Vegan Sweet Potato & Walnut Brownies

Vegan Sweet Potato & Walnut Brownies

If you haven't tried sweet potato brownies yet then you're missing out! Sweet potatoes make the dreamiest brownies with the fudgiest centre. They also bind the mixture really well so you don't need any eggs, perfect for any vegans out there. Take it to the next level by adding our simple 3 ingredient chocolate frosting.


Orange sweet potatoes are particularly high in beta-carotene which your body turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A is needed for good vision and it also acts as an antioxidant which protects your cells from damage. Some people even take beta-carotene to help prevent exercise-induced asthma. Cacao powder is also really rich in antioxidants. Always try to opt for cacao over cocoa as it contains way more antioxidants and is lower in sugar. It also contains a compound called theobromine which stimulates the release of endorphins, resulting in anti-depressant effect. So yep, chocolate really can make you feel happy! We adore nuts and are always going on about their health benefits. Walnuts contain an unusually high amount of gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E. This has been linked to providing protection against heart disease. Now you definitely have enough reasons to try these brownies out!

Ingredients:

Brownies

  • 500g sweet potato (~2 medium potatoes)
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g nut butter (we used almond)
  • 3 TBSP honey/maple syrup
  • 3 TBSP cacao powder
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 100g chocolate chips

Frosting

  • 100g coconut/greek yoghurt
  • 1 TBSp maple syrup
  • 1 heaped TBSp cacao powder

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line an 8x8 inch tin with baking paper.
  • Peel and chop the sweet potatoes and steam them for roughly 15 minutes or until soft enough to mash.
  • Mash the potatoes in a large bowl before adding the rest of the ingredients and mixing well.
  • Pour the mixture into the lined tin and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes. (Note: these won't rise as the potatoes make it quite dense).
  • While the brownies are cooling you can mix together the frosting ingredients. 
  • Once cooled evenly spread the frosting on top of the brownies.