19 Feb Flourless Paleo Sweet Potato Brownies
This Healthy Flourless paleo Sweet Potato Brownie recipe may just be one of my all time favorite healthy desserts. It only requires 4 ingredients. It is fudgy, chewy, chocolate-y, and so easy to make. I perfected the recipe after the peppermint brownies I made back in December. This is THE ONE best healthy brownie you need. There is NO sugar, flour or butter in this paleo, dairy free, and gluten free sweet potato brownie recipe!
As much as I love Ghirardelli magical chocolate brownies for desserts, they are filled with sugar, butter and preservatives. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about finding that balance in life. Therefore, in order to satisfy my uncontrollable sweet tooth, I made this healthy alternative version – Flourless Paleo chocolate brownie, with sweet potato and almond butter.
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that I have a special bond with sweet potatoes. (Pretty sure I bleed orange at this point.) I use sweet potatoes in almost everything – breakfast pancakes (recipe on my gram), toasts, cookie skillet dessert. And now, why not some paleo chocolate brownies?
Healthy Flourless Alternative – Sweet Potato Brownies
First of all, I have a secret, a confession I need to tell you guys. I was remaking this recipe from the peppermint paleo brownie recipe I posted back in December (which by the way, is also a dreamy recipe that’s filled with holiday flavor). If you have seen my original recipe, it calls for 1 tbsp of cassava flour, a type paleo flour that I use for most of my baking recipes.
Then, guess what happened?! As I was checking on the half cooked chocolate brownies, which had already been in the oven for 15 minutes, I realized that I forgot to mix the cassava flour in the batter. Womp womp…
I was totally expecting a pile of chocolate sweet potato mash.
But, these chocolate brownies actually turned out amazingly fudgy, gooey and magical.
So there you have it! That’s how I came up with this flourless brownie recipe. Sometimes, forgetfulness can lead to great things too, amirite?
4 Easy Ingredients for this Paleo Brownie Recipe
1. Sweet Potato
First of all, to prepare sweet potatoes, poke some holes in them with a fork. Then you can either bake them in the oven at 350 F for an hour, steam them in a pot until soft (about half an hour) or microwave them.
Tip: The texture we need here is extra soft, so these sweet potatoes can be easily mashed with a fork.
2. Almond Butter
I have tried chunky and smooth almond butter for this brownie recipe. Honestly, they don’t make a huge difference when it comes to flavors. But we are looking for the most GOOEY and chewy texture in these chocolate brownies, okay? Therefore, smooth almond butter is what I prefer to use.
3. Cacao Powder
Chocolate (Cacao) has so many healthy benefits, rich in antioxidants, and mood enhancers. Read more here.
I have tried this recipe without eggs! Yes, if you are vegan, get excited! They still turned out super gooey. However, they are a bit more dense than the brownie batter with eggs in it.
5. Optional: Maple Syrup
For me, sweet potatoes give my brownies the perfect sweetness (I use Japanese sweet potatoes, the white kind, which tend to be sweeter). But sometimes, when I’m on a uncontrollable sweet-tooth kick, I will add 1-2 tbsp of maple syrup to this chocolate brownie recipe.
Tips to make the BEST Gooey Brownies
I don’t consider myself a professional baker, or even an amateur baker at that. However, I do have a few tips and tricks when it comes to making the most ooey gooey sweet potato brownies.
I used to always overbake just to make sure everything was cooked. Now that I have discovered the magic of this word “Gooey“, I switched to team underbake. There is really no downside in cutting a few minutes in baking desserts, other than the excessive gooeyness, like in this brownie recipe.
2. “Crack” it half way
I learned this trick from Tasty, and I have to share with you guys!
I went through a phase when I watched so many Tasty videos (Aren’t they just so fun to watch?). This brownie video is one of my favorites. Although the recipe and ingredients used in this video are way to complex for my level, I did learn a couple tricks from it and gave the brownie recipe my own healthy twist.
Here it is: Halfway through baking, we take the brownie pan out of the oven, and slam it hard on your kitchen counter (make sure your countertop is not glass or plastic okay?). This helps even out the brownie batter and also gives it a crack on top.
For this recipe, I also sprinkled some sea salt on top, which just compliments the chocolate brownie so well.
Then we put it back in the oven to finish baking.
Get Fancy with Sweet Potato Brownies
Just plain chocolate brownies are too boring? I’ve got a few ways to spice things up:
1. Nut Butter Swirl
If you want to be extra, add some nut butter swirl on top of these sweet potato brownies. Drip a few dollops on top and use a toothpick to spread it out into swirls.
2. Sea Salt
Salt is a great enhancer for chocolate. Sprinkling large crystals of sea salt not only brings out the chocolate flavor but also gives these gooey brownies some crunch.
3. Fold in some extra Chocolate Chips
Although I didn’t add extra chocolate chips for this recipe (I ran out of my favorite kind), they are a great addition to add to these brownies. Who doesn’t like doubling up the chocolate flavor?
4. Peppermint Extract
Peppermint and Chocolate are made for the holidays. Add a couple drops of peppermint exact and crumble up some candy canes on top. It makes the best healthy holiday dessert. Interested? See the full recipe Here.
Alright, without further ado, scroll down to the full recipe and directions for the most ooey gooey and chewy healthy Chocolate Brownie.
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