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Sweet Potato Brownies- (Healthy - Brownies)


You heard it right! Sweet potato brownies are one of the easiest and healthiest bakes I have ever baked. Sweet potato, good source of vitamin A, fiber, potassium and so on...this amazing ingredient is mixed with oats flour along with some chocolate and cocoa powder and honey is used for sweetness. Isn't it amazing?
After relocating to Thailand I had not baked & after 6 months, just felt incomplete without baking. So the day I decided to bake, I saw in one of the Thai cooking channels, brownies made from sweet potatoes. Thats when I decided to try them. Though in that recipe they hadn't used any flour , I wanted to incorporate something which was healthy and didn't really wanted to make it with Maida/ All purpose flour. A quick search in my pantry, lead me to oats.

I have added few more things to it which was not there in original recipe. Frankly I had no idea how it would turn out to be, since I wasn't following the recipe and had incorporated few more ingredients. But I was surprised when it was perfect and even my family was surprised to know it was made with sweet potato.  I have to be honest and say that they are not very very sweet like a normal brownie, specially because I have added honey, but you can increase the amount and also add a dollop of Nutella to make it little more sweet. I guess I have said enough and built the suspense.. Lets get in straight to see how its done. I have tried to take step by step images. Have missed out on the flour mixing image.
Makes about 10 pieces
(1 cup = 250 ml)

Ingredients: 
  • Sweet Potato - 1 cup cooked and mashed (See Notes )
  • Oats Flour - 1/2 + 1/4 cup 
  • Cocoa Powder- 1/4 cup (I have used Hershey's)
  • Salt- 1/4 tsp
  • Baking Soda- 1/4 tsp
  • Eggs- 2, room temperature
  • Vegetable Oil-1/2 cup 
  • Honey - 1/2 cup (or more if you want sweet) - See NOTES
  • 1 cup melted Dark chocolate - See NOTES
  • Vanilla Essense- 1 tsp
  • Nutella - 1/2 cup (optional)
  • Chocolate chips - 1/2 cup (optional)
Method: 
  1. Pre-heat Oven to 180℃ and line a 4*4 inch square pan with parchment paper and keep aside.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes, wash and boil them in little water for cooking. You can also alternatively steam them if you like. Once done, drain the water and keep aside for cooling. 
  3. Meanwhile, keep all ingredients ready for mixing in a large bowl. 
  4. Once the sweet potatoes are cool, mash them well in a large mixing bowl and add eggs to it.
  5. Mix well with a whisk.
  6. Add vanilla essence, melted dark chocolate (see notes), honey, vegetable oil and Nutella (if using). Mix till everything is well incorporated. 
  7. Now add the oats flour (See Notes), salt, baking soda, cocoa powder and chocolate chips (if using) and fold into the wet ingredients until combined. 
  8. Do not over mix. Mix just until all well combined. 
  9. Pour this mixture into the prepared pan and tap the pan 2 times on the surface. 
  10. Add chocolate chips if you like to as a garnish.
  11. Carefully place this in to the pre-heated oven with help of oven mitts
  12. Bake for 25- 30 mins
  13. Once done, Remove from oven and place the pan on a wire rack for cooling. 
  14. Dust some Sugar powder to serve. Or you can serve it warm with vanilla ice-cream. 
  15. Enjoy! 
Notes: 
  • You can steam the sweet potatoes in a steamer and mash them. If you boil them make sure to drain all the water and let it cool completely before weighing it. 
  • You can add 1/4 cup almond flour along with 1/2 cup oats flour if you like
  • I have used a little more than 1/2 cup honey and also added 2 tbsp Nutella
  • You can also try and use jaggery instead of honey or sugar. 
  • For melting dark chocolate, you need to use the double boiling method. Keep a bowl with boiling water on the flame and on top of that keep another utensil with the dark chocolate. It will start melting with the steam. Keep mixing it till everything is melted and take off from the flame. Make sure not to burn it. 
  • You can make oats flour at home, by just grinding it in mixie till its powdered. 
  • I have not used parchment paper here, instead have greased the pan with butter. If you have parchment paper, its easier to pull out the brownie from the pan without breaking it. 
  • Make sure all the ingredients are room temperature, specially the eggs. 
  • As for all baked goods, remember to follow the measurements.
  • Each oven works differently, some might cook little faster and others might need few more mins than mentioned. Do check with a skewer if the product is cooked. When you put in skewer should come out almost clean.
  • Make sure the brownie is cooled completely before cutting for clean pieces. 
  • You can add toasted walnuts instead of chocolate chips 
Hope you will really enjoy making this one and relish it too. 

Drop me a mail or a comment if you have any doubts or if you happen to make this and enjoy it. 
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