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Chocolate is hard to pass up, especially for wee ones. These stars conceal a cup of beetroot and a cup of courgette and taste none the worse for it. Sprinkle with freezedried fruit powder for extra colour and zing.
1 cup flour
¼ cup cocoa
250g dark chocolate, roughly broken ½ cup canola oil
3 free-range eggs 1 tsp vanilla paste
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup grated beetroot
1 cup grated courgette
Freeze-dried berry powders (I used raspberry and blackcurrant)
1 In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa and a pinch of salt.
2 Melt together the chocolate and oil in the microwave or in a double boiler and stir well.
3 Whisk together eggs, vanilla and sugar until pale and fluffy. Stir in the grated beetroot and courgette. Add the melted chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
4 Fold into flour mixture to make a sticky batter.
5 Pour into a lined brownie tin and bake at 160°C fanbake for around 30 minutes or until sides just start to come away from the tin.
6 Cool on a rack before cutting into star shapes with a cookie cutter. Dust with fruit powders and serve.