Sweet Potato Brownies

Everyone needs a dessert now and then, but who is to say that it can’t be good for you too? The sweet potatoes in this recipe are rich in different nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, biotin, manganese, iron, copper, folic acid and dietary fiber. They are also a great source of folic acid – that all important nutrient for those of us who are pregnant or are looking to become pregnant. They also help with keeping your blood pressure regulated – an issue that many pregnant women have as they are now pumping blood for two!

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa flour
1 TBSP ground cinnamon 
1 TSP baking powder
1/4 TSP salt
1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 TSP vanilla
3 eggs
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 TSP cinnamon

Combine flour, first amount of cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Make a well.

In another bowl, using a hand mixer combine sweet potato, oil, vanilla, eggs. Mix until smooth. Add to the well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Gradually mix wet ingredients into dry until just combined.

Oil a 9 x 9 baking pan with cooking spray or oil and pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 16 to 18 minutes until an inserted fork comes out clean. Allow to cool 30 minutes.

While brownies cool prepare icing. In a small bowl combine all remaining ingredients, adding 1 TBSP of water if it is hard to mix. Divide icing evenly over brownies. Place in fridge until ready to eat.


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