It’s Healthy Eating Week, which has inspired Bethan, our newest member of the team, to try a slightly different bake.  A healthy chocolate brownie, perhaps not the most obvious choice!

The past few weeks has led to a lot of research into wellbeing foods, eating less sugar and the latest cooks to grab the nations eye, Deliciousy Ella, Hemsley & Hemsley, and Madeleine Shaw are but a few.  I found this recipe on Twitter (from Deliciously Ella), where else would you go to now for the latest recipes(?!) and decided to give it a go with a little tweak.  Very simple and quick to put together, it has a wonderful squidgy soft centre, like the best brownies and is rather tasty.  It lacks the sugar high and intensity of a traditional brownie, it has no added sugar, but is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants in the sweet potato.  So a sweet treat that is good for you, why not try!

Ingredients

  • 500g of peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
  • 80g ground almonds
  • 100g plain flour
  • 20 dates (stoned)
  • 100g dark chocolate (use one that is 85%)
  • 3tbsps maple syrup

Method

  • preheat the oven to 180°C and line a square baking dish with greaseproof paper.
  • place the prepared sweet potato into a steamer for about 20 minutes, until the potato is really soft.  If you don’t have a steamer you can pop a colander over a pan of simmering water, the sweet potato in the colander, with a lid on top, to get the same effect.
  • whizz the dark chocolate in a food processor until it is has formed a chocolate ‘dust’, then pop to one side in a mixing bowl.
  • place the dates into the food processor (no need to wipe clean from the chocolate) and add the soft, slightly falling apart steamed sweet potato.  Whizz up to form a rather creamy puree.
  • Combine this puree with the dark chocolate in the mixing bowl, along with the flour, ground almonds and maple syrup.
  • place the mixture into the prepared dish and bake for about 20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean and dry.
  • allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before eating, the brownies need this time to stick together properly it seems.  Then cut up into squares and enjoy!

I found that the brownies lasted for a fair few days in a cake tin and look even more appetising with a dusting of raw cacao on top.