Yes, we have actually created a healthier brownie that you can enjoy while still living a healthy lifestyle! When making these brownies, we wanted to make sure that we did not sacrifice taste or make them dry and crumbly – we love a fudgy, chocolatey, consistency – so our secret ingredient? Sweet potatoes!
These brownies are coming just in time for Valentine’s Day, and they also have a special meaning for us! Watch the video below to see why…
Healthy Fairburnin' Brownies
-1 cup mashed/pureed sweet potato (you can either roast or microwave and then mash)
-1/2 cup pure almond butter, softened
-1/4 cup brewed black coffee
-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/4 cup cacao or unsweetened dark cocoa powder
-1/4 dark chocolate chips or chunks (at least 70% cacoa) or vegan chips, plus extra for topping
-Pinch of sea salt
-1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the sweet potato puree, almond butter, black coffee, maple syrup, and vanilla. Then mix in the remaining dry ingredients.
Very lightly spray a 5×7 or 8×8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Pour the brownie mixture into the dish and spread mixture out until even. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. If you want to top with chocolate chips too, sprinkle the top of your brownies with the chips when there is about 10 minutes left.
Let the brownies cool before cutting into and eating (although it may be hard to wait)!
With all of the tempting treats being made this time of year, why not tempt you with one more!? Don’t worry, this treat is actually healthy for you, but shhh, no one has to know!
Remember on our Top 5 Tips to Stay on Track During the Holidays how we mentioned that you could bring your own healthy treat to the family party? Well this is definitely one of those treats! And we are so thankful that Liz from Pumpkin and Peanut Butter is sharing this recipe with us today! Be sure to give her site a visit because she loves to make healthy recipes and is a fitness lover like us! Oh, and guess what? Liz and her husband are also fellow spinners who love to spend their “dates” at the cycling studio too!
Pomegranate Apple Coffee Cake
-1 1/2 cups rolled oat, finely ground
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-4 tbsp coconut oil, solid but soft
-1/3 cup coconut sugar or maple syrup
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 cup milk
-1 cup peeled and diced apples
-1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
For the streusel:
-2 tbsp coconut oil
-1/2 cup chopped pecans
-3/4 cup old fashioned oats
-1/4 cup coconut sugar or maple syrup
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray).
In large bowl, combine your dry ingredients: ground oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda. Set aside. In a separate bowl, use a mixer to cream coconut oil and sugar together. Add in the egg, vanilla, and milk and beat for another minute. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Finally, fold in the diced apples and pomegranate seeds. Pour evenly into loaf pan.
To make the streusel, combine all the streusel ingredients into a small bowl. Use your fingers to mix until the streusel has formed large clumps. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the coffee cake in the pan.
Bake the coffee cake for 50 minutes. Let the cake cool for at least 20 minutes in the pan, then remove from pan to finish cooling.
Enjoy this cake with our CranBurn Royale for the perfect holiday pairing!
Thanks again to Liz for sharing her lightened up coffee cake recipe! Be sure to check out our holiday cocktail being featured over on her site here!
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Sometimes you just need a quick indulgence, and this treat hits the spot! This cake can be put together in mere minutes with very little clean-up. This is a win-win since I don’t always like to wait for a dessert to come out of the oven and the husband hates doing dishes!
Coffee Mug Chocolate Cake
-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 egg white or 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons water – let sit for 5-10 minutes)
-1 tablespoon agave or natural sweetener
-¼ teaspoon baking powder
-2 tablespoons chocolate chips
-Splash of vanilla extract
-Pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients together until combined. Spray a microwave safe ramekin or coffee mug, and scoop mixture into ramekin. Microwave for 1 minute on high. Be careful when removing the ramekin from the microwave as it will be extremely hot!
If you enjoyed this treat or are looking for something more, our members only meal plan features tons of healthy dessert options that you can indulge in from time to time! To learn more, visit here.