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cacao brownies with sweet potato

Fudgy Cacao Brownies with Sweet Potato

Jenna Volpe, RDN, LD, CLT
From the rich cacao powder to the fudgy coconut manna to the dense sweet potato base, this recipe puts the "fudgy" in fudgy brownies!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people


  • 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato or butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup softened coconut manna or coconut butter – NOT coconut oil!
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or Hu Gems
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a square 8x8 pan or round cake pan with butter or coconut oil.
  • In a food processor or blender: combine all ingredients EXCEPT chocolate chips. Blend for several minutes until batter is smooth and fudgy – no lumps!
  • Transfer to bowl and stir in chocolate chips; optional: save some for topping.
  • Bake at 350 F for about 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven, until brownies pass the “toothpick test”.
  • Makes about 9 to 12 flat, dense, fudgy, very chocolatey brownies.
  • Cool for at least 30 minutes in the fridge before slicing and serving.
  • Cover and store in the fridge for up to 5 days, or the freezer for up to a month (I can’t imagine these brownies sticking around for long enough in my household, but to each their own!).


OPTIONAL: Double the recipe and bake in normal brownie pan for about 30-35 minutes (I haven’t tried this yet, since I didn’t keep enough ingredients on-hand to do so).
OPTIONAL: Swap the coconut manna for peanut butter (I also haven’t done this so I can’t tell you how it would turn out).


I haven’t tried these alternatives but who says you can’t get creative?
  • Don’t have cacao powder? Use cocoa powder!
  • Don’t have coconut palm sugar? Use brown sugar!
  • Don’t have real maple syrup? Use agave or raw honey or another liquid sweetener of your choice.
Keyword cacao, cacao brownies, cacao recipes, flourless, sweet potato brownies
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