Sweet Potato Brownies

Add natural sweetness and a boost of nutrients to your dessert when you make these sweet potato brownies.

Hey! How’s your day going so far?

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Lots of sweet potatoes in our house lately.

For Livi,

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for Bell

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and for us.

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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:

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Sweet Potato Brownies

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  • -1 bar (3.5oz) dark chocolate
  • -1.5 T coconut oil
  • -1/4 C cocoa powder
  • -1 T alcohol-free vanilla
  • -1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • -1/4 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • -flesh of two medium sweet potatoes (about 2 cups). Give them a whirl in the food processor for a smoother texture.
  • -1 egg
  • -2 T ground flax seed
  • -1/4 C maple syrup
  • -1/2 tsp baking powder
  • -1/4 C gluten-free flour blend (or any flour)
  • -hefty pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325 and grease baking dish (I used a pie dish) with olive oil.
  2. Melt the chocolate with the coconut oil in a double boiler or microwave (stir and check in 20 second intervals).
  3. Add in the cocoa powder and stir until there are no lumps.
  4. Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, espresso powder and mix well.
  5. Next, add the eggs, flax and maple syrup.
  6. Put dry ingredients in a sifter and sift into the wet mixture before stirring.
  7. Pour mixture into pie dish and bake for 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out a clean.


  • These brownies are even better the next day, so don’t be afraid to make ahead!


sweet potato brownie batter

I enjoyed one for dessert, and gave one to that good-looking guy in the green flight suit when he came home.

Pilot with his brownie

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a great day!



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  1. Caitlin on June 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Oooh man. I’ve been on a major sweet potato kick lately too, craving them all the time! These look so good. Making them asap. Also checking in for my hiit (had to swap mon and tues), i did 30 mins of run/walk with sprinting intervals…it kicked my butt for reals.

  2. Leah O on June 26, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    just took the brownies out of the oven. My goal for this week was no sugar so…. I keep justifying consuming said brownie because they have sweet potato and not very much sugar in them, haha, its totally worth it!

  3. amanda on June 27, 2012 at 12:26 am

    You are so cute. You really DO love Pitbull eh? I, too, am a sucker for what I call “silly” pop songs. My latest faves are the Selena “Love Song” song and “Scream” by Usher. I kind of have a crush on Usher ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. @pluvk on June 27, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Summer shape up check in! Didn’t get a chance to do the entire workout (pressed for time), but I loved each move! Until…. the frog crunches. Oh my goodness! When I got to six, I just about died! ๐Ÿ™‚ Loving summer shape up! These workouts are amazing.

  5. Lisa on June 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

    These look so awesome! I’ve been on a beta food loving train for the past few weeks, so this is a win in my books! And is it weird I kind of want those things that hold Liv’s baby food in them. They are so dang cute. Why is it the stuff for babies is always the most adorable stuff.

  6. Jessica Jann on June 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    OMG! i love chocolate and sweet potatoes! i will be trying to make this! thanks for the great advice. LOVEEEEEE ur blog

  7. Lana on June 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    These look great, Gina! What is your go-to GF flour blend?

  8. Robin on June 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I’ve had some sweet potatoes staring at me for the past few days from a great produce stand. I saw this recipe and HAD to make it. They are cooling now but HOLY CRAP that batter was good! I can’t decide if I want to cut them like pie slices or just cut squares. Either way I can’t wait to eat one!

  9. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on June 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    These look amazing!! Who knew sweet potatoes could be subbed for brownies?! Such a great idea. I hope to try these soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Morgan on June 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Did you cook the sweet potatoes before you put them in the food processor? This sounds delicious!

    • Fitnessista on June 28, 2012 at 1:49 am


  11. Elise on June 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

    So I just tried these — and LOVE! I accidently put in almond flavoring instead of vanilla, but once I figured it out, I balanced it with equal amount of vanilla — and I have to say, excellent mix up! I figured it would probably work since sweet potato casserole uses both! Great recipe, Gina — Thanks!!!

    • Fitnessista on June 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

      yayyyy so glad you liked them!

  12. Milena on June 30, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Bella is just too cute in that pic!

  13. Laura on July 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Okay first things first…LOVE the pics of Bella licking her lips as the plate is coming toward her ?

    Second, the brownies look amazing and I can’t wait to try them!

    Third, bahahahahahahahah on the Dane Cook vid – LOVE him! So funny!

  14. maz on July 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Going to make these amazing brownies but quick question…..and i know its a stupid one but did you cook the sweet potatoes first before you added them into the receipe? and by ‘flesh’ do you mean including the flesh in them?? sorry to be a pain with these questions.thanks so much
    london, england xx

    • Fitnessista on July 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      by flesh i mean everything but the skin ๐Ÿ™‚ and yep, i baked them first
      hope you love them!!

  15. Haley on July 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    These are going in the oven…RIGHT NOW! (:

  16. Ashley @Hop Skip Jump on September 5, 2012 at 5:12 am

    I can’t find your playlists on spotify. What is your user name or how should I search it? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      i think it’s under fitnessista? i’ll check for you

  17. Maggie on October 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    oh my god… i just made these (with a few substitutions) and almost devoured the entire bowl of batter before they even made it to the oven. AMAZING! thanks for the great recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2012 at 12:05 am

      yeahhhhh! i’m so glad you liked them! i need to make another batch…

  18. Tabi on November 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Pinned these a while ago and now they are FINALLY in my oven! Batter was delicious! Perfect post run snack…….. amIright?!

  19. Kerry on May 8, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Gina ~

    I stumbled upon you via google search, using the keyterms “sweet potato and cookie” and I am beyond thrilled that I did !

    I just made your sweet potato brownies … OH.MY.GOD. ! Amazing. And, here’s 2 variations I made to the recipe: I only had 1 lg sweet potato to puree, so I also used half of an avocado (yum) And, I didn’t have flax seed so I ground together espresso beans (for the espresso powder) AND roasted pumpkin seeds. It’s a great substitute !

    Thank you for being out here in the world making delicious healthy food !



  20. Holly on July 5, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Those brownies look amazing! Do you think I could use ground chia seeds instead of flax? They are all I have on hand? Thx!

  21. Michelle on September 25, 2015 at 9:46 am

    This is my favourite healthy dessert! I make them all the time, thanks so much for sharing your recipe.

    • Fitnessista on September 25, 2015 at 11:13 am

      no prob! let me know if you give this version a try!

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