Saturday, 16 August 2014

Beetroot Chocolate Brownies (Paleo, GAPS)

Now this was fun!
I've been roasting a couple of beetroot each week in my weekly veggie roast.  I usually roast pumpkin, carrots, fennel and potatoes for the kids on a Sunday night.  I love having left over roast veggies to snack on during the week.  I've been adding a couple of beetroot to the roasting for the past few weeks.  It's really easy, you just chop off the beetroot leaves, wrap in foil and put in a 180C oven (350F) for about an hour.  I then leave them to cool and put them in the fridge.  To peel, place plastic freezer bags on your hands and peel off the skin.  No stained fingers. :) 
I usually make beetroot dip out of them in the food processor with some tahini, spices and lemon juice.
Anyway, I was having lunch with some friends last week and one of the girls mentioned beetroot chocolate cake.  Yum!  That got me thinking... :)
My kids have loved trying the few different versions I've made this week.  These are our favourites.  They are sweet enough for me, but add a bit of extra honey if you feel it needs it.
Enjoy! :)

Beetroot Chocolate Brownies.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Makes: 25

1 beetroot (roasted & cooled)
3 eggs
1 cup dried dates

1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup honey

  • Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius (340F).
  • Line 20 cm (8 inch) square baking pan with baking paper.
  • Put dried dates into small bowl, cover with water and microwave for 2 minutes.  Drain.
  • Peel roasted beetroot, chop roughly and process in food processor with 3 eggs and drained dates.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and process again until well blended.
  • Pour mixture into lined baking pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until just done.
  • Cool in pan.
  • Slice and serve.
  • Freezes well. :)


  1. Hi! Can I sub the coconut flour for almonf flour? Thanks!

    1. No, sorry, Cecilia. You can't substitute coconut flour with nut flour on a 1:1 ratio. Coconut flour absorbs LOTS of liquid, unlike nut flours.

  2. Hi Deb! When you mention roasting the veggies, you mention potatoes. Can you eat potatoes per SCD or that is just for the kids? Katalin

    1. Hi Katalin, sorry for the confusion. Potatoes aren't allowed on SCD but I roast some for the kids.
      :) Deb

  3. fantastic recipe! I made it couple of times, each time turned out fantastic! thank you for sharing with us! Anna :-)

    1. Awesome, Anna! So glad you enjoyed them and thanks for letting me know. :) xx

  4. Hi, I was wondering what size beetroot did you use?

    1. Hi Peta, I used a medium sized beetroot for this recipe. Enjoy!

    2. Thanks cant wait to try it!

  5. Hi Deb, many thanks for a wonderful recipe, had extra beetroot and was looking for a recipe to use some up and make it suitable for the elimination diet I am on. Swapped real eggs for flax egg replacer turned out wonderful.

    Flax egg replacer for each egg being replaced 1 Tblsp Ground flaxseed and 80ml water.

    Many Thanks,
    From the Blue Mountains NSW

    1. So glad you enjoyed it. 😀
      Thanks for letting me know about the egg replacement xx