet potato brownies.
I’ve seen a lot of recipes for vegetables in desserts lately, and as amazing as they look, I couldn’t get behind it. Beans shouldn’t be anywhere near my dessert, cauliflower is just a nooooooooo, but sweet potatoes? Now that’s something I can deal with- they’re already pretty dessert-y on their own.
In all fairness, this wasn’t my idea at all. We have a surplus of sweet potatoes over here -at TJs you can’t get just a couple of organic ones, you have to buy a big bag- and I was wondering what to do with the extras. I decided to bake something, since the Pilot was flying late, the sky was ominous
and it would distract me from worrying about him.
Instantly I went to Pinterest to check out my Recipes board, and remembered these glorious things. I haven’t always had luck with Paleo-style recipes, so I un-Paleo’ed them and also decreased the amount of eggs. When you eat at least 2 a day, they’re a valuable commodity and I didn’t want to use 3 on the brownies, so I did one instead.
Here’s what I came up with:
Sweet Potato gluten-free brownies
Adapted and inspired by this recipe.
-1 bar (3.5 oz) dark chocolate
-1.5 T coconut oil
-1/4 C cocoa powder
-1 T alcohol-free vanilla
-1/2 t cinnamon
-1/4 t espresso powder (can be omitted, but I think it gives brownies a richer taste)
-flesh of two medium-small sweet potatoes (a little under 2 C); give them a whirl through the food processor for a smoother texture
-2 T ground flax
-1/4 C pure maple syrup
-1/2 t baking powder
-1/4 C gluten-free flour blend (or flour of choice)
-hefty pinch of sea salt
-Pre-heat oven to 325 and grease a small baking dish (I used a pie dish) with olive oil.
1. Melt the chocolate with the coconut in a double-boiler, or in the microwave (stir and check after 20 second intervals).
2. Add in the cocoa powder, and stir until there are no lumps or chunks of powdery magma.
3. Next, stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, espresso powder and mix well, then the sweet potatoes, egg, flax and maple syrup.
4. For the dry ingredients, I put them into a sifter and sifted into the wet mixture before stirring. I’m sure you could just add them in and stir, and it would be bueno.
5. Pour mixture into the pie dish (and if you’re like me, save a little in the bowl to enjoy. Salmonella schmalmonella) and bake for about 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
I enjoyed one for dessert, and gave one to that good-looking guy in the green flight suit when he came home.
It was fun trying to get him to guess what the secret ingredient was. He loved them!
For those of you who are curious about the nutrition facts, here ya go.
This morning, I’m off with Liv to her baby class and no idea what we’re doing for the rest of the day. It will be an adventure, I’m sure 😉
Have a great day!
BEAR DOWN, CATS!! College World Series champions! <3
Something to do: Check in when you’ve done Workout 3 for the Summer Shape Up! How did it go? I’ve heard amazing feedback so far- keep up the great work, and keep the pics coming- I love them. (#summershapeup @fitnessista). I’ll be doing some Week 3 shout outs tomorrow morning.
Here’s a playlist for this week’s workout, too! Hope you enjoy <3