I think it’s about time that pumpkin desserts had some competition around here. And, this Sweet Potato Brownies recipe is the right fudgy, rich, and delicious treat for the job.

Clean Eating Sweet Potato Brownies. NO BUTTER and SUGAR FREE! Easy, healthy dessert for when you need your chocolate fix but don’t want to go over board. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

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Easy, ultra chocolaty and clean-eating approved, these thick and chewy sweet potato brownies are in the running for the most scrumptious fall-flavored dessert.

They are dense and fudgy and fully satisfy my chocolate craving, but since they are whole wheat and refined-sugar free, I can eat them without having that nagging “hmmmmm I maybe shouldn’t have done that” feeling afterwards.

As with the hidden veggies in my Avocado Brownies and Zucchini Brownies, these sweet potato brownies DO NOT TASTE LIKE SWEET POTATOES.

Sweet potatoes = mega brownie moisture and natural sweetness.

Sweet potatoes ≠ brownies that taste like veggies.

Cross my heart, hope to die, and promise you my secret stash of chocolate chips that they do not!

What we have here is 100% brownie satisfaction, with the bonus ability to give ourselves an inner high-five for sneaking in an extra serving of veg!

You will LOVE these Sweet Potato Brownies! Thick, fudgy, EASY, and healthy. NO BUTTER, NO SUGAR! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Since these sweet potato brownies are refined sugar free, whole grain, and contain only a scant two tablespoons of coconut oil, I cannot in good conscience promise you that they are dead ringers for the ultra buttery, sugary brownies you’ll find in bakeries. (You’ll need to bake my all-time favorite one-bowl brownie recipe from The Well Plated Cookbook for that experience!)

I can, however, pinky promise (which we all know is even better than a regular promise) that these sweet potato brownies are rich, fudgy, and chockablock with chocolate.

Looking for a paleo option? Try these reader favorite Paleo Brownies.

5 Star Review

“My son said these brownies are not just good; they are the best brownies in the world! He basically wanted to eat all the brownies.”

— Sarah —

How to Make Sweet Potato Brownies

If you are looking for a healthy brownie that satisfies, this 5-star recipe has you covered!

The Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes give these brownies a moist, chewy texture and don’t take away from any of the chocolatey goodness. Plus, sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals (a compelling reason to go back for seconds).
  • White Whole Wheat Flour. I love using white whole wheat flour in baked goods. It’s lighter than regular whole wheat flour but still provides the added health benefits.
  • Maple Syrup. Perfect for naturally sweetening the brownies.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. For that rich and addictive chocolate flavor.
  • Eggs. I made these sweet potato brownies with eggs so they’d have the perfect texture (for a recipe without eggs, try my Vegan Brownies. They’re supremely fudgy and have rave reviews!).
  • Cinnamon + Nutmeg. Warm, cozy spices that perfectly complement the sweet potato and chocolate.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. Because every brownie needs more chocolate.

Substitution Tip!

For melty chocolate hunks, swap the semi-sweet chocolate chips for chopped dark chocolate.

The Directions

Two sweet potatoes cut open
  1. Microwave the sweet potatoes until softened.
Pureed sweet potatoes and an egg
  1. Scoop the flesh into a mixing bowl, and beat until smooth. Beat in the wet ingredients.
Dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
  1. Stir together the dry ingredients.
Pureed sweet potatoes and chocolate in a bowl
  1. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
Batter in a mixing bowl
  1. Stir to combine, then add the chocolate chips.
Brownie batter in a baking pan
  1. Transfer the batter to a parchment-lined baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes. Let the brownies cool completely, then ENJOY!
Sweet Potato Brownies. DELICIOUS and fudgy! Clean eating recipe — NO BUTTER and SUGAR FREE. Easy, healthy, and kids love them too! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store leftover brownies in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To Serve. I enjoyed my brownies best either right out of the refrigerator or warmed in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. Freeze brownies in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 2 months. 

More Delicious Brownie Recipes

Don’t miss my other brownie and blondie recipes (like these healthy Chickpea Blondies). Be sure to check out my full list of healthy desserts too!

Sweet Potato Brownies. Thick, fudgy and sugar free! Easy, healthy recipe made with whole wheat flour Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Recommended Tools to Make Sweet Potato Brownies

Perfect Baking Pan

My favorite baking pan! Makes perfect corners, promotes even baking, and no sticking.

Clean Eating Sweet Potato Brownies. NO BUTTER and SUGAR FREE! Easy, healthy dessert for when you need your chocolate fix but don’t want to go over board. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

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Clean Eating Sweet Potato Brownies. NO BUTTER and SUGAR FREE! Easy, healthy dessert for when you need your chocolate fix but don’t want to go over board. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Sweet Potato Brownies

5 from 18 votes
Ultra fudgy Sweet Potato Brownies will satisfy your chocolate craving in a healthy way! Clean eating, easy recipe that's kid approved!

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs

Servings: 16 brownies



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper so that you have some overhanging the sides, then lightly coat with baking spray. Set aside.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in the microwave and cook on high for 7 to 10 minutes or until completely softened. Once cool enough to handle, scoop out 2 cups of the flesh and discard the skin. Place in a larger mixing bowl, then beat until mashed and fairly smooth. Beat in the melted coconut oil (or butter) until combined, then beat in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the white whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix gently, just until the dry ingredients are incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool completely. (The brownies taste better the longer they sit). Gently lift the brownies out of the pan onto a wire rack. Slice and serve.


  • TO STORE: Store leftover brownies in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • TO FREEZE: Freeze brownies in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 2 months. 
  • I enjoyed my brownies best either right out of the refrigerator or warmed in the microwave.


Serving: 1brownieCalories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 24gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgFiber: 3g

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  1. I still can’t believe there’s HEALTHY brownies. Or at least those that you can eat without feeling guilty afterwards. Looks so good, I looooove gooey brownies :P And I can imagine you must be devastated to have all that candy leftover, haha!

  2. My husband can have a little treat if it is made with wheat flour.  Thank you for the pie crust recipe.  Will it work without adding wheat gluten.  One son is gluten free.

    1. Hi Sally! Are you referencing my whole wheat pie crust? That doesn’t actually contain vital wheat gluten, though some of my bread recipes do. If your son is gluten free, you’ll need to avoid any recipe that has flour, including these sweet potato brownies. You could try swapping a 1:1 All Purpose Flour Baking Blend for the wheat flour. I haven’t done this myself so I can’t guarantee the results, but it might at least give you a place to start. This is one I’ve used and liked in the past.

  3. Hi Erin,
    I don’t have white whole wheat flour…can reguar whole wheat be used instead? Or would I just use white flour?
    Is there a measurement difference?

    looks yummy!

    1. Wanda, you can definitely use regular whole wheat flour, but it will have a more pronounced  “wheat-y” taste and the brownies will be more dense. If you don’t want to purchase white whole wheat flour, I would first recommend doing a 50/50 blend of all purpose flour and regular wheat flour. No measurement difference!

  4. I’m so going to try this since my hubby is crazy for sweet potatoes. And I’m totally with you on the Three Musketeer Sentiment.

  5. Sweet potatoes come in lots of shapes and sizes. Can you please give me an idea by weight (grams or ounces) or cups as to the quantity needed? Thanks!

      1. Hi Paul and Carol! The large sweet potatoes I see are actually larger—about 8 or so ounces. You need 2 cups mashed in the end, so you can always go bigger, then save any extra you have for a quick side or mix it into a smoothie.

  6. Do you think you could use coconut flour with this recipe. I don’t have an aversion to whole wheat flour, I just have coconut flour in my pantry and wouldn’t have to buy an additional type of flour.

    1. Hi Cheryl! I would actually not recommend this substitution. Coconut flour is VERY dry and won’t act like wheat flour in the recipe. I’m afraid the bars would turn out very dry and crumbly. I know that’s not the answer you were hoping for, but I want these to turn out for you!

      1. No, it’s exactly the answer I was looking for. If it won’t work then I’d rather know about it prior to going through all the effort and then finding out. I’ll try to pick up some wheat flour next time I’m at the story and give these a whirl.

        Thanks for the reply.

    1. YES!! Macro + I’m standing on a table about to bite it, lol. I just got a new 50 too. You need to come check it out :)

  7. These were really good. They were so fudgey and my 4 year old even loved them. I just started following you on instagram and I really enjoy your approach to cooking! In just one week you have posted two recipes that were reasonably simple and delicious and worked well for my family. I plan on making the chilli tomorrow.5 stars

    1. Jessi, I am smiling from ear to ear reading this. THANK YOU! I am so happy that you and your little one both enjoyed these brownies and the other recipes too. I hope you love the chili just as much!

  8. Hi Erin! Thanks so much for this recipe :)
    I was wondering out of interest whether it is possible to leave out the maple syrup, or if there is an alternative?

    1. Hi Ellen! You can swap honey (though it will have a different flavor profile) or experiment with light agave. Some sweetener is needed though, both for moisture and for flavor. I hope that helps!

  9. mine look great! they look a lot darker than the ones in your picture. Won’t try them until Friday night. Taking them to family dinner. Very excited because I made them with my sweet potatoes from our local urban farm CSA share. Can’t wait to try them!5 stars

    1. Amy, it might just be the lighting or the brand of chocolate we each used. I hope you LOVE yours. Thanks for trying the recipe!

  10. My mom made these healthy brownies as a way to get my son, a picky eater to get more veggies. My son said these brownies are not good; they are the best brownies in the world. He ate five small brownies the first day and basically wanted to eat all the brownies. Thank you for the recipe. 5 stars

    1. Awesome, Sarah! I’m so glad to your son loved them…what a great endorsement! Thanks for leaving such a nice review!

  11. I was desperate for a sweet potato recipe without dates when I finally found your recipe! Now I am so looking forward to baking them. But I have a problem with the cups because we don’t measure with cups in Germany… Do you possibly know what one of your cups is in tablespoons? Or in any other measurement? That would be fantastic! Thank you for your recipe! Have a nice Christmas holiday! 

    1. Hi Erie, 1 cup is 16 tablespoons. I’d suggest searching online for metric conversions, as that might be helpful as well! I hope you love these. Wishing you a nice holiday too!

  12. Thanks for putting the nutrition, but how many slices do you cut the pan into? Wondering how large those 134 calorie brownies are so I can cut the right size. 

    1. Hi Crystina! If you look at the recipe yield, you’ll see it’s 16 brownies. That’s how many slices I cut the pan into. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

    1. Hi Theresa, I’ve never tried it that way, but if the canned yams are unsweetened, that may work!

    1. Hi Rebecca, I cut the 8×8 pan of brownies into 16 squares. The serving size listed is for 1 square, but unfortunately I don’t have a precise weight measurement for it!

  13. Made these not hard to make at all. Did not look like picture and yours looks like it has icing. There was no instruction on putting chips on top…oh well ?5 stars

    1. Hi Roger, I’m glad you found these easy to make! There’s no icing on top, but I did add chocolate chips on top for presentation purposes for the photos. When I bake them and am not taking photos, I skip that step, since it’s just for at-home enjoyment. I apologize if you were disappointed with appearances, but I hope they still tasted wonderful!

    1. Hi Aimee, I would not recommend that swap as maple syrup is important to the recipe and stevia is quite different and tastes different too. I know that’s probably not the answer you were hoping to hear, but I want to make sure the recipe comes out for you if you do decide to give it a try!

  14. I have some canned sweet potato puree in the cupboard (I use it often to make sweet potato biscuits. I’m in the South. LOL). Anyway, wondering if that would work instead of fresh sweet potatoes and how much?

    1. Hi Lisa, I haven’t tried the recipe that way, but I think you could experiment as long as the puree doesn’t have added sugar already. The recipe uses about 2 cups mashed sweet potato. If you do decide to try, I’d love to hear how it comes out.

      1. I tried it with 2 c pureed sweet potatoes (which is the exact same consistency and look of pumpkin) and they worked perfectly. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Hi Gina, I have not tried swapping the flour for anything else, so you’d be experimenting. I think the agave substitution should work fine! I hope you enjoy!

  15. These look fabulous, I want to try them! If I don’t have a stand mixer, do you think it’d be possible to mix things by hand, or should I wait til I can swing by my mom’s and borrow hers? :)

      1. I ended up making these at my parents’ anyway, for an Easter dessert! They are a big hit, so fudge-y! We used butter instead of coconut oil, and since it was a double batch, made it in a bigger pan for 40 minutes total. Thank you so much for this recipe, I’ll definitely make it again! :D5 stars

        1. YAY Jessi, I’m so glad to hear the brownies were a hit! Thanks so much for taking the time to report back. :)

  16. Hi! I am looking forward to making this recipe! I am curious though, why white whole wheat flour rather than regular? I have regular in my pantry – will there be a big difference in outcome?

    1. Erika, white whole wheat flour offers the same nutritional benefits as regular whole wheat flour, but is much less dense in texture and strong in flavor. For this reason, I prefer it in dessert-type baked goods, as you can’t taste the strong “grain” flavor (which I love in a loaf of bread but not in desserts). It’s also a little less dry so it keeps baked goods from drying out. If you want to use regular whole wheat flour, I’d substitute the amount called for in the recipe for a 50/50 blend of regular whole wheat flour and all purpose flour to lightened it up.

  17. Wow. It looks delicious. I love sweet potato brownies. So, I will try to make it. Your recipe will help me. Thanks for sharing.

  18. These were great! Will definitely make again. I wish I had read through the comments first. These (and the same as the pumpkin cookies) were so dense and too moist. But I just realized anf learned there is white whole wheat. I was using just whole wheat. Next time I will use the 50 50 blend or white whole and I bet they will be even better! Thanks!5 stars

    1. I’m so happy that you enjoyed them, Jon! Thank you for sharing this kind review, and I hope they go even better next time!

  19. Hello, I want to try these! Is the coconut oil an important part? My mum can’t have oily/buttery things so wanted to leave this out? :)5 stars

    1. Hi Leah! Unfortunately, I don’t recommend omitting the coconut oil, as it is an important component for this recipe. I’d recommend checking out my other dessert recipes to see if something else catches your eye.

  20. Hi I was wondering if I could substitute the wheat flour with a mix of Gluten free flours? Maybe 1/2 regular gluten free & buckwheat?

    1. Hi Barbara! I haven’t tried this swap myself, but you could experiment with it. I’d recommend swapping all the flour with a 1:1 GF baking blend instead. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  21. These brownies are just the way I like them; thick, gooey and loaded with a hidden vegetable (heehee, and my kids don’t know).
    They were easy to make, and taste better the longer they sit, so they’re great for making on a food prep Sunday, to eat throughout the week!5 stars