I know, I know. The holidays just past and you don’t want anymore baked goods. I get it. But these are soooooo good and really are pretty darn health-tastic, as far as brownies go. They have vegetables in them, whole grains and fruit. See? Healthy-ish.
You might be thinking that no white flour and no white sugar means no fun sweet treats in the kitchen. Let these brownies be exhibit A. And let this be your persuasion:
Ferocious Sugar Facts
- The US Department of Agriculture has found that the average adult in the US consumes 20 teaspoons of sugar each day. This has all sorts of implications including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, skin conditions, kidney disease, and cancer. Not cool.
- Before the turn of the century, the average sugar consumption was only 5 lbs per person per year. Now, it is 135 lbs per person per year!
- Refined sugar is not limited to what you stir into your coffee. We find it in breakfast cereals, ketchup, sauces, and even things that don’t taste particularly sweet such as crackers, frozen meals, and processed peanut butter (remember the one with the bears on the front?)
- Other sneaky names for sugar on packages: dextrose, sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, fructose.
- Don’t be fooled by labels and appearances – brown sugar is the same as white sugar; just with added molasses. Same goes for “Brown Bread” – it’s just coloured brown with caramel colouring.
I learned a few things baking these brownies. The most important, was of course that you are never too old to lick the bowl and spatula. Never.
The other thing I learned is that people really like the person who brings brownies to the party.
3 ounces (or about 1 bar) Unsweetened Chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Coat and 8 inch square pan with coconut oil and powder with flour.
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil over low heat.
- Combine sweet potato, sucanut, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla and apple sauce. I used my blender, food processor would work well too.
- Add the chocolate/oil mix and blend/combine until smooth- should be creamy, not too dry.
- Transfer ingredients to a bowl and mix in the flour, baking powder and sea salt.
- Add water if needed for desired consistency.
- Pour batter into the pan, smooth it out with a spatula and bake it for about 35-40 minutes.
- Insert a tooth pick in to make sure cooked through, they should be firm when you press down.
- Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.