You’ll never know there are vegetables hidden in these vegan sweet potato brownies! They’re fudgy, flavorful and the ultimate sweet treat when topped with chocolate ganache.

Can you even handle the chocolate ganache on top of these brownies?!? My mouth is watering. I have been working on revamping some of my most popular EBF recipes so today I’m sharing these sweet potato brownies, which are based off my sweet potato brownie bites!

Sweet potato brownies on parchment paper topped with a chocolate ganache and chopped almonds.

As you may know, I’m a fan of sneaking veggies into my recipes whenever I can. I’ve added zucchini to overnight oats, cauliflower to a smoothie and butternut squash to pancakes. Vegetables do not have to be boring and these recipes have all become fan favorites… picky eaters included!

Why Sweet Potatoes?

If you’re wondering why the heck I’m putting vegetables in my dessert, I’ve got plenty of reasons why! So I don’t scare you off, I’ll start by saying that sweet potatoes add an amazing texture to these brownies – binding them together without a traditional egg. Beyond that, sweet potatoes add a nutritional punch! They’re high in fiber and a variety of important vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene, vitamin C and potassium. (Source)

Sweet potato brownies on parchment paper topped with a chocolate ganache and chopped almonds.

Ingredients for Vegan Sweet Potato Brownies:

  • sweet potato
  • flaxseed eggs – 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed + 6 Tablespoons water
  • pure maple syrup
  • melted coconut oil 
  • vanilla extract
  • coconut flour
  • cocoa powder
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • dark chocolate chips – I love Lily’s for a low-sugar option!
  • chopped salted almonds
  • non-diary milk – almond, oat or coconut milk work,

Mixing bowl full of sweet potato brownie batter and a mixing spoon.

How to Make Sweet Potato Brownies

  1. The first step is to bake your sweet potato. Preheat your oven and then pierce your sweet potato with a fork in 2-3 spots. Wrap it in foil and roast until it’s tender. After it’s done cooking, mash it into a puree with a fork. You’re ready to make the rest of the brownies now!
  2. Make your flaxseed egg by whisking together water and ground flaxseed in a small bowl. This mixture will thicken to an egg consistency after sitting for about five minutes.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients (mashed sweet potato, maple syrup, coconut oil, flax eggs and vanilla) in a large bowl. Add in the dry ingredients (coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt) and stir to combine. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Bake the brownie batter in a greased 8×8 baking dish for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean. While you allow the brownies to cool, make the ganache topping by adding the chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments. Once chocolate is melted, add the dairy-free milk to the chocolate and stir until well combined. Pour over the cooled brownies and spread to cover. Sprinkle the salted almonds on top and then wait for the ganache to harden up a bit!

Sweet potato brownies on parchment paper topped with a chocolate ganache and chopped almonds.

How to Store These Brownies

These brownies aren’t lasting long in our house, but my recommendation is to store leftover brownies in the fridge for up to one week. I haven’t tried freezing them, but I’m sure they would be okay to freeze in an airtight container for up to three months. If you’re freezing them, I would recommend putting parchment paper in between layers so the chocolate ganache doesn’t stick!

Stack of four sweet potato brownies.

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Sweet potato brownies on parchment paper topped with a chocolate ganache and chopped almonds.

Sweet Potato Brownies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

You’ll never know there are vegetables hidden in these sweet potato brownies! Top with chocolate ganache for the ultimate sweet treat.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato (1 cup mashed)
  • 2 flax eggs (2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed + 6 Tablespoons water)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Lily’s)
  • chopped salted almonds, for topping

Chocolate Ganache Topping

  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ⅛ cup non-diary milk (almond, oat or coconut milk work)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Pierce sweet potato with a fork in 2-3 spots. Wrap in foil and roast until tender, about 30 minutes. Let cool. Peel sweet potato and mash with a fork. Measure out 1 cup of mashed sweet potato for the recipe and save the rest for something else.
  2. Add ground flax to water and whisk together in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  3. Lower oven temp to 350ºF. 
  4. Add mashed sweet potato, maple syrup, coconut oil, flax eggs and vanilla into a large bowl and stir to combine. Add coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Gently stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop batter into a greased 8×8 baking dish.
  6. Bake brownies for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.
  7. Make ganache topping by adding chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave using 30 second increments and stirring between each. It shouldn’t take more than 60 seconds or so.  Once chocolate is melted, add milk to the bowl and stir until well combined. Pour chocolate over the cooled brownies and spread to cover. Sprinkle chopped almonds on top. As brownies sit, the chocolate topping will start to a harden a bit. You can put them in the fridge to speed up the process. 
  8. Store leftover brownies in the fridge for up to 1 week.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 brownie
  • Calories: 156
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 84mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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    32 comments
    • Hi Shirah! I don’t think they have a strong coconut taste at all. If you’re worried about it I would use refined coconut oil, which has less (almost no) coconut aroma or flavor. The coconut flour doesn’t seem to impart as much coconut flavor, in my opinion.

  1. Good morning! Do I need to heat the milk for the ganache before adding to the melted chocolate? Seems obvious but this is something new and I want to be certain! Thank you!

  2. These brownies are ridiculously delicious, naturally nutritious, & SO easy to make. The chocolate ganache is gorgeous & decadent, and I’m *really* blown away by the texture of these babies. Definitely making these again, thank you, Brittany!!! GRAND SLAM!!!

  3. WOW!!! I don’t usually comment but I just made these brownies and they are absolutely DELICIOUS. Substituted the coconut flour for oat flour and used eggs instead of flaxseed eggs and they are literally the best brownies I’ve tasted. Thank you!!!

    • Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Lisa. I’m so glad you enjoyed these brownies. Thanks for making them and for sharing the subs you made. It’s super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it. 🙂

  4. These brownies amazed me! They were even better the next day served cold out of the fridge. Is it too soon to make batch two when I haven’t finished batch one? 😂

    • Haha it’s never too soon to make a second batch!! I’m so glad you enjoyed these brownies, Sherry. 🙂 Thanks so much for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it.

  5. I just made these and they turned out exactly like the photos and they’re AMAZING! This is my new go-to Paleo brownie recipe

  6. These are divine! Everyone that has tried them does not believe me when I tell them they are made with sweet potato. These will be a staple around my house!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Ally!! I’m so glad these brownies are a hit. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  7. These were so good and so easy to make. I didn’t do the ganache because they smelled so good when they came out of the oven. The texture was really nice and the flavor was amazing.

    • Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Cathy!! I’m so glad you enjoyed these brownies. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

  8. Hi Brittany! I don’t have coconut flour, I have regular flour, Oat flour and Chickpea flour. Can I use either of them?
    Nancy G

    • Hey Nancy! I haven’t tested other flours, so I’m not sure how these brownies would turn out, but feel free to experiment! Coconut flour soaks up way more liquid, so if you do use a different flour you’d likely need to add more than 1/2 cup. Let me know what you end up trying if you make these. 🙂

  9. My son doesn’t care for recipes I make with maple syrup, so I substituted date paste and he gave the brownies 2 thumbs up!Delish!

  10. Yummmm!!! I used chicken eggs and walnuts on top because that’s what I had on hand and they turned out fabulous. So moist and chocolatey perfection!

  11. Hi Brittany if I wanted to make theses brownies with eggs how many would I use? Is it always one flax egg to one regular egg?

    • Hey Megan! Coconut flour can’t be subbed 1:1 with other flours since it soaks up way more liquid, so I’m not sure how almond flour would work. You’d likely need more flour if you subbed it, but feel free to experiment and let me know how it turns out if you try it. 🙂

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