This one is a slightly complicated recipe, so it’s ideal to try during the holidays when you have the time and the inclination (read: guests) to give it a shot. Just know that once it is ready, you will thank yourself, and obviously reward yourself by eating it (if any is left for you).

Chocolatey, richly-hued red velvet brownies are hard to resist, until you realize how much food coloring is in them. Skip the coloring and use beets instead for that red punch. They give the tinge and add moisture and sweetness to the dough without overpowering the chocolate flavor.And yes we know not everyone is a fan of beetroot, but know that its nitrates dilate blood vessels and increase oxygen absorption capacity of your muscles, thereby potentially improving your performance. So runners, this brownie will actually give you some brownie points.

To make this recipe healthier, replace regular flour with quinoa flour. Quinoa flour gives brownies extra protein, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus while keeping them gluten-free. Antioxidants in the dark chocolate could improve your muscle stamina and endurance, while walnuts contain more anti-inflammatory omega-3s than other nuts, so they are an ideal choice.

Let’s get down to making these delicious brownies!

How to make it:

  • Pre-heat an oven to 350° F.
  • Steam half a pound (200g) of beetroot till tender. Transfer to a food processor and blend till it reaches a puree consistency.
  • In a bowl, add 3/4 cup hot coffee, about 200gm chopped unsweetened baking chocolate (preferably dark), 1/3 cup dark cocoa, and 1/4 cup coconut oil. Let sit for 5 minutes, before stirring till the mixture is smooth. Now, stir in the beet puree, 2 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
  • In another bowl, mix 3/4 cup quinoa flour, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and ginger, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Add these dry ingredients to the wet mixture, and mix gently till combined. Finally, fold in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
  • Pour mixture into a greased 8-inch baking pan, and bake in the pre-heated over for 22 minutes.
  • This recipe will yield 12 brownies, so if you are expecting a lot of guests, increase the amount proportionately.

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