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
4/27/2018 12:15:41 am
This is a great idea that can help those who needed to include sweet potato in their diet but does not really like its taste. Cacao can transform anything into something more tempting to try. It can make something undesirable more likeable. So maybe it did magic to sweet potato who may seem bland to some. I myself don't like sweet potato but I am strongly advised to include it in my diet so I find different ways to add flavors to it. You just gave me a great idea here. I love the taste of cacao. This is brilliant.
4/30/2018 05:38:18 pm
I didn't know potatoes and anything chocolaty can look great together, more so taste better. I love my potatoes salty and never sweet. I like my chocolate plain and without any combination with anything. I guess it won't hurt to try something new for the first time if it will look this tempting and yummy from this page. This came as a pleasant surprise. I am sure it will find it's way in my dining table soon. I have sent this page to my chef. I am excited to try this. I think I have been living a bland life all these time.
Cacao is one of my favorite ingredients to try around. Whenever I plan to bake something, I always try to add some cacao in it. I do not know why, but ever since I was a kid, I really loved cacao. Even now, I still continue to use cacao and try to incorporate it in my recipes. Recently, I tried using cacao to enhance my pastry dishes, and may I just say, it has been going really well for me.
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Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist