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Lentil and Date Chocolate Brownies. A revelation!

It’s not often I get inspired to make brownies. Don’t get me wrong, I love a brownie, but they generally aren’t the healthiest thing you can bake and once you make a batch you have to eat them, right? So it’s usually flapjack in my cake tin.

However this week Miss K brought home a lentil brownie recipe in her bag from school and it intrigued me. Lentil in a brownie? Surely not. 

Dietitian UK: Lentil and Date Brownies 1

I’ve adapted the recipe slightly to lower the sugar and next time I would definitely add in pecans. You can’t beat a pecan in a brownie.

These were  a hands down winner. Easy to make (as long as you have lentils already cooked or cook them earlier in the day) and they baked whilst we ate dinner. I gave one to my hubby, he looked at me suspiciously and took a bite, then with a surprised voice told me they were really good. My poor family have to try a lot of dud baking as well as the good bits!

None of my children or husband even noticed the lentils. I had a faint taste of them, but I had made them so was probably a bit sensitive to the taste. A great way to lower the glycaemic index and make a higher protein version of a chocolate brownie.

Dietitian UK: Lentil and Date Brownies 2

Lentil and Date Brownies
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
83 calories
11 g
27 g
4 g
2 g
2 g
24 g
8 g
8 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
24g
Servings
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83
Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 27mg
9%
Sodium 8mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 11g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 45g cooked red lentils
  2. 1 egg
  3. 30g cacao powder
  4. 40g cacao butter or marg
  5. 40g sugar
  6. 60g dates chopped
Instructions
  1. Cook the lentils or use tinned.
  2. Chop the dates into small pieces.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Line a baking tray and spread the mixture in, you want it fairly thick.
  5. Bake at Gask Mark 5 for 20 minutes until it feels gently set.
  6. Leave to cool, cut and eat!
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calories
83
fat
4g
protein
2g
carbs
11g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Healthier Chocolate Beetroot Brownies: wheat free, gluten free.

I love a chocolate brownie, who doesn’t? But they so often just don’t agree with me. Due to having Crohns diease I have to e wheat free and I can’t tolerate too much fat.  For ages I have been meaning to play around with making a lighter, healthier, wheat free version of a brownie. Finally, one Friday night, after teaching Pilates and doing ballet, I had the moment I needed. That chocolately, cakey craving. 

Now I like beetroot, but only in small quantities. This is definitely a good way to use beetroot if you grow your own or get a glut given to you. In fact it may be the best way to cook with beetroot 😉 It really is surprisingly nice. I may even have to grow beetroot next year just to make it again. 

Dietitian UK: Healthier Chocolate, Beetroot Brownies

Any other good beetroot recipes, please do share.

Chocolate Beetroot Brownies
Yields 20
Simple beetroot chocolate brownies, the hardest bit is cooking and peeling the beetroot if you use it from fresh!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
145 calories
20 g
30 g
7 g
2 g
4 g
58 g
28 g
14 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
58g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145
Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 4g
20%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 30mg
10%
Sodium 28mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
2%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 500g beetroot
  2. 100g dark chocolate
  3. 100g unsalted butter
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 200g sugar
  6. 100g flour
  7. 50g cocoa
Instructions
  1. Cook the beetroot by boiling for 10-15 minutes until you can stick a knife in and it is soft. Leave it to cool and then peel with gloves on! A messy job.
  2. Place the beetroot in a food processor and blit, then place in a sieve and press out any excess fluid, or you will get soggy brownies!
  3. Melt the butter and chocolate, I used the microwave, heating for 30 seconds at a time and stirring until it was melted.
  4. Now mix the beetroot and chocolate mix together.
  5. Beat the eggs and sugar together separately and then add these to the chocolate mix.
  6. Finally fold the flour and cocoa into the mixture.
  7. Pour into a greased, lined tray.
  8. Bake at Gas Mark 4 for 30 minutes
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calories
145
fat
7g
protein
2g
carbs
20g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/