Sweet Potato chocolate chunk cookies

I’ve created a monster.

Who knew that sweet potatoes and chocolate could get along so well?

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I think we all know about my disdain for vegetables and sweets together. I enjoy my frijoles just as much as the next girl, but keep them far, far away from my desserts.

And then, I tried making sweet potato brownies and was BLOWN AWAY. Sweet potatoes are pretty much like dessert anyway πŸ˜‰

Since then, I’ve been thinking of ways to incorporate sweet potatoes into my favorite baked goodies. This is the most recent creation: chocolate chunk cookies.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Cookies

dipping cookie in milk

A couple of notes:

-I made these a couple of times, once with canned sweet potato and once with fresh, baked sweet potato flesh. If you can, use baked sweet potato. The can cookies tasted like…a can.

-I also tried two versions of flour: spelt and brown rice. The spelt flour isn’t gluten-free (I’m sure a baking mix would work) but the brown rice version was horrible- super grainy.



Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Cookies


  • 3.5 oz chocolate bar, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 C flour of choice
  • 1 C cooked sweet potato flesh
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • Sweetener of choice – I used a tiny bit of Stevia and honey, but didn’t need much


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a cookie sheet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients to combine. Next, add in the chocolate chunks and whisk to coat with flour.
  3. Add in the sweet potato and, coconut oil and egg. Mix well.
  4. Using a melon ball scooper, scoop onto the baking sheet and press down to slightly flatten.
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes and allow to cool on the cookie sheets for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


Of course, eat any chocolate pieces that look like they’re too big. πŸ˜‰

Chocolate chunks

sweet potato chocolate cookie dough

Dunking is optional, but encouraged.

Sweet potato chocolate chunk cookies

I ate a few and then froze the rest for a sweet treat, or when I want to crumble one on top of oats or yogurt.

What’s your favorite dessert right now? Mine is definitely flourless chocolate cake, but thanks to Instagram, I’ve been craving a s’more since the 4th of July. Need to remedy that asap πŸ˜‰



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  1. Brittany on July 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    These look awesome Gina! Putting them on the “to make” list.

  2. Erin on July 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I need one of those cookies RIGHT NOW. Yum!

  3. Danielle @ Collegiate Feminist on July 16, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Yum nom nom. My 2 favorite foods: sweet potato and dark chocolate. This could be a dangerous recipe, but it looks SO, SO good!!!

  4. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More on July 16, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    YUM! I’d be so happy if you just wanted to send me a few of those babies. πŸ˜‰

  5. Abby on July 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    They look amazing! Will definitely be trying them soon!
    My favorite part though was the “eating the pieces of chocolate that look to big” part…I have a feeling about half of them would turn out too big, darn my inconsistent chopping skills…..

  6. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance on July 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Wow. Those look delicious. I am pinning them now! Thanks!

  7. Steph @ Upbeat Eats on July 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Good thing you got rid of those “too big” chocolate pieces – you wouldn’t want them getting in the way. Sometimes you gotta take one for the team. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2012 at 12:21 am

      it’s a sacrifice i was willing to make πŸ˜‰

  8. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy on July 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    oh goodness, i need one of these in my life right about now! how creative!

  9. Laura @ She Eats Well on July 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Hmmm so it seems like the sweet potato could make the cookies more moist or they could take the place of white/brown sugar? So interesting. I will have to try these! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

      yep, it’s like they do both! the chocolate chunks add a lot of sweetness, too

  10. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on July 16, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    When I first saw that picture of the chocolate I thought, “My goodness, where did she get such a gigantic chocolate bar?!” Then I realized it was just close up. Clearly I’m dreaming of giant chocolate bars.

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

      girl, i wish. haha

  11. Lisa on July 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Yum! I love anything orange – pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato in sweets, so this looks perfect:)

  12. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on July 17, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Yuuuuum. I know I’ll be making these soon.

  13. Abby on July 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Yum, these look awesome. I can’t wait to try them- I’m always on the lookout for something that will satisfy my sweet tooth without being totally horrible nutrition-wise. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Averie @ Averie Cooks on July 17, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I bet they are really moist and rich – not really much different than if you’d make cookies with pumpkin puree I’d surmise. And I love pumpkin + chocolate…mmm, great job on these!

  15. Georgia on July 17, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Sooooo excited about these! I avoid all sweeteners aside from stevia if possible so these are perfect! I found with the brownies that the sweet potato gave them a “fudgy” consistency. Yum πŸ™‚

  16. sheena on July 17, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Hi, I’m trying to calculate the nutritional stats for these, how many cookies would this recipe make? Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      i made 12- let me know what you come up with! xoxo

      • Sheena on July 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

        Thanks! Just calculated these for 12 cookies:

        With oat flour: 180 cal, 8g fat, 22g carbs (1.4g sugar), 5g protein

        Definitely making them tomorrow! πŸ™‚

  17. Kelly @ My Love Affair with Running on July 17, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Yummmm! My boyfriend’s mum makes an amazing chocolate cake with beetroot in it!
    Always good to add a ‘healthy vegetable’ twist on all things delicious πŸ˜‰

  18. Blog is the New Black on July 17, 2012 at 5:46 am

    LOVE this idea of adding sweet pot to dessert… so delish!

  19. Britta on July 17, 2012 at 6:52 am

    These look fantastic!! I will be making these very very soon! Once it’s not so hot out and I can stand the oven being on! YUM.

  20. Hillary on July 17, 2012 at 7:24 am

    So these are basically my two favorite things ever. I need to make these ASAP!

  21. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on July 17, 2012 at 7:34 am

    These look so good Gina!!!! Anything with chocolate sounds amazing to me! I’m G Free so I will definitely try experimenting with a gluten free flour and see if I can find a good one! I’ll let you know πŸ™‚

  22. Amanda on July 17, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Just glancing at the pic with the cut up chocolate bar I didn’t realize it was a bar at first and thought it was fudge! Now I’m craving making fudge πŸ˜› I was also a little concerned since that was the teaser pic for the post and I had no clue what you were doing with fudge and a sweet potato, but now that I’ve read the entire post I’m better and also wanting chocolate.

  23. Danica @ It's Progression on July 17, 2012 at 8:31 am

    These look impressive! I’ve never made baked goods with sweet potato as an ingredient before…will have to try!

  24. Jenn on July 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

    These look delicious – I am obsessed with sweet potatoes right now, so why not put them in dessert too? And now I have two recipes to choose from (realistically, i will probably make both). ALSO – I tried your lentil/quinoa salad last night… SO GOOD. Thank you for the recipe! And the boy also scarfed it up, which is saying something, since he has eating habits similar to the Pilot, but is a little more stubborn when it comes to coming to my side of the tracks πŸ˜‰ Thanks again! <3

  25. Amelia on July 17, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I hope the cookies were delicious. I tried out the sweet potato brownie recipe last week and wasn’t a fan, but figured out after re-reading the recipe that I forgot to add any sweetener (no agave, no sugar, etc)!!! Maybe that’s why? πŸ˜‰

    I recently purchased some vegan marshmallows from whole paycheck, tj’s graham crackers, and endangered species dark chocolate squares = smore heaven! They are really good with the mint endangered species chocolate too! πŸ™‚

  26. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on July 17, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Can some of these please magically appear at my desk now???

  27. Christa @ Edible Balance on July 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Good heavens the cookies look amazing! I wish they would just jump off the page and onto my plate πŸ™‚

    Love your idea of pre-cooking quinoa and beans for the week… I’ve gotten out of the prep habit these days, I need to get back on it!

  28. Eva @ Committed2Nutrition on July 17, 2012 at 10:26 am

    These look to die for!! I love the idea of using sweet potato. Thank you for posting!!

  29. Lauren T on July 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Those look so fluffy and delicious! Have you ever tried using garbanzo beans in a dessert before? It sounds very strange, but I’ve had it in a chocolate cake and its chocolate spongy goodness! Definitely worth a try!

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      it sounds sooooo gross to me haha, i can’t do it!

      • Lauren T on July 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

        Haha I know I almost didn’t try it because it sounded so gross, but I just had to close my eyes while I tried it. So glad I did, but I can understand why you might be too grossed out ha!

  30. Mary @Mary Had a Little Blog on July 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

    These look delicious!! I am a sweet potato and brownie fanatic so I will be trying these asap! As always, thank you for the amazing recipes πŸ™‚

  31. Paige @ Your Trainer Paige on July 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I remember a looong time ago I made Hungry Girl’s brownies – which is basically brownie mix + 1 can of pumpkin or sweet potatoes and they were actually good! Pretty fudgy and dense. I’ll bet these cookies are a much better version (err and in cookie form) πŸ™‚ Looks yummy, Gina!

  32. Liz @ Southern Charm on July 17, 2012 at 11:15 am

    YUM. Never thought to use sweet potatoes with anything chocolate! Must. Try. Stat.

  33. Jessica on July 17, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Are they cakey or fudgey?

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm


  34. Grace on July 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Whatre the nutrition stats on these?

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      i can calculate them for ya if you’d like

  35. kim@hungryhealthygirl on July 17, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Yum! Love sweet potatoes and love chocolate. I will definitely have to give these a try very soon. I posted a sweet potato recipe today too. Check it out, it’s a delicious quiche!

  36. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Wow these look amazing! I’m tempted to show up late for work so that I can make these right now! πŸ˜‰

  37. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on July 17, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    These look crazy good! Saving this recipe for sure.

  38. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on July 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Cake-y or chewy? πŸ™‚

  39. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic on July 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I am the opposite – I used to only think of sweet potatoes as dessert (growing up in the Philippines, it was always prepared with some sort of sugar). I love a baked sweet potato with chocolate flavored almond butter. These cookies sound lovely, I wish I had 1 right now!

  40. Naomi on July 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    This recipe looks awesome, I can’t wait to try it! One question though…can you buy coconut oil in any grocery store, or would it need to be a specialty/health foods store? Anything you could substitute in case I can’t find it? I don’t have a lot to work with as far as grocery stores go where I live

    • Fitnessista on July 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      you should be able to find it at a regular grocery store- they have it at the commissary on base, so it’s pretty easy to find. if not, i think a T of canola oil would be a great substitute.

      • Naomi on July 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm

        Thanks, I found it! Now I just need to find time to bake these πŸ™‚

  41. Skinny Bliss on July 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    These look amazing! Looking forward to trying these out…

  42. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Oh dear, now it’s late at night and all I want to do is go bake the sweet potato on my counter and start making these cookies! Love this recipe, thanks for sharing!

  43. purelymichelle on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    yum, love baking with sweet potatoes

  44. Brandi on July 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Completely and totally agree with the perils of sweet + regular food – wont even eat pineapple on pizza. But….actually love chocolate zucchini bread. Friend made some with a hint of cinnamon as well that was amazing. I am a very picky eater and I loved it…pretty sure I could even trick my son into eating it and hes the kid who wont eat spaghetti sauce cause its got red and green stuff.

  45. Melissa (Better Fit) on July 18, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Yum! I can imagine a sweet potato being perfect for sweet cookies- they look great!

  46. kathy on July 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Gina, I made these today and OMGosh they are so good! Thanks for posting the recipe!

  47. Maital on July 27, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I’ve been meaning to make this for a while, but was wondering about how many sweet potatoes do you have to bake (I’m assuming in the microwave) to get 1 Cup of the flesh?

  48. Life's a Bowl on September 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    These look absolutely devine! I have a can of pumpkin that I’ve been meaning to use but I’ll save that for something else and be sure to have fresh sweet potatoes on hand for these babies πŸ˜‰

  49. Brittney on October 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    These look delicious!!! Do you recall approximately how much honey and Stevia you used?

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