I used to be afraid of beets. Isn’t that weird? They are so delicious! Something about them – I thought they would taste “earthy”. I love greens and veggies and green juice, don’t get me wrong – but root vegetables freak me out a little because I’m afraid of them tasting like dirt. I must have had a bad beet experience once.
I’ve always seen baked good recipes calling for beets, so I decided it was finally my time to take the plunge. Also red things are perfect for Valentine’s Day… except the cocoa powder kind of kills the red vibe and they’re just normal brown brownies.
Disclaimer: These brownies are a little bittersweet because there isn’t any sugar. I thought they were amazing, but my taste-tester [my dad] thought they were “different”. He is also used to sugar and I am used to the lack thereof. If you want a sweeter brownie, sub out some of the almond butter for maple syrup – a 1:1 tbsp ratio should do the trick.
Two Bite Gluten Free, Sugar Free Paleo Brownies
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup beets
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup almond butter
1/3 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
What to do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Put banana, beets and almond butter into
food processor Vitamix and blend until smooth. Don’t be afraid to give the cute pink puree a taste test if you’re scared. I did.
Add the rest of your ingredients and continue blending until smooth.
Spray a mini-muffin pan with coconut oil (or whatever you use to grease pans with).
Fill muffin tins two-thirds full with batter.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Impress everyone with your super healthy treats!
Note: WATCH THESE GUYS CLOSELY. You really are only baking them to form them, there’s not anything in them that isn’t safe to eat raw (not that I’m one to talk, but if you’re paranoid of that kind of thing good for you). Test their done-ness (is that a word?) by poking carefully with a toothpick or fork. It should come out a little moist. (Sorry for that word usage!)
Chat with me:
Are you a Valentine’s Day lover or hater? What’s your most memorable Valentine’s Day?