Hello! HAPPY ThursYAY!!
How are you? How's your week going?! Did you have a great Halloween?!! I started Halloween going strong and had a grip on the candy crave (lol) BUT I blew it by the end of the night! Just too many yummy goodies :D However, I had an awesome workout the next morning and decided that Halloween was my cheat day this week!! I got this...lol!!!
October is over and November is in full swing! WOOO WHOOO!! This is the month that most of us show gratitude and reflect on the things we're thankful for. It's the time of year that I love to bake for gatherings, friends, neighbors, and clients. The following recipe is what I'm baking this year! SWEET POTATO & CACAO BROWNIES!! YEAP...you read that right...brownies with sweet potato! They're amazing, delicious, AND on the healthy side!! This recipe is easy and the brownies make a fabulous gift to show someone your gratitude :)
SWEET POTATO & CACAO BROWNIES
Recipe by: Kayla Itsines
Prep time: 10 minutes and 10 minutes cooling time
Cooking time: 40 minutes
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2 1/2 oz almond meal (about 3/4 cup)
2 oz whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
10 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/3 cup raw cacao powder, plus extra for dusting
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
pinch of sea salt
Preheat the oven to 350 (325 convection) and line an 8-in square cake tin with parchment paper.
Fill a saucepan with water until 2 in deep and insert a steamer basket. Cover with a lid and bring the water to the boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium. Add the sweet potato and steam for 15 minutes or until very soft.
Place the sweet potato, almond meal, flour, cinnamon, dates, cacao powder, maple syrup, and salt in a food processor and process until a smooth batter has formed.
Pour the batter into the lined cake tin and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Remove from the tin and cut into even squares.
To serve, dust with extra cacao powder.
Note: Raw cacao is chocolate in its rawest form. It can have quite a bitter taste, so I use a small amount when dusting the top of the brownies. If you make these chocolate babies, I'd LOVE to hear your comments :)
Lets end this week by being productive! No excuses!! I'll be right back here on Monday!!!
HAPPY November :D
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist