my go-to recipe: beetroot and cacao loaf

I don’t know whether I’m lucky or unlucky but I haven’t had any real pregnancy cravings.  Having said that, one thing I have noticed I am deficient in is magnesium.  While I haven’t woken in the middle of the night asking mister to go down and make me cacao hot chocolates, it was all I felt like snacking on for a very long time.  On the days that I felt I needed something more substantial as a snack, I came up with this loaf.  It’s perfect in winter paired with a cup of rooibos tea.

This loaf isn’t incredibly sweet, it’s purpose was to dose me up with cacao and throw in some hidden vegetables.  I love the earthiness of the beetroot.

Makes one loaf


185g spelt flour, sifted

3 teaspoons baking powder

25g cacao, sifted

180-220g coconut sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)

125g coconut oil, melted

2 eggs, lightly beaten

250ml milk, whatever one you like

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

260g grated raw beetroot (about 2)



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