Beetroot Chocolate Brownie Recipe (Cake)
Its amazing how the most unlikely vegetables/fruits sometimes make delicious cakes, loaves and brownies. Like for instance, in the brownies we have the beetroots playing heroes. For a long while, if someone told me that you could use stuff like Zucchini and Beetroot to make baked goods, I would have scoffed at them and made faces! I thought it sure would taste "Blech!". But what did I know!? Ever since I actually took some courage to make the Zucchini Crown Bread, I have been humbled into believing anything is possible and don't make faces at the very first instance - at least not without giving it one honest try.
Beetroot Chocolate Brownie Recipe (Cake)
So when I came across these Red Velvet Brownies in the VT magazine, I thought I will surely give these a try. I always buy beetroots in small bunches and inevitably have 1 or 2 leftover - not sufficient for a stand alone dish. So I know that the next time that happened I would try these out, which is exactly what I did. With mild changes to the recipe ( I have added my notes wherever applicable), I gave this recipe a try with happy results. LOVED the moist and decadent brownies. No one will guess that there is beetroot in these brownies. As I always maintain in this website - Don't take my word for it, give it a try :)
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  • Yields: Makes 16 brownies
  • 2 large beets or 1 14-oz. can beets, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted (I have replaced part butter with vegetable oil with excellent results)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 egg whites (or replace part eggs with additional cooked beetroot puree)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbs. instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
If you want to Bake using Microwave pls refer to these articles 1) How to Bake in Microwave 2) How to Bake in Microwave Convection Oven For making Substitutions please refer my handy chart 1) Baking substitutions 2)Egg Substitutions
1. Preheat Oven 350F.Instead of buying canned beetroot or boiling the beetroot I steamed the beetroot as a way of retaining more nutrition. Except for soups or stews, I mostly tend to steam all my vegetables. I peeled and chopped the beetroots.
2. and steamed them for about 7-10 minutes until fork tender.
3. I then pureed it in a blender until smooth. You should get about 1 cup of puree. I had a little extra which I used to replace the butter in this recipe. You can do likewise to replace the eggs (the original calls for 2 eggs). Use 1/4 cup of the beetroot puree to replace 1 egg. Since we don't mind the eggs where I use the egg whites for the protein I only used the puree to replace the butter. You can also use vegetable oil to replace some of the butter by using my substitution table I provided in the Ingredients section.
4. Whisk together butter and sugar in bowl until smooth.
5. Add vanilla, then whisk in eggs, one at a time.
6. Stir in beets.
7. and mix until well blended.
8. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and espresso powder in separate bowl.
9. Fold flour mixture into beet mixture until just combined.
10. Stir in chocolate chips.
11. Pour into greased 9-inch square baking dish
12. Bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean.
13. Cool, then cut into 16 squares.
You can see that the center is deliciously moist and chewy. You would be hard pressed to find out that this is in fact made with beetroots. I was wondering if the beetroot will overpower the brownie but I was surprised to find that I hardly could guess its presence. Try it - Makes a great treat for leftover beetroots lurking in your fridge Beetroot Chocolate Brownie Recipe (Cake)

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slightly adapted from vegetarian times magazine

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By Audreza on Dec 3, 2013

Thats my mum, she made me make it. It was so easy and so totally worth it! Yummy n gooey the kind u dun need milk with!

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By archana das on Dec 3, 2013

it comes out awesome every time u make it. even if slight difference in proportion happens! so everybody go out and make it , without hesitation! thanks for the recipe

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By Denaid on Apr 20, 2013

I do a lot of baking, love to actually.. I've made zucchini brownies once, but wasn't a hit with the kids, purely my fault.. Cos they saw me adding them :lol: I'm very much interested in trying out these beetroot brownies.. I'm pretty sure they'll be good, cos ur recipe is very balanced.. Thank u for sharing it :)

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By JNt on Jan 29, 2013

never thought u cd add betroot in cake:-) .love ur clicks n u taste betroot in this recipe?

Nope, you dont :) --DK

By Elissa on Aug 19, 2012

Hi, these look amazing and I'd love to try them - but if I were to do it without sugar (I can use stevia liquid, but am allergic to sugar), what would I do to make sure they turn out alright? Would I have to reduce the beetroot, or add flour or coconut...? Thanks

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By Dizzie on Apr 22, 2012

:wink: these are very tasty, thanks for the recipe! I added one egg yolk to make it a little richer. I subsituted some chopped walnuts - so 50/50 instead of all choc chips. Also I added 1 tsp of honey to the beets when blended AND reduced the sugar quantity by a quarter. I also decided to add in 1 small carrot to the beets - the natural sugars helped and brownies lovely and moist.

By Ratna on Feb 25, 2012

Awesome recipe...I had more than the required beetroot puree for this recipe and hence used just 1 egg. Totally didn't use butter jus to make it more healthy and used only 1/4 cup oil..Really really good!! My picky daughter ate most of it!! :)

By Archana on Nov 20, 2011

I will love to try this out. Only hope family does not do this :roll: Thanks.

By Priya on Jul 16, 2011

Hi Dk, IS there a subsitute for espressso powder n coco powder.Since I don't bake that often, I don't buy these stuff n store. Reason being bfore I use them it will get expired..:P...But definately ur recipes make me do more of desserts n sweet dishes..for my sweet tongued daughter n hubby...:)Any recomendations will surely help. Thanks Priya Naveen

By vanita gupta on Apr 1, 2011

hi ...looks delicious but no mention of baking powder or baking soda?

This indeed does not use either of those :)

By patricia on Mar 10, 2011

Can this recipe be frozen after baking? and if not, how long can it be kept for? thanks!

By Cynthia on Feb 3, 2011

What will happen if i add whole eggs instead of only egg whites ???? :?:

You can add 2 whole eggs in this recipe. It adds more richness

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By poppy on Dec 23, 2010

Hi DK can I add two whole eggs instead of 4 egg whites? Dont know wat I'd do with the left over yolks!

By CurryLeaf on Dec 16, 2010

:-P :-P :-P :-P :-P .Love them. Must try with beets

By Shilpa on Dec 12, 2010

Hi, Thanks for such a wonderful recipe with wholly goodness..I was wondering can be use beetroot for making chocolate cake as well.. pls suggest & help with the changes in recipe for making cake. I cant wait to try a cake like these brownie.. thanks

By shallet on Dec 10, 2010

I tried this recipe and it was yummmmm. I used walnuts instead of chocolate chips... Thanks for the recipe

By Caroline on Dec 9, 2010

Chickpeas, black beans and now beetroot?! I'm seeing all these interesting brownie additions, yet havent had the guts to try them! The red color on these are just divine!

By SathyaSankar on Dec 9, 2010

Brownie looks delicious, love the surprise ing :)

By Nivedita on Dec 9, 2010

:-P Its amazing!! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe. Will try soon and let you know. (But would prefer to use wheat flour than APF as Maida is strictly prohibited for my daughter.)

By satya on Dec 9, 2010

Looking yummy and radiant...

By Gayathri Kumar on Dec 8, 2010

Looks so lovely!

By Bhairavi on Dec 8, 2010

Wow!! This IS a must try. ( I am going to bake without eggs.) :)

By Monika on Dec 8, 2010

I do make zucchini chocolate cake and must say its amazing but beetroot...hmmm must try it

By Divya on Dec 8, 2010 I wouldn't guess this one has beetroot in it.Looks so gorgeous with an arresting colour.Definitely a must try!!

By sumi on Dec 8, 2010

cant beleive there's beet in there..wonderful brownies..

By Siri on Dec 8, 2010

Yum Yumm!! :lol: :lol: Hugs, Siri

By Anu on Dec 8, 2010

I don't need it to snow on Christmas day. I just need these. I'm a believer too now.

By Apu on Dec 8, 2010

They look super!!

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healthy and delicious brownie....

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looking beautiful and yummy!... can i have a bite!:))

comeon over :)