The other day I was asked if I had a weakness? I didn’t have to hesitate…. Chocolate. My love for chocolate has grown with two pregnancies. Luckily for me, my preference for dark chocolate has grown as well. I saw a beet brownie recipe in Home and Style Magazine and was intrigued. After a few trials, these moist dark chocolate beet brownies turned deliciously rich, the kind where you only need a small piece to satisfy your sweet tooth.
My eating philosophy is simple, eat good food, mainly homemade with quality ingredients, without deprivation. I strive for a 80/20 balance, 80 % of the time I eat well, mostly plant based. I do not believe in sneaking vegetables into my kids food or believe that by adding vegetables you can turn a dessert into something healthy. This is the first time I have made a dessert with vegetables. To be honest I was curious and have a ton of beets in my garden. By no means will this beet brownie recipe get the ” healthy” label from me, there is still a significant amount of sugar in it. But hey we don’t just eat to nourish our bodies. We also eat for pleasure, just try to aim for no more than 20% of the time.
30 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
1 hrTotal Time
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of cocoa
- pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 50 grams of dark chocolate ( I used organic)
- 2 medium red beets, washed, peeled, grated into fine pieces
- 1/4 cup toasted walnut pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- line 8x8 pan with parchment paper
- Melt butter in microwave or over stovetop
- Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together. Add cocoa and salt. Mix until combined.
- Add eggs, one at a time. beat. Add vanilla and beat until combined
- Add flour and stir until well combined
- Melt chocolate over the stove top, using double boiler
- While chocolate is melting. Add beats to food processor and pulse into small, fine pieces.
- Add chocolate, beets, and walnuts. Stir until well combined
- Bake for 30 minutes. check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into centre of brownie, if it comes out clean your brownies are done
Beets are one of my favorite vegetables. Naturally sweet, beets are a good source of iron, folic acid, and fibre. This beet quinoa salad with carrots is a family favorite and makes a regular appearance on our weekly menu plan.