When I’m not making breakfast food, I’m creating sweet treats to show my family how (non) restrictive eating a plant based diet can be. Inspired by the abundance of beautifully fresh beetroot growing in our garden right now, I decided to bake a batch of red velvet brownies. While beetroot is not a traditional ingredient in this popular bake, it’s a great natural alternative to the food colouring that is often used to get that gorgeous red coloured cake. Along with it’s vibrant colour, beetroot is a good source of fibre, manganese and potassium. It is also low in fat and high in carbohydrates as well as naturally occurring sugars.
This brownie is rich and chocolately with a subtle hint of vanilla. It’s moist, dense and will provide you with the most delicious chocolate hit.
These Red Velvet Brownies are:
& Naturally coloured
- 100g cacoa butter
- 100g coconut sugar
- 100g dark chocolate
- 2 medium sized beetroot (500g)
- 9 tbsp. of aquafaba
- 100g plain gluten free flour
- 2 tsp. of baking powder
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
- Pre heat the oven to 180c and line your tray.
- Peel the beetroot and cut into large pieces. Place the beetroot into a saucepan, cover it with water and boil for 15 minutes on a medium heat until soft.
- Once the beetroot has softened, drain off any excess liquid and then blend for several minutes until a smooth puree has formed.
- Meanwhile whisk the aquafaba (by hand or using a mixer) for approx. 10 minutes until it fluffs up and forms stiff peaks. Set to one side.
- Melt the cacoa butter, dark chocolate in a pan over a low heat and then stir in the coconut sugar and vanilla.
- Add in the beetroot puree along with the flour and baking powder. Stir well.
- Carefully pour in the aquafaba and fold in gently with a wooden spoon, ensuring not to knock too much air out of the batter.
- Place the mixture into your lined tray and bake for 20 minutes until slightly crisp and well risen all over.
- Allow to cool and enjoy on its own or smothered in additional dark chocolate.
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