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Best Sweet Potato Brownies (V/GF)

by Capri Lilly
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Sweet Potato Brownies are a rich, fudgy, healthier alternative to traditional brownies. This is the best way to indulge in your favorite dessert while sneaking in some extra nutrients. You won’t believe that this chocolatey treat is gluten-free and vegan!

If you love brownies then you should try our Gluten-Free Vegan Brownies and this Rocky Road Brownie Skillet next!

three stacked brownies on a white plate

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Brownies are a universal dessert that most people enjoy because they’re sweet, gooey squares of chocolatey goodness. These homemade sweet potato brownies are equally as tasty but better for you!

Indulge in your favorite snack, guilt-free. Grab one before they’re gone because these brownies were made to be devoured!

sliced sweet potato brownies with a swirl, on parchment paper

These are the Best Sweet Potato Brownies! They’re:

  • Easy: Simply roast and mash your sweet potatoes ahead of time, then mix all the ingredients and bake! You’ll have vegan sweet potato brownies in less than an hour!
  • Delicious: These healthy brownies don’t actually taste like sweet potatoes! Tasty ingredients like cacao and almond butter mask the flavor of the vegetable so all you taste is rich, fudgy chocolate.
  • Nutritious: This is a great way to sneak in a veggie serving for the picky eaters in your life.
  • Diet-Friendly: This plant-based dessert is gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and egg-free! (So yes, you can lick the batter!) Plus, it is Paleo friendly!
a plate of sliced brownies

Are Sweet Potato Brownies Healthy?

Ever wondered how to turn a vegetable into a dessert? The answer is brownies made with sweet potatoes! They are definitely a healthier alternative to traditional brownies since they include wholesome, simple ingredients that are good for you. This healthy brownie recipe includes:

  • Sweet Potatoes: They are packed with fiber and are an excellent source of Vitamin A, which is great for skin and eye health.
  • Cacao Powder: Rich in antioxidants, which help to reduce inflammation and high blood pressure, and improve heart health.
  • Almond Flour: This is a healthier alternative to standard wheat flour. It has fewer carbs and is a great gluten-free option for baking.
individual bowls and measuring cups full of the ingredients needed to make sweet potato brownies

Ingredients You Will Need

Dry Ingredients

  • Almond flour: Use blanched (skins removed) almond flour and not almond meal, which is simply ground almonds and has a grainy texture. Blue Diamond Almond Flour works best.
  • Cacao powder: You can use cocoa powder but I highly recommend cacao powder. This superfood is the base of the chocolate flavor but also is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Brown sugar: If you love fudgy brownies then this ingredient is crucial. It contains more moisture than white sugar. You can use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar if desired.
  • Baking powder + baking soda: To ensure the brownies rise, these ingredients are essential.
  • Salt: This brings together all of the flavors.

Wet Ingredients

  • Sweet potato: Roast, peel, then mash the sweet potato. Wrap it in foil and roast for one hour at 400° F. You can pre-prep this step 1-2 days in advance to save time.
  • Creamy almond butter: This makes the brownie batter creamy without oil.
  • Maple syrup: A delicious natural sweeter.
  • Pure Vanilla extract: You’ll need just a couple of teaspoons.

Optional Mix-ins

  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts

Sweet Potato Swirl, optional

  • Almond butter
  • Sweet potato
6 photos illustrating how to make sweet potato brownies

How to Make Sweet Potato Brownies

  1. Roast a sweet potato until fork tender. Then Add it to a bowl and mash. Measure out the amount you need. Then, mix the wet ingredients together.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in and use a spatula to combine. .
  3. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter. If adding chopped nuts, add them in now.
  4. Pour the batter into the parchment-lined 8×8 baking dish.
  5. If making sweet potato swirls, combine the almond butter and mashed sweet potato in a small bowl. Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the brownie mixture, making sure to leave spaces. Take a butter knife and carefully make circles and swirls into the brownies to spread the mixture and make a swirl design.
  6. Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow the brownies to cool for 2-3 minutes. Grab the outsides of the parchment paper to remove from the baking dish. Slice and enjoy!

(This is an overview. More detailed instructions are in the recipe card below)

How Long Do Brownies Stay Fresh?

Store leftover sweet potato brownies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you want them to last longer, you can freeze them for up to 3 months.

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I Hope You Enjoy This Sweet Potato Brownie Recipe!

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three fudgy brownies stacked on a white plate

Best Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies are a rich, fudgy, healthier alternative to traditional brownies. This is the best way to indulge in your favorite dessert while sneaking in some extra nutrients. You won't believe that this chocolatey treat is gluten-free and vegan!
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 9 brownies
Calories: 205kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blanched Almond flour (not almond meal)
  • ½ cup Cacao powder (can sub with cocoa powder)
  • ½ cup Brown sugar (can sub with coconut sugar)
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Baking soda
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cooked Sweet potato mashed with fork
  • ½ cup Creamy almond butter
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Pure vanilla extract

Optional Mix-ins

  • ½ cup Dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup Chopped pecans (or walnuts)

Sweet Potato Swirl, optional

  • 2 tbsp Almond butter
  • 2 tbsp Cooked Sweet potato mashed

Instructions

  • Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  • In a large bowl whisk all the dry ingredients together: almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and salt.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry mixture. Use a spatula to mix everything together. When the mixture is thoroughly combined, fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the parchment-lined 8×8 baking dish.
  • If making sweet potato swirls, combine the almond butter and mashed sweet potato in a small bowl. Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the brownie mixture, making sure to leave spaces. Take a butter knife and carefully make circles and swirls into the brownies to spread the mixture and make a swirl design.
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow the brownies to cool for 2-3 minutes. Grab the outsides of the parchment paper to remove from the baking dish. Slice and enjoy!

Notes

STORE: Store the brownies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
GLUTEN-FREE BAKING: The best way to measure gluten-free flour is the “spoon & level” method. Use a spoon to scoop the flour into a measuring cup. Then use the back of a knife to level off the top of the measuring cup. Please do not scoop the flour directly out of the bag with a measuring cup.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.9g | Protein: 6.9g | Fat: 12.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 6.5g | Sugar: 12.7g | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 5mg

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