Beetroot Brownies

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Beetroot brownies. Sounds like an oxymoron.

Honestly, I was in my late thirties before I ate beets. One fateful night, my chef friend David Keener came to dinner and prepared “beets three ways” to get me to love beets and he won!

As a child, I specifically recall falling asleep at the dinner table over beet soup (borscht). Yuck. I always thought that they tasted like dirt. I was right! However, as tastes become more sophisticated, beets really bring depth to any meal, but dessert? Who would have thought? Seeing is believing and they are surprisingly delicious.

The concept of Beetroot Brownies escaped me, at first.

We are all creatives. We are always trying to find ways to get more veggies and nutrition into our diets and the diets of our families. I remember in my youth the “drink your milk” daily nag.  Funny how times have changed– along with perspectives on health and nutrition. You will never know that beets are in these brownies.

Fresh-picked beets from the garden on Maryland's Eastern Shore especially for beetroot brownies

The most rewarding thing about making your food at home is you get to adapt it to your own tastes. If you need some inspiration to get started, here are some ideas to make this beetroot brownie recipe your own:

  • You can substitute 1/2 cup of almond butter or cashew butter for the raw cashews.
  • You can make your own oat flour by placing oats in blender on high until they are consistency of flour.
  • You can make this recipe in a blender.
  • You can make this recipe in muffin tin to serve small beet root muffins for breakfast!

If you decide to try this project, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Homemade Beetroot Brownies on table with almonds and raw beets

Beetroot Brownies

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9
Calories: 290kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 c raw cashews Soak for 4 hours in water. Drain. Pulse in food processor until chopped.
  • 1/2 c Waxing Kara Honey
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c organic butter or coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2 c Banana ripe and mashed
  • 1 c raw beets peel and cut into cubes
  • 1/4 c filtered water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 c cocoa
  • 1 c Oat Flour Gluten Free
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tbsp. Arrowroot
  • 1/3 c Chocolate Chips Gluten Free

Instructions

  • Preheat convection oven to 325 degrees and prep a 9 inch square pan generously with butter (or coconut oil).
  • Add first eight ingredients and blend until the beets and cashews are well chopped. Scrape down sides of blender as necessary.
  • Add eggs and cocoa and pulse a few more times.
  • Add oat flour, baking soda, arrowroot and chocolate chips. Blend on medium until well blended.
  • Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Joyce-C-Wallace

Recipe by Joyce C Wallace, RN, Certified Health Coach. Joyce is a health advocate, avid gardener and passionate cook. She recently published a book, Navigating the Food Jungle filled with delightful recipes that are also good for you.

About the Author

kara

Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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