It seems to becoming a tradition for somebody to take homebakes into work for our Wednesday training sessions. So far we've had peanut butter oreo sandwiches and mint chocolate cookies - both of which were amazing but not too great for the waistline! I thought about making slutty brownies when it was my turn before deciding I'd make healthier, sweet potato brownies instead - the complete opposite! I suppose we could call them virgin brownies? Despite the apprehension (a few faces screwing up at the idea of a "tattie brownie") they were a big hit and the plate was practically empty by lunch time.
- 4 small-medium sweet potatoes
- 20 pitted dates
- 2 cups ground almonds
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 5 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 4 tbsp pure maple syrup
Start by baking your sweet potatoes in the oven - 180c for approximately 30 mins. Allow them to cool before scooping out the flesh and using your blender to mix it together with the dates. Chuck all the other ingredients into a large mixing bowl and once the sweet potato takes on a creamy texture you can slowly stir it in with the dry ingredients. The measurements of flour etc are just a rough idea - you can add an extra scoop of cacoa powder or maple syrup if you really want to!
I actually couldn't find raw cacao powder so I improvised by grinding cacao nibs in my blender. Yes, I could of just picked up a regular cocoa powder from Asda but that would fill my "healthy" brownies with processed sugars. See here for more info on the difference between raw cacao and cocoa!
Anyway, you should end up with quite a thick, stiff mixture which you can then press into a greased baking tin. I used coconut oil for greasing to keep it "clean" - it's one of the healthiest oils out there and remains that way when heated, unlike most others. Pop the tray in the oven (preheated at 180c) for about 20mins... et voila! Allow the brownies to cool before you chop them into bite size pieces, pop them in the fridge for a bit so they set even more and then there's nothing left to do but enjoy! :)
What are your favourite recipes for a healthy treat?