I’ve frequently extolled the virtues of the humble beetroot on this blog, but I just can’t help myself; it’s perfect for veggie desserts. The earthy taste of, erm, beets, and the vibrant hue of a 1970s heavy metal band combine into baking heaven.
In this recipe I’ve mixed beetroot, oats and big chunks of dark chocolate to make biscuits that look as good as they taste. The beet taste doesn’t come through at all, so they’re really just oatmeal chocolate cookies with extra nutrients and a gorgeous colour.
- 150g (5 oz) cooked beetroot
- 150g (1 cup) plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 100g (1/2 cup) butter, softened
- 100g (1/2 cup) light brown sugar
- 50g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 300g (3⅓ cups) porridge oats
- 150g (1 cup) chocolate, chopped
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking tray or cookie sheet with baking parchment paper.
- Puree the cooked beetroot. Set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla and beetroot and beat well.
- Stir the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
- Add the dry to the wet and stir. Add the oats and chocolate and combine.
- Drop tablespoons of the mixture onto the baking tray and flatten slightly.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until starting to brown. Allow to cool on the tray for a few minutes before cooling completely on a wire rack.