*Guest post from the super cool Ciara aka The Irish Balance (IG: theirishbalance)*
What a way to kick off Ciara’s guest posts than with a delciously healthy brownie creation – pretty sure I should have requested a sample 😏 If there’s one thing us girls have in common it’s got to be our love for homemade healthy sweet treats and snacks. I’ve tried a number of healthy brownie flavour combinations in the past including sweet potato brownies and my most recent avocado take (which were delicious!)- but I have never really thought about using beetroot. I can’t wait to try these out this little combination for myself – I can just imagine how naturally sweet and delicious the beetroot makes them 😬😬
• 250g cooked beetroot
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup oats, blitz to flour-like consistency using a food processor
• 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
• 50g dark chocolate, broken into small chunks
• 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
• 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 3 tbsp date syrup (honey, maple or agave will work fine too)
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• Optional: If you like, use a little extra dark chocolate broken into small chips to have chocolate-y chunks in the brownies!
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C (fan oven), and line or grease a brownie baking tin.
2. Place the dark chocolate chunks in a microwave safe bowl and set aside for now.
3. Add your dry ingredients to a big mixing bowl – oat flour, baking powder, cacao powder and hazelnuts. Stir well to combine.
4. Add the wet ingredients to your food processor or blender – eggs, beetroot, olive oil, vanilla extract and sweetener. Blend until smooth.
5. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients, and stir until well combined. If the batter is a little too dry or too wet, feel free to add a little more sweetener or oat flour respectively, but it should match up well!
6. Heat the chocolate chunks in the microwave to melt for approximately 1 minute. Give them an extra 20-30 seconds if not fully liquid after that time!
7. Taking care with the hot bowl, pour the melted chocolate into your brownie batter. Stir everything up again until well mixed.
8. Finally, if adding extra chocolate chips, tip these into the batter now and mix again.
9. Pour the brownie batter into your baking tin, and bake in the oven for 25 minutes approximately. Check with a toothpick inserted into the centre of the batter – if it comes out 99% clean, you’re good to go!
10. Allow the brownies to cool (ESSENTIAL) for about 15 minutes before slicing up and devouring them!