Healthy Chocolate Beetroot Cake (Dairy Free)

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Healthy, moist, delicious chocolate beetroot cake

Healthy, moist, delicious chocolate beetroot cake

No more cakes for tea time….sigh. I am still thinking of the dairy free carrot cake that I made last week….so healthy and delicious. I got up the other morning feeling sleeping and a little lazy but wanted a piece of cake with milk. There was a bunch of beetroot…yeah. What about beetroot cake? I googled it. Yes, there’s such a cake called chocolate beetroot cake….wow! I read through a few, thought about it, adjusted the ingredients and method to make it healthier and easier to make.

I remember the red velvet cake that my girl bought for my wedding anniversary last year. It was beautiful and delicious. I think the beetroot would be a good substitute for the red colouring. I would go for the easy way…..use the blender and blitz! I know my girls will scream, especially my youngest, if they know there’s beetroot in a chocolate cake…..haha. I won’t want to end up eating the whole cake alone so I must make sure there’s no beetroot bits in the cake.

Beetroots

Beetroots

For your information, beetroot is a root vegetable that has remarkable benefits to our health. It has powerful antioxidant properties. It is suggested that regular drinking of this juice (together with other juices) can lower cholesterol, lower high blood pressure and thus lowers the risk of strokes and heart attacks, stabilises blood sugar, slow down dementia, reduces the risk of osteoporosis and even make you happy.  Just look at the beautiful red colour. It looks healthy even on its own. If you want to pretend you have a cut and bleeding, just rub beetroot juice over yourself….*wink*.

Healthy beetroot juice

Healthy beetroot juice

Beetroot is known to be a great blood cleanser and also blood tonic. If you take freshly made juices everyday, it’s good to add in a slice of beetroot. It adds flavour, taste and nutrition. A caution here. If you are just starting out on beetroot juice, don’t go overboard. Use a small slice first to start off and always mix with other juices. My favourite is to add into my carrot and apple juice…..mmmm….delicious and refreshing! This is to avoid any tummy discomfort and nauseous feeling. Not that it’s harmful but that our body needs time to adjust to concentrated, live, raw food like the juices, especially if you have been on lots of processed, cooked food. For more juices, you can check it out at:
Carrot Apple Juice - What A Wonderful Drink!
Carrot, Apple And Beet Juice For Health
Carrot, Apple And Broccoli Juice For Health
Fennel And Apple Juice For Health
To read more about the health benefits or health articles, you can check it out at the Health section.

For your info, someone stole all the pictures of my post on the beetroot juice and used them for his/her article on a natural cure for cancer through juices……* big sigh*. That article has been circulating around the world! But well, if it helps anyone with sickness to recover, I would be just too happy for words!…*big smiles*

Here’s the recipe of my chocolate beetroot cake and how I did it.

Ingredients A
400g beetroot (peeled and roughly chopped)
6 eggs
400g olive oil

Blend beetroot, oil and eggs

Blend beetroot, oil and eggs

Put all of Ingredients A into a blender and blend until smooth.

Blended beetroot mixture

Blended beetroot mixture

Pour into a big mixing bowl. Wow….look at that beautiful colour! Don’t you just love it! It’s looks perfectly healthy. It makes me smile…..*smiling*.

Ingredients B
1 & 1/2C unrefined sugar
2t vanilla
2 & 1/2C wholemeal spelt flour
2/3C cocoa powder (sieved)
1 & 1/2t baking powder
1/2t baking soda

Add cocoa to beetroot mixture

Add cocoa to beetroot mixture

Add all of Ingredients B into the egg mixture above. Mix well and gently with a whisk.

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

Pour into a baking tin lined with baking paper and bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. I used a deeper baking tin. If you use a low baking tin, it will take much shorter time to bake. Now the colour is still red before baking.

Chocolate beetroot cake

Chocolate beetroot cake

Chocolate beetroot cake

Chocolate beetroot cake

Just out of the oven. But then, oh no, the red colour had disappeared….*sigh*. I wish it still remained red. Any suggestion? Well, that’s what happens when food is cooked…the colour turns dull…..hmmm.

Now, let me tell you what happens here. When my eldest girl went into the kitchen, she said, ‘Wow…a cake! What cake is that?’ I answered, ‘Chocolate cake!’ After a closer look at it, she said, ‘But why does it look a little red? Did you put beet root in it?’ My goodness……she’s smart huh! My heart must have missed a few beats!…haha. I said, ‘Just try. It’s a healthy cake and it’s delicious.’ She tried and she liked it….phew….*big smiles*…and big relief.

Well, another girl to handle, my youngest, a more difficult one. When she came back in the evening, my eldest one said, ‘Hey, come, come, there’s a nice cake. Come and try!’ She went into the kitchen, looked at the cake, with suspicion in her eyes…haha. I said, ‘Chocolate cake!’ She said, ‘But the colour looks different!’…..oh dear, my heart started to beat fast, curiously looking at her next move. I hope she tries. We persuaded her to try. Finally she did……a small piece first. See, I told you she is a difficult one…haha. Both my eldest daughter and myself were so eager to see the change of her facial expression, quite expecting to hear her say, ‘EEEEEWWWWW, what’s this?’….haha. But no, she didn’t. After a while, she said, ‘What’s this cake? It’s actually nice. I like the texture.’ YEAH….we succeeded…..*BIG smiles*. Both of us answered, ‘We told you so!’…….and left it that way. Until today, she still doesn’t know that there’s beetroot in there. Best not to tell…..hehe. Just hope that she doesn’t read this post. I think she is too busy preparing for her exam so I am quite safe…..*wink*.

Well, that’s not all. I made a mistake by telling hubby I made a chocolate beetroot cake. I packed for him to bring to office. The next day, he asked whether there’s any other food to bring. I said there’s none but there’s still beetroot cake for him. He said, ‘But I don’t like the beetroot.’ Well he has no choice unless he bakes himself which he will never do in a million years!

It works in my family and I hope that it works in your family too, to make our family eat healthy food. By the way, it still tastes very moist and delicious the next day. I love it just the way it is, without any cream or icing. Hope you will give this cake a try. Just don’t overbake. Just baked is always the best as the cake will be moist and nice. And if you like red velvet cake, just go for this one. Maybe not as red, but it’s a lot healthier. I also used spelt flour which is a much healthier flour.

By the way, my girl complains that it’s not sweet enough. She prefers it slightly sweeter. So, it’s up to you to adjust on the sugar. This is a big cake so you may want to make half the portion to try first.

Maybe you can even try making carrot cake the same way.

Other healthy cakes that you may be interested in:
Super Easy No Dairy Chocolate banana Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Nectarine Cake
Super Easy No Dairy Blueberry Cake

Quote of the day…….

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

Hippocrates

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16 Comments

Priya  on January 11th, 2012

Cake looks super spongy and absolutely moist.

Katerina  on January 11th, 2012

I love beetroots plus I love chocolate so this cake is the right thing for me Mary! Looks so moist ands fluffy!

divya  on January 11th, 2012

Yum yum,mouthwatering here, wat a super tempting cake..

Swathi  on January 11th, 2012

Sure I will try this beetroot cake, as your daughters are agreeing, then it should be delicious.

wok with ray  on January 11th, 2012

Your cake looks moist and delicious. Happy New Year to you, Mary!

~ ray ~

Dulee An ;)  on January 11th, 2012

Hahaha! Your family is too funny, Mary! You know, both your girls are very smart. Once I tried switching my salad with your youngest (coz my plate was bigger) and she noticed right away. Even switched it back on me. Lol. I think us moms need to be a bit more sneaky now.

Love the colour of beetroot. I’d have no problems eating this as I actually like beetroots. Very interesting cake, I’d have to say. Never heard of this combo. Hmm…can you try with white chocolate? Maybe that’ll work for your red velvet cupcakes. Now I’m making myself hungry. Haha. Your cake does look very deli shirts and moist though. Lucky I’m not there or there’d be none left for your youngest :P

somewhere in singapore  on January 11th, 2012

Oh, have not try beetroots cake before…

Quay Po Cooks  on January 12th, 2012

Mary, looks like you have settled in after a wonderful Holiday back in Malaysia? I never knew that beetroot is used to bake cakes. From the ingredients used, this is indeed a very healthy cake. I got to make this for my Quay Lo when he gets back on his diet after CNY.

Joy  on January 12th, 2012

How creative! Beet juice? How cool.

Angie's Recipes  on January 13th, 2012

Really moist! Haven’t baked brownies for a while..and this seems a great recipe to start it again.

Charmaine  on January 14th, 2012

I have tasted choc beetroot cake before and was surprised at how moist it was. I’m going to give your recipe a go. Thanks for sharing.

Sophie  on January 14th, 2012

MMMMM,…I am so going to make your lovely beetroot & chocolate cake! The squares look beautiful & ooh so appetizing too!

I am realy a big beetroot geek! :)

vianney  on January 16th, 2012

love your family, too cute!!I know I would LOVE this betroot cake!! yummy!

Juliana  on January 17th, 2012

I have beetroot on my morning juice, but never baked in cake…looks good, moist and fluffy.
Have a great week Mary :-)

lena  on January 24th, 2012

ah..now i can see that your white choc beetroot cake is redder than this one. Seems that the taste beetroot is undetectable here…smart mummy!

Jobless Girl  on January 29th, 2012

Looks healthy.

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