I know what you are all thinking… How can you have KUMARA (sweet potato) in a brownie and it actually taste good? Well… Here it is! The healthiest, G/F, D/F and Paleo friendly brownie out there.
These wee beauties are the most moist and nourishing wee cakes you can get, and the best thing is your children won’t be able to tell the difference. I have a few alternative ways of making this brownie, depending what you are after. There are loads of options and variations so feel free to have a play around!
I have 3 different chocolate icings for this brownie, and each of them are super yummy! But depending on what your taste buds are use to, I will give you the option of 3 different kinds ranging from the not so healthy to the very healthy!
Basic Chocolate Icing
First option is the basic chocolate icing. Nothing flash here, full of sugar and extra sweet! BUT if your children are not quite used to the taste of healthy baking it’s a great way to wean them off “packet cakes or biscuits” and on to something that has some nutrition. Of course it’s not the best option, but it is still a great one until they will eat the healthier version. Be patient amd they will get there!
- 1 1/2 cups of Icing Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
- 50g soft butter
- 2 Tablespoon of hot water
Mix together until you have a good consistency.
Vegan Chocolate Icing
The second option. This is a great transition from you basic chocolate icing, it is still sweet but with much healthier ingredients.
- 2 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
- 3 Tablespoons of Pure Maple Syrup
- 4 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
Mix together until you have a good consistency. You may need to adjust accordingly, depending on the size of your brownie.
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
The third option, and the healthiest option by far. A creamy chocolate mousse containing antioxidants and good fats. This is the one that I personally recommend, but it is good to have options catering to all.
- 1 super ripe Avocado
- 3-4 Tablespoons of Cacao Powder
Mash the avocado until it becomes a creamy texture, then add your cacao powder and mix. You are welcome to add more cacao to suit your taste. If you need a little sweeter, then add 1 teaspoon of Pure Maple Syrup. The trick to this icing is getting a super ripe avocado!
What You Need
- 1 medium Kumara (2 – 3 cups when grated)
- 2 whole eggs – Free range
- ½ cup melted Coconut Oil
- ⅓ cup of Pure Maple Syrup
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup Raw Cacao Powder, sifted
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon
- 2½ Tablespoon Coconut Flour
Feel free to add chopped walnuts for that extra crunch and health benefits.
Mix berries on top or desiccated coconut for decoration.
- Preheat oven to 185 °C (365 °F), make sure the oven is hot before you put in the brownies in.
- Combine grated Kumara, eggs, vanilla extract, Pure Maple Syrup, and coconut oil in a large mixing bowl and mix together. Then sift the cacao powder, baking powder and baking soda and your Cinnamon then stir. Finally add coconut flour. Avoid adding too much coconut flour as it will absorb too much moisture, which will result in drier brownies. Alternatively you can add an extra spoon if you like a dryer brownie.
- Add your walnuts. ½ – 3/4 cup should do just fine. This is just an option.
- Once combined, pour the mixture into a baking tray lined with baking paper. The smaller the tin, the thicker the brownie.
- Cook for 25-30 minutes. Take the brownie out and cool for 5-10 minutes before carefully removing the brownie cake form the tin.
- Once cooled, decide what icing you would like to use. Feel free to add desiccated coconut for decoration.
- Serve with beautiful mixed berries, and maybe some fresh cream or coconut yogurt to be extra delicious!
Kumara is rated one of the most nutritious vegetables out there! But here are some of the benefits you will be giving your body with this brownie (depending on your choice of icing).
- Good source of Fiber
- Healthy fats
- Vitamin C, E