Hello people and welcome to Winkyfarm!
What better way to celebrate my very first post than with these delectably fudgy and kind of healthy, vegan beetroot brownies!
Yes you heard me right, beetroot! Have you tried this yet?
I’ve always loved beetroot…
The simple rustic appearance and earthy flavour when roasted, the amazing colour & tangy bite when pickled and my new favourite, the sweet and decadent taste when baked, like these brownies.
I’ve used a range of vegetables in my sweet bakes before including zucchini, sweet potato, pumpkin and carrots but beetroot is by far my favourite. It’s one of those vegetables that doesn’t change the texture of your bake, instead complimenting the dish with a lovely sweet flavour without being too over powering. It’s a great way to introduce beetroot into your families meal plan, even the kiddies happily devoured them without a second thought!
Due to the naturally occurring, high sugar content of beetroots, they can often be used as a sugar replacement in many dishes, however this isn’t 100% true of this recipe, we’re celebrating right! haha, although we won’t be needing as much. Not only are beets naturally sweet when cooked, they are able to retain their valuable antioxidant benefits. Like many bright, deep coloured vegetables, they are rich in betalain which has been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support for our bodies.
Another thing to note, I’ve learned it the hard way that they also stain your clothes and hands… so be sure to wear gloves and apron when working with them, haha!
The bitter sweet pairing of a good quality dark chocolate (another great source of antioxidants) and beetroot, is second to none… Definitely worthy of an indulgent treat that you don’t have to feel guilty about.
I’m very excited to share this recipe with you guys. It’s super easy to make and the brownies are freezer friendly, so don’t wait, get baking…
Hope you enjoy them and don’t forget to let me know what you think!
P.s I’m also in the process of developing a sugar and oil free version so be sure to join my mailing list so you’ll be the first to know when it comes out!
Fudgy Gooey Vegan Beetroot Brownies
- 4 Medium Sized Beetroot Peeled and grated
- 3 tbsp Ground Flaxseed
- 9 tbsp Water
- 1 tsp Instant coffee
- 1 tbsp Hotwater
- 1/4 cup Apple Sauce
- 250 grams Unsalted vegan butter
- 2 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder Sifted
- 1 cup Plain Flour Sifted
- 1 tsp Baking Powder Sifted
- 1 cup Dark Chocolate Roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 170C (338F)
In a heat proof bowl, add grated beetroot and cook in microwave for 10 mins
In a small bowl, mix flax seed and water together
In another small bowl, mix instant coffee and hot water together.
In a mixer, add flax seed mixture, coffee mixture, apple sauce, butter, sugar, cocoa powder and mix till smooth and creamy.
Then add cooked beetroot and mix
Add sifted flour, half a cup at a time in between mixing. Then baking soda, chocolate and mix well.
Pour mixture into lined brownie tray and sprinkle more chocolate on top if desired.
Bake in oven for 1hr or until mixture comes out clean when prick tested.
When cooked, let brownie fully cool before cutting
You can drizzle melted dark chocolate on top for that extra decadent taste.
In a small saucepan boil some water and place a heatproof bowl on top, making sure it sits above the water nicely. Add roughly 70g of dark chocolate in the bowl and stir until chocolate melts.
Then just drizzle melted chocolate diagonally across the brownies.
*Nutrition information is approximate and is meant as a guide only*