*Lighter* Beetroot Brownies

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I have very strong emotions towards Brownies, in fact I’d go as far as to say I’m addicted and as part of my ‘addiction’ I have been testing recipes to make them kinder to my waistline.

A big part of me think’s it’s very important to just indulge once in a while, eat the real brownie and not the ‘better for you‘ version, however I wanted to create something that was a balance between the two. As part of the balance this recipe includes butter and rich dark melted chocolate, but a lot less than normal and coconut flour gives a wonderful texture with the much needed moisture coming from nut milk and beetroot.

I’m well aware that some people may be wary of a vegetable being used in baking, but beetroot pairs so well with chocolate and you cannot taste it at all. In fact beetroot is a super food, it’s great for boosting your immune system and increasing fitness stamina and this recipe calls for high coco content chocolate which in my eye’s makes them superfood brownies.

As with most of my recipes these brownies call for regular cupboard ingredients and whilst they are not vegan they are gluten free due to the coconut flour. As a standard I try to avoid mentioning calorie content because I know that it can vary according to what brand of product you may use and everyone’s serving size may be different but these brownies are  under comfortably well under 200 calories a slice.

[recipe title=”Lighter Beetroot Brownies” servings=”8″ time=”50mins” difficulty=”easy”] Ingredients

1 Egg (beaten)

60g Coconut Flour

110Ml Nut Milk

20g Dark Chocolate (+15g Chocolate chips)

30g Coco powder

2 Beetroots (cooked)

35g Butter

5 Mejool Dates

20g Agave Nectar

Half a teaspoon baking powder

Splash of vanilla essence

Method 

Pre: heat your oven to 170 degrees and line a small baking tray with greaseproof paper and place to one side.

Fill a small sauce pan with water and bring to a medium heat (not boiling) and slowly melt the chocolate and stir in the butter once the chocolate has fully melted. Whilst the chocolate is melting mix together the coconut flour, baking powder and coco powder, then using a high speed blender or processor blend the milk, beetroot, argave, vanilla and dates until a smooth liquid has formed.

Mix together the dry and wet ingredients (adding in the egg) and once it’s fully mixed stir in the melted chocolate and butter, the next step is to stir in the chocolate chips and transfer to the baking tray.

Bake for 30/35 minutes and leave to cool, then slice and serve.

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So, the Beetroot Brownies are sitting in my kitchen and I’m the only one here who’s going to eat them, don’t feel sorry for me, this is my idea of heaven!

Katie

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6 Comments

  1. November 22, 2014 / 11:12 pm

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks for the recipe – on a scale of one to ten, how much do these taste like the real thing?! And also, where do you get your coconut flour from?

    Thanks!

    Besma (www.curiouslyconscious.com)

    • November 23, 2014 / 7:37 pm

      Hi Besma,
      Ooooh now that’s a really interesting question because I’m a total brownie snob. If I’m eating the real thing I want them to be laden with chocolate,butter and sugar but I’d say these where excellent as a healthy alternative. However I’m going to add not everyone is as passionate about coconut flour as I am but they have a much lighter texture. I buy mine from amazon and at the moment I think ‘real foods’ has the best deal but I do use a lot of it! Hope that helps 🙂 xx

  2. November 24, 2014 / 9:19 am

    I’ve never actually baked with beetroot before, but these look just as good as the real thing! I’m definitely up for giving this recipe a go 🙂

    • November 24, 2014 / 9:13 pm

      Beetroot in baking is so darned good – In fact I’d go as far as saying in chocolate recipes it makes them better…
      But hey I’m totally ‘team beetroot’ right now! 🙂

  3. May 19, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Hi. Def going to try this. Can i just check if its cocoa powder or cacao powder? Thanks x

    • May 27, 2015 / 9:11 pm

      Hi Sweetheart – Both will work perfectly so whatever you have in! 🙂 xx

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