I’m currently in the midst of a women’s blogger fitness challenge hosted by the amazingly fit, Taylor Ryan of Fit Women’s Weekly, from my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. Let’s just say she’s kicking my booty into shape! I’ve never been more sore and surprised at what my body could accomplish.
Along with the fitness challenge, we’re also motivated to try some clean eating, including these vegan brownies. Yes, please!
I’ve got to say, I was a little skeptical before I began baking these brownies. The secret ingredient (sweet potatoes) caught me off guard, but they made for incredibly fudgy brownies!
If I make them again, I think I’ll add a few chocolate chips on top or even inside. The chocolate chips will add a burst of sweetness throughout the fudgy brownies. A girl’s gotta have her chocolate chips!
Now, I’m off to get my bum in shape some more! What are you doing to be active today? Making brownies? 😉
Vegan Fudge Brownies
from Fit Women’s Weekly
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons puréed sweet potato
- Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- Line an 8″ square pan with parchment paper or non-stick foil.
- Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and sugar in a large bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, combine the water, vanilla and sweet potato purée.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and spread evenly into the pan.
- Bake for 20-23 minutes.
- Allow the brownies to cool for at least 20 minutes before removing and cutting into squares.
Note: For added flavor, sprinkle vegan chocolate chips in and/or on top of the brownies before baking.
Love the sweet potato in these! Delicious!
I’ve never tried baking with sweet potatoes-these look so fudgy, I must try!
I am so very NON-vegan, but these look pretty great to me!
I love bean brownies but sweet potatoes – never heard of it, so want to try it already 🙂 do you think I can substitute coconut sugar with regular sugar or any other alternative?
Yes, you can use regular granulated sugar too. 😀
Look at how DARK those are, I love it! These would go down smooth with a tall glass of milk! Amazing recipe, Caroline.
Absolutely gorgeous photos!! I’ve got to try these!
Oh my gosh, I’ve got to make these. I love the sweet potato in here. This is a genius recipe!
Definitely going to try these – totally intrigued by the sweet potato!
Could you use Almond Flour instead of Wheat flour. I’m have a Gluten intolerance?
I’ve never tried it with almond flour, but you could certainly give it a try! If you do try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out! I’m assuming you use almond flour a bit because of your gluten intolerance. Do you find that you can usually substitute it 1:1 to wheat flour? Happy Baking!
I love recipes like this! I need something sweet, but I feel bad if I eat yet another sugary dessert. At least this one is natural! Thanks 🙂
I’m huge believer of sweet potatoes in brownies. This looks so delish and healthy — a few slices won’t hurt 😉
I’m totally okay with sneaking veggies into baked goods, especially if that veggie is a sweet potato! These look so fudgy!!
Sweet potatoes?! This I have to try!
I am so intrigued, I have got to try this recipe out 🙂
So glad they came out! I am in love with these! And I am very proud of you with the workouts! get it 🙂
Are the sweet potatoes raw or cooked when you add them?
They are cooked and pureed. 😀 Happy Baking!
Considering swapping pumpkin for sweet potatoes. What do you think?
I would think it would work fine, just make sure that the pumpkin isn’t too watery. You want it to be dry like the consistency of mashed sweet potatoes. Happy Baking!
Do you think the sugar could be substituted for something else e.g apple sauce or honey?
It may make the brownies more cake like (and some vegan’s don’t consider honey to be vegan). If you don’t have coconut sugar, you could always substitute just plain granulated sugar instead, too. If I weren’t concerned about the vegan-ness of this recipe, I would probably attempt it with honey. However, I’d probably need to eyeball if I really needed the full amount of water added (since honey is liquid). Happy Baking!