Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Rich, dark chocolate brownies are the perfect dessert.

Brownies that are decadent tasting but actually good for you? Yes! They are simple to make, rich and chocolatey. I added chopped up pieces of chocolate bar. My favorite is the Endangered Species Chocolate, available here.  There’s a small amount of added sweetener (yacón syrup, maple syrup or raw honey) in this recipe. The rest of the sweetness comes from the secret ingredient, sweet potato. 

Brownies that promote a balanced gut and taste great. 

Yacón or yakon syrup is a prebiotic kinda superfood sweetener. With half the calories of sugar and a lovely light, sweet caramel-molasses flavor this syrup is gut-friendly. It’s a prebiotic (a non-digestible food that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines) and contains inulin, which promotes healthy probiotics

You can buy yacón syrup here or here. Or at your local health food store. 

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

A decadent treat that's totally ageless-approved. It's also vegan and gluten-free. So enjoy these rich, chocolate fudge brownies as a healthy indulgence.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Tania Van Pelt


  • 2 medium large sweet potatoes baked until soft, and mashed
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • 4 tablespoons yacón or maple syrup or honey, if not vegan
  • 1 cup unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • optional 3 ounces of a dark chocolate bar (70-90% cacao), coarsely chopped


  1. Bake sweet potato until tender in an oven or toaster oven at 400° F for about 45 minutes.
  2. Once baked and still hot, carefully peel the skin off, using a fork mash the sweet potato. Fold in 1 tablespoon coconut oil while the sweet potato mash is still hot, whip with a fork for a creamier texture. If the potatoes are on the dry side, and the mash isn't creamy enough, add another tablespoon or two of coconut oil.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350° and line a 9"x 9" pan with parchment.
  4. Meanwhile, on the stove, melt nut butter with syrup and a pinch of salt over a low heat until softened, about 2-3 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl add the mashed sweet potato/coconut oil mixture, melted nut butter and syrup, stir in the cocoa powder and mix well.
  6. Put mixture into the pan, it should be pliable, like a dough (or playdough), spread it out evenly. And, press the chopped chocolate into the brownie batter, making sure to distribute it evenly.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing and refrigerating. Store in the fridge. Brownies will keep for 3-4 days in airtight container or longer in the freezer.