Brownies? On a DIET? Yep, apparently that’s alright. Joe Wicks continues to impress me in my quest for fitness and a potential beach bod. Joe’s way of taking foods that we all love – such as pizza’s, curries and other takeaway items – and making them a lot better for us is really starting to alter my way of both thinking and cooking.
These ‘naughty’ treats are said to be an occasional indulgence post-workout once a week but the brownies only last for a few days in an airtight container. With this in mind I would recommend strongly only making these in a week of high-intensity exercise – which is what I ended up doing.
The ingredients and method are as easy as can be. I had a problem obtaining chestnut puree so I switched that for almond butter. All you need for this is a square brownie tin, lined with parchment paper. Don’t worry if you are without a square tin – a 20cm cake tin lined in the same way will do the job just as well.
I whacked two beetroots, ground almonds, almond butter, cacao powder (posh cocoa powder!), honey, eggs, vanilla protein powder and vanilla extract into my blender and whizzed it all up to a chocolate cake style mix. I had a sneaky taste as curiosity got the better of me and I was genuinely shocked at how relatively healthy ingredients with limited sugar could taste almost identical to a rich chocolate cake batter, just incredible.
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and smash it in the oven for just under 20 minutes. I shouldn’t be getting this excited about healthy food, I keep telling myself, but I really did want it to come out looking like a real brownie and tasting the exact same as the test taste went.
It’s agonising waiting around for the brownie to cool – but have patience! Slicing into this straight away can result in a crumbling mess across your kitchen counter. I slowly prised away the parchment paper to reveal what looked like chocolatey goodness staring straight back at me.
Slicing the brownies up into squares finished the job and all that’s left is to dig into one and regrettably seal the rest up in your airtight container. The texture of these is so light, almost like a sponge cake, but the flavour is superb. The beetroot actually provides the richness and matches perfectly with the almond.
I love these brownies. I could eat these even if I wasn’t trying to be good and look after my body. You really would have a hard time guessing that these were packed with vitamins and protein to fuel you back up after a hard session, but that’s exactly what they are. You simply HAVE to try making these – you deserve it after all.