Updated: Oct 9
Brownies may be my favorite dessert to make, simply because of how fool-proof they are.
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... it's great! Also, has anyone ever been upset at a fresh pan of brownies?
I usually bring my Ultimate Brownies to parties and other special occasions (maybe I'll make a blog post with that recipe!) 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 brownies is to roast your sweet potatoes 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!
For an extra kick, try sprinkling in chopped nuts or candy bits into the batter!
Sweet Potatoes, small | 2 ct. | $1.19
Unsalted Butter, melted | 1/2 cup | $0.80
Granulated Sugar | 3/4 cup | $0.21
All-Purpose Flour | 2/3 cup | $0.03
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder | 1/2 cup | $0.56
Eggs | 2 ct. | $0.22
Vanilla Extract | 2 tsp. | $1.11
Salt | 1/2 tsp. | $0.01
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Wash and wrap sweet potatoes in aluminum foil; roast for about an hour.
2. Remove sweet potatoes and let cool for at least an hour. You need 1 cup of mashed sweet potatoes for the recipe.
3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
4. 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.
5. Pour brownie mixture into baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
6. Let cool before slicing and enjoy!
The Coined Breakdown
Total Cost per brownie: $0.46
Total Cost (9 brownies): $4.13
Those Other Guys: $3.99+ per brownie