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The Love Brownie: The Perfect Paleo Valentine’s Dessert

Ah, it’s February, and I’m starting to feel the warmth of spring. That may be weird coming from a Southern Californian – as “cold” for us tends to be in the 60s – but even if we’re not talking warmth in the literal sense, there’s something about being on the brink of spring that just gives that refreshing sense of newness and warmth.

And, perhaps, that also brings about renewed love.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to try to do something special for my husband. We’ve been needing that warmth lately.  He’s been trying to eat a more paleo diet and – considering he’s a sucker for sweets – it’s been a bit of torture for him to resist baked goods. I started to look into paleo baked goodies and discovered how easy it is to make them paleo.

Now, if you haven’t heard of a paleo diet, in short, all ingredients are essentially in their natural form. It removes a lot of what we eat in a modern day diet such as refined foods, trans fats and sugar, and leaves you with natural foods that your body should process more efficiently.

Expect this brownie to be softer than your usual brownie due to the sweet potatoes (yes! sweet potatoes!), but the taste and health benefits make it worth every bite.  Trust me, my husband will vouch for it.

Ingredients
3 eggs
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup melted coconut oil & a little extra for greasing
3/4 cup almond flour (or meal for more texture)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup cooked sweet potato (About 1 and a half sweet potatoes)
Optional: strawberries and coconut flakes

Instructions

Heat your over to 400 degrees to bake your sweet potatoes.  Bake for about 50 minutes or until it’s easy to poke with a fork.  Take out and let cool.

Once the sweet potatoes are cool, blend so that it’s nice and smooth – enough to make a full cup.  I love my Cuisinart Hand Blender which you can get here.  Set blended potatoes aside.

Pre-heat the oven temperature to 350°F. Grease 9″x12″ baking pan with coconut oil.
Combine the eggs, syrup, and coconut oil and whisk together. In a separate bowl, combine almond meal, cocoa powder and baking powder.


Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet, then whisk in the sweet potato.

Pour mixture into the baking pan and bake for 25 minutes (add more time if your pan is smaller since the mixture will be thicker).

While your brownies are baking, cut a handful of strawberries into strawberry hearts (or more if you’re feeling very lovey :).  To start, cut the top leafy part off by cutting with a “V” shape, then cut each strawberry into 4 slices by slicing down the middle then slice each half once more.

After the 25 minutes of baking, make sure that the brownie is cooked through by inserting a toothpick into it.  Once the toothpick comes out clean, take the brownies out to cool.  As with a lot of brownies, these are best when they’re left out to fully cool to let any extra moisture evaporate or even enjoyed the next day so it has that extra fudgey texture.

Whenever you’re ready, slice, plate, then garnish with strawberry hearts and coconut chips.

Need more ideas for Valentine’s Day? Stay tuned for Valentine’s recipes from some blogger friends from around the world!

Let me know how you like it!

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14 Comments

  • Reply Brandi

    I would never have thought of using sweet potato, but that’s genius!! They sound delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    February 4, 2017 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Rebekah

    Ooo looks delicious!

    February 4, 2017 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Krista

    Omg Vy the heart shaped strawberries are so cute! I’m going to have to bake these for VDay<3

    February 4, 2017 at 11:03 am
  • Reply claudia

    Ah! I just started following a keto diet which apparently also is tied in with paleo! Glad to find a great recipe to fit the lifestyle!

    http://www.claudiachampagne.com/

    February 4, 2017 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Shoshana Sue

    Anyway to dd caramel to this Vy? Lets just say I am a caramel addict.

    February 5, 2017 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Candi

    This looks sooooo good! I’m trying hard to cut out my unhealthy carbs, so I am looking forward to trying this out!

    And the heart shaped strawberries???? CUTE!

    February 5, 2017 at 10:05 am
  • Reply crystal

    sweet potato?? I would have never thought of that!!! I will have to try this!!!

    February 5, 2017 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Sage

    I would love to try this but my results never turn out like the pictures.

    February 5, 2017 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Puspanjalee Das Dutta

    I love sweet potatoes and your recipe looks amazing!

    February 6, 2017 at 12:16 am
  • Reply Laurel Noelle

    This brownie looks delicious and the strawberries are such a nice touch!!!

    February 6, 2017 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Ashlen

    I really want to try this, I’m not a huge fan of sweet potatoes unless they have marshmallows on top so I’m thinking I would like this sweeter recipe.

    February 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Cassidy's Adventures

    This is such a great recipe! And the cute little heart shaped strawberries add just the perfect touch! I want to make them!

    February 10, 2017 at 7:55 am
  • Reply Tiffany

    This looks completely awesome and I’m not even Paleo! I have to try it!

    February 10, 2017 at 8:00 am
  • Reply Letitia - apparentlyamom

    My big pregnant self drooled through this post. I wasn’t sure about the sweet potato but they look so good

    February 10, 2017 at 9:44 am
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