So while my last blog post was about how raw cacao is not that great for you after all (read it here) – here’s a recipe using cacao!
It’s ok, I haven’t gone mad, it’s just that I wanted to clarify that you don’t necessarily have to give it up altogether.
The only people who should be concerned are those who are taking it like a supplement – in their smoothies or a hot chocolate every day (like I was) and eating more of it than they should because they thought it was healthy.
I was having about a tablespoon a day and that was too much.
There is a big difference though, between having a heaped tablespoon of it every day, or putting a tablespoon in your batch of brownies or chocolate tweets and eating a little bit a day over a week and a half.
(I’ve never been one to put a ¼ cup or a ½ cup of cacao in my cooking, as I found it all too strong anyway – so I’m all clear there.)
So I’ve whipped up a batch of Sweet Potato Brownies!
Unfortunately the picture doesn’t do it justice, as they are delicious! Let’s get cooking…
Sweet Potato Brownies
(makes approx 10 pieces)
1 cup of baked sweet potato**
1 cup of macadamia nuts
1 TBS of honey
1 TBS cacao powder
1 TBS of carob powder*
1 TBS vanilla extract
1 TBS vanilla protein powder
pinch Himalayan rock salt
Whiz all in a food processor, macadamia nuts first. Spoon into a baking paper lined tin.
Bake for 20 mins at 220C.
Enjoy! (As a sometimes food!)
*you can leave out the carob powder, I am just exploring it more now to sub for cacao at least half and half. It’s sweeter, so they are a great pair together.
** Bake sweet potato until knife goes through the middle. (The length of time to cook depends on the size of it and if you cut it up, but for me it’s about an hour on 220C. I don’t peel the sweet potato beforehand. I just shove it all in, as it’s much easier to remove the skin once cooked and cooled. If you can remember to do it, it’s easier to bake and cool the night before. Just a note, don’t steam or boil it as too much moisture gets in the potato and it ruins the recipe.)
Other recipes I have seen also add icing and I thought about it but really, if you are trying to reduce overall sugar in your diet, adding more sweet stuff to an already sweet treat is not really getting you to where you want to be. It doesn’t need it anyway.
So I hope you love it and if you make it and post it on social media, please tag it with @slimbirdy as I would love to see and I will repost!
Happy healthy cooking,
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