Sweet Potato Brownies

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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!

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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:

  • baked sweet potato – the sweet potatoes help to bind the brownies together without a traditional egg. Plus, they pack a nutritional punch!
  • flaxseed eggsflaxseed eggs are easy to make by mixing 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons water. You can also use a chia egg if you don’t have any flax on hand!
  • pure maple syrup – I love using maple syrup because it’s a natural sweetener. Just look for pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup that’s loaded with corn syrup and artificial ingredients!
  • melted coconut oil – this replaces butter and adds moisture to the brownies.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • coconut flour – I haven’t tested this recipe with another flour and I don’t recommend swapping it as coconut flour can’t be subbed 1:1 with other flours.
  • cocoa powder – cacao powder works as well.
  • baking powder and salt – two baking essentials!
  • dark chocolate chips I’ve been loving Lily’s chocolate chips for a sugar-free option, but Enjoy Life is also a great option if you need diary-free chips.
  • chopped salted almonds – these are optional, but I think the chopped almonds on top take these brownies to the next level!
  • non-diary milk – almond, oat or coconut milk work.
Mixing bowl full of sweet potato brownie batter and a mixing spoon.

Substitutions and Notes:

Coconut flour: I haven’t tested this recipe with a different flour and I don’t recommend subbing the coconut flour. Coconut flour soaks up way more liquid than other flours and can’t be subbed 1:1, so if you do try a different flour you’d likely need to add more than 1/2 cup. If you decide to try a different flour, comment below letting me know how these brownies turn out.

Eggs: If you don’t need this recipe to be vegan you can swap the flaxseed eggs for 2 regular eggs.

Maple syrup: I like the flavor of maple syrup, but you could also use honey (if you don’t need this recipe to be vegan), agave or monk fruit maple.

Almonds: These are totally optional! You can also swap them with any nut of choice. I bet pecans or walnuts would be delicious!

Non-dairy milk: Any non-dairy milk will work. If you don’t need this recipe to be dairy-free and want to use cow’s milk, go for it!

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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4.69 from 35 votes

Sweet Potato Brownies

You’ll never know there are vegetables hidden in these sweet potato brownies! Top with chocolate ganache for the ultimate sweet treat.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients  

Chocolate Ganache Topping

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Bake sweet potato: 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.
  • Make flax eggs: Add ground flax to water and whisk together in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Lower oven temp: Lower oven temp to 350ºF. 
  • Combine wet ingredients: Add mashed sweet potato, maple syrup, coconut oil, flax eggs and vanilla into a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add dry ingredients: Add coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Gently stir in chocolate chips.
  • Bake: Scoop batter into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake brownies for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.
  • Make ganache topping: 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. 
  • Store: Store leftover brownies in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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Notes

  • Coconut flour: I haven’t tested this recipe with a different flour and I don’t recommend subbing the coconut flour. Coconut flour soaks up way more liquid than other flours and can’t be subbed 1:1, so if you do try a different flour you’d likely need to add more than 1/2 cup. If you decide to try a different flour, comment below letting me know how these brownies turn out.
  • Eggs: If you don’t need this recipe to be vegan you can swap the flaxseed eggs for 2 regular eggs.
  • Maple syrup: I like the flavor of maple syrup, but you could also use honey (if you don’t need this recipe to be vegan), agave or monk fruit maple.
  • Almonds: These are totally optional! You can also swap them with any nut of choice. I bet pecans or walnuts would be delicious!
  • Non-dairy milk: Any non-dairy milk will work. If you don’t need this recipe to be dairy-free and want to use cow’s milk, go for it!

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 84mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet potato brownies
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61 Comments

    1. I haven’t tried it, but that should work just fine! Let me know how it turns out for you if you try it!

    1. Yes! That should work just fine. Let me know how they turn out for you if you try them. 🙂

    1. 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. 🙂

  1. 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?

    1. Hey Tana – Yes, 1 egg to 1 flax egg, so 2 eggs for this recipe. 🙂 Let me know how they turn out for you!!

  2. 5 stars
    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!

    1. Oh yay!! So glad these turned out well for you, Erica. Thanks for sharing the subs you made and for trying my recipe. I so appreciate it!

    2. 5 stars
      I used them too! It was soo good. Loved the brownies so much! Brittany, you are a true star! xx

  3. 5 stars
    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!

  4. 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

    1. 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. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    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.

    1. 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!

  6. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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. 5 stars
    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

    1. Woot woot!! So glad you enjoyed these brownies, Chris! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    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? 😂

    1. 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.

    1. Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed these brownies, Shana. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  9. 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!!!

    1. 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. 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    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!!!

  11. 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!

    1. I just melted the chocolate separately then added it to the milk, but you could certainly add the milk + chocolate to a pan and heat it together if you prefer. 🙂

    1. 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.

  12. 5 stars
    Easy to make and taste delicious! Remind me of a fondue chocolate pudding. I used the microwave for the sweet potatoes and used 1/3 cup of sweet freedom instead of 1/2 cup. 10/10 would make again.

    1. Woo!! So glad you loved these brownies, Beth. 🙂 Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I appreciate it!

  13. 5 stars
    Ohmygoshhhh!!!
    I’m not toooo into vegan baked goods but I love how your recipes are on the healthier side with loads of great ingredients so I knew I had to try this out and
    WOW!!!!!!!
    I’m not going to be making standard brownies anymore.
    These are sooooo dang goooeyy and dense and fudgy! I am in chocolate heaven!

    Greattttt recipe!
    Thank you!

    1. Ahh yay, this makes me so happy to hear!! I’m super pumped you loved these brownies. Thanks for giving them a try and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    Delicious – no topping needed! I subbed avocado oil for coconut oil 1:1. My mistake was that I subbed almond flour for coconut flour 1:1 instead of 3:1… next time, they will be perfect… this time, super tasty but have to eat with a spoon haha…

    1. Ahh yes, almond and coconut flour can’t be subbed 1:1 as coconut flour soaks up way more liquid than most other flours. I’m glad you still enjoyed these brownies though!

  15. 5 stars
    These were soooo yummy! Dense, moist and sweet, but not death by chocolate. Ended up using 2 chicken eggs, but next time I want to try aquafaba… Also had to sub coconut for 2/3 cups regular flour I already had on hand (so thankful for othercommenters’ questions and suggestions). Topped them with walnut pieces and we ate half the batch that night! Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe. : )

    1. So glad you enjoyed these brownies, Cait!! Thanks for making them and for coming back to share the subs you made. It’s super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it. 🙂

  16. I just made these and they tasted great but the consistency was so moist we basically ate them with a spoon. Not the consistency of a brownie. Any thought what could have gone wrong? Only thing I did differently was cook in a round 9×9 metal pan.

    1. Mmm!! That’s so weird. I haven’t heard of that happening before. So you didn’t change anything else about the recipe? How long did you cook them for?

      1. I cooked them a little bit longer than the 45 minutes. For the coconut flour I spooned into the measuring cup vs packing it in. Possibly I didn’t use enough.

    2. 5 stars
      Eating one of these brownies right now. These are really good and I love that they have healthy ingredients in them. My 15 year old daughter thinks they’re pretty good too 😉. Your recipes are the best

  17. 5 stars
    I made 2 batches. One as a gift and one for us to try and make sure they taste good first lol. Both came out great. We used light colored organic EVOO for one and it worked same as Coconut oil. So that’s a good sub. Also the ganache isn’t needed but it’s good. Thanks for a great recipe!

  18. 5 stars
    I love IT. Its my favourite!!! And my Kids love IT, too. They could not believed me, its made from sweet potato 😊

    1. Yay!! I’m so pumped everyone enjoyed these brownies, Lenka! Thanks so much for making them and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

  19. 5 stars
    This is so incredibly good! Thank you for this decadent treat. I skipped chocolate chips and the topping. Added 3 dates in place of the maple syrup.
    Thank you thank you thank you!! Love your recipes 🙂

    1. Yay! I’m so happy to hear that, Sonia 🙂 Thank you so much for coming back to leave a review and star rating, I really appreciate it!

  20. 5 stars
    This was easy to make. I cooked the sweet potato in the microwave for 10 minutes and then scooped out the center. I used 1/2 the amount of maple syrup and added a tablespoon of applesauce for sweetness and moisture. I added chopped walnuts and used 2 eggs. I skipped the frosting and didn’t think any flavor was missing!

    1. Yay! Thanks for sharing your swaps, Sherry! I’m glad these brownies were a success for you!

    1. Yay! I am so glad you are loving my recipes, Ashley. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it.