No one, not even the proudest omnivore, would be able to tell that this brownie recipe is gluten-free and vegan—much less made with a root vegetable and fruit! These fiber-rich, naturally-sweetened brownies are chewy, chocolatey and simple to make. So get started…
Saucepan and lid
Double boiler OR
2 saucepans, one slightly larger than the other, and maybe a metal screen with hooks OR
A heat safe glass bowl and one small saucepan
Unbleached parchment paper
Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
1 1/4 cup sweet potato
1/2 cup sucanat
2 tbsp grade B maple syrup
1/4 cup cacao (or cocoa powder)
1 tbsp vanilla extract (choose gluten/alcohol-free if you have a sensitivity)
1 red apple of your choice (cored and seeded)
1 3 oz. bar of chocolate (choose gluten-free if you have a sensitivity)
1 tbsp cold-pressed coconut oil
1/2 tsp fine ground sea salt
1 cup almond flour (Benefit Your Life brand, or homemade, is best—if you use Bob’s Red Mill I can’t guarantee that it will turn out well) OR
1 cup brown rice flour is an option (the texture may be less moist and more grainy than cake-like, but still delicious)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Let’s get started.
Chop and toast your pecans in an oven preheated to 350°F for 5 minutes. Place a piece of parchment paper in a large casserole dish and press the paper against the bottom/edges.
Peel and chop the sweet potato (use this trick). Using a steamer, steam the potatoes for 10 minutes.
Using a double boiler (or the other options) melt the chocolate with the coconut oil, stirring well. Place the apples, chocolate mixture, cocoa, sweet potato, sucanat, maple syrup and vanilla in the food processor and mix until super creamy.
In a bowl, mix the almond flour, salt and baking soda with a fork and then fold in the chocolate mixture.
Then fold in the toasted pecans. Pour into the parchment-lined casserole dish.
Smooth with the scraper and place in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes. Ultimately, use the knife-test to see if they are done. Just push a knife into the brownies and if it removes clean, the brownies can come out of the oven, if not, keep baking until it does.
Allow them to cool for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy!
Store in the fridge in an airtight glass container for about 10 days.