Sweet potato and chocolate brownies

As well as being mother of the little Rs, cook and baker etc etc I do occasionally go to work as well. My colleagues in one job have started a weekly baking rota, and the boss is gluten free.

So of course I'll be baking something gluten free when my turn comes round in January. I asked my gluten free baker friend @justtwenteen for ideas and she suggested sweet potato chocolate brownies by Deliciously Ella (amongst other delicious sounding things).

These brownies sounded perfect for Sneaky Veg so I wanted to give them a go now. I didn't have the gluten free flour so I've made them this time with normal flour and a few other less healthy ingredients than the original recipe. Here's my version:

700g sweet potato
14 dates, chopped
1 tbsp hot water
50g ground almonds
80g plain flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp golden syrup

Peel and chop the sweet potato, then steam for about 20 minutes until soft. Grease and base line a smallish baking dish (at this point I spent 10 minutes looking for my square cake tin before remembering it's got the Christmas cake in it!). Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Put the dates in a bowl and add the hot water. Mash them together until the dates resemble a paste. Add the sweet potato and mash together. Alternatively put them all in a food processor and whizz up together.

Put the remaining ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Add the sweet potato mixture and stir together.

Bake in the oven until you can insert a skewer in the centre and it comes out clean. Ella says 20 minutes - it took double that in my oven. Leave for 10 minutes in the tin - to allow it to stick together - then remove and cut into squares.

And the kids - well little R tucked in and declared them yummy. Big R took one bite and grimaced horribly before running out of the room in disgust. That boy has such an unbelievable fruit and vegetable radar! I thought they were really nice.