Spelt, Beetroot and Walnut Chocolate Brownies

It is school holidays here and the kids love to eat a lot, cook alot, do fun things, explore, run amok,  and did I mention eat a LOT?

The recipe below has been one of their favourite picks these holidays.
Spelt, Walnut & Beetroot Chocolate Brownies
We  made these brownies right after the grand opening of Coles in Nambour, yes, I was made delighted to go down for all the face-painting, balloon blowing, stilt walking, live music, games, colouring in, ring tossing and fun and festivities after my kids discovered everything that was going to be happening down there.
I have to be honest and say we were a bit disappointed with the main lift not working and traipsing across to the next one and then all the way around to the said open new shop and through non automatic doors (you notice these things pushing a pram or trolley) and we had been hoping to see more specialty stores, when it is not so busy I would recommend parking up the top rather than underneath if you have a pram, I think a lot of Nambour and surrounds was excited and eager to see what specialty stores were going with it, I was naturally hoping for a kitchen ware shop ;) I can't say I am a huge fan of the design of these shops being wrapped around outside in the heat instead of inside a shopping centre design with air con, I don't tend to browse a lot when we are all hot but I am very happy to see Coles is moving with times and taking great strides like teaming up with WWF to source and supply sustainability caught seafood.
And we were all very impressed with 
Not Just For Kids entertainment that was put on and the general atmosphere was great and staff were very happy and friendly, it is good to see more jobs in the region and growth in Nambour.
Couldn't believe she stayed so still!
Lily is always a fan of free balloons and promotional giveaways!
AND I was very surprised and happy that this Coles had a lot of organic and healthy food items that you just don't often see in such a large supermarket chain store and at very family budget friendly prices, which when you are on a tight budget can make a big difference to what you can actually buy and make for your family each fortnight.
The organic, wholemeal spelt flour in a large bag I was very happy to see and it was that we used for these brownies.

Spelt, Walnut & Beetroot Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wholemeal, organic spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 free range eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw honey (or to taste)
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly smashed - see notes
  • 200g dark chocolate of choice - see notes
  • 1 cup firmly packed grated, raw beetroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • baking paper - I use If You Care non toxic baking paper
Method
  • Pre-heat oven to 180ç. 
  • Grease and then line a suitable baking dis with baking paper.
  • Over a low heat melt the chocolate and butter together. (You can of course do this double boiler if you want too but I find over a low heat as it is with butter (and as a busy mum) I often just do it this way).
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir honey into chocolate mixture.
  • In a large bowl combine the spelt flour, salt, baking powder.
  • Add in the eggs, mix together.
  • Mix in the walnuts and beetroot.
  • Combine it all together and pour into the prepared tin.
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes or until nice and golden and firm on top but you want the skewer to come out a little sticky in spots so that your brownies are still lovely and chocolately gooeyness in some places but still quite firm. Sometimes ovens vary so a lot will depend on how yours cooks too.
  • Allow to cool slightly on a wire rack, cut into squares.
  • My kids especially liked theirs drizzled with Maleny Dairies fresh, nothing added real cream, by themselves and with a chocolate sauce.
Notes
  • You don't want to over-smash your walnuts as you want mostly crumbly with some bigger chunks through it.
  • Use your preferred dark chocolate, you could even use Sweet Williams sugar free or an organic bitter dark - just remember to taste your batter in case it is not sweet enough if the chocolate is really bitter- unless you like it that way!
  • Use a GF flour to make these gluten free.


Happy Cooking!

Bek XX

Note: this was not a sponsored post

29 comments:

  1. I tried to read your blog post but I kept getting distracted by the cake on the sides of your page and drooling everywhere. I'm sorry, what were you saying? ;-) (seriously tho, looks like they put on a good day for the opening, but who doesn't have automatic doors at a shopping center?! honestly?!) -Aroha (for #teamIBOT)

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  2. These look delicious, I love beetroot, It's definitely one to try.

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    1. Me too Anita-Claire!!
      I started getting into it about 8 years ago now and I think I am a little bit addicted to it just quietly!! ;)

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  3. Yum! Anything with walnut and chocolate is usually a winner. I'm assuming the beetroot gives a moist consistency?

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    1. Sure does Julie (and a little less guilt when one eats it too hehe)

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    2. Sure does Julie (and a little less guilt when one eats it too hehe)

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  4. Oh my goodness! You have a colorful and inviting site and I suddenly want beetroot chocolate brownies.

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  5. Looks like the kids have loads of fun at the grand opening!

    This looks like an interesting recipe, I'm no beetroot fan but maybe the chocolate will entice me to make it and eat it after that :D

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  6. you have such lovely kids, that they deserve those cakes from their mommy almost everyday...

    beautiful post... made me happy seeing the pictures

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  7. This is awesome! First timer here. Love your pictures and your layout. Looking forward to reading more posts! Have a great week ahead.

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  8. I am so trying this!
    Never like beetroot much...but what the hell! ;)

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  9. These look delish Bek - as always! I'm so glad you mentioned that your kids eat more when on holiday. Mine barely touch their school lunches (too busy playing), but these holidays, they won't stop!

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    1. Thanks so much Kirri!
      They do, they really do!!

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  10. Oh, they already looked good but you've totally sold me with the addition of the Maleny Dairies cream! I love their products. Great photos of the little fairy too :)

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    1. Thanks Lara!
      Aren't they just amazing products! Xx

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    2. Thanks Lara!
      Aren't they just amazing products! Xx

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  11. Yum. Those look sooooo good! Going to try this one for certain! Where do you suggest buying beet root?

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    1. Most supermarkets or fruit and veg deli's, farmers markets bin season will have it, usually in a bunch.
      We grow a lot of our as they are pretty easy and fun to grow Xx

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  12. My kids are suckers for face painting, balloons! YUMMO - to put beetroot in cake - never would have though of it!

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    1. Mine too!! As soon as they heard about it, that was it!
      I love beetroot, I put it in cakes and muffins too :)

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  13. I've been craving all things beetroot and wondering what it really means. Definitely going to add this recipe to the must try soon list!

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    1. Isn't beetroot wonderful! I love it raw in salads and burgers and wraps but also in cooking too!

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