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Sweet Potato Protein Brownies

We regularly eat sweet potatoes in our house. 

From mashed, to roasted to steamed (with lots of grass fed butter) to baked, to spiralled noodles, I just absolutely love this mighty tasty root veggie. 

The good news is that sweet potatoes are low glycemic, meaning that they digest at a slower rate keeping your blood sugar more stable; they are high in fibre, which is amazing for supporting gut health, and they are loaded with Beta-Carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C and have lots an anti-inflammatory properties. 

Now you can see why I love them so much! OH! And they taste sweet! 

I decided to combine my baking skills with this tasty veggie and bake up some brownies. I really had no idea how they would turn out, which is what happens when it comes to recipe testing, but I was incredibly surprised by how delicious, easy and tasty these brownies were!

It’s important to note, the texture of these brownies are a lot softer (or moister, if that’s even a word!) than most brownies, given that it does contain mashed sweet potato. Leaving them at room temperature for a little over an hour will help them to slightly firm up. 

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I added in 2 scoops of my favourite protein powder to help further support blood sugar levels. This is optional, but I definitely encourage you to include some if  you have it on hand. 

I think next I’m going to try my hand at sweet potato cupcakes with a delicious vanilla frosting! Sounds good right? Ya, I might have to get on that. 

In the meantime, enjoy these amazing Sweet Potato Protein Brownies guilt free! They are perfect pre workout, for school snacks or just because! 

Sweet Potato Protein Brownies
Serves 6
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ cups sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  2. ½ cup coconut flour
  3. 2 scoops Progressive Organic Chocolate or Vanilla Whey protein powder (optional)
  4. ¼ cup Progressive Organic Coconut Oil, melted
  5. 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  6. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  7. ½ tsp cinnamon
  8. ½ tsp ground vanilla bean or extract
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. Pinch of sea salt
  11. 1/3-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life dairy free mini chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 brownie pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients except the chocolate chips. Stir until well combined. The dough will be slightly thick, but still smooth.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips and gently stir to combine. Pour dough into brownie pan and smooth out. Bake until edges start to turn golden brown, roughly 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into squares.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Nothing beats a treat that can be whipped up in 10 minutes!

I love carrot cake and my mom makes an incredible one! It’s a family favourite. She’s made it so frequently over the years she can make it with her eyes closed!

But…we all know what happens if we eat too much cake… sugar crashes and belly aches.

So how about a carrot cake treat that contains NO added sugar and a healthy dose of hormone balancing fats? Plus, you don’t even need to cook it.

These energy bites are great pre or post workout as they contain a healthy dose of nutrients to give your body the perfect fuel and necessary recovery.

Here’s why these treats stack up in healthy promoting goodness:

  • Coconut oil – a medium chain triglyceride that is used as an energy source in the body and helps to burn fat!
  • Chia seeds – heart healthy fats, plant based protein and bowel regulating fibre… what more could you ask for from such a tiny seed? Chia seeds are amazing for relieving constipation and supporting the health of the gastrointestinal system.
  • Almond butter – a creamy and delicious addition to these bites, almond butter is loaded with protein, belly slimming fats and contains a healthy dose of vitamin E
  • Carrots – the super star ingredient! Carrots improve vision due to being rich in beta-carotene, plus they promote healthy glowing skin.
  • Oats – I use wheat free oats of course. Loaded with fibre which helps to balance out blood sugar levels.

Now let’s get cooking! Well…un-cooking since these bites are raw 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup carrots, grated (approx. 2 carrots)
  • 1/2 cup wheat free rolled oats
  • 2 dates, soaked for 10 minutes to soften
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 heaping tbsp raw almond butter
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 drops vanilla stevia, optional
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients into a food processor, except for walnuts. Pulse on low until well combined and ingredients stick together. Remove from food processor and place ‘batter’ into a bowl. Add in walnuts and use your hands to combine. It will be sticky! Roll into 1-2 inch sized balls and store in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes to help set.
  • Eat and Enjoy 🙂

 

To Your Good Health & Abundance,
Samantha xoxo

 

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