The BEST sweet potato brownies which are fudgy, decadent and use real chocolate. They are vegan, refined sugar free, can be made gluten free and your ultimate healthy brownies!
Why these are the ULTIMATE sweet potato brownies
These brownies are very rich and decadent, moreso than other recipes! You see, lots of popular sweet potato brownie recipes contain cocoa powder but NO chocolate melted inside the brownies. I can't personally fathom the idea of brownies without actual chocolate!
According to The Kitchn, cocoa-based brownies are softer and lighter whereas chocolate-based brownies are more fudgy and rich. To get the best of both worlds, I use both cocoa and melted chocolate in these brownies! These are REAL sweet potato chocolate brownies.
Simple ingredients you'll need
I based this recipe on my popular tried and tested beetroot brownies. You'll need:
- Plain / all-purpose flour
- Semi-sweetened melted vegan chocolate. The better your chocolate, the better your brownies will be.
- Steamed/boiled sweet potato for that extra fudginess and fun hidden vegetable.
- Runny almond butter instead of oil. Oil creates more crumbly brownies which are slightly oily on touch. Almond butter (or any other nut butter) makes brownies even MORE fudgy and in tact.
- Coconut sugar which has a slight caramel note and adds complexity to these brownies.
- Plant-based milk for moisture. The brownie batter is very fudgy that we need to break it up somehow!
- Organic cocoa powder
- A little baking powder to give these brownies lift but not too much so they become cakey.
Preparing the wet ingredients for these brownies
I always strive to make recipes as simple and easy as possible. First, I'd recommend melting the chocolate and plant-based milk in a small saucepan. Doing this first will allow the mixture to cool down when you need to mix everything together
You'll need to puree about 250g of sweet potato. However, if you have a normal sized food processor or blender, you'll know it's difficult to blend small amounts of anything! The easiest way to puree the sweet potato is to add it to your liquid chocolate mixture. Liquid always makes blending easier!
I have a stick blender so I blended it right in the pan. However, you can add it to a blender or food processor with the chocolate mixture! Allow it to cool a little then we can proceed to more yumminess :). You don't want the mixture to be too hot otherwise your sweet potato brownies will cook before they reach the oven.
Preparing the brownie batter
First, add all the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix until there are no big lumps. Add your beautiful sweet potato chocolate mixture and your almond butter (or choice of nut/seed butter) and mix!
Initially, the batter will look quite dry but it will eventually come together. The final batter should be thick, fudgy and you'll want the whole bowl to yourself :). The batter tastes sooo good that you won't believe they are healthy brownies!
Four image collage showing how to mix the dry and wet ingredients for the brownies
Customising these vegan brownies
To make NUT-FREE vegan sweet potato brownies, simply omit the walnuts or pecans. You can replace them with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or even a swirl of seed butter such as sunflower butter or tahini! Oh my YUM!
To take these brownies to the NEXT LEVEL, sprinkle white/milk/dark chocolate and raspberries on top!
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Best Sweet Potato Brownies
- 1 cup (170g) roughly chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
- ½ cup (125g) plant-based milk, such as almond, soy or coconut, or brewed coffee
- ~2 cups (250g) roughly chopped sweet potato, steamed, boiled or baked
- ½ cup (125g) runny almond butter, or any other nut or seed butter
To decorate (optional)
- ¼ cup (45g) roughly chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
- ~3 tbsp (20g) walnuts or pecans, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a 20 cm (8-inch) square baking pan with baking paper.
- Add the chocolate and milk to a small saucepan over medium heat. Melt until combined. Add the cooked sweet potato and almond butter and use a stick blender to puree the mixture until as smooth as possible (or use a food processor / stand blender). Set aside to cool slightly.
- Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix until there are no lumps. Add your chocolate mixture and mix until combined. The brownie batter should be thick and fudgy.
- Scoop the brownie batter into your baking pan and smooth the top.
- Optional: sprinkle the extra chocolate and walnuts/pecans on top and gently press them into the batter.
- Bake the brownies for 15-20 minutes (shorter if you like fudgy brownies, longer for crispy brownies). The brownies are ready when you can insert a skewer into the middle and and there are only some crumbs on your skewer. Keep in mind that the brownies will set more over time! Allow the brownies to cool in the baking pan.
- When you are ready to serve the brownies, remove them from the pan, slice and enjoy!
- Store the brownies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 day, in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
This post was originally published in October 2019 and updated in April 2021.
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