These gloriously pink bars are akin to a blondie in texture – moist and fudgy with jammy bursts of fig laced throughout and a subtle background of fragrant coconut.
The beetroot flavour doesn’t come through but adds this wonderful pink colour that looks so vibrant, I wonder why we ever rely on artificial food colouring.
And of course, they are full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants and they aid in the texture of these bars allowing less fat to be used. If you wish to add more beetroot to your bars, add up to 3/4 cup extra, replacing it for the milk.
The thin layer of white chocolate on the top gives a layer of crisp texture and creamy, vanilla sweetness to the bars. It is entirely optional and could be subbed with dark chocolate for those with less of a sweet tooth.
I topped mine with a couple of sliced fresh figs which were in season when I made these back in October, pomegranate seeds would make a pretty topping at this time of year.
Ingredients: Makes 12 bars
- 140g/1 cup plain white or whole wheat flour (or a gluten free blend with xanthan gum added)
- 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder (gluten free if necessary)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- replacer for 1 egg, no water added (e.g 1 tbsp flax seed powder or 1 tsp orgran powder)
- 155 g/1 cup chopped dried figs
- 185 ml/3/4 cup beetroot puree
- 185 ml/3/4 cup non dairy milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 125 ml/1/2 cup maple syrup (or 1/2 tsp stevia extract)
- 5 tbsp + 1 tsp melted coconut butter or oil
- 50g/1/4 cup non dairy white chocolate
- Pre heat the oven to 150’C/300’F and line the base of a 9 inch square tin.
- Whisk together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt and dry egg replacer. Stir through the chopped figs.
- Make a well in the flour and fig mix and add the beetroot puree, milk, vanilla, maple syrup and coconut butter. Stir to combine into a smooth pink batter.
- Spread the batter into the tin and bake for 20-30 minutes or until firm to the touch and skewer inserted comes out with crumbs but no wet batter.
- Leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- When cool, melt the white chocolate and use a palette knife to spread it over the top in a thin layer. Leave to set hard then cut into bars to serve.
I’m entering this into the #EXTRAVEG FOOD BLOG CHALLENGE – MAY 2015 hosted by Veggie Desserts, Fuss Free Flavours and Utterly Scrummy.
Low in sodium
High in manganese
This is so pretty!!!
Thank you 😀
These would be perfect for Valentine’s. Love beetroot!
Absolutely, the colour of love! 😀
OH MY GOODNESS! This is gorgeous! Hat’s off to you, my dear.
Thank you so much Nikki! 😀
Love the vibrant color and the fact that it’s all natural, no artificial coloring! 😉 must taste amazing 😀
Absolutely all natural! I love the colour too!
Looks so good!
Thank you 😀
Gorgeous colour and they look and sound so fancy. I’m a little apprehensive about white chococlate on its own, I find it rather bland, but combined with these, flavours it sounds very interesting.
You could leave out the white chocolate or use a more flavourful darker chocolate 😀
I love the idea of adding pomegranate. This might be just the recipe for me. I don’t like the flavour of beets, but the natural colour is lovely!
You won’t taste the beet flavour, but you will get the wonderful colour and nutrition! They taste similar to fig rolls 😀
Looks beautiful! I’m sure it’s also delicious. 🙂
Thank you so much 😀
Yeah, beetroot! I do believe this calls for a high-five.
Yay! Virtual high five!!
WOW! Those are gorgeous 🙂
Thank you Liz! 😀
Thank you 😀
Oh my word! All my favorite ingredients!
You have good taste 😀
Wow!!! What an amazing colour!! And it looks so moist :))
Thank you Elaine! I know, the colour is like something you’d find in a paint pot in homebase! It almost looks fake. The beauty of beetroot! 😀
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They look amazing, the colour is so vibrant, plus I love love love figs. 🙂
Thank you 😀
I love figs too and the colour just makes you smile so great to make if you are feeling sad!
I’ve never had anything like this before Poppy – it looks lovely and luscious!! Wonderful treat! Celeste 🙂
Hi Celeste, it’s a great, colourful way to get some veg into a sweet treat. 😀
Absolutely gorgeous! One of a kind!
Thank you lovely Fae!
These look fantastic Poppy, such a creative recipe. I have a jar of preserved figs left over from September, may have to try this if beetroot turns up in our veg box this week!
Oh I love the excitement of wondering what might turn up in the veg box. Fingers crossed for beetroot 😀
Lucky lucky me: figs are in season here! Thank you for a delicious recipe Poppy, I’m printing as we speak.
Incredible Rose! Where in the world are you? I hope you love the recipe 😀
These look amazing !
Thank you 😀
Jeez louise! I am making these for sure- what a BEAUTIFUL recipe- in terms of ingredients and presentation. so excited! thank you so much for sharing xx
Thank you Rebecca! I love your excitement, I hope you love them! 😀 x
Looks incredibly delicious! 🙂
They look ever so delightful 😀
Thank you so much 😀
Wow, that looks amazing !!
Thank you Joanna!
So pretty and looking delicious too!
really love this recipe idea Poppy! The color is so stunning and it’s a really unique combo of flavors. Gotta try this out.
Thanks Kelly. I love the colour, it’s so refreshing and cheerful!
beautiful, and so creative!
Thank you 😀
Poppy, this may just be my fave recipe from you! It’s so pretty And cleverly put together xx
Oh wow Deena, thank you! I’m so pleased you like it! 😀 x
Amazing … Bookmark I needed to try it .Thank you
Thank you! I hope you love it!
Amazing! I want to make this today. Is the beetroot puree cooked? Thanks in advance!
Hi Abby, yes I used a cooked beetroot puree, you could try a raw puree if you wish though! I hope you enjoy 😀
Thanks for your quick response! I have all the ingredients and plan on making it right away. Can’t wait to try it!
Exciting, I’d love to know how they turn out! Have fun!
Will do! I may post photos and your recipe on my fb page later. Will let you know. Have a beautiful day, Poppy 🙂
I made your Chocolate Glazed Beetroot & Fig, and it was fantastic! Check out my recent post with my comments & photos:
I’m so glad you made it and enjoyed it Abby! 😀
Thank you, Poppy, it was super! There are 2 slices left and 3 of us here…hmmm. I guess my son & hubby can share 😉
Hehe, definitely they should share – you made it after all! 😀
This looks awesome…
Thank you !
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Every time I think you can’t outdo your last recipe you always do 🙂
Ah, what an awesome comment! Thank you! 😀
These are so pretty! They sound tasty too and would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Thank you! Yes, definitely would be great for valentines day, I might be tempted to add some rose petals for extra romance 😀
Love the bright pink and fresh figs! So pretty and timely for v-day! 🙂
I hadn’t even thought of valentines day when I posted it, but it is a happy accident 😀
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They look so nice! And they’re healthy too.. It’s to hard find this combination of healthy tasty and pleasing to the eye.
Thank you! They are really yummy, they taste like fig roll cookies! 😀
Wow! Looks Devine! I recently made a cake for my son’s birthday with beets. It was beautiful before baking but lost its gorgeous color while in the oven.
This deserves a prominent display position, it’s so pretty.
Hi Holly! That’s a shame, I have had times where the colour has been lost but I think the addition of figs perhaps helps the colour to be so vibrant even after baking. 😀
This is so pretty! How tasty!
Looks healthy and delicious!
Thank you 😀
Wow! So in love with the rich deep color, lovely!
Thank you, I love the colour too!
Could anything look more gorgeous? Fantastic! Really, love what you did here. Well done.
Thank you so much!
I knew as soon as I saw the photo for these that I would love them. Gorgeous and full of good things.
Thanks Annie, they make me smile with all the natural pretty colours 😀
May have to try this one. I love figs
Yes, figs are so beautiful in taste and visually! I hope you love it, thanks for the reblog! 😀
I’m completely mesmerized by these. LOVE!
I love that word, mesmerized! Made me smile, thank you! 😀
What a vibrant, gorgeous color! I too am a little surprised (and weirded out) that so many foods rely on large amounts of artificial food coloring when there are natural ingredients with colors like these. I admit, I’ve used small amounts of coloring at times, but the red velvet craze (red velvet cookies, brownies, pancakes, etc.) is really starting to get to me, and now I’m trying to avoid food dyes as much as possible. Thanks for sharing this – I’ll have to try using beet root sometime!
I used to use colourings before I learnt about how artificial and chemical laden they are and I’m so glad I did learn! It’s so much more fun making a pretty coloured bake with only plants to colour it! 😀
Wow! Those slices looks incredibly healthy and packed full of fiber and antioxidants! Will need to bake this sometime soon!
Hi Izzy! I hope you get to try them and love them 😀
I will find the time to make them! Looking forward to more of your intensely nutritious and delicious recipes!
Thank you Izzy!! 😀
These look wonderful! It’s high summer here in Australia and we have a fig tree bursting with ripe fruit – do you think I could use the fresh figs instead of dried? Perhaps I’d have to cut down the amount of milk (soy)? Suggestions? And thank you Poppy for ‘liking’ The Temple Kitchen 🙂
Hi Cate, you bursting fig tree in a sunny Australia sounds like heaven!
Obviously, I haven’t tried the recipe using fresh figs but my feeling is that the excess moisture might make it a bit gummy in texture (from previous experience doing similar swaps!). What you could do though to make use of your wonderful figs is lightly dry your quartered figs in a low oven for a few hours and then use them?
I hope that was a little helpful at least! 😀
Thanks Poppy. Actually, we do dry the figs in the sun for preserving, so perhaps I’ll try that. Mind you, we have a mob of kangaroos on the property this year who are feasting on the figs, and the parrots eat the ones on the top of the tree, so there might be a meagre band in the middle left for us 🙂
Wow, I’d give anything to a. have a fig tree and b. have kangaroos and parrots stealing from it!! 😀
I made these beauties & loved the whole recipe: amazing & just glorious winning bars.
Waw even. Xxx
I’m so glad you made them Sophie!!! xx
Me too, they were amazing, my dear friend! xxx 🙂
OM actual G.
not too shabby.
I’m thinking of taking 1/2 of the ingredients and baking them in mini moulds for financiers… they would come out as perfect tiny bars which is gonna make them even more adorable. or least I hope so 😀
That sounds like such a good idea! Please feedback on how they tun out!
Thank you 😀
can’t wait to make them (today was a complete madhouse) 😀
Oh my, that color!! That alone makes this a must-make. And no food coloring. The perfect example of how unnecessary additives and chemicals are in our food. Gorgeous!
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like the colour, I love it too, it makes me feel so cheerful! 😀
These look DIVINE!! Fresh figs are one of my favourite foods in the world – and will be perfectly paired with the lonely beetroot in the bottom of the fridge!
Thank you Carlie!
I think the lonely beetroot in the bottom of your fridge will be very happy to get involved here! 😉
These look really good! I tried beets.. once…. a piece.. ok a really small bite .. and I thought they tasted like sand. Given how nutritionally packed they are this looks like the perfect recipe to try them again. I have searched for beetroot puree recipes , but there is a lot of different ones out there and I want to make sure I am using the same ingredients as you are for this recipe. Do you buy beetroot puree already made? Thanks
This is definitely a great way to use beets as you cannot detect them in the finished cake! I make my own puree by roasting whole beetroots individually wrapped in foil in a 200’c/400’f oven for about half an hour or until knife tender (time depends on size) then leave to cool slightly, rub the skins off and puree in a blender adding a drop of water if needed to get it whizzing!
I hope that helps! Poppy 😀
A slice with glamour. Love it. Time to buy more beetroots, ready for a girls night in!
Sounds great, can I come? 😉
Golly, I finally got around to making this, and then completely forgot to thank you. So thank you! They were lovely. http://instagram.com/p/k_o7BUSBDm/
Fantastic! Thank you!!!
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Cannot wait to try this one. Perfect for Valentines Day
These look amazing! What an interesting combination, I will have to try it one day. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! I know it may sound odd but it really works! I hope you try them and love them 😀
WOW! I have to try this!!! 😀
Thank you! I hope you love it!
I so love figs (and beets too) and the bars look really awesome! But seems it’s not season and I couldn’t buy them now:(
You could use canned unsalted or frozen if you can get hold of them?!
Actually I’ve seen neither of them 😀
Oh that’s a shame 😦 Sorry!
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THis looks so lovely! I adore figs! Thanks for linking up to #ExtraVeg
I made this last night. I added 1 tbsp cocoa powder and didn’t do the glaze, it’s delicious! Thank you so much