Sweet Potatoes for Dessert

The words, ‘sweet potato’ and, ‘brownie’ are not words you would think to find in the same sentence. Strangely enough, they actually go together quite well, and not just in the same sentence, in an actual dessert. I love chocolate, and so does Adam and the girls. I like sweet potatoes, but my family wouldn’t go near them with a 10 foot pole, unless they are in the form of a fry. Initially, I thought this would pose a problem when making sweet potato brownies, but amazingly, it didn’t.

I love sneaking healthy ingredients into desserts. The best thing about these brownies is that you would never know they are loaded with nutrient rich sweet potatoes because they are amazingly delicious. They are decadent, chocolaty and have passed the kid, husband and friend test with flying colours. I feel no guilt in serving them to my family, or eating multiple on my own (and I have). The whole batch lasted less than 24 hours. Eat them on their own, or if you are feeling really adventurous, serve them with my chocolate avocado ice cream (https://myflockoffour.com/2016/02/22/ice-cream-thats-good-for-you/).

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Here is the Recipe for the Sweet Potato Brownies – It Makes 16:
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 TSP Baking Powder
1/4 TSP Salt
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Honey or Agave Nectar
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil – Melted
1 TSP Vanilla
2 Eggs
1 1/2 Cup Sweet Potatoes
1/2 Cup Ground Walnuts (optional)
1/2 Cup Mini Dark Chocolate Chips

Here is the Recipe for the Chocolate Ganache Topping (optional but a delicious addition):
1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Almond Milk

Here are the Directions for the Sweet Potato Brownies:
1. Preheat Oven to 350F (on convection setting if you have).

2. Wash 1 large sweet potato well, dry and bake for about an hour. Once the potato is baked and cool, blend it until it is super smooth (no lumps), then begin making the brownie batter.

3. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, or lightly grease a non-stick 8 x 8 baking pan.

4. In a bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until combined.

5. In another bowl combine the brown sugar, honey/agave, coconut oil and mix until combined. Then add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

6. In batches, add the dry ingredients to your wet ingredients. Once all combined, add the sweet potato and mix until combined.

7. Add your chocolate chips and ground walnuts and mix until combined.

8. Pour the batter into your baking pan, spread it evenly, then bake for about 20 minutes.

Here are the Direction for the Chocolate Ganache Topping:

1. In a double boiler (small pot filled with a little water, boil water, add metal bowl on top of pot) melt your chocolate chips.

2. Slowly add almond milk and combine until the ganache is the consistency you want. I like it a little runnier because it is easier to work with and you end up using less – which means you will likely have some leftover and when nobody is looking you can eat it on its own with a glass of red.

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Enjoy! Would love to hear your thoughts on the recipe if you try it. More sneaky and delicious desserts to come.

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Ice Cream That’s Good for You

I get a great sense of satisfaction feeding my family healthy food. What’s an even greater sense of satisfaction is when my family is eating something healthy and they have no idea. Sometimes I quietly snicker and think to myself, haha, tricked you! Only if they knew what they were eating sometimes, I would probably be banned from the kitchen forever.

I was actually born with ice cream in my genetic makeup, so it is not my fault that if I had the choice, I could survive eating ice cream only (and drinking wine). Who doesn’t like ice cream? I don’t think that many people. It is unfortunate that such a delicious food has about a bazillion calories and next to no nutritional value. That’s about to change.

I made my, ‘good for you’ ice cream this weekend and was feeding it to Adam and the kids (they do my recipe quality control) when I told Adam what was in the ice cream, he was in total shock. I didn’t tell the kids, I just let them devour it…all of it.

This ice cream is made with no cream at all. It is made with avocados and banana for the base, a little natural sweetener and a touch of chocolate for flavour, so it is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Consider this recipe a base for whatever you like in your ice cream, add pureed fruit, peanut butter, or live a little and add sprinkles.

Here is the Recipe – It Makes 8 Servings – or 1 Gigantic Bowl for You:
4 Ripe Avocados
1 Banana
1/2 Cup Agave Nectar or Honey
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
2/3 Cup Bitter Sweet Chocolate – Melted

Here are the Directions:
1. In your food processor blend the avocado and banana until smooth

2. Add the agave/honey and vanilla and blend until combined

3. Add the warm melted chocolate and blend until combined

4. Pour ice cream mixture into a bowl and put into the freezer for at least an hour.

5. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

6. If you like this recipe…let me know in the comments below, and of course share it with your friends, they will love you even more.

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Chocolate Lover’s Healthy Granola Hearts

Happy Valentine’s Day! It is indeed the sweetest day of the year, and a great opportunity to scope out your child’s Valentines Day school stash – it is like Halloween for parents. Valentine’s Day has been strategically placed, a few weeks after the holidays, just in time to allow us to get over the chocolate hangover, and ready to endure another few days of gluttony.

I LOVE chocolate, and find every excuse to eat it. With this recipe, now I can, so can my Valentine’s, and so can you. I’ve been making homemade granola bars for a long time; they are healthy, cheaper then buying at the store, I can put whatever I like in them and they are really easy to make…so why not turn then into a healthy indulgent snack?

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Here is the recipe – it makes 12.
1 Cup of Rolled Oats
1 Cup of Spelt Flakes
1/2 Cup of Wheat Germ
1/4 Cup of Hemp Hearts
1/2 Cup Cocoa
1oz Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup of Dark Brown Sugar
2 TSP Vanilla Extract
1/2 TSP Kosher Salt
1/2 Cup Dried Diced Strawberries
1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

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Here are the Directions:
1. Preheat your over to 300F and grease 1 glass baking dish.

2. In a bowl, mix the rolled oats, spelt flakes, wheat germ, hemp hearts, cocoa powder and salt together and set aside.

3. On medium heat, in a sauce pan, melt the coconut oil, honey, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Once the sugar is dissolved and the mixture bubbles, cut the heat and pour into your oat mixture, mix thoroughly and add your diced dried strawberries and 1/2 of your chocolate chips – try not to eat all of it before you bake it.

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4. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter (if you like) to form heart shaped treats. Put the cookie cutter right into your baking dish, pack the granola mixture into the cookie cutter and gently lift the cookie cutter to achieve the shape.

5. Bake your hearts at 300F for 25 minutes. When they come out, sprinkle with the remainder of the chocolate chips.

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These tasty treats are beyond delicious, and adorable. They are the perfect opportunity to eat chocolate for breakfast, or any time of day. When I make them I can’t keep my daughters’ or my husband’s hands out of them. Enjoy,,,and Happy Chocolate Day!