Easy Chocolate Brownies

Brownies | June 13, 2016 | By

Easy Chocolate brownies with cranberries and hazelnuts 

Easy Chocolate Brownies

I’ve got a thing about eating chocolate and nuts together. Last year I posted my new and improved ‘Just Beet It‘ brownies that had walnuts and more recently, for Easter, I posted a Creme Egg Double Chocolate Muffins recipe with pistachios. This time round it’s the turn of hazelnuts to make an appearance. Chocolate and hazelnuts have long had a happy relationship. Nutella instantly springs to mind, and so does fellow blogger Danni Martin’s Healthier Chocolate Spread

Easy Chocolate Brownies

Brownies are my favourite to make when you want something chocolatey that’s simple and cause a minimum of fuss. I made these in celebration of my blog turning 2 years old on 30th May. I’ve been so busy of late that I completely forgot all about it! I’m so happy to still be blogging and feel like I’ve really come a long way since I started. Unlike the Just Beet It brownies which were more compact, these easy chocolate brownies are more spongey and light. I used a mix of whole hazelnuts and chopped, just to play around with the texture.


Recipe (Improved): Just Beet it Brownies

Brownies | February 25, 2015 | By

I have seen a lot of brownie recipes pop up recently and it made me think about my healthier version I made with beetroot and how I wanted to revise it. I did like the original but I wanted them to be more decadent because that’s how brownies should be, right?

beetroot brownies

I added more chocolate, so they aren’t as healthy, but they’re brownies so who cares, right? They’re  more moist than my originals and you’ll still get that earthy beetroot taste coming through, which goes so well with the chocolate. 

These would make the perfect gift for your loved one at Valentine’s Day especially if they’re a fan of beetroot. 

(Improved) Just Beet It Brownies
Yields 12
Delicious brownies with beetroot.
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Total Time
35 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 3 eggs
  2. 100g golden syrup
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 60g plain flour
  5. 30g raw cacao powder
  6. 1 tsp baking powder
  7. pinch of sea salt
  8. 200g unsalted butter
  9. 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  10. 300g cooked beetroot
  11. 50g walnuts, chopped
  1. Whisk the eggs, golden syrup and vanilla extract in a bowl.
  2. Sieve the flour, cacao powder, baking powder and pinch of sea salt in a bowl and mix well together and then add it to the egg mixture.
  3. Melt the unsalted butter and chopped dark chocolate in a bowl by placing it into a saucepan of hot water, once ready add it to the egg mixture.
  4. Puree the cooked beetroot and fold into the mixture along with the chopped walnuts.
  5. Pour into a lined baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes at 180c.
  6. Let it cool and then cut into squares.
  7. Enjoy on its own or with ice-cream
Adapted from Devil Chocolate Brownies
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beetroot brownies

Recipe: Just Beet it Brownies

Brownies | September 14, 2014 | By

Everything tastes great with chocolate, right? Well if you were to ask me that and then tell me beetroot was in the mix then I would answer you with a big fat NO! 
However, I am the adventurous type and being in a chocolately mood I thought, hey, the time has come to be brave and give the chocolate with beetroot a go! 
beetroot recipe

These were easy to make. I did some old fashioned whisking by hand before lining a baking tray and popping it into the oven. 
They did not look that great going in. In fact, my other half dared to say that they “looked like they came straight out of the devil’s arse”. (Thanks darling). 
35 mins later, they were ready! Looking much better than when they went in (eat your words boyfriend!)
I cautiously had a little nibble and was pleasantly suprised at how good they turned out. They had a lovely strong chocolate flavour and were moist in texture. 
Now, I am not a big fan of beetroot but it added a sweetness and a nice reddish/pinkish tinge, which makes me think these would make a nice treat at halloween!
I’m already thinking of what to add to them next time to jazz them up. Hazelnuts maybe, what you think?

You’ll need: 

150g plain flour
150g beetroot ( i used cooked beetroot vacum pack).
50g raw cacao powder
2 eggs
150g golden syrup
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt


Whisk the eggs, syrup and salt in a bowl.
Sieve the flour, raw cacao, baking powder and pinch of salt. Mix well in a bowl.
Puree the beetroot and add to the egg mixture with the dry ingredients. 
Mix well and pour into lined baking tray. 
Bake for 30-35 min at 170 degrees.
Let it cool and then cut into squares. 
PS: My other half liked them too!! UPDATE: I have since posted an improved version, which can be found here