Recipe ~ Ella’s Sweet Potato Brownies

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“Sweet potatoes are incredible: they’re bursting with nutritional goodness with all their antioxidants, and their anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being awesome blood sugar-regulators. Each cup contains an almost unrivaled amount of vitamin A, with more than four times your daily need of this antioxidant boosting vitamin, which is essential for strengthening your body’s immunity against infection.

Their bright color also doses you up on anti-inflammatories which have been shown to reduce inflammation on the brain and nerve tissue. Each serving also contains lots of wonderful fibre, which gives each brownies a ‘slow burning’ quality, meaning their energy is used up much more slowly than low-fibre carbohydrates – like normal brownies, so you’ll be fuller, more energized and more satisfied for way longer! So if you needed an excuse to eat brownies then here it is! They’re healthy!

Don’t forget that raw cacao is also a superfood as it is such an insanely rich source of antioxidants, one of the best in the world, as well as being packed with a number of other beneficial nutrients: manganese, which helps oxygenate the blood; magnesium, which helps maintain healthy bodily nerves, muscles and bones; and sulphur, which builds strong nails and hair, and promotes beautiful skin.” -Ella Woodward

Ingredients

Makes 10 brownies

  • 2 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 of a cup of ground almonds
  • 1/2 a cup of buckwheat flour (brown rice flour will also work)
  • 14 medjool dates
  • 4 tablespoons of raw cacao
  • 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • a pinch of salt

Preparation

1. Start by pre-heating the oven to 350ºF, then peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into chunks and place into a steamer for about twenty minutes, until they become really soft.

2. Once they are perfectly soft and beginning to fall apart remove them and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates – this will form one of the sweetest, creamiest, most delicious mixes ever!

3. Put the remaining ingredients into a bowl, before mixing in the sweet potato date combination. Stir well.

4. Place into a lined baking dish and cook for about twenty minutes, until you can pierce the brownie cake with a fork bringing it out dry. Remove the tray and allow it to cool for about ten minutes – this is really important as it needs this time to stick together! Remove the brownies from the tray, leaving it another few minutes before cutting them into squares – then dig in and enjoy!

Source:   Mind Body Green

Recipe ~ Double Chocolate Nutella Toffee Skillet Brownies

Nutella Skillet Brownies
Yield: 1 10″ Brownie
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup Nutella, or chocolate hazelnut spread
1/2 cup Brown Sugar or Coconut Sugar
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2 cups Flour
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Toffee Pieces, like Heath Bits o’ Toffee

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl with a whisk or spatula, butter, Nutella, brown and white sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the flour, salt and baking soda until a batter forms.
Stir in 3/4 of the chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of the toffee pieces.
Spoon the batter into a oven proof skillet, cast iron or stainless steel that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Even the batter out and press to within 1/2″ of the edges of the skillet – the brownie will spread out, but leave the room between the batter and the sides of the skillet so the edges don’t over cook.
Top with remaining chocolate chips and toffee bits. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are set and a toothpick placed in the middle of the brownie comes out clean.
Let the brownie cool on a wire rack in the skillet until just warm – about 45 minutes. It will still be very soft in the middle, but as it cools, the brownie will set entirely.
Drizzle with additional softened Nutella if desired, or ice cream!