We all know that we should decrease our sugar intake, but the assumption is that if you give up sugar, you are giving up desserts and treats – this is just not the case! Carolyn Hartz has shared one of her sugar-free dessert recipes here.
Serves 10 - 12
Butter or oil, to grease
300g whole raw beetroot (approx. 5 medium beetroots)
250g raw almonds, ground
1 tsp gluten free baking powder
2 X-large eggs
100g Perfect Sweet® xylitol
½ tsp salt
150ml mild olive oil
150g Dark Bitter Chocolate (Recipe on Website) or good quality sugar free dark chocolate, chopped
1 whole raw beetroot, peeled
300g raw cashews, soaked for 3 hours in enough warm water to cover, rinsed and drained
20g Perfect Sweet® xylitol
60ml coconut oil, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Raw whole pistachios, to decorate
Preheat oven to 160°C/140°C fan-forced. Brush a 25cm × 7.5cm × 7.5cm loaf pan with butter or oil to grease. Line with baking paper.
Roast the beetroot in the oven 180°C/160°C until tender, peel and puree to make 250g. Set aside.
Place ground almonds and baking powder in a large bowl and mix to combine.
Use an electric beater to beat eggs, xylitol and salt in a clean bowl on high speed until pale and creamy. Gradually add the olive oil and beat on medium speed until combined.
Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, place the chocolate in a bowl large enough to cover the saucepan and set aside.
Once water is boiling, remove from the heat and place bowl with chocolate on top, stirring gently to melt. Set aside to cool slightly.
Stir egg mixture into the almond mixture. Mix in the melted chocolate and beetroot puree.
Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 25–30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Lower oven temperature to 120°C/100°C fan-forced. Very carefully, thinly slice the beetroot using a mandoline. Place beetroot slices on a silicon mat or baking paper in a single layer and bake for 30 minutes, or until crisp.
Blend all the ingredients until smooth and spread over the cooled Chocolate and Beetroot Cake.Garnish with beetroot chips and pistachios.
ABOUT Carolyn Hartz
This October, Carolyn Hartz of SweetLife will launch her long-awaited baking book: Sugar Free Baking - a collection of 60 healthy sugar free and gluten free recipes which prove that giving up sugar does not mean giving up the sweet treats in life. Unlike other ‘sugar free’ baking books, none of the recipes featured in Sugar Free Baking use any hidden or everyday sugars and each of them use 100% natural ingredients, meaning that Carolyn’s recipes can be enjoyed guilt-free.
Sugar Free Baking is priced at $29.95 and stockists will be listed on www.sweetlife.com
.au as of October 2015.