Chocolate Beetroot Brownies

What you need

  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 100g butter
  • 250g ready-to-eat beetroot (not pickled)
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 150g almond meal
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder (optional)

Recipe by Sara

What to do

  1. Preheat oven to 200℃. Grease and line a brownie tin.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate together.
  3. In food processor or whizzy gadget, blend the beetroots to a purée.  Add the chocolate and butter mixture, vanilla and eggs and blend, scraping the sides as needed.  Then add the sugar, almond meal, cocoa and baking powder, and blitz until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is set and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the tin.  Your skewer test will still be sticky, but don’t worry! Place the tin on a cooling rack and allow the brownie to cool in the tin, before removing and slicing it.

To serve: Serve slices of brownie dusted with icing sugar, and whatever toppings you like!

One Mother To Another is a registered charity that provides gift bags to mums and carers (including some dads/ grandparents/ foster parents) who find themselves going through a difficult time in hospital with a sick child. It was started by 2 Christchurch Mums – Christina and Joy, who have been through these wards and know how hard it can be. The wards they support are the Children’s Acute Assessment Unit (CAAU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU ward) at Christchurch Hospital, as well as the Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Nelson and Southland hospitals. They currently provide a total of 170 gift bags a month to those four wards.

Their aim is to comfort and support mums (and carers) who are in hospital in what can be a very vulnerable and distressing time. They try to bridge the gap between 2 strangers and offer understanding and acknowledgement of their difficulty but mostly they want to put a smile on their face and let them know we care about what they are going through. They hope in some way brighten their day.

You can purchase this cookbook for $35 here, even through the Level 4 lockdown, and as soon as the quarantine is lifted this will be couriered to your door!