I wasn’t feeling too well over the weekend but I had this urge to bake something. I was watching youtube and came across this channel called Deliciously Ella and found this recipe (I’ll link her video at the end of the page) and I just HAD to try it. I added a little bit of nutella to some of the brownies and it was yummy. Of course, adding nutella is completely optional depending if you want to be a tad cheeky 😛
The next time I make it, I would do a few things differently as everyone has their different preferences in taste and I’ll definitely share with you later. Nonetheless, this recipe (as is) was a great healthy alternative to those gluten intolerant and health conscious.
- sweet potatoes (medium size) x 2
- raw cacao – 4 tablespoons
- pure maple syrup- 3 tablespoons
- dates (preferably medjool) x 14
- crushed up almonds- 2/3 cup
- brown rice flour- 1/2 cup
- nutella (optional)
- peel and chop up the sweet potatoes into cubes
- boil the sweet potato for 15-20 minutes until they are soft and fall apart easily
- pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
- take out the pits of the dates
- crush the almonds so it is a medium course consistency (or you can have ‘ground almonds’)
- drain the sweet potato and let it cool down for 5 mins
- blend the dates and sweet potato (ideally with a food processor or a good quality blender- I tried to use the nutribullet but it didn’t work so we ended up using a blender)
- put the dates and sweet potato into a mixing bowl and add the almonds, brown rice flour, raw cacao, maple syrup to the mix and mix altogether
- add salt to taste (I don’t generally put salt in my dishes so a pinch was enough for me)
- line your baking tray with baking paper
- place the mix in the baking tray and spread evenly
- place in the oven and check for 15 – 20 minutes and keep checking regularly to see if it is ready.
- you can check to see if it’s ready by peircing the brownies with a knife or a toothpick, when it comes out clean- it’s ready
- for this step (it wasn’t setting properly), I put it in the oven for 30 mins and then transferred it over to our flavour chef and put it in for another 10 minutes and got a better result with a crispier base and top.
- let your brownies sit at room temperature for about another 10-15 mins before you start cutting up the pieces
- the consistency of the brownie is much softer than a normal brownie but should be able to hold it’s shape. If it doesn’t hold it shape, I suggest to put it back in the oven (or in my case, the flavour chef).
- spread nutella on top (thickness is all up to you)
NB: there were some slight differences to the process while making these so the original is in the link below. I added a few tips in the Method section because I found it helped me along the way
Link to Deliciously Ella