Sweet Potato Brownies

I’ve done a lot of talking recently, so for this post, I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.

chewy, cake-like, almond butter, chocolate city, snow day, comfort cocoa, moist, perfect After all, what else is there to do when you’re stuck at home for multiple snow days?
baking, at-home, balconyIn any case, I couldn’t tell you how much I love a really good, incredibly moist, soft and chewy brownie. It’s like, a chocolate bar and fudgey piece of chocolate cake meet and have the most perfect brownie offspring. [Yes, that will probably be the only reference I ever make to that extent, but my insanity could come from the fact that I am eating a piece right now.]

chocolate, brownies, gluten-free, GF

Sweet Potato Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies

A little secret…these brownies were actually made with jewel yams, which I find to be incredibly sweet and preferable to sweet potatoes. Given their comparable textures, both varieties are sure to yield deliciously moist, cake-like results. Oh why did I name them sweet potato brownies? Yam Brownies just didn’t sound particularly appealing.


    Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats, ground into flour
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • optional: almond milk, for serving
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (no-salt added)
  • 3 flax eggs*
  • 1 cup cooked and mashed jewel yam (or sweet potato), packed
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (divided)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (omit if using salted almond butter)
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 cup grade B maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients, except for the chocolate chips.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, only adding in only 1/2 cup of almond milk.
  4. Pour the mixed dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, whisk (or puree) to combine.
  5. Add the remaining 1/4 cup of almond milk to thin out batter, if necessary.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the batter into a well-sprayed 9x9 square baking pan.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes, depending on your preferred level of fudginess!
  9. Enjoy with a large mug of almond milk. :)


*1 flax egg = 1 tbsp. ground flax meal + 3 tbsp. hot water, mix and let stand for 3-5 minutes

gluten-free, vegan

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Tell me: What do you do when you’re snowed in?


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  • Becca

    These look YUMMY! I just saw another fudgy sweet potato recipe recently. Mmm.

    • http://esculentdreams.com/ esculentdreams

      Thanks Becca! Hope you enjoy! :)

  • http://gigieatscelebrities.com/ GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I love the secret ingredient!!! Sweet potatoes and winter squash seriously rock as dessert additions! :)

    • http://esculentdreams.com/ esculentdreams

      yes!! unfortunately I went through a somewhat horrible pumpkin brownies experiment before these emerged successful :) thanks for reading!

  • http://rockcurvatude.blogspot.com Curvatude

    yumm…i am always looking for good vegan recipes #SITSShareFest

    • http://esculentdreams.com/ esculentdreams

      enjoy and thanks for stopping by!! :)

  • Agos

    They look so yummy! I love sweet potatoes but I never thought about making brownies with them.

    • http://esculentdreams.com/ esculentdreams

      Glad to meet another sweet potato lover! Just added a note to the recipe – you can puree the batter before baking, but personally I love seeing the look on people’s faces saying, “what are these orange flecks???” ;)

  • http://tipicalday.blogspot.com/ Meredith S

    Love this! Had to pin! :)

    • http://esculentdreams.com/ esculentdreams

      yay thanks Meredith!! <3 hope you try them out sometime!

  • Leslie

    These sound so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! If only my snow days had been half as productive (or healthy)!

    • http://esculentdreams.com/ esculentdreams

      haha they’re not usually this productive, but inspiration can really strike at any time ;) thanks so much for stopping by and let me know if you get to try these out!

  • Joanna Sormunen

    These brownies look really good. And they sound so delicious! Never tried vegan brownies before.

    • http://esculentdreams.com/ esculentdreams

      Thanks Joanna! Funny thing, I actually didn’t plan on making them vegan until I saw the flaxseed meal. Let me know if you try the recipe! :) would definitely appreciate the feedback