Sugar Free Xmas Brownies

sugar free xmas brownies

These brownies are probably my all-time favourite treat! And they are so much healthier than the original that I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty devouring a big slice!

The sweetness comes from the natural sugars in roasted sweet potato and honey – nothing processed – and it’s completely gluten-free as well. Win-win!

I’ve tweaked my original recipe to give it a Christmas vibe, as this would be the perfect healthy dessert to indulge in over the festive season. If you’d like some other ideas for a healthier Christmas this year, you can check out my 16 Ways to Have a Healthier December post.

sugar free xmas brownies

What’s good about it:

Now, let’s be honest – these aren’t winning any awards for the healthiest food ever, but there’s still some nutritional goodness to this dessert!

  • Cacao is a super food! It is loaded with antioxidants (in fact 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries) and is a great source of magnesium, which aids metabolism and promotes proper elimination. Cacao is also believed to boost mood and a sense of wellbeing by increasing serotonin levels in the brain.
  • Sweet Potato can help protect against inflammation-related issues and according to recent research, when passing through our digestive tract its phytonutrients may lower the health risk associated with heavy metals and oxygen free-radicals¹. 
  • Cherries are loaded with B-vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B6 which are crucial for metabolism and convert nutrients into energy. They also contain cancer-fighting flavonoids and fibre to assist in detoxification.

Will all that goodness, I hope you’ll enjoy these delicious sugar free Xmas Brownies this Christmas!




Sugar-Free Cherry-Choc Xmas Brownies
Serves 6
Delicious refined sugar free brownies, complete with a festive cherry-choc vibe! These would make the perfect guilt-free Christmas dessert the whole family will love.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
  1. 1 medium sweet potato (2-3 cups) - peeled and chopped into small pieces
  2. 1/2 cup cacao powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp gluten free baking powder (see notes)
  5. 2 tbsp coconut flour
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1/3 cup honey
  8. 1/3 cup coconut oil
  9. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  10. 300g cherries (20-25) chopped + a handful sliced for the top
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Add sweet potato to a lined baking tray and transfer to oven. Bake until soft and caramelised - about 20 minutes.
  3. Once cooked, blend in a food processor until smooth and allow to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl add the eggs, honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract, chopped cherries (leaving some for the top) and pureed sweet potato and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking powder and baking soda to the mixture and mix well.
  6. Transfer mix to a lined square baking tray and top with the remaining sliced cherries.
  7. Bake for 25-30 mins until a skewer can be cleanly removed, and allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  1. You can use raw, grated sweet potato, but I find baking it first makes it sweeter and allows me to use less honey/sweetener in the brownies.
  2. Baking powder can contain gluten, aluminium or minerals salts (food additives) so I make my own gluten and aluminium free baking powder with baking soda and creme of tartar. The Ratio is 1:2 Baking Soda to COT (so for a tsp of Baking Powder I use - heaped 1/4 tsp BS + heaped 1/2 tsp COT for ease)
  3. If the mix looks too dry add a tbsp or 2 of water. I have made this recipe a few times and sometimes I've needed the water and other times it's been fine.
  4. These would be delicious will some chopped hazelnuts added to the mix too!
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