Sweet and Sneaky Ways to Eat Your Veggies: Beets

aka “And The Beet Goes On…”

fudgy beet brownies

I saved the best for last!


I thought beets were weird. Sure, they looked sweet and innocent from far away, but as soon as I mixed them into my salad, they turned my feta cheese hot pink. Hot pink. Strangely, I don’t find neon-colored dairy products very appetizing…


So while my mom swore by them, I picked those pesky beets out of my food.  


fudgy beet brownies


Until I started reading about cutting-edge chefs adding them to baked goods. After coming across 27 recipes for chocolate and beet treats, I wondered why I hadn’t thought of something like that before…


fudgy beet brownies


I’ll tell you why: Because these brownies are SO addicting. They’re dense, moist, rich, and fudgy — everything a brownie should be! And with the hidden veggies inside, I felt absolutely no guilt eating two three five the day I pulled them out of the oven.


Don’t say I didn’t warn you!


fudgy beet brownies


Fudgy Beet Brownies

modified from the Eggless Cooking recipe

makes 16 brownies

If you can wait, these turn fudgier and taste even better once they’re completely cooled — and twice as good the next day!

¾ oat flour (see note)

¾ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ c. dark chocolate chips

1 (15 oz) can sliced beets, drained and puréed

½ c. brown sugar, packed

¼ c. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tbsp soft margarine or shortening

1½ tsp plain nonfat yogurt

¼ c. unsweetened applesauce (or 1½ tsp Ener-G + 2 tbsp water –OR– 1 egg white)

2 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and lightly coat an 8” square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the chocolate chips to a separate microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 20-sec intervals, stirring after each, until the chocolate melts (about 1 to 1½ min). Stir in the beet purée and next 6 ingredients (through vanilla), mixing thoroughly. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake at 350° for 35-40 min or until firm. Cool completely before slicing into squares.


*Note: Oat flour is easy to make! For this recipe, just add a heaping ¾ cup of old-fashioned oats into a food processor or blender, and pulse until they turn into a fine powder.


Other Sweet and Sneaky Veggie Treats:

carrot cake oatmeal

caramelized onion breakfast muffins

pumpkin custards


fudgy beet brownies



January 30, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Delicious Desserts.


  1. IRENA & dots replied:

    I wouldn’t mine have one… or two… 😉

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I’d give you at least four! I can never stop at one… Then again, I have no self-restraint when it comes to chocolate!

  2. mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

    YESSS!! I love beets… why have I not eaten any yet this year? I believe they are in or coming into season… you’ve just given me my first beet recipe! Never in a million years would I have thought to put them in brownies, but sounds awesome!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Probably because you’ve been so busy baking and decorating addicting cookies and cakes? ;] How do you normally eat your beets?

      I hope you enjoy the brownies! I’m already halfway through my second pan…

      • mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

        Haha, that’s probably true! I usually roast them with the attempt of putting them into a salad or something, but end up eating them on their own because they get so sweet and wonderful! Try it!

      • foods for the soul replied:

        Does roasting bring out their sweetness? The few times I’ve eaten beets, they haven’t had much of any flavor at all…

      • mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

        YES! I’ll do a post soon on how to love beets. You’ve inspired me!

      • foods for the soul replied:

        Great, I’m really excited for it! Maybe one of your Monday Munchies??

      • mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

        That’s what I was thinking!

      • foods for the soul replied:

        I’ll keep an eye out! ;]

  3. mlwilkie replied:

    Love beets and they are great in chocolate cake, they make it so moist…hmmm – now I am hungry.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I haven’t eaten beets in chocolate cake before, but if these brownies were any indication… The cake must be to die for!

  4. Liz replied:

    have never been a beet fan (well, not since I ate a very large amount as a little girl and got sick), but will take this as a personal challenge;-) I recently “inherited” a can of beets and now I know why!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Perfect timing! ;] You can’t taste the beets in these brownies, so they’re worth trying even if you still don’t like beets. They just add moisture and fudginess without lots of extra butter… So they’re really healthy AND really addicting!

  5. paprik4te replied:

    Beets in a dessert? Definitely sounds interesting!
    Beets are typically one of those vegetables that I steer clear of!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Me too! I used to avoid beets as well. The one or two times I tried them previously, they were kind of slimy and not very flavorful… But that was at a salad bar, so there’s bound to be better beets out there!

      You can’t taste the beets in these brownies, so even if you’re still steering clear of the veggie, it’s worth baking a batch of brownies! They’ll disappear really fast. Nobody could taste the beets before I spilled the secret!

  6. crumbcoatedlife replied:

    Yay! Beets and chocolate…this a surprisingly awesome combination. So glad you posted this.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I was so surprised and happy with the way they turned out. I made them last week, and it was really hard to save the post until today!

  7. mumstech replied:

    Guess what will be going into ds’s lunchbox soon….? Beet Brownies…! I just have to find those canned beets around here.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Better pack two; that’s how many I eat every time and I’m a pretty small person! Although I did polish off three after dinner tonight so… Two might not be enough for him either. ;] I’m excited to hear what you and he both think of the brownies!

      • mumstech replied:

        Will let you know the moment I find those beets and get baking!

      • foods for the soul replied:

        Wonderful, thank you!! :] (And don’t forget, they turn even fudgier if you store them overnight before eating… Adds to the addiction factor!)

      • mumstech replied:

        Grrreeat… if one has to be addicted, one might as well be addicted to something healthy… 😉 not sure if I can let it rest for one night tho…hmmm, might have to lock the fridge up.

      • foods for the soul replied:

        So true! And dark chocolate is practically a vegetable too, right?? ;] I cut into the brownies while they were still warm, and the fudginess just wasn’t there. They’ll be much better if you wait until they’ve cooled all the way to room temperature, and the I promise the wait will be worth it! Maybe stick them on top of the fridge or a really high shelf in the pantry where you can’t see them? That’s my trick!

      • mumstech replied:

        Hi… I made the brownies.. they were yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

      • foods for the soul replied:

        I was going to reply to your comment on the brownie post, but somehow I can’t find it… So I’m responding to you by email instead; hope you don’t mind!

        I’m glad you enjoyed them!! I had another reviewer this week write that she threw hers in the trash because they didn’t taste good, so it’s rewarding to hear positive reviews from someone else.

        Thank you for taking the time to comment too!

        Happy baking, Amy

  8. everythingfoody replied:

    You werent lying!! This has got me veryveryvery excited! What an interesting recipe 😀 I adore beetroot, looks like they lended their beautiful colour to these brownies too, they are almost crimson. Lovely post, thankyou very much 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I’m glad I could live up to your expectations! :] The brownies didn’t look quite so brown as regular ones in person, but with the lighting in the photos, they look slightly redder. Still, no one guessed that there were beets inside these fudgy little beauties!

      • everythingfoody replied:

        Lovely stuff! Really wanna try this, they look so nice! 😦 Damn your baking skills!

      • foods for the soul replied:

        Thanks! I’m warning you, they’re highly addictive if you do try them… ;] I’ve gone through two entire pans all by myself!

  9. meganhcarroll replied:

    I love beets… I have yet to put them in my baking… when i get adventurous I will try this! Cheers and thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I was a bit nervous at first that the brownies would taste more like a salad than dessert, but you couldn’t even taste the beets! They just added a lot of moisture (and fudginess) without any fat. Hope you enjoy the brownies in the future!

  10. teeceecounsel replied:

    Interesting! Looks appetizing too! 🙂

  11. BekAtCrave replied:

    I just can’t enjoy the flavour of beetroot unfortunately…unless beets and beetroot are different things? I assumed they were the same, since they look the same but by a diff name.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I think beets and beetroot are the same thing. Just a guess… But you can’t even taste the beets in these brownies!! They just add moisture and fudginess without any extra butter or other fats. They’re really worth a shot, if you’re feeling adventurous! :]

  12. Brittany replied:

    I MUST try this recipe!! I have made bean brownies, and zucchini brownies, but BEET brownies sound the best by far. I LOVE beets, and I actually love the color it turns my food, but can see why you wouldn’t! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe. I will GLADLY eat five in one day!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I’ve made black bean brownies too (not yet on the zucchini though), and these beet ones are even better! I don’t mind beets turning the lettuce and other veggies pink, but brightly colored cheese makes me think it’s moldy… I’m excited to hear what you think!!

  13. sundaysupperswithpippa replied:

    These look fudgy and healthy! A perfect combo.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I agree!! I don’t feel guilty at all indulging in this chocolatey dessert. And eating three can’t be all that bad if I’m getting a serving of beets, right? ;]

  14. makeitfun4thumbs replied:

    Reblogged this on makeitfun4thumbs's Blog.

  15. Wisdom for Mom replied:

    This sounds more tasty than brownies I once made with black beans a.k.a “Beanie Brownies.” Love all your ideas!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I have loads fun thinking of new things to bake. :]

      I made those black bean brownies too, but I made the terrible mistake of tasting the batter before I poured it into the pan to bake… The bean taste bakes off, but the brownie batter still reminded me of some sort of savory Mexican soup!

  16. Becca C. replied:

    This looks like such a yummy recipe. Do you think I could switch out the sugar for something else? And the yogurt? =)

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! You could probably use non-dairy yogurt or extra applesauce instead of the plain yogurt. The original recipe called for 2 tablespoons of margarine, but I substituted 1 1/2 teaspoons of yogurt for half of the margarine to make it healthier!

      As for the brown sugar, you could probably use white instead, but I haven’t tried it yet with Splenda or Truvia or other sugar substitutes. Hope that helps!

  17. Lauren Houmes replied:

    I made these beet brownies for my college cross country Super Bowl party. Eating healthy is part of our sport but we also enjoy dessert and these brownies made our dessert healthy and spectacularly delicious! I think I like beets now! Also we switched out Greek yogurt for the regular stuff and coconut oil for the margarine.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I’m so happy to hear that!! I’m with you, I think that desserts can still be part of a healthy diet. And I just couldn’t give them up!

      Thank you for telling me about your substitutions as well; it’s great to know that it’s possible to cater to other diets and tastes too!

  18. Dinner of Herbs replied:

    Not sure if I am brave enough to try this…I hate beets with a passion. However, the pictures and your description are a bit persuasive. I just might have to risk it. 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      You can’t taste the beets in the brownies at all! They just make the brownies really moist and fudgy without lots of extra butter or margarine. I didn’t really care much for beets either, but I finished off two entire pans of these all by myself! (Oops? :]) If you do try the recipe, I hope you like them!

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