Monday, March 11, 2013

Sweet Potato Brownies

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I've tried all sorts of brownies: bean brownies, red beet brownies, and now sweet potato brownies.  I think these are my favorites- and my families too.  I still need to work on the frosting;  it wasn't sweet enough for my family and had a little funky after taste.  But, the brownies alone- we all agreed it was a winner and, I might add, a head above any Godiva chocolate.  My husband, love the man, who is a vowed processed food eater, declared them Fabulous and hands down better than box brownies.  Now, that's saying something!

Here is the recipe:
Sweet Potato Brownies
Yield: Makes 12 brownies
Nutritional Information based on 1 brownie
Sweet Potato Brownies
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INGREDIENTS
    Cake
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree*
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup date paste
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup spelt flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • Icing
  • ¼ cup date paste
  • ¼ cup hazelnut butter
  • ½ cup fat free plain Greek Yogurt
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3 scoops vanilla flavored whey protein powder
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F. Spray a 9” square baking pan with cooking spray and line pan with parchment paper, leaving enough extra to extend over the sides.
  2. In the bowl of your food processor, combine avocado, sweet potato puree, unsweetened applesauce, date paste, vanilla and eggs and process until smooth and creamy.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together with a whisk the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.
  4. Add sweet potato mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until well combined.
  5. Fold in walnuts and transfer to your prepared pan. Spread batter evenly and bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out almost clean.
  6. Set brownies on a wire rack to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  7. While brownies are cooling, prepare the icing by adding all the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and process until smooth and creamy.
  8. Pour over warm brownies and spread evenly with a spatula.
  9. Leave the brownies on the wire rack until they reach room temperature then transfer to the fridge until completely cool. Cut into 12 squares.
 
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In harmony,
Leslie