Who doesn’t love a brownie? They’re fudgey and delicious. And these Chocolate Orange Sweet Potato Brownies are no exception. They taste A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. There is something about the flavour combination of chocolate and orange that is comforting to me. And the fact that these brownies are packed full of goodness means I can eat a lot more of them right?
Let’s address the sweet potato in the room. Don’t let the fact that these brownies are made with sweet potatoes weird you out. Sweet potatoes actually work really well in sweet baking and perfectly in these brownies. And to be honest, you really cannot taste them in these Chocolate Orange Sweet Potato Brownies anyway.
But not only do they taste GREAT they add some extra nutrition to this recipe. If you are intrigued by adding sweet potato to baking then check out my delicious Sweet Potato Blondies. You may also enjoy these Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Muffins by Kidgredients.
Preparing the Sweet Potato
To prepare the sweet potato for this recipe I boiled in as little water as possible for around 15 minutes until soft and cooked through but not overly mushy. I then drained any remaining water from the sweet potatoes and mashed the sweet potato until smooth. I then set aside to cool before making the brownies. You could also try steaming or roasting however I have not tested this.
These brownies are a bit healthier too. Apart from the extra nutrients from the sweet potato and the wholemeal flour adding some fibre, these Chocolate Orange Sweet Potato Brownies are lower in sugar than a traditional brownie too. They only contain 1/3 cup of maple syrup and 1/3 cup (around 60g) of dark chocolate chips along with the sweet potato as sweeteners. To compare the sugar content with traditional brownies that have up to 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 200g of chocolate it is a big reduction in sugar.Print
These delicious Chocolate Orange Sweet Potato Brownies are amazing. Lower in sugar than traditional brownies they are a healthier twist on the traditional brownie using whole wheat flour and sweet potatoes.
- 1 cup mashed sweet potato (250g raw) – see note
- 1 large orange, zest and juice
- 125g butter melted
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (60g)
- 1 1/4 cup plain wholemeal flour (150g)
- 1/2 cup sifted cocoa
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- Prepare your sweet potato and set aside to cool (see note)
- Preheat your oven to 175c and grease and line a 27.5cm x 17.5cm x 3.5cm slice pan
- Melt the butter in the microwave and allow to cool slightly
- In a large bowl whisk together the sweet potato, orange juice and zest, butter, maple syrup, vanilla and eggs and whisk thoroughly together
- Whisk through the sifted cocoa then add in the dark chocolate chips
- Fold through the flour and baking powder until just combined
- Spread into the prepared slice pan and bake at 175c for around 15 minutes or until the brownie is just cooked through and the top bounces back when lightly touched and a skewer inserted comes out mostly clean
- Allow to cool in the pan before removing and cutting into 16 portions
To make the sweet potato, boil in as little water as possible for around 15 minutes until soft and cooked through but not overly mushy. Drain any remaining water then mash the sweet potato and set aside to cool before making the brownies.
Keywords: Brownies; Sweet Potato Brownies; Chocolate Brownies; Chocolate Orange Brownies