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Sweet potato brownies (the lower sugar versions)

Have you ever heard of sweet potato brownies? A few years ago unheard of but today a health fashion statement if ever there was one.

Many recipes for sweet potato brownies around the internet can often be packed with maple syrup and other sugar substitutes in pretty high quantities so here are two sweet potato brownie recipes to try – one non gluten-free and one gluten-free – to satisfy your brownie potato fix with less sweetness.

The first sweet potato brownies recipe (non gluten-free) has more of a cake texture and the second (gluten-free) came out more of a fudge-brownie texture. I also added more cacao powder to the second batch to make them more chocolate-like. Both were nice, I still can’t decide which I prefer!

sweet potato brownies recipe

Note, when I say these recipes are sugar-free, I mean fructose-free (or very low fructose).

Happy baking!

Sweet potato brownies recipe (sugar-free, non gluten-free)

Recipe adapted from Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Chocolate Cookbook (read my full review here)

sweet potato brownies recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 75g softened butter
  • 5 tbls barley malt extract or rice malt syrup
  • 1/2 tsp natural vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal self raising flour
  • 2 tbls raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs whisked
  • 3/4 cup roughly broken walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate or cacao nibs (optional)

 Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Grease a tin, prick potato with a fork and cook in the microwave till soft all the way through (approx. 5-6mins depending on size)
  • Let the potato cool, peel off skin and mash in a bowl
  • Add the butter, barley malt extract, baking soda, cayenne pepper, salt and flour. Mix together.
  • Add the eggs and mix again.
  • Add the walnuts, cacao nibs/chocolate and mix again
  • Pour into greased tin and bake for 30-40mins until skewer comes clean

Sweet potato brownies fudge style (gluten-free)

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Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 75g softened butter
  • 6tbls brown rice syrup (or rice malt syrup)
  • 1/2 tsp natural vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 6 tbls raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs whisked
  • 3/4 cup roughly broken walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate or cacao nibs (optional)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Grease a tin, prick potato with a fork and cook in the microwave till soft all the way through (approx. 5-6mins depending on size)
  • Let the potato cool, peel off skin and mash in a bowl
  • Add the butter, brown rice syrup, baking soda, cayenne pepper, salt and ground almonds. Mix together.
  • Add the eggs and mix again.
  • Add the walnuts, cacao nibs/chocolate and mix again
  • Pour into greased tin and bake for 30-40mins until skewer comes clean

Have you made sweet potato brownies before and what do you usually use to sweeten them? I would love to know if you make these and how they turn out?

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