The Healthy Ingredient You Never Thought to Add to Your Brownies

With no need for sugar or butter, this recipe is a total game-changer.

April 24, 2020
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If you’re anything like me, you have your go-to brownie recipe locked down. Whether you’re on team edges or team center (edges all the way), you savor every bite of this chewy and indulgent treat.

The only downside to brownies? Unsurprisingly, this rich, chocolate-packed dessert is not exactly a healthy way to satisfy a sweet tooth. So, imagine my excitement when I found a one-ingredient hack that promises delicious and (slightly) more nutritious brownies. This seemingly magical ingredient really exists, and odds are you probably have it in your kitchen. We’re talking sweet potatoes, people!

That’s right — folks all over TikTok and Instagram are adding sweet potatoes to their brownies, and they swear these chocolate sweets taste just as good (if not better) than the real thing. According to a video by TikTok user @chloehrlich, the key to perfecting this hack is to roast the sweet potatoes until the skin peels off and then mash them up with a fork to add to your brownie batter. Talk about sneaking vegetables into your diet!

You see, roasting your sweet potatoes boasts more benefits than just softening them up. The time the sweet potato spends in the oven actually draws out its natural sugars, and those sweet flavors complement the chocolate in the brownies, making this unlikely ingredient the perfect add-in.

In her video, TikTok user @chloehrlich then mixes the mashed sweet potatoes with eggs, almond milk, maple syrup (for natural sweetness), almond butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt — no butter or sugar required. After pulling her finished brownies out of the oven, she cuts out a square, and it looks just as gooey and fudgy as any regular ol’ potato-less brownie.

At-home bakers on Instagram are also testing out the sweet potato brownie trend. Some crafty users are topping their brownies with other good-for-you ingredients like pistachios and raspberries, while others are even incorporating sweet potatoes into their frosting.

Itching to try it out for yourself? The next time you’re in the mood for brownies, cut back on sugar and instead add a roasted sweet potato or two to your batter. And, if you like what you taste, take it to the next level and try your hand at our Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Brownie Pie.

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