Brownies are usually one of the most indulgent baked goods you can buy, as they are traditionally packed with loads of processed sugars and saturated fats. But you’ll be delighted to hear this recipe is wonderfully nutritious and definitely a healthy snack to include in your diet.
The nutritional benefits of these brownies are awesome! The main ingredient is of course, sweet potatoes, I am a big fan of these baby’s and I regularly recommend them to my clients, especially those who have diabetes. Sweet potatoes are packed with essential vitamins and they are especially rich in beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that is converted into vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential for our body’s immune system, eyesight and cell growth.
These brownies also have an excellent source of fibre, both soluble and insoluble, so they will keep your satiety levels lasting, help reduced you risk of diabetes and improve your gut health.
Let’s not forget about the benefits of cacao powder! This powder is a less processed compound of cocoa beans, which means it is packed with heart-healthy antioxidants, in addition to containing a great source of magnesium, which is known to improve PMS symptoms.
Let me just say these brownies are a great substitute snack to have in place of chocolate to help curb those sweet cravings ladies!
- 2 medium potatoes (peel and chop into small cubes)
- 1 cup medjool dates
- 4 tbsp of cacao powder
- ½ cup of plain wheat flower (replace with any gluten free flour of choice)
- ½ cup LSA
- 3 tbsp pure golden syrup (low chemical)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C, steam your sweet potato for 15-20mins, until they are lovely and soft.
- If you haven’t got fresh dates, soak them in boiling water while your sweet potatoes are cooking.
- Once your sweet potatoes are cooked add them to a food processor with your drained dates and blend them together until the form a smooth sweet paste.
- Add your flour, cacao powder and LSA into a large mixing bowel, then mix the sweet potato, date paste in with the combined ingredients and the golden syrup.
- Place into a lined baking tray and cook until crisp and golden on top, for approximately 20mins. Remove from the oven once the fork comes out clean after insertion. Allow your batch to sit for 10mins, before cutting into squares, best served with a sprinkle of cinnamon or icing sugar and enjoy!