Sweet Potato Brownies
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes (plus overnight chilling time)
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or sweetened if that’s the way you roll)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon, ground
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup cooked sweet potato
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 6 egg whites
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1/2 cup low-fat plain cream cheese
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
- 1 tbsp water (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Prepare brownies: Combine flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In a food processor, combine sweet potato, honey, oil and vanilla. Purée until combined and smooth.
- Gradually mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients, until just combined; do not over-mix.
- In a separate dry bowl, whisk egg whites until fluffy. Then, using a rubber spatula, gently fold egg whites into batter.
- Lightly spray sides of baking pan (9 x 9 x 2-inch) with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan and place into oven. Bake for about 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove pan from oven and allow brownies to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
- While brownies are cooking or cooling, prepare icing: In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, honey, cocoa powder and cinnamon. Whisk until incorporated, adding 1 tbsp water if mixture is hard to whisk. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
- Loosen brownie and turn slab out onto a cutting board or platter. Cut into 16 pieces, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- To serve, divide icing evenly over each brownie and serve immediately. Leftovers may be kept refrigerated in a resealable container for up to 2 days.
Nutrients per sweet potato brownie: Calories: 140, Total Fat: 5 g, Sat. Fat: 1.5 g, Carbs: 21 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 12 g, Protein: 4 g, Sodium: 75 mg, Cholesterol: 5 mg
Now get to work, and check out more more sweet potato recipes from our friends at Clean Eating Magazine HERE.
Riley Phelps, MS CSCS