These no-bake sweet potato brownies have been my best sweet potato discovery since around Thanksgiving 2004… when I discovered (a bit too late for that meal!) that there actually are really great taters here in Philippines!
We had lived here for less than 6 months, and I was newly pregnant with Sara, when we thought it would be a brilliant idea to invite about 30 people from Mark’s office over for Thanksgiving. Never mind that my kitchen had exactly one light bulb (I think this number was inversely proportional to the number of resident bugs for a reason) or that my oven held the equivalent of one mini-bake tin at a time. No, we said, let’s bring on Thanksgiving… the more the merrier!!
And then I couldn’t find canned green beans. Or the sweet potatoes I was used to. Or a turkey.
Well, let’s just suffice it to say that we catered quite a bit of that dinner, our cook stepped in with a big pile of pancit, and the remainder probably left our guests wondering just what we Americans are so thankful for anyway. But since you asked, I’ll name a few things… 13 subsequent years of grocery experience here, the fact that I no longer rely on canned green beans for anything, and the discovery (shortly after that fateful dinner) of the sweet potatoes I’ve been using ever since: the Philippino camote.
Sweet potatoes (and camote) are on most lists of “superfoods” given their nutrient density… they’re high in complex carbs and fiber, low in calories, and high in Vitamin A and potassium. They’re also low on the glycemic index, so they won’t cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar. Plus they’re downright delicious, and you can make sooo many things with them, like these sweet potato brownies!
These no-bake brownies are a dream to whip up because all you have to do is toss everything in your food processor (I’ve done it by hand as well), press it into a serving dish, and chill. Voila! You’re done! These guys are super-healthy as well, using no added oil or sugar, so you can feel good about eating them any time of day, even for breakfast. I up their protein content by adding a bit of vegan protein powder, but if you’re not a fan or don’t keep it, just sub coconut flour & add some sweetener like maple syrup or dates.
I’ll be honest… I’m kind of addicted to them! The texture is amazing, like fudge almost. They call to me from the fridge at least once a day, and I usually answer the call. You should too!
No-bake Sweet Potato Brownies
The amount of water you need will depend on the moistness of your sweet potatoes. Camotes are drier and will likely need all the water, while American sweet potatoes are more moist and will only need half or less. When it sticks together, it's good!
- 10 oz cooked sweet potato (about 1 ½ cups), peeled
- 2 T. natural almond butter or peanut butter
- 2 T. almond milk
- 2 t. vanilla
- ¼ - ½ cup water (depending on how moist your sweet potato is)
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (can sub 3 T. coconut flour + 3 pitted Medjool dates)
- 2 T. powdered peanut butter (can also sub 1 additional tablespoon coconut flour)
- 1/8 t. salt
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional), for topping
- Line a square dish with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
- Place sweet potato, almond or peanut butter, almond milk, ¼ cup water, and vanilla in a food processor. Process until a smooth paste forms, adding additional water if necessary.
- Add the remaining ingredients (except walnuts) and process again until mixture comes together around the blades, adding additional water if mixture is too dry to stick together.
- Remove from food processor and press into prepared pan, flattening out the dough with your hand or a small roller. Sprinkle chopped nuts over the top. Chill for 2-3 hours to make it easier to slice.
- Makes 8 servings.
4 thoughts on “No-bake Sweet Potato Brownies”
These sound delicious, and made more so for the fact I won’t have to turn on the oven to bake them…we know how hot it will get here in the next few months!
Will definitely try these!
Jo, YES!!! Another benefit of these guys… no turning on the oven in this suddenly unbearable heat! Enjoy! 🙂 xo
Love the story, Bec’s. My oven was that way the entire time I was there and no AC in the kitchen. Really hard to accomplish much. I love the kitchen you have now. I can see why you like cooking. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so for your comment, Deb… I know you can relate, ha! 😉 I’m sure you’re much more comfortable now and it’s a pleasure to cook again! Miss you!! xoxo