Brownies. Doesn’t the word just make you excited when you hear it? This recipe is definitely an exciting one for me, because it’s part of a CHOCOLATE recipe collaboration! Is there any better kind? I’ll answer that – no. Recently, the lovely crew from Magic Mayan Chocolate emailed me, asking would I be interested in working with me to create some deeeelicious recipes with their fantastic range of artisan dark chocolate. And of COURSE I said yes. Magic Mayan are an Irish company, based in Ennis, Co. Clare (which is in the West of Ireland for those of you from other countries!), who produce a range of organically sourced, dairy-, gluten- and soya-free dark raw chocolate bars – in FOURTEEN different varieties. FOURTEEN. I can’t say fourteen enough – including mouth-watering names like Crazy Caramel, Mucho Mocha, Raspberry Rendezvous, Creamy Cashew, Black Velvet – PLUS a 100% Cacaoa Pura bar. That one is an intense experience, trust me. I chose Mucho Mocha, Creamt Cashew and Black Velvet to create some recipe magic with (get it, Magic Mayan? I’m good, I know). This is the FIRST of a mini-series of recipes I will be posting over the next few weeks via my site AND of course the Magic Mayan website – so of COURSE we’re kicking off with brownies!
Given that my blog has the word ‘balance’ in it, you won’t be surprised to see my series of choco-tastic recipes will be a blend of treat-style snacks and desserts that have a cheeky little healthy twist. That DOESN’T mean I’m against anyone indulging in any totally decadent desserts – after all, a regular brownie doesn’t have beetroot, duh, and if you wanna have a standard no-veg brownie, do it! The recipes I’ll be posting are a combination of what YOU guys have asked me to try my hand at (via comments/messages, etc) plus my own ideas! I really hope you enjoy this series – I think it’s timed really well with the countdown to Christmas too! So – let’s BAKE
Recipe (Makes 10-12 brownies)
- 250g cooked beetroot (I used the brand Chef from a jar without juice!)
- 2 whole eggs
- 1 cup of oats, ground into flour using a food processor
- 4 tbsp cacao powder
- 50g High Quality Dark Chocolate (the darker the better!), broken into small chunks – I’ve used the brand Magic Mayan 85% ‘Black Velvet’ Dark Chocolate for my brownies!
- 1/3 cup of raspberries, sliced in half
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or hazelnuts
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil or cacao butter (or extra virgin olive oil)
- 3 tbsp agave sweetener
- 3 tbsp cacao nibs or extra dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C (fan oven), and line a baking tin with greaseproof paper or greased tinfoil.
- Place the dark chocolate chunks in a microwave safe bowl and set aside for now.
- Add your dry ingredients to a big mixing bowl – oat flour, baking powder, cacao powder and hazelnuts. Stir well to combine.
- Add the wet ingredients to your food processor or blender – eggs, beetroot, oil, vanilla extract and sweetener. Blend until smooth.
- Pour the wet mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients, and stir until well combined. If the batter is a little too dry or too wet, feel free to add a little more sweetener or oat flour respectively, but it should match up well!
- Heat the chocolate chunks in the microwave to melt for approximately 1 minute. Give them an extra 20-30 seconds if not fully liquid after that time!
- Taking care with the hot bowl, pour the melted chocolate into your brownie batter. Stir everything up again until well mixed.
- Finally, add the cacao nibs/chocolate chips and raspberries and mix again.
- Pour the batter into your baking tin, and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes approximately. Check with a toothpick inserted into the centre of the batter – if it comes out 99% clean, you’re good to go!
- Allow the brownies to cool (ESSENTIAL) for about 15 minutes before slicing up and devouring them!
Enjoy guys! This is a pretty special creation for me – not just because it’s brownies (DUH) but more because it’s the first of my exciting recipe collaborations with Magic Mayan chocolate! I can’t wait to share more of these with you guys – stay tuned for what’s coming, it is ALL delicious don’t you worry! Tag me and Magic Mayan if you try these brownies out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, you know by now!
Ciara 🙂 x