Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies
Makes 24 brownies
While everyone else is posting pumpkin pie and stuffing recipes, I’m posting chocolate recipes!! This might seem strange at first, but when you understand the benefits of raw cacao and organic chocolate, you might change your mind. Chocolate is one of the highest food sources of Magnesium, which many have referred to as the magnificent mineral. Magnesium has over 300 mechanisms in the body and has powerful natural relaxing properties and who doesn’t need more of that as we step into the holiday season!
3 small sweet potatoes (about 2 1/2 cups)
20 medjool dates-pitted
1 cup of almonds (ground until a course flour consistency)
3/4 cup of buckwheat or brown rice flour
1/3-1/2 cup maple syrup
½ tsp Real Salt
1/2 cup of raw cacao/or organic coco powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
15 drops liquid Stevia
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup cacao chips (optional)
1/3 cup pecan or walnut pieces
Start by pre-heating the oven to 350, then peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into small chunks and place into oven for about twenty minutes. Once they are perfectly soft and beginning to fall apart, remove them and put them a food processor with the pitted dates – process until it forms a nice creamy mix. Add all the remaining liquid ingredients and process.
Put the dry ingredients into a bowl, mix to blend. Add the sweet potato mix and stir well. If the batter is too dry and the dry ingredients will not hold together, then add an additional 1-2 T. of coconut milk.
Pat mixture into a rectangular 9 x 13 baking pan lined w/parchment paper and cook for about twenty minutes. The brownies are cooked when you can pierce the middle with a fork and bring it out clean.
Remove the pan and allow it to cool for about ten minutes – this is really important for time to stick together! Remove the brownies from the pan, wait another few minutes before cutting them into squares – then dig in and enjoy!
To add a little more fun to this treat, serve with sweet coconut whipped cream.
Something else to nurture yourself with during the Holiday season is a once a week nice hot epsom salt bath with lavender oil. The epsom salts are full of magnesium to help relax aching muscles, sulfur to detox, and the lavender oil will sooth your mind. I hope you will gift yourself with a little bit of time to experience and enjoy this little slice of heaven.