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Red Velvet Brownies

The natural sweetness and thick texture of beets keep these brownies tender.



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2 large cooked beets or 1 14-oz. can beets, rinsed and drained
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½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
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1 cup sugar
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1 tsp. vanilla extract
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2 large eggs
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½ cup all-purpose flour
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¼ cup plus 2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
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1 Tbs. instant espresso powder
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½ cup mini chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Purée beets in food processor until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. You should have 1 cup. Set aside.

3. Whisk together butter and sugar in bowl until smooth. Add vanilla, then whisk in eggs, one at a time. Stir in beets.

4. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and espresso powder in separate bowl. Fold flour mixture into beet mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan.

5. Bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out almost clean. Cool, then cut into 16 squares.

Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
8 g
Saturated Fat: 
5 g
21 g
42 mg
17 mg
1 g
16 g
Makes 16 brownies

Comments on this Recipe

I've substitute the flour with low-fat soy flour, the butter with applesauce + 1 tbsp oil, and the cocoa powder with carob powder. I also omit the sugar and substitute with 1/2 tsp liquid stevia. One of the best brownies i've ever tried!

I made these for my friends who are gluten-free, so I used Pamela's Baking Mix instead of flour. Delicious!

I have made these brownies several times and all of my friends want the recipe. Don't change a thing and they turn out perfectly! I will definitely try the gluten free mix next time.

I made these brownies with spelt flour. They came out with a fudgy texture, not that of brownies. Although they were nice, they weren't what I expected.

I did not have any espresso powder and used regular sized chocolate chips, these came out denser than expected but the flavor was great.

Even though the beets were a pain to puree in a blender because I do not have a food processor, it was worth it! So moist and yummy. I also did not have the espresso powder but the brownies still tasted very much like chocolate heaven. I will make again for sure.

I used whole wheat flour. All I can say is THESE ROCK!!!!! The brownies are more like molten lava cake bites when warm. I grated canned beets with a grater with tiny graters then mashed by hand. So yummy. Even my picky wife liked them. Thanks!

You can really substitute 1/2 teaspoon of liquid stevia for 1 cup of sugar? I wouldn't think that would provide enough sweetness!

How is this brownie recipe vegetarian with a stick of butter?

Zornista, great ideas to make this vegan and low fat and therefore a lot healthies. Thanks for the tips.

Thank you, Zornitsa for your vegan version. I would like to try it your way so it does not have any dairy or "meat" products!

Has anyone made this recipe without the coffee?

Great recipe! I cut the sugar in half, used 1/2 a stick of butter and 1/2 a cup of applesauce, and melted 1/3 of a 100% caco sugar free dark chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips.

I used flax seed and water to replace the eggs and earth balance butter. I used real sugar but thought about stevia. My husband and kids usually notice and i wanted them to eat these. I think the person providing this recipe should consider providing a vegan option. Most vegetarians don't eat eggs even if they do eat butter.

These look amazing! Love beets :)

These are amazing! My store didn't have espresso, so I used instant coffee. Tasted out of this world great!

These are amazingly superb! The expresso powder added a depth and richness to the flavor. I even forgot to add the mini chips and they were still great. Even my husband ate them. I definitely will make them again and will add the chips too!

They didn't come out red! :( Otherwise, tweaked the recipe slightly to make them a little fluffier and they were pretty good!

They did not come out red, and that's the only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 4. While that disappointed me, it's a good thing, as I am surrounded by unadventurous omnivores, lol! They're fast, fun, and great. Thanks.

Its look so good and healthy. What can I use to substitute eggs in the recipe to make it eggless?

For every ingredient in this recipe, I substituted something else. How come it didn't turn out?