Healthy chocolate brownies with a *very* secret ingredient!

When it comes to desserts, it can be really hard to find healthy options that won't ruin the clean-eating streak you've (mostly) been on all week. 

These brownies, from Irish clean-eating Instagrammer @theirishhealthdiaries, are clean and healthy, meaning if you wanted to have them for breakfast we really don't see a problem with that.

After all, raw cacao has major antioxidant properties, meaning you would actually be doing your body good by eating them. 

There's also a secret ingredient that makes the brownies moist and dense – sweet potato! We know it sounds mad, but trust us – it works! 

What you'll need:

  • 130g raw cacao or dark cocoa powder
  • 125g plain flour*
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 130g sweet potato
  • 125g dairy-free spread
  • 125g coconut sugar
  • Zest of one orange

What you'll need to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a brownie tin with parchment paper. 
  • Peel and boil or steam the sweet potato until soft. Mash until smooth and set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour,cocoa powder and baking powder. 
  • In a saucepan, melt the spread with the coconut sugar and orange zest.
  • Add the sugar mixture to the mashed sweet potato and stir to combine. If necessary, blitz with a hand blender to ensure it's smooth. 
  • Combine the wet ingredients with the dry – if it looks a little dry, add some drops of water. 
  • Place into the oven for about 15-20 mins or until the top is set and firm. 

* If you are gluten intolerant, try using coconut flour instead.