Dark Chocolate Beet Brownies

Dark Chocolate Beet Brownies

Makes 16 brownies.  Adapted from this recipe in Sacramento Magazine by Adrienne Capps who writes the blog Vegetarianized.

Believe it or not, it's actually very difficult to find a good beet brownie recipe.  There are zillions of brownie recipes that use applesauce or even black beans as a substitute for all or part of the fat and just as many recipes for cakes that take advantage of the flavor and moisture that beets provide.  But brownies featuring beets are few and far between.  The recipe I found and ended up adapting was healthy but not so ridiculously healthy that I still felt in my comfort zone with it.  I did end up swapping out the butter for oil, making the cocoa darker and richer and losing and egg for a bit more fudginess.  In my second go-round with the brownies I tried using melted dark chocolate when I realized I didn't have enough cocoa, but the texture suffered for it.  So I'm sharing the recipe the way I originally fell in love with it.

2 large beets, peeled

3 large eggs

2/3 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup cocoa powder (Hershey's makes a dark chocolate cocoa powder that I use in these brownies)

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt

1 cup chocolate chips, at least 60% cocao

In a medium saucepan, cover the beets with water by an inch.  Place the pot over medium high heat and bring the water to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the beets until they are soft enough to easily be pierced through the center with a knife, about 25 minutes.  Drain the beets and puree them.  You may need to add a tablespoon or two of water to the beets to get them to puree smoothly, Add only what you need.  Set the beet puree aside to cool.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, oil,  and sugars.  Add the vanilla extract and beet puree and whisk to fully combine.  Mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into the wet ingredients.  Stir in the chocolate chips. 

Pour the batter into a 9x13 inch baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray or lined with foil or parchment.  Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean but still moist.  Cool the brownies completely before cutting.  They will keep in an airtight container for 3 days.