I like to set myself little challenges. This generally comes with trying to find my latest breakfast that meets my nutritional needs whilst tasting awesome.
I wanted brownies for breakfast.
I made brownies for breakfast.
They were good.
I had to share!
Chocolate Beetroot Breakfast Brownies
Makes 16, 480 calories, 20g protein, 14g fat, 27g carbs (6g fibre)
- 200g 85% cocoa chocolate
- 45g coconut oil (or other oil to taste)
- 200g oats
- 50g oat bran (or another 50g oats)
- 75g pea protein isolate powder
- 75g brown rice protein powder(or more pea protein or both can be substituted with a vegan protein blend)
- 100g unflavoured whey protein powder (chocolate, vanilla or any other chocolate-friendly flavour will also work but the brownies will be sweeter)
- 20g fine ground espresso or Greek/Turkish coffee
- 30g cocoa
- 125g dark muscovado sugar
- 75g pecan nuts (or other tasty nuts, chunks or even marshmallows if that’s the way you swing)
- 600g pre-cooked beetroot (not pickled, obviously)
- 250g fat free fromage frais or Greek yoghurt
- 2 large eggs
- Water as needed (details below)
- Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C fan/350F
- Grease and line a baking tray with non-stick baking parchment and then grease the baking parchment.
- Mix together all dry ingredients (the three protein powders, oats, bran, cocoa, sugar, coffee and pecans) until combined.
- Break chocolate into small pieces, place in a bowl with the coconut oil and melt both together in the microwave (or a bain marie).
- Roughly chop the beetroot and blend until smooth with the fromage frais/yoghurt and eggs.
- Stir the chocolate into the beetroot puree.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and then add water until it has the consistency of chocolate pudding.
- Pour the mixture into the tin and tap to get rid of any bubbles.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until set solid (it will still be a bit gooey).
- Cut into the desired number of portions (16 worked for me but 24 or even 32 would still be reasonable-sized brownies).
Okay, so it looks like a lot of steps, but I had them in the oven in about 15 minutes. I froze most of the brownies and just heat them up each morning in the oven at 120C for 15 minutes. Perfect fudgey goodness!