Healthier Homemade Fudge Brownies

Need a good chocolate fix? Here's a recipe for a healthier fudge brownie.

4 Tbsp melted unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup sweet-potato puree
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Heat your oven to 350*. Spray an 8" square pan (or other small pan). Melt butter and mix it with cocoa. Mix all other ingredients together and add to the cocoa/butter mix. Mix until it's all integrated.

The cocoa/butter mix is hard to work with and you may need to bring out a fork to fully integrate it into the other ingredients. Pour it into your pan, smooth the top and bake for 15-20 minutes. If you used a bigger pan, then it will bake quicker. Check it after 15 minutes.

The brownies are done when the top looks just barely dry and an inserted knife comes out with just a few moist crumbs stuck to it. Let them cool and cut them into 12 pieces. You should be able to cut these with a spatula or butter knife. They cut and serve easily.

You can bake your own sweet potato and mash it up or you can do what I do and use either one 6oz can of stage 2 baby food sweet potatoes or two 4oz cans. It's not exactly 2/3 cup but it turns out fine either way (a little wetter/moister with the two 4 oz cans).

I adapted this recipe from an article in Body & Soul magazine (love that magazine.) It's healthier because it has less butter than a traditional brownie (hence the sweet potato puree) and uses whole wheat flour instead of all purpose.

Either way, it still has a decent amount of calories (about 150 calories per brownie if you cut it into 12.) They are very rich and chocolaty so you may not be able to eat more than 1, okay 2. And one more warning: Brownies almost always lead to ice cream. :)


Anonymous said...

Oh, these look delicious!!! I can almost taste them now. Healthy, you say????

Angela said...

Not really "healthy" but health-ier. :)

Lydia said...

They look yummy, but sweet potatoes in brownies?! I'm feeling skeptical. However, I know you like good food, so I just might have to try them sometime.

Sara @ Super Saving Sense said...

Yum I would have never thought of the sweet potato puree. I made a healthier batch of brownies yesterday as well but substituted oil and eggs with applesauce.

Unplanned Cooking said...

Yummy! I've never tried making brownies with whole wheat or puree for that matter.

Cathy H. @frugalgirl said...

Healthier works! WE all deserve treats every now and then! Even better, I might substitute some agave or pure maple syrup for the sugar!

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