Sweet potato blondies

Iimage‘m getting very excited about my trip to Scotland but I’m wondering where I’m going to put all of the food I’m preparing. Have I told you all that I’m a control freak LOL. I never go anywhere without pre-preparing everything and leaving lists for the husband the length of my arm. It’s not that I don’t trust him, it’s just that after the boiled potato incident, I don’t trust him. I’ll get into so much trouble if I share that one.

Anyway, I was preparing tubs of my sweet potato and blueberry with chia seeds last night and I got a little over zealous with the sweet potatoes. Paul reminded me that I was only going away for 6 days so I didn’t need to fill the freezer as well as the fridge. Ergo, I was left with too much sweet potato. Ergo, I needed to do something with it and ergo, it needed to be tasty. The first thing I thought of was brownies but you know, chocolate just wasn’t doing it for me. I think I’m saving myself for Scotland and all of the Thorntons and M&S goodies I’m going to eat. So here it is boys and girls, sweet potato blondies (do you remember Blondie? “Oh Denis doo-be-do, I’m in love with you, Denis doo-be-do, I’m in love with you, Denis doo-be-do, I’m in love with you“. Now I’m feeling old!) I had so much sweet potato that I even managed a protein version. I preferred the protein version and I’m saving some for my trip. Not a chance I’ll be eating plane food!

Ingredients

400g of cooked pureed sweet potatoes (I steamed mine)
110g of ground almonds/almond meal (or 80g and 2 scoops (60g) of vanilla protein powder)
2 eggs (add an extra egg white if using protein powder)
60ml of maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) dissolved in a teaspoon of lemon juice (helps activate it…..you can use the soda as is too!)
2 teaspoons of mixed spice (I used ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg)
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract or almond extract (I added almond to the protein version….both very yum)
pinch of salt
a handful of walnuts (optional)

Method

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Add all ingredients to a blender (other than the walnuts) and pulse until well mixed. Add the walnuts and stir through. Pour the mixture into a greased and lined 9inch by 9inch baking pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. You want a tooth pick to come out clean.

Notes

  • My protein blondies took 5 minutes longer than the non protein powder version.
  • Leave these in the pan to cool although they are good to eat after about 20 minutes.
  • They’re delicious warm 🙂

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