Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

sweet potato brownies stacked on top of each other

Brownies may be my favorite dessert to make, simply because of how fool-proof they are. So I really wanted to shake up the status quo and bring you guys a recipe for sweet potato brownies!

It’s really so hard to mess up brownies. You don’t have to worry about them sinking in the middle, it’s super hard to overcook them, most recipes are all one bowl… they are just super easy! Also, has anyone ever been upset at a fresh, warm pan of brownies?

I usually bring my Ultimate Brownies to parties and other special occasions (that recipe is in my upcoming cookbook – Plate Night In) but this week, I had some sweet potatoes I wanted to get rid of. This recipe is so great because you don’t have to use a lot of sugar – it’s naturally sweetened by the sweet potatoes. Plus, you get to say you’re eating your veggies too!

The trick to these sweet potato brownies is to roast your sweet potatoes in the oven and then let them rest. As they cool down, the potato enzymes make complex sugars from the starch, so your brownies get naturally-sourced sweetness and an extra kick of gooeyness!

Sweet potatoes are naturally stringy, so you can run the mash through a strainer if you really want to try and get rid of those. Honestly, they aren’t really noticeable. I’ve served this to some of my friends with the most un-refined tastebuds (read: they do not like hidden veggies) and they absolutely love them.

For an extra kick, try sprinkling in chopped nuts or chocolate chips into the batter! Let me know in the comments: do you like recipes where you don’t know you’re getting extra fruit/veggies?

overhead shot of sweet potatoe brownies

Fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies

Shani W.
Surprise – these sneaky sweet potato brownies have an entire serving of veggies hidden in them!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 9 brownies


  • 2 ct. sweet potatoes small
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • ¾ cup granulated white sugar
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ct. eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. salt


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Wash and wrap sweet potatoes in aluminum foil; roast for about an hour.
  • Remove sweet potatoes and let cool for at least an hour. You need 1 cup of mashed sweet potatoes for the recipe.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together sweet potatoes, melted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt until fully incorporated. Stir in flour and cocoa powder until combined.
  • Pour brownie mixture into baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let it cool before slicing and enjoy!
Keyword Brownies, Hidden Veggies, Sweet Potatoes
overhead shot of sweet potatoe brownies

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per brownie: $0.46
  • Total Cost (9 brownies): $4.13
  • Those Other Guys: $3.99+ per brownie

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