Looking for some healthier dessert ideas? Satisfy your cravings with these Sweet Potato Brownies! (Vegan and Gluten-Free!)
To make sweet potato puree, halve sweet potato and brush the cut sides with oil (optional). Add to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 F (190 C) for 25-30 minutes or until tender to the touch. Move to one side of pan and wrap the parchment paper over top to steam. Let steam for 5 minutes. Then peel away skin and mash in a mixing bowl (or food processor). Set aside.
Adjust oven temperature to 350 degrees F (176 C) and line an 8x8-inch baking pan (or similar size pan) with parchment paper. Set aside.
To a large mixing bowl, add sweet potato puree, maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla extract, and avocado oil and stir to combine.
Add cacao powder, sea salt, and baking powder and stir to combine. Then add oat flour and stir until a thick, scoopable batter is achieved.
Transfer batter to your parchment-lined baking dish and spread into an even layer using a spoon or rubber spatula. Top with pecans and chocolate chips (optional).
Bake on the center rack (at 350 F / 176 C) for 28-32 minutes. The brownie edges should appear slightly dry and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out mostly clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Lift out of pan and slice. Store leftovers covered at room temperature up to 3 days, in the refrigerator up to 5-7 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. These brownies are delicious on their own but elevated with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream.