Saturday, 28 February 2015

Sweet Potato Brownies!

My Brownies with a cake i whipped up at the same time!

Last weekend i made Deliciously Ella's Sweet potato brownies! Something i have been meaning to try out for a long time! A recipe that she had formed years ago although still remains one of her most popular on her blog! I thought id let you know how they went, I'm an avid baker and love to trial new recipes, tweaking them where i feel needed then indulge with my friends eating all the produce! Im pretty healthy in general but do have a sweet tooth so to find a recipe that i can indulge in but not feel guilty about is great. If you haven't tried these brownies before i would say be aware they are not your typical chocolate brownie these dont have any sugary sweetness to them so it may be a little shock to your taste buds - not what you expect! Never the less these are gorgeous! They have a very rich taste to them and a  more dense texture to a typical brownie, my friends all loved them and said they are almost a rich truffley, savoury version of a brownie! Heres the recipe info from Ellas blog I've added my suggestions along side for those who would like their brownies a little sweeter! 

Makes roughly 10 brownies
- 2 medium to large sweet potatoes (600g)
- 2/3 of a cup of ground almonds (80g)
- 1/2 a cup of rice flour (100g)
- 14 medjool dates - 16 to make it extra gooey
- 3 tablespoons of raw cacao - i used 5 to make them extra chocolatey
- 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup - i would add one more for added sweetness
- a pinch of salt

Im adding Dark chocolate to the list i think a little drizzle on top would be lush with these brownies! And using dark chocolate means its still good for you, although hats just an added extra to try out!

So you start by pre-heating the oven to 180C peel and chop the sweet potatoes. Steam or boil the potato until soft i would steam if possible because it will keep all the good nutrients in the potato!

Once they are super soft and beginning to fall apart take them out and whack them into a food processor (i used my smoothie blender same sort of thing) with the dates – this will then form a luxurious sweet, creamy mix of goodness! All you then do is put the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and mix in the sweet potato date combo.
Pot it all into a lined baking tray and cook for around twenty minutes, do the knife trick to test if you prod your brownie with a knife and it still comes out sticky then its not done yet. Let the brownie cool, remove from tin and leave for a little longer then you can drizzle your melted choc on top and cut into cute little bite sized squares or nice weighty slabs of greatness. 

You can see where i did the knife trick haha! 

On Ellas Blog i read all the benefits that are packed into the brownies heres one great fact...  these brownies contain tons of fibre, which means each brownie has a  ‘slow burning’ quality, this means that their energy is used up a lot  more slowly than low-fibre carbohydrates (like normal brownies). So it makes these brownies perfect for that mid morning slog around about 11, have one of these bad boys with a cuppa you’ll be fuller, more energised and more satisfied for a lot longer than if you had a regular brownie! 

I hope you enjoy making and eating these healthy treats as much as i did! I noticed a few days after making them Ella was on 'this morning' baking the exact same brownies it must have been fate! 

Madge x

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