However, most brownies are full of inflammatory ingredients like processed wheat and sugar.
If you want a delicious treat that won’t cost you your health, try this sweet potato recipe!
These vegetables will give your brownies a wonderful texture and boosts its nutritional value tenfold!
- 1 cup mashed sweet potato
- ½ cup smooth almond butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- Handful of carob chips (optional) (you also can use raw cacao nibs)
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Grease a small glass cake/loaf pan
- Place the nut butter with maple syrup in a small saucepan and melt over low heat
- In a large bowl add the sweet potato, nut butter mix, and cocoa powder and mix well
- Fold in chocolate chips and pour mixture into greased pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Slice and refrigerate for best results.
Sweet Potato Nutritional Benefits
These potatoes are chock-full of vitamin A and C, potassium, calcium and magnesium, manganese and other nutrients (1,2,3).
Vitamin A: is essential for eye health, cellular reproduction, embryonic development as well as immune function, skin health and bone growth (4).
Vitamin C:is important for maintaining the immune system, building strong bones and teeth, helping digestion and forming red blood cells. The famous vitamin also promotes wound healing, collagen production and stress management.
Vitamin B6: regulates metabolism, hormones and chemicals within the body. It also plays a role in a healthy nervous system.
Potassium: regulates heartbeat and nerve signals, relaxes muscle contractions, reduces swelling, and protects and maintains kidneys. A high potassium intake is associated with a 20% decreased risk of dying from all causes.
Magnesium: plays hundreds of important roles in the blood, including regulating blood pressure and maintaining healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function. The mineral also plays a role in relaxation and stress management.
Calcium: isn’t just good for bone and tooth health, it also plays a role in maintaining nerves, the heart and blood clot function. This mineral is also beneficial for the treatment of Lyme disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the prevention of colon and rectal cancers (5).
Manganese: promotes wound healing and is important for regular metabolic function.
Iron: plays a role in red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune function and protein metabolism.
Beta-Carotene: protects your against cancer, free radicals and cell aging. Eating carotenoid-rich foods can even reduce lung cancer risk by 32%. It also fights colon, breast, esophageal , cervical and prostate cancer.
Choline is important for cellular membranes maintenance, nerve impulsion, fat absorption and regulating inflammation. It also plays a role in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.
Lastly, fiber may reduce episodes of low blood sugar and insulin resistance in people with diabetes. The fiber in sweet potatoes makes a big difference too. Lower blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels