Sunday, 27 May 2012

Chocolate Brownies with Pomegranate Jewels

What a treat these star studded brownies are! They are a variation of these chocolate and beetroot brownies from wholefoodproject. I made Catie's recipe only a few days before I had to make them again! This time with my own twist. Be warned, once you start on the choc/beetroot bandwagon you might not get off! These little beauties are laced with chopped walnuts and pomegranate jewels. Antioxidants in every bite. Oh and did I mention they are gluten, dairy and sugar free?!
Chocolate, Beetroot and Pomegranate Brownies

200g Almond Meal (freshly ground if possible)
100g Brown Rice Flour (or Quinoa flour/Spelt Flour)
1 heaped tsp Baking Powder
6 tbs Raw Cocoa
1 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch of Sea Salt
6 Fresh Dates soaked in Water until soft
1 Medium Beetroot (grated or cooked if you don't have a strong blender)
1 cup Rice bran Oil (or Macadamia Nut Oil/Almond Oil/Grapeseed Oil)
3 Organic Freerange Eggs
1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts
1 Pomegranate seeded

Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Combine ground almonds, brown rice flour, baking powder, cocoa, cinnamon and salt together in a mixing bowl. In a strong blender or Thermomix combine dates, beetroot, oil and eggs until a batter is formed. Stir this spectacularly pink batter into the dry ingredients. You can hardly believe there is no artifical food colouring! Stir in chopped walnuts and pomegranate jewels. Spread mixture into an oiled baking tray and top with more pomegrante seeds (and a sprinkling of raw sugar if you like). Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing and devouring. Keep refridgerated. 

So what's so good about these brownies? Well...where to start? Beetroot provides iron, fibre and a great 'earthiness' to nourish you and build you up. It also supports normal liver function. Pomegranates are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C and have blood thinning powers too. The cocoa is also antioxidant and great for lifting your mood  (like you didn't know that already!). The almonds and walnuts are protein rich and have essential fatty acids for memory, brain function, skin health and heart health. These make a great snack or healthy party food. I assure you mine made a great morning tea delight while reading cookbooks. Enjoy.

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