Foodie Friday: Double Chocolate Sweet Potato Protein Brownies {Vegan, Gluten Free}

Welcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Cassandra from Powered by BLING to create awesome healthy recipes each week!  Also, make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well! 

Sweet Potato Protein Brownies {gluten free, grain free, dairy free, vegan, soy free, no refined sugar}


Today we are linking up to share recipes that use honey/maple syrup/healthy alternative as a replacement for sugar.  I think it’s fair to say that we all know honey isn’t just a good way to sweeten your tea and maple syrup isn’t just for pancakes.  It can be used as a substitute for sugar in a lot of different recipes, especially baked goods. 

I wasn’t immediately sure what I was going to make to share for today- there are literally endless different cookies, cakes and treats that I could have made.  Then, I was at a BBQ last weekend and the hostess made some gluten free sweet potato brownies for myself and another guest who has celiac.  I fell in love at first bite knew they had to be recreated. 

Sweet Potato Protein Brownies {gluten free, grain free, vegan, dairy free, soy free, no refined sugars}


Whipping up my own version was really more simple than I thought it would be.  Using mashed sweet potato, chocolate almond butter, a smidge of honey to sweeten and Pro Alpha Nutrition Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder (review coming soon) for a healthy/delicious protein boost, I was able to create something magical. 

The sweet potato helps these brownies retain their moisture while the chocolate almond butter and Pro Alpha Nutrition chocolate protein give it a velvet- chocolate smoothness that makes them out of this world DELICIOUS! 

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I literally made these on Wednesday and they were pretty much all gone by Thursday night…they’re that good not to mention guilt free, hooray!

Oh and did I mention that they’re gluten free AND can be made vegan?! :) 

Double Chocolate Sweet Potato Protein Brownies {gluten free, grain free, vegan, soy free, no refined sugars}

Double Chocolate Sweet Potato Protein Brownies {gluten free, grain free, vegan, dairy free, no refined sugars}


Double Chocolate Sweet Potato Protein Brownies {gluten free, grain free, dairy free, vegan, soy free, no refined sugars}





  • 1 large sweet potato steamed + mashed (skin removed), about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup Barney’s Cocoa Coconut Almond Butter (or any chocolate almond butter)
  • 1 20 gram scoop Pro Alpha Nutrition Chocolate Protein Powder (or vegan chocolate protein powder)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder 
  • 1/8 cup raw honey (or maple syrup for vegan option)
  • 1 flax egg 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (or vegan chocolate chips)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In a large bowl mix together mashed sweet potato, almond butter, protein powder, cacao powder, honey, flax egg and baking soda.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips. 
  4. Spoon into an 8×8 baking dish.  Batter will be thick so be sure to even it out. 
  5. Bake for 22-25 minutes. 
  6. Remove, let cool and ENJOY! :)



1. Easiest way to soften sweet potato without boiling is in the microwave on high for approximately 5 minutes (stabbed with a fork and with a small slit on top). 

2. Flax egg= 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp of water.  Let sit until the consistency becomes yolky like an egg. 

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Reply July 31, 2015

OMG, I want to devour these through the screen (great pic!) I could really use some guilt free brownies, and these seem easy to make too!
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    Reply July 31, 2015

    They took maybe 10 minutes before baking- I am going to make another batch this weekend!!!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply July 31, 2015


    Reply July 31, 2015

    NO! Come back to me!!! ;)

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply July 31, 2015

Honey isn't vegan BUT that's okay with me! I want to sink my teeth into these soft gooey delicious brownies! AH Love it all!

    Reply July 31, 2015

    HAHA I KNEW that and totally wasn't even thinking...DUH! I will edit it for a vegan option! :P

jill conyers
Reply July 31, 2015

Delicious. Looking at your pictures that's all I can think of :) And gluten free is a bonus so I don't have to tweak the recipe.

Life seems to be settling down. I'm hoping to have recipes soon so I can join your linkup.

Have a fantastic Friday Annmarie
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    Reply July 31, 2015

    Thank you! Life has been really hectic here too, hoping to settle down as well! :) Join whenever you have time! Thanks for stopping by- hope you have a great weekend!

Jennifer F
Reply July 31, 2015

those look divine!
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Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply July 31, 2015

ooh super creative with the sweet potato! looks yummy
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Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply July 31, 2015

Those look amazing! Love the mix of ingredients!
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Reply July 31, 2015

You had me at brownies!! Protein, gluten free, and sweet potato.... what is not to love!?!
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    Reply August 1, 2015

    Seriously, they are delicious!

Carrie A Groff
Reply July 31, 2015

These look heavenly! Will have to try these!

    Reply August 1, 2015

    Thanks! Let me know what you think :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply July 31, 2015

I keep hearing about sweet potato brownies, but I just can't get my head around it. It think it is one of those things that I just need to try for myself.

    Reply August 1, 2015

    You really need to try it- you can't even taste the sweet potatoes, they're delicious!

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply July 31, 2015

sweet potato! smart! these look yummy!!!! TGIF!
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    Reply August 1, 2015

    Thank you! Hope you have a great weekend :)

Reply July 31, 2015

Ooooh yum!! These look so fudgey and delicious :)
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    Reply August 1, 2015

    They are!!! :)

Beverley @ sweaty&fit
Reply July 31, 2015

Mmm! The sweet potato must make it so moist! Loving this healthy version of brownies as they are my WEAKNESS
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    Reply August 1, 2015

    Just be warned if you make them you will eat them like one day! :P

rachel @ Athletic Avocado
Reply July 31, 2015

I would never be able to tell that these are healthy if I didn't look at the title! These look so chocolatey and gooey! :)
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    Reply August 1, 2015

    They were literally better than other brownies I have good and I don't even feel bad about eating them! ;)

Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?!
Reply July 31, 2015

Um, how delicious do these look? I can hardly wait to make them. Thanks!!!
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    Reply August 1, 2015

    Let me know how they turn out!!! :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply July 31, 2015

WOW I can't believe how DELICIOUS these brownies look!! I'd totally eat a...LOT of these hehe. Happy Friday!
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    Reply August 1, 2015

    Hehe...I did eat um...all of them ;)

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply August 1, 2015

Oh my yummy goodness!!!

    Reply August 1, 2015

    Oh my yummy goodness is right! ;)

Reply August 1, 2015

Omgggg I need these in my life!!!! I really hope it isn't too hot here on Monday, because I have the evening off and I totally know what I want to do with my evening!!

I didn't know you could use sweet potato like that...when I first saw these I was expecting black beans!
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    Reply August 1, 2015

    Yay I hope you get to make them! Sweet potatoes are a great sub (like pumpkin) for desserts!

Reply August 1, 2015

Myyy goodness, these look AMAZING. <3 My friend would adore them too! I need to make em'! *-*
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    Reply August 1, 2015

    Yay I hope you get to, they really are easy to make and delicious!

Deanna @ The Live Fit Girls
Reply August 2, 2015

YUM! I've never baked anything with sweet potatoes before, but I really should try it. I've heard so many great things about it...your's look so amazing!! I want to eat them right now!
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    Reply August 2, 2015

    Thank you! Definitely try baking with sweet'd be surprised how fantastic it makes it taste- even better than pumpkin in my opinion! :)

Nora @ 2 Generations Running
Reply August 2, 2015

Ooh, those look so good! My mom and I recently tried a sweet potato brownie recipe and it came out pretty good! I may have to experiment with trying this one too now! :)
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    Reply August 3, 2015

    Sweet potato brownies are so yummy- I hope you get to try this variation! :)

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