Friday, 23 January 2015

Foodie Friday #4 : Sweet Potato Brownies

What do you do on a bored, procrastination-filled Wednesday afternoon? Of course there is only one answer - BAKE! Having been on a bit of a Pinterest hype lately, I found a simple recipe (here) for healthy-ish brownies and set about baking them. One of the main ingredients of these heavenly brownies is sweet potato...yes you heard right!

After sharing this photo on my Instagram, as well as getting a few of my friends to taste them (it's always such a mission to find people to taste brownies I find...) I was asked multiple times for the recipe. So today I set about making them again, enlisting the help of the gorgeous Alex.I am not claiming that this recipe is my own (link above), but I feel it is too good not to be shared so here goes...

Unlike many other 'clean' or healthy sweet potato brownies, all the ingredients for these are readily accessible and, other than the maple syrup, fairly inexpensive.

You will need:
4-5 small sweet potatoes (or ∼ 2-3 large sweet potatoes)
1 cup (which equals almost a whole small tub!) of smooth peanut butter
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 free range egg
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

First of all, prick your sweet potatoes with a fork and place in a preheated oven at 175 degrees celsius (probably around 160 degrees if using a fan oven). Leave them to bake for about an hour. Don't worry if the skin is a bit mucky as you won't be using the skins!

Once the potatoes are suitably 'squishy', remove from the oven and then remove the skins and mash. Make sure it's mashed well to ensure nobody has to chew on a mouthful of sweet potato when trying to enjoy their brownie. 

Next up, mix all the ingredients (minus the egg) together in a big bowl, including the sweet potato. Once they're all mixed in, crack the egg in last and mix. This should come together to a nice creamy consistency.

Line a 9"x9" pan (or thereabouts) with baking parchment and make sure you grease the paper as well! The first time I made these I didn't grease the paper which made it a bit of a mission to cut up and eat. With all your ingredients mixed together, pour the brownie mix into the tray and place in the oven (still at 175 degrees) for 20-25 minutes. 

Once removed, it should look something like this. Leave to cool, and then set about eating!!

We had ours with berries, but if you were feeling a bit naughty you could have them with ice cream or cream and accompany them with any fruit you feel like. They are also just as good by themselves. 

Don't forget your cuppa as well! Then settle into your sofa, put a good flick on tv and devour your brownie without an ounce of guilt. The texture of these brownies is lovely and soft, and the cinnamon adds an extra dimension to the flavour. They are so simple to make, and with ingredients so cheap, I promise you you won't regret baking these! 


  1. I absolutely love baking and have always wanted to try something like this. I may have to give it a go one spare weekend. I've also nominated you for the 'very inspiring blogger award.'

    Eunice Caroline.

    1. They are delicious - you have to make them! Thank you so much for the nomination xx