These rich, fudgy Avocado, Beetroot and Cacao (ABC) Brownies are crazy good. They satisfy your craving for something decadent and chocolatey yet are healthy enough to eat for breakfast! They contain no gluten, dairy, or refined sugar, but are absolutely packed with vitamins & minerals, antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats and protein.
Here is the low-down on the ABCs...
A: Awesome Avocado
"You can't make everyone happy, you're not an avocado."
Avocado is a relatively unique fruit in that it is low in carbohydrate but high in healthy monounsaturated fat. In fact, most of the carbohydrate found in avocado is actually fibre!
Avocados are incredibly nutritious and contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin along with a wide range of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, folate, and potassium. Research suggests that avocado consumption may help to lower cholesterol levels and the risk of metabolic syndrome; relieve arthritis symptoms; promote eye health, healthy blood pressure and weight control; and even reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Along with these amazing health benefits, avocado has a lovely creamy texture and mild taste that blends beautifully in baking.
B: Beautiful Beets
Purple beets are extremely versatile and bring lots of nutrition along with a natural earthy sweetness and red-velvet-like colour to this recipe.
Beets have been cultivated for thousands of years. They have long been celebrated as an aphrodisiac given their ability to boost energy and libido. They are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre, including vitamin C, folate, magnesium and boron. Beetroot also contains impressive amounts of powerful phytonutrients known as betalains. These natural red pigments are believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and detoxifying effects.
As a beet lover, I am happy to make them the star of the show. However, my hubby and younger two chicklets are less keen on the flavour and prefer to have them "hidden" in tasty treats like brownies!
C: Cacao Craving
Cacao is the purest form of chocolate we can consume and is free of all the unhealthy sugar and additives found in most processed chocolate. It is rich in minerals like magnesium and iron, as well as health-promoting flavonoid antioxidants. Consumption may help to reduce the risk of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
And raw cacao actually makes us feel good! It has probiotic effects and has been shown to interact with the gut-brain-axis to trigger the release of natural feel-good chemicals in our bodies such as serotonin and phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA is the same neurotransmitter that is released when we fall in love!
ABC BROWNIE Recipe
1 cup cooked, peeled and diced purple beets (approximately 2 medium beets)
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1 cup pitted Medjool dates (10-12 dates)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
2 scoops Nuzest Clean Lean natural, vanilla or chocolate protein powder
2 Tbsp ground chia seeds
1 Tbsp maca powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 6x6 inch baking pan with parchment and grease lightly with coconut oil.
Place beets, avocado, dates, coconut oil and dates in a blender or food processor container and blend until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until well-mixed, stopping to scrape down the sides and bottom with a spatula as needed.
Pour batter into the greased pan and bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and chill before serving.
Top with icing as desired.
Vegan Vanilla Coconut Icing
This recipe requires coconut cream. If coconut cream is not available, you can use the solidified cream from the top of refrigerated full-fat coconut milk. The liquid can be reserved and used later (perhaps in a tasty smoothie!). Two cans may be required.
1 cup well-chilled coconut cream
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, or sweetener of choice, adjusted to taste
Put the cold coconut cream and vanilla into a bowl. Beat until smooth and sweeten to taste. Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to spread on cooled brownies and serve.