I’m sorry that I am rather late for Valentine’s Day. (Or extremely early depending on how you look at it).
Will you except my apology with some homemade brownies made with love?
Who am I kidding-I’m not sorry. These brownies are wonderful. If you consider beets love, then yes, they are made with love.
I had a can of beets on hand, no flour, lots of unsweetened chocolate bars, and a craving for fudgy, dense, chewy, chocolate brownies. Combine these together and you get beet brownies.
I was aiming for a “red velvet” brownie, but I wanted it extra chocolate-y. Therefore, the extra cocoa powder took away from the gorgeous red color. If you want to keep the red, though, omit the cocoa powder.
~These beet brownies are made with whole grain oat flour and are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free, and sugar-free.
- 1 cup pureed beets
- 1/4 cup applesauce (make your own in the crockpot!)
- 1/4-1/2 cup pureed dates*
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup oat flour**
- 1 rounded Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- In a small saucepan combine the unsweetened chocolate and coconut oil. Heat on low heat until completely melted.
- Combine all wet ingredients together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Then, mix these together until smooth. Add in chopped walnuts, if desired.
- Well grease or line with parchment paper a 8x8 inch pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
*Adjust date amount depending on how sweet you want the brownies. You can also substitute stevia for a lower fructose level. **Make your own oat flour by processing oats in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- Chocolate: Click Here for a post I wrote about the benefits of chocolate.
- Oats: Oats contain loads of vitamins and minerals to keep you full and energized throughout the day. They can lower cholesterol, burn fat, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, regulate bowel movements, reduce blood pressure, reduce risks of cancer because of oat’s phytochemical, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Beets: The rich red color of beets shows the wonderful antioxidant content that helps the body fight free radicals. They contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression. It also contains L tryptophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, and they can lower your blood pressure.
If you follow me on instagram (@SugarFreeAlex) you might have seen this lovely mess over the weekend: leftover brownie scraps and a glass of ice cold almond milk. A perfect end to my Saturday.
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
Have you ever added vegetables to unsuspecting dishes?
Some of my favorite ways to “sneak” veggies is by adding spinach to smoothies, pureed carrots to burgers, or pumpkin to pancakes.