Yummy Vegan Brownies

I don’t know how long I’ve been promising this post, but I’ve finally sat down and wrote it out! Okay so don’t be put off when I say these are pretty healthy and vegan.  Buuut, definitely don’t get put off when I say they contain sweet potato. These brownies are delicious, trust me! Yeah they don’t taste as super indulgent as a regular brownie, but you can a have fair few of these without worrying about that waistline. So let’s get to it.

Here’s what you need:

– For the brownies-

  • 12 medjool dates
  • 500g of sweet potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 100g of ground almonds
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100g ground oats
  • 6 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

-For the icing-

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder

Now here’s how to make them…

  1. Peel and cut your sweet potatoes into small chunks. Pop them in a pan and boil until they are soft and start to fall apart. While they’re boiling pre-heat your oven to 180 and line a baking tin with some baking parchment. You can use coconut oil to grease the pan as well.
  2. Put the dates into a blender and add your drained sweet potatoes. In a separate bowl mix together all the rest of the brownies ingredients. Once your date & sweet potato mixture if fully blended and smooth, add this to the rest of the ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  3. Place your mixture into the lined baking tin and pop in the oven for around 45-50minutes, until you can pierce the brownies with a fork & it comes out clean. Once cooked, remove from the oven & allow to cool for 10 minutes – as tempting as it’ll seem to eat them, they need this time to properly stick together.
  4. While your brownies are cooking/cooling, I’d get started on the icing. All you need to do is mix all the ingredients together while stirring them well. Then pop them in the freezer for 15mins and then the fridge for another 15mins.
  5. Now for the best bit – remove the brownies from the tray and allow to cool completely before icing (otherwise you’ll have the biggest chocolate mess on your hands). Spread the icing across the top and cut into squares – now ENJOY!

I’m absolutely addicted to these, and judging by how quickly my work mates munch them I think they’d agree how good these brownies are! Big thanks to Poppy Deyes for sharing the original recipe.

I’m really enjoying trying new recipes, especially vegan ones, so if you know of any tasty ones lemme knowww!!

Lauren – x


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