Sweet Potato Brownies

I’ve been disheartened by my family’s lack of interest in yams and sweet potatoes so I stopped using them for a while, but when I was in the grocery store the other day the sweet potatoes seemed to be calling to me and I couldn’t help grabbing a few of them. I wasn’t exactly sure what to use them for though because I rarely have success getting my kids to eat a dinner with even the slightest amount of sweet potatoes in it. Hiding them in something sweet and delicious seemed to be the logical solution. I’ve made brownies using dates and even black beans, and my kids liked both of those varieties. Now it was time to see if they’d eat sweet potato brownies. I’m happy to say that yes, they did eat the brownies and they liked them! Of course, I topped them with whipped cream so I’m sure that helped a bit. They were good plain too though, especially when reheated just slightly in the microwave so they’re warm and soft. I also liked adding a little ice-cream to them for an extra yummy dessert that’s really not unhealthy. There’s lots of good wholesome stuff in these brownies, plus they’re low in sugar and oil.
Sweet Potato Brownies
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup cooked mashed sweet potato (or yam)
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp applesauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
Grease 8″ square baking pan and preheat oven to 350F. In a bowl, combine flours, baking powder, cocoa and salt. In another bowl, mix together remaining ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the sweet potato mixture and stir until combined. Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool and cut into squares.

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  1. says

    Hmmm. I was thinking about making some milky way brownies today. These look a bit healthier! I love the photo with the whipped cream — nice job.

  2. says

    Love this recipe! I would have never thought to use sweet potatoes as a healthy substitute! I need to try this out soon!

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. says

    I just baked a few yams today and was wondering what I was going to do with the leftovers. Looks like I’ll be baking brownies tomorrow! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  4. says

    Fellow Vancouver mom here! Just found your blog and love it. I have a family of two (my 5 y/o and me) and he hates sweet potatoes. I love them, and keep buying them hoping to have an excuse to make something. This is *so* perfect. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  5. Anonymous says

    Looks great! How do I cook the sweet potato? Do I boil it until tender and then mash it? Also, how many sweet potatoes do you think this takes?


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