Desserts

February 11, 2019

Easy Vegan Sweet Potato Brownies

These Easy Vegan Sweet Potato Brownies are a rich, chocolate-y. Made with only a few whole food plant-based ingredients, whip these up whenever you're craving some deliciousness. They're also gluten-free!

Sweet Potato Brownies

You'd never guess the secret ingredient to these brownies if it wasn't right in the name. Whoops. It's sweet potatoes!!

Sweet potatoes add sweet flavor and texture while serving as a binding agent in these brownies. Don't worry though, the brownies are sweet, but they DON'T taste like sweet potatoes.

Instead, they taste like a chocolate dream. Yum. They are rich and fudgy without being gluey. Yet they still have a bit of a crumbly texture and a nice crisp edge (for my fellow edge-lovers!)

Why I love these Easy Vegan Sweet Potato Brownies

  • Dietary needs — this recipe is plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free
  • Perfect easy dessert — these brownies are pretty simple. Whip them up anytime for a tasty crowd pleaser
  • Secretly healthy — with sweet potatoes, almond flower, and date sugar these brownies are definitely healthy but they taste so good that no one will guess this recipe is full of good-for-you ingredients

Sweet Potato Brownies

Ingredient Notes

  • Almond Butter: many brownie recipes use oil or butter as a fat source, but these brownies use almond butter because of almonds' extreme nutrient density and health benefits. You'll definitely want to use delicious and creamy Homemade Almond Butter for this recipe.
  • Sweet Potato: steamed sweet potato is best, and easiest. See steaming instructions below. Be sure to remove the skin of the potato before you add it to the recipe - but save the skins! They have tons of fiber and are so good for you!!
  • Date Sugar: my go-to dry sweetener. Date sugar is made from dried dates that have been ground into a powder. Since it's made from dates, date sugar contains fiber which doesn't spike your blood sugar like other sweeteners do.
  • Cocoa Powder: look for an unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Almond Flour: otherwise known as almond meal, almond flour gives Sweet Potato Brownies the perfect texture. Not too cakey, but not so fudgy that they never bake.
  • Buckwheat Flour: despite the name, buckwheat flour doesn't actually have wheat and is 100% gluten-free. It adds a slightly nutty flavor to the brownies and cuts down on some of the fat that the brownies would have if we made them with only almond flour.
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Vegan Chocolate Chips: these are optional, but it's always nice to have a bit more chocolate! Look for a vegan/allergy-friendly brand. Or use 100% unsweetened chocolate.

Sweet Potato Brownies Ingredients

How to Steam a Sweet Potato

Step 1. Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.

Step 2. Poke a few holes in the sweet potato using a fork. Alternatively, chop the sweet potato into cubes.

Step 3. Put the sweet potato in a steamer basket, colander, or other gadget with holes. Place the basket on top of the boiling water without letting it touch the water. Cover.

Step 4. Let the sweet potato cook for 15-30 minutes, until it is fork tender. The exact cook time will depend on the size of the potato or how small you've cut it.

Step 5. When the sweet potato is tender, remove it from the heat and let cool.

How to make Easy Vegan Sweet Potato Brownies

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of a brownie pan with parchment paper.

Step 2. In a medium bowl, mash the sweet potato.

Step 3. Mix in the almond butter and date sugar.

Step 4. Add the dry ingredients: cocoa powder, almond flour, buckwheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Step 5. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Step 6. Press into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Brownies

Recipe Prayer

Lord Jesus thank you for these brownies and giving us delicious flavors to enjoy. Amen.

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Easy Vegan Sweet Potato Brownies

These Easy Vegan Sweet Potato Brownies are a rich, chocolate-y. Made with only a few whole food plant-based ingredients, whip these up whenever you're craving some deliciousness. They're also gluten-free!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

16

Prep:

10

min

cook:

20

min

total:

45

min

Ingredients

  • 2/3 Cup Almond Butter
  • 150 Grams Steamed Sweet Potato, skins removed
  • 3/4 Cup Date Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Buckwheat Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of a brownie pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the sweet potato.
  3. Mix in the almond butter and date sugar.
  4. Add the dry ingredients: cocoa powder, almond flour, buckwheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Press into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Save the skins of the sweet potato! They are the most nutrient-rich part. Eat them as a snack while you’re waiting for the brownies to cook!

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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography