These brownies not only taste delicious they contain cacao, walnuts and beetroot, making them a superfood delight to assist with healthy brain function, heart health, stress-busting and a healthy functioning nervous system, says Australian nutritional medicine practitioner Fiona Tuck.
Beetroots contain an impressive list of health benefits and Fiona says they have been proven to treat a variety of health conditions when eaten on a regular basis, including dementia, heart health, high blood pressure, digestions and inflammatory conditions.
“Fresh beetroots are my preferred option by far, but pre-packed beets are a good stand in for those of you that are time poor and way better than anything out of a can,” adds Fiona.
Sugar free chocolate and walnut brownies
Makes 15 squares
4 small cooked beetroots, about 250g
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla powder or natural vanilla essence
Pinch sea salt flakes
¼ cup cacao or cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting
2 tablespoons stevia
1 cup almond meal
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped roughly
Preheat oven to 180C.
Place beetroots, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt, cacao powder and stevia in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Mix in almond meal, baking powder and walnuts.
Line a shallow rectangular baking tin with baking paper. Transfer the mixture into the tin and smooth the top. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool before slicing and dusting with extra cacao powder.
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