Alex and Anna

The talented young nutritionists from The Biting Truth show us how we can have our cake and eat it to with this healthier version on a classic favourite.

Gluten, Dairy and Lactose Free.
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 2 hours 25 mins
Serves: 12

Ingredients

200g raw beetroot
250g dark (good quality) chocolate
100g shredded coconut
220mL olive oil (or half olive half coconut oil)
3 tablespoons water
3 eggs
80g ground almonds
40 g ground hazelnuts
½ cup caster sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
200g almond meal (with 1 tsp baking powder) Or you can use 200g self raising wholemeal flour
3 tablespoon cocoa powder

To make the cake

Preheat oven to 180 C
Wrap beetroots in foil and heat in oven for approx 90 minutes to soften
Separate the eggs, placing the whites into a large clean mixing bowl and yolks in another bowl
In a food processor (or Vitamix) add nuts, 2 tablespoons coco powder, coconut and mix on high speed until blended.
Transfer to bowl and add egg yolks, olive oil/coconut oil, sugar, salt and vanilla extract, plus a tablespoon or two of warm water and mix together with an electric beater.
Allow beetroot to cool, then peel and chop. Add to food processor and puree
Melt chocolate on stove using heatproof bowl over bowl of boiling water
Using an electric beater, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form
Add pureed beetroot and melted chocolate to nut mixture and stir with electric beater, shift in almond meal and baking soda (or wholemeal flour).
Using a spatula, fold a quarter of the egg whites into mixture to loosen, then fold in rest (try not to over mix)
Pour mixture in spring form pan lined with baking paper and butter the sides
Pop in oven and bake for approx 55 minutes
Allow cake to cool and then drizzle melted chocolate over and top with strawberries and blueberries!

Nutritional benefits

Healthier than your average chocolate cake, with fewer calories. The beetroots boost the fibre content of the recipe, increase the vitamins and minerals and also provides a natural sweetness. Dark chocolate provides antioxidants and the nuts contribute good fats and protein.

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We love this cake, as whilst it still contains some of the ‘naughties’ you would find in your usual chocolate cake, it deliciously sneaks in so many of the ‘goodies’. Adding beetroot ups the fibre and provides you with some additional vitamins and minerals you wouldn’t find in other treats. Serve it up at your next dinner party, it is so moist and chocolate-y, your guests will not believe you that it contains beetroot!!

Do you have an end goal through your recipe sharing or is this more fulfilling a passion for you both?

Well at the moment we just want to share some of our delicious recipes with other food lovers, however we certainly have some plans of where we could take it in the future! Soon we will be launching our blog and then who knows… perhaps one day a cook book!

There is so much confusion around healthy eating and messages coming from everywhere about what you should and shouldn’t consume. If you could give people five simple tips on positive eating, what would they be?

1. Try not cut out any major food groups if you do not need to as they together provide the body with the energy and nutrients it needs
2. Try not to demonize certain foods, you will only be left wanting them even more

3. Balance is good! We truly believe that healthy eating includes occasional treats – so don’t be too tough on yourself! The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating provides a well-balanced diet that should be followed by all Australians.
4. Cook more of your own meals! Simply knowing what goes into a meal will improve its nutritional profile and that way you can control how much salt, sugar and fat it contains.
5. Have fun and get creative with your food

Of course healthy living is not only about the food we consume. How do you balance your lifestyle and what other considerations do you make to ensure you live a holistically healthy life?

No, this is absolutely right, healthy eating is only one aspect of health living. You need to make sure you are exercising daily (well at least most days!), getting an adequate amount of sleep and relaxation time as well as having fun! We love to try out new and fun activities such as trampolining, rock climbing, anti-gravity yoga and many others to try and mix it up a little and have some fun with friends!