by Melanie A. Albert, intuitive cooking expert, author, speaker, Founder & CEO Experience Nutrition Group, LLC
This week I had the wonderful opportunity to lead an amazing Cooking Challenge Team Building with Visit Phoenix. For dessert, I decided to prepare the Sweet Potato Brownie and jazz it up with a raw cacao sauce and goji berries. This dessert is full of so many healthy ingredients, the sweet potatoes, raw cacao, and Arizona Medjool dates. It’s plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free. And, it tastes great. Not too sweet. Chocolatey. Just right.
Excerpt from my book, “A New View of Healthy Eating”
Chocolate Sweet Potato Brownie
Delicious vegan, gluten-free chocolate dessert made with a sweet root veggie, the sweet potato. This brownie is always a favorite at kids’ and adults’ cooking classes. It’s one of those desserts we can even eat for breakfast!
- 2 medium to large sweet potatoes
- 12 Medjool dates, pitted
- ⅔ cup raw almonds, ground
- ½ cup brown rice flour
- 4 tbsp raw cacao
- 3 tbsp maple sugar
- Pinch sea salt
- Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
- Peel sweet potatoes, cut into chunks, and steam in a bamboo steamer for about 20 minutes until they become really soft.
- Once sweet potatoes are soft and beginning to fall apart, remove from steamer.
- Mix sweet potatoes and pitted dates into food processor and blend.
Put remaining ingredients into a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Add sweet potato/date mixture to other ingredients and stir well.
- Place mixture into 8-inch by 8-inch parchment-paper-lined baking dish.
- Cook for about 20 minutes.
- Test doneness by pushing a toothpick into the brownie. The brownie is ready when a toothpick comes out dry.
- Allow baking dish to cool for about 10 minutes.
- Remove the brownies from baking dish.
- Cool for a few minutes and cut into squares.
I had so much fun plating this Sweet Potato Brownie for our guests at the Visit Phoenix Team Building Cooking Challenge. Add a swipe of raw cacao agave sauce, goji berries, and a few walnuts.
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