Holy yum! These delicious gluten-free red velvet brownies are going to seriously blow you away. Gluten-free, low in sugar, and all with a punch of healthy fats. These treats get their vibrant red hue from a surprise ingredient – beets! Perfect for a Valentine’s Day celebration. Or when you are in the mood for a treat.
Gluten-Free Red Velvet Brownies
Nothing beats a homemade treat, am I right? Going the healthy route never has to involve sacrificing flavor. Most red velvet desserts that are available commercially include food dyes. Um, no thank you! Those dyes won’t be doing you or your body any favors.
We are better off getting our dash of color from a natural source. Excited yet? Let’s move on to the highlight here. The recipe of course!
- 1 Cup Whole Beets
- ½ cup Coconut Oil, melted
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 2 Whole Eggs
- 2 Egg Whites
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ Cup Coconut Sugar
- ⅔ Cup Almond Flour
- ½ Cup Brown Rice Flour
- ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
- 3 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
- 1 Tablespoon Arrowroot Flour
- Pinch of Himalayan Salt
- ¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Use coconut oil spray to coat an 8x8 square baking dish and set aside.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the beet with their liquid, the coconut oil, almond milk, honey, egg, egg whites and vanilla extract.
- Process on high until completely smooth. Pulse in the coconut sugar.
- Add remaining ingredients (minus chocolate chips) and process again until smooth and the batter has started to thicken.
- Slowly stir in the chocolate chips.
- Bake for 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely in the pan before slicing and removing.
Beets are very messy, but then again so is love! We continue to do it over and over again…
I knew I wanted to share a sweet treat with you in honor of Valentine’s Day. As I shared in my post on Monday it’s a month to celebrate love. That feeling also involves your relationship with yourself! A nutritious diet is about making quality food choices to fuel your life and your fitness goals.
Balance is all part of that equation. I do believe fully in healthy desserts and indulging your sweet tooth here and there. It’s just always wise to select the best ingredients that are available to you. Food is always fuel in my opinion. Check out these pancakes I recently posted for National Blueberry Pancake Day. You can always celebrate in a nutritious way!
Beauty in Beets
Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.
These gluten-free red velvet brownies were inspired by a “red velvet” request in our Facebook Group. If there is anything you are craving share it in a comment below and I’ll make it happen for you!
How About You?
- Is there a favorite dessert you would love to see made healthy?
- Do you love red velvet?