Make this healthy treat a Christmas tradition! I’ve posted this before, and served it at several workshops, and it continues to be a hit. I am reminding you of it NOW so as to replace some of those traditional baking treats served at Christmas. I know we all tend to make those comforting foods our mothers made with the traditional white flour, sugar, and margarine, but let’s try adding something new, and making that a new tradition! Another option is to take the original unhealthy version of any recipe and substitute healthy ingredients; most often no one is the wiser. For example, switch all white flours for whole grains such as spelt, and/or buckwheat, brown rice, chickpea, and more for gluten-free. Always use butter or coconut oil or olive oil in place of margarine, and natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or stevia in place of processed unhealthy white sugar or brown sugars. As you can see, this awesome recipe has only 1/4 cup of coconut flour!
Avocado is one of the best foods to help the body make glutathione, so very important for the immune system, particularly at this time. Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients, in particular, Vitamin A, so important for the eyes, and all epithelial tissue. The raw cacao is high in anti-oxidants, so don’t be afraid to use it. Purchase in place of all of those cocoa powders processed with alkali.
Sweet Potato Brownies
1 cup cooked sweet potato puree
1/3 cup applesauce or pureed bananas
1/4 cup honey, raw, unpasteurized
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 organic eggs
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tbsp. arrowroot powder
1/2 cup cacao powder (may use 1/2 raw carob powder)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup almond butter (I used organic chunky peanut butter)
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut milk (I used canned coconut cream, organic)
optional: unrefined sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Oil an 8 x 8 pan with coconut oil and line it with parchment paper. (do NOT skip this step)
3. In a bowl, combine avocado, sweet potato, applesauce or bananas, honey and vanilla. Once creamy, add in cacao powder.
4. Add in eggs one at a time.
5. In a separate bowl, combine coconut flour, arrowroot flour, salt and baking soda.
6. Combine both mixtures until smooth.
7. Transfer to greased pan and bake for 25 – 35 minutes.
8. While baking, combine the last 5 ingredients listed in a separate bowl and mix until creamy and smooth.
9. Once the brownies are done baking and have cooled, frost with this mixture. Extra icing on hand is wonderful as well.
Thanks to a fellow nutritional consultant, Karen, for the original idea.
Enjoy the holiday season with family and friends, being mindful of what you put in your body.
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