In an attempt to make something healthy and still have chocolate, these chocolate beetroot walnut brownies are perfect. They are delicious and contain fibre from the beetroots and Omega 3s from the walnuts. I am not sure if you could count this as your one serve of vegetables for the day but it is definitely a good start!

These are delicious still warm from the oven and the beetroot is great in keeping the moisture in the brownie. You can barely notice the beetroot in there which is great for the kids. My little girl doesn't like walnuts so you can omit these or add in an alternative such as some extra white chocolate chips instead.

Chocolate Beetroot Walnut Brownies
Chocolate Beetroot Walnut Brownies

Ingredients

  • 125g butter
  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 450g tin baby beetroot
  • 120g plain flour
  • 35g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • 150g chopped walnuts

Method

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius fan forced
  • Line a slice tray with baking paper
  • Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave in short bursts of 30 seconds, stirring well until mixture is smooth
  • Add brown sugar and vanilla, mix until smooth
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing each time
  • In a small food processor, add beetroots and process until smooth
  • Add beetroot to chocolate mixture and stir
  • Sift flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and add to mixing bowl
  • Fold flour into chocolate mixture and when smooth add in the chocolate chips and most of the walnuts
  • Pour mixture into slice tray and scatter the remaining chopped walnuts on top
  • Bake around 35-40 minutes until set
  • Cool for 5 minutes and remove from the tin
  • Enjoy and try not to eat it all yourself! These chocolate beetroot walnut brownies are delicious warm or cooled:)

These chickpea brownies are delicious and very easy to make. These days everyone seems to be using some fancy sugar or oil that I don't have in the pantry. Unfortunately I can't be bothered buying the latest go to item. So when looking for something healthy but still easy to cook with the basic ingredients in my pantry, I created the following. A bit of this and that and what comes out of the oven is gorgeous and chocolatey! Who would have known that it was healthy too, well almost!

Ingredients

  • 400g tin chickpeas - drained and rinsed
  • 2 large eggs or 3 medium eggs
  • 1/3 cup cocoa (I like to use some dutch cocoa too)
  • 2/3 cup raw sugar (whatever you have around is fine, caster sugar or raw sugar or a mix of both!)
  • 2 Tbsp of milk (plus a bit more if required)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate melts or chips

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius fan forced.
  2. Line a rectangular brownie baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute, stir and continue in microwave in 30 sec bursts until melted.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to a stick mixer bowl and blend together until smooth.
  5. Add dark chocolate to blended ingredients and mix together until smooth.
  6. Add extra milk as required if its too thick. It should be easy to stir but not too liquidy!
  7. Pour mixture into tray and cook for 25 minutes or until a tester stick comes out clean.
  8. Allow brownies to cool in tin for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from tin and leave on a wire rack to cool
  10. Cut, serve and enjoy! Delicious warm with a dollop of cream :)