RECIPE: Sweet Potatoe Brownies – Fuel For Your Ultra Running

I don’t know about you but I’m not a big fan of gels and energy bars, and so I always rather opt for some homemade food as a fuel on my long runs. Peanut butter sandwiches, NAKD bars, kale pasta and my no bake protein balls seem to do the job and keep me going for hours. If asked what my favourite foods in the world were the list would be: sweet potatoes, oats, dates, cocoa, kale … So it seems natural to try and combine at least a few of these in some way to create something that tastes insanely awesome, it’s easy on my stomach and keeps me fuelled on the long runs – all at the same time. And these sweet potato brownies do this perfectly and I was beyond excited when I found out about them.

I’ve prepared them many times and ran on them for hours and hours. I even baked and packed them on #MyGoal race – 144K Ultra trail race. So can’t fault them really.

Sweet Potatoe Brownies with Maple Syrup and Yoghurt

Sweet Potatoe Brownies – Key Selling Points

  • Super quick and easy to make
  • easy on your stomach – easy to digest when clocking the miles
  • You won’t need a blender – only a potatoe masher or even a fork will be enough
  • Sugar and gluten free
  • Paleo friendly providing you don’t use oats
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      Sweet potatoe brownies are excellent fuel for your next long run. Quick and easy recipe and you won't even need a blender!
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      Prep Time
      10 min
      Cook Time
      20 min
      Total Time
      30 min
      Prep Time
      10 min
      Cook Time
      20 min
      Total Time
      30 min
      1. 2 medium-large sweet potatoes with skin on* (600g)
      2. 14 Medjool pitted dates
      3. ⅔ mug (80g) ground almonds
      4. ½ mug (100g) oats, buckwheat, oatbran or brown rice flour - the choice is yours but I stick with oats or oatbran
      5. 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
      6. 3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey. I use the
      7. pinch of salt
      1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C).
      2. Cut the potatoes into small chunks and cook until very soft
      3. Add all the ingredients into a bowl and use potaoes mashed to mix it all up - if you're lucky and have a blender then use that.
      4. Mash/blend until a smooth, creamy mix forms
      5. Place the mix into a lined baking dish (I use a glass tray where add coconut oil) and cook for about 20–30 minutes, until you can pierce the brownie cake with a fork and bring it out dry.
      6. Remove the tray and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. This is really important, as the brownies need this time to stick together so no eating before that!
      1. *I always leave the skin on as I like it but feel free to peel the potatoes first
      2. If you have no blender like me make sure you cut the potatoes into very small chunks so you can then use a potatoe masher
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Sweet Potatoe Brownies Recipe - Fuel for Ultra Running

 Sweet Potatoe Brownies Recipe - Running Food

 Clarks Carob Maple Syrup used in Sweet Potatoe Brownies

Do you prepare your run food? What’s your favourite race food?

Lenka Istvanova

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