Secretly Healthy Fudgy Brownies

Brownies
January 19, 2021
Brownies
January 19, 2021

Secretly Healthy Fudgy Brownies

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Total time: 45 min

Would you believe me if I told you these fudgy, decadent, rich, chocolatey brownies were…healthy? I KNOW.

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Secretly Healthy Fudgy Brownies

Would you believe me if I told you these fudgy, decadent, rich, chocolatey brownies were…healthy? I KNOW. These sweet potato brownies are gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, and every bit as tasty as a regular ol’ brownies. Happy healthy brownie eating!

fudgy sweet potato brownies

Super Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

Okay, so, if you know anything about me it’s that I’m somewhat of a brownie fiend. Like, it’s borderline a problem. And while I don’t think you should ever feel badly about indulging in a sweet treat, every so often it is nice to add in a scrumptious treat that also provides some health benefits.

But if I’m eating healthy I don’t want to know it. It should taste just as scrumptious as a regular ol’ brownie and just happen to be a little more nutritious. And believe me when I tell you these fudgy sweet potato brownies will blow your mind.

What are sweet potato brownies?

These healthy brownies are made with a secret ingredient that keeps them rich, fudgy and healthy: sweet potatoes. They provide a caramelly sweetness as well as a dense, decadent texture that tastes exactly like a classic brownie.

Now I know that sweet potato brownies aren’t exactly a new thing. They’ve been around for a while as a great, healthier alternative, but I was really sold on sweet potato brownies after a major whoopsie daisy in the kitchen.

You see, I forgot about something in the oven – pretty much the biggest no no in my line of work. But what ended up happening was a beautiful surprise. Those overcooked sweet potatoes got slow roasted into the sweetest, gooiest, nearly syrup consistency that produced a healthy brownie I could only dream of.

sweet potato brownies

What do you need to make healthy brownies?

The best part about these sweet potato brownies is that you’ll only need 9 ingredients to whip up this healthy chocolate dessert. Here’s your grocery list:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Maple Syrup
  • Oil
  • Almond Butter
  • Flour
  • Vanilla
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder

fudgy healthy brownies

Optional add ins to amp up your sweet potato brownies

These healthy brownies are perfectly delicious on their own, but a few extra add-ins never hurt anyone. Some of our favorites include:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Espresso Powder
  • Nuts
  • Oreos
  • Frosting

fudgy healthy brownies on parchment paper

Tips for the best healthy brownies

These healthy brownies are easy enough to whip up on a whim, but these 3 tips will guarantee you perfect, sweet potato brownies every time.

  • Slow roast the sweet potatoes: I cannot stress enough  how important this step is to the final product. Slow roasting the sweet potatoes will cook up sweet and super tender. I know it will take a few extra hours, but you can do it at anytime to prep!
  • Use high quality cocoa powder: This brownie recipe is very simple, so it’s important to use high quality ingredients. We love Rodelle!
  • Don’t over bake them: Over baked brownies are dry and sad. You want fudgy, gooey brownies, so make sure you take them out of the oven just when they’re done baking!

stack of fudgy sweet potato brownies

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Secretly Healthy Fudgy Brownies

4.8 from 12 reviews

Would you believe me if I told you these fudgy, decadent, rich, chocolatey brownies were…healthy? I KNOW. These sweet potato brownies are gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, and every bit as tasty as a regular ol’ brownie. Happy healthy brownies eating!

Would you believe me if I told you these fudgy, decadent, rich, chocolatey brownies were…healthy? I KNOW. These sweet potato brownies are gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, and every bit as tasty as a regular ol’ brownie. Happy healthy brownies eating!

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: americsn
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: americsn
Scale:
  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: americsn

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes (about 3 potatoes!)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 4 Tablespoons oil or melted butter (avocado oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, or whatever you prefer will work!)
  • 2 Tablespoons creamy almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup flour (all purpose, gluten free, and oat flour all worked well!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use a fork to poke multiple holes into your sweet potatoes. Place the potatoes on the prepared cookie sheet and roast for 2 hours, rotating the potatoes about halfway through. Once the potatoes are very tender and oozing, take them out of the oven and allow to cool completely.
  2. Once the potatoes are cool, cut in half and use a large spoon to scoop out the inside into a bowl or a blender. If using a blender, blend on high until creamy. If not, you can always just mash with a fork!
  3. Add the maple syrup, oil, almond butter, and vanilla to the potatoes and stir to combine.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, flour, espresso powder (if using), baking powder, and salt. Beat until completely combined and no streaks of flour remain. The batter will be thick, but should be creamy!
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper on all sides. Spoon the the brownie batter into the prepared pan and use a rubber spatula to spread it all the way to the edges in an even layer.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean. Allow to cool completely before slicing into 16 brownies. Enjoy!
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  1. A friend made these and they were to die for, but she used coconut flour with led to some upset stomachs. Would you recommend almond flour or just get some oat flour?

  2. These brownies were so gooood. Stifled my craving for boxed brownie mix. And felt so good eating! Where is nutritional info? Want to share……

  3. These were delicious but I thought a bit too wet, do you know if more flour would remedy this?

    • They definitely are VERY moist haha. You could add a bit more flour if you’d like to dry them out a smidge, or you could also bake them longer! Hope this helps 🙂

  4. What could I substitute the almond butter for? I’d hesitate to use peanut butter, as I’d expect that to alter the taste.

    • Hi Sarah! You could sub out the almond butter for cashew butter, oil, or butter! You could also sub it out for peanut butter like you suggested, but it will probably impart a slightly peanut buttery taste to the brownies!