Sweet Potato Brownies (gluten-free)

This sweet potato brownie recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, and extremely easy to make. It’s a perfect healthy dessert option with a bonus dose of nutrients!

Hey hey friends! How’s the week going? We’re just taking it easy over here, and slowly getting back in the swing of life after our amazing Chicago trip. I don’t usually dread Mondays, but it hit me pretty hard this week. We were late for school drop-off and of course I was still in my pajamas. So there ya go. 

I’m still sorting through our Chicago pics and will prob have recap part 2 up on Thursday. 🙂 I taught two barre classes yesterday, and have gotten back into the usual child wrangling/work/house chores/cooking routine. Madre, Liv and I made tacos with homemade tortillas last night, and even though we’re still a little ways away, I’m already excited for the weekend. A friend suggested a day trip to Tallahassee, and I’ve never been! If the timing works out, it will be a lot of fun to check out a barre class and stop at Trader Joe’s for all of the pumpkin things!! What new holiday items do they have in stock? Any awesome finds lately? (I guess they have a fall salsa that’s calling my name.)

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet potato brownies

So for today, I have a recipe for youuuuuu. This is based on a fave from the past. It was due for a photo upgrade, so I tweaked the recipe a bit.

I love the idea of using sweet potato or pumpkin instead of starch/fat for certain baked goodies. Sometimes it works surprisingly well and gives it a light sweetness + awesome texture. A great example of this is in these pumpkin chocolate chip bars. If you make one pumpkin recipe, this has to be it!

But for now, we’re throwing a little love the sweet potato’s way with this sweet and gluten-free treat:

sweet potato brownies!!!

Sweet potato brownies

If you’re looking for a healthy, slightly sweet treat, this is it! And it has sweet potatoes, so it’s basically like eating a vegetable.

Sweet potato brownies

You get a bonus dose of nutrients, and they’re so easy to put together. I usually have a leftover baked sweet potato in the fridge, which is often destined for almond butter and cinnamon. This takes things to the next level with chocolate. When I told Liv I made sweet potato brownies, she was like, “Oooh that’s weird.” And then she ate two.

Sweet potato brownies

Sweet Potato Brownie Recipe

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!

Sweet potato brownies


Sweet Potato Brownies (gluten free)

  • Yield: 12 1x


  • 2 cups cooked sweet potato (from one large sweet potato or two smaller sweet potatoes)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 your favorite dark chocolate bar
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a small baking dish with nonstick spray. (i used 9×13.)
  2. Mix all of the ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, in a mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Smooth the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 22-25 minutes until set. Then, enjoy your vegetable! 😉

Please let me know what you think!

So tell me, friends: what’s your favorite sweet potato recipe?

Anyone else have a Monday fail this week?



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  1. Patricia @Sweet and Strong on September 26, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Mmmm these look so good. I love having healthy treats around the house especially during the work week. I need something sweet just about every night. Can’t wait to try them!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      please let me know what you think!

  2. Carrie this fit chick on September 26, 2017 at 8:28 am

    These look incredibly moist! I can only imagine how naturally sweet these are with those sweet taters. Clever idea!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      let me know if you give them a whirl 🙂

      • Meav77 on September 27, 2017 at 8:28 am

        My kids are allergic to nuts and eggs What can I replace those ingredients with?

  3. Virjinia Harp on September 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Sweet potato brownies sounds super interesting. I bet they’re delicious though! Also, you just reminded me about Trader Joe’s and all their fall stuff. I know where I’m stopping this weekend!

    With Purpose and Kindness

  4. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-Ups on September 26, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I do love healthy treats, especially stuff that gets the kids some extra veggies Thanks for sharing.

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      yes, exactly! the girls loved them 🙂

  5. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on September 26, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Yum yum! A healthy treat with bonus nutrients! Monday’s after traveling are always THE WORST! I need an extra cup of coffee and motivation to get work and the house squared away in ONE day!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      haha seriously! we still have laundry and luggage everywhere. it’s going to be one of those slow weeks

  6. Laura @FitMamaLove on September 26, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Your other sweet potato brownie recipe is so good—especially the next day!—I can’t wait to give these ones a try!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      please let me know what you think! 🙂

  7. Melissa C on September 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I’ll need to make these ASAP..the Pumpkin chocolate chip brownies were a hit in my house last fall! My hubby and 3 sons would devour these treats! …After taking and cooling-I would put them in the fridge..and they get a “fudge-like” creamy texture! Heavenly:)

  8. Meghan Schmitt on September 26, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Sounds delish! Did you add the chocolate bar as is or broken up into pieces? Or melted? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      melted! i need to add that into the recipe.

      • Meghan Schmitt on September 26, 2017 at 2:17 pm

        That’s what I figured but just wanted to check 🙂 I need to make these soon!

      • Steph on September 27, 2017 at 8:59 am

        Whoops! I should have read the comments first! I just made these this morning, and they are definitely more orange than yours…maybe that’s why. I can’t wait til they come out the oven- just 5 more minutes!

  9. Anne on September 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I love roasted cubed sweet potatoes with lime juice, cilantro, and a bit of S&P and cayenne. So good hot and especially cold.

    • Anne on September 26, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      I’m scared to try these brownies! But I do love the oh she glows pumpkin pie brownie cupcakes. Sometimes I make just the brownie layer, these probably do taste similar and GF!

  10. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on September 26, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    This reminds me that I need to get back into my sweet potato groove! I feel like every fall, I eat at least one per day!

  11. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I love sweet potato. I think it doesn’t get enough attention with everything pumpkin going on!

  12. Amanda on September 27, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I eat sweet potatoes all.the.time. If you are what you eat… 😉 I typically eat the non-orange varieties like the Asian sweet potatoes (magenta skin, white flesh) and purple (purple skin and flesh). I slice them into coins, spray with olive oil, and roast at 425 for 15-20 minutes. I prefer them firm, not mushy. I season with cinnamon and rehydrated/softened dried apricots.

  13. Monica C. on September 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I live in Tallahassee and you will be pleased to know that Pure Barre and Trader Joes are in the same shopping center (with a TJ Maxx and a Starbucks). I know you’re only planning a day trip, but for future reference, we also have two Orange Theory locations now! The Refinery has funky barre classes too, and is next to Whole Foods and Lululemon.

    Some favorite eat/drink spots:
    – Vale & The Good Berry for acai bowls; Vale also has nice healthy meal bowls
    – Food Glorious Food
    – Kool Beanz Cafe
    – Table 23
    – The Wine Loft
    – Sage (I’m not impressed with this one, but people generally love it)
    – The Edison (Cascades Park is just beautiful – the cocktails are fancy, the food is hit or miss)
    – El Cocinero
    – Backwoods Crossing (farm-to-table and right off I-10)
    – Vertigo Burger (I am gluten free and vegetarian and this is still one of my favorites)

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      these are all such amazing suggestions. THANK YOU! <3

  14. Jennifer Hoffman on September 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

    TJ’s haso this pumpkin caramel corn mix…. seriously addictive!

    • Fitnessista on September 28, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      AHHH YUM

  15. Ar on October 1, 2017 at 10:58 am

    What is the nutritional values on these treats please ? Per serving

  16. Rick on January 15, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Om nom nom these look good!

  17. Niki on April 15, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Delicious! Third batch in the oven now?

  18. Niki on April 15, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Delicious! Third batch in the oven now!

  19. joan harrington on April 27, 2018 at 9:33 am

    I am confused about the pan size. It says a “small pan” and gives the size as 9 x 13. That sounds like a pretty large pan to me. Can you elaborate? I can hardly wait to try this recipe out 🙂

  20. Anthony on August 12, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Looks delicious ! thanks for the recipe ! 😀

  21. Anthony on August 12, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Suunds delicious, will give this a go.

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