February 1: THE COOK’S NOOK with Marcus Cordova

If you’re like me, you find it nearly impossible to resist a delicious, warm brownie from time to time. After all, how could you not enjoy the gooey-rich chocolate decadence? Trouble is, as satisfying as they might be in my mouth, they’re not quite as kind to my waistline. Fortunately, several equally delicious alternatives are available in the culinary world that have offered brownie lovers, like me, a slightly healthier take on this indulgent treat.

Here is one of my personal favorites that happens to replace the sugar with sweet potatoes. As an added bonus, it also happens to be gluten free. Give it a try and be sure to let me know what you think.


1 sweet potato, cooked, peeled, and mashed

3 eggs, whisked

1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup raw honey

1/4 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp coconut flour

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup chocolate chips

pinch of salt


1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2. Combine wet ingredients; eggs, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla

3. Add sweet potato to wet ingredients

4. Add dry ingredients into wet mixture; coconut flower, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt

5. Stir in chocolate chips

6. Pour mixture into greased 8×8 inch glass pan

7. Bake for 25-30 minutes

8. Let rest and cool, cut into 16 squares



Diane RoseFeb 6, 2019 at 8:01 pm

Oven degrees ???

Summit VistaFeb 11, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Hi Diane, you will need to pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Thank you, enjoy!

Wendy HillFeb 8, 2019 at 11:49 am

Thank you for the recipe! I would love to try it, but I have some questions. Is there a specific type of sweet potato that is best to use for this recipe? Will yams do? What measurement, in cups, of mashed sweet potato should we use? Thanks again!

Summit VistaFeb 11, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Hi Wendy, you are welcome to give yams a try! Marcus prefers normal sweet potatoes, but let us know how it is!

AnnApr 23, 2019 at 5:41 am

This recipe looks interesting, especially as I must be gluten and dairy free. I’d like to try it. Several questions though: 1) how big a sweet potato? it it dry when cooked, i.e. is it cooked in water or can it be cooked in a microwave which produces a drier potato? 2) can the cocoa powder be dutch processed? 3) how is the center after 25-30 minutes, i.e., is it moist and crumbly or does a toothpick come out clean? 4) does the pan need to be glass or will metal work?

Thanks for your answers.

Summit VistaMay 13, 2019 at 5:45 pm

Hi Ann,

Thank you for your questions. The sweet potato should be good size, medium – large. The sweet potato should be cooked in the microwave until it is soft enough to be mashed with a fork and easily mixed in with the wet ingredients. After 25 – 30 minutes in the over, the center of the brownies should be checked with a toothpick and come out clean. Yes, Dutch processed cocoa powder will work perfectly and the cooking pan is based on your preference. Let us know what you think about the recipe!