So I have a sweet tooth…big time. I have tried so hard to crack it, but I just love chocolate so much. For a little over a year I have been gluten free. So many people ask me why and I have finally figured out the answer. Because I get to eat things like BEET brownies. Who else would ever venture that far off the grid to try something like a beet brownie…most people would rather eat..well..something gross.
1/2 cup roasted and pureed beets- maybe 2 or 3 beets depending on size.
3/4 cup of dark chocolate morsels
1/2 stick of real butter (not the fake stuff people)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1/2 cup walnuts or almonds ground into a fine meal
2 tbsp groud flax seeds
2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
This is a fairly long process, so it is best to do when you have some time. I made them for the first time on a Sunday evening the week after the Revenge finale since there was nothing on TV to watch. And I made a double batch…this recipe is for 1 batcb.
First you must peel and cube the beets. After doing this, wrap them in foil with some olive oil and bake for 45 min at 400 degrees. Once they are finished, put them in a Vitamix or food processor and puree them until they are mushy. Scoop out 1/2 cup and put aside.
Next put an inch of water into a pot and boil. Place the chocolate and the butter in a heat safe bowl and set on top of the steaming water so that the chocolate and butter melt. Keep stirring until a smooth creamy mixture is formed and then add the beet puree, eggs, honey, and sugar.
Set this aside to cool for a few minutes. While cooling, grind the nuts in a Vitamix or food processor (that you will have to clean most likely) until they are ground (do not grind too much and form a paste, pay attention). Add the ground nuts, flax seeds, cocoa and baking soda to the chocolate mix.
Mix it up well….take a few tastes….and bake at 350 for 30min. If you are using an 8inx8in pan it may take 5min longer so just do a toothpick test and make sure there is no batter in the middle. Do NOT forget to grease the pan you use or the brownies will stick. This is very important!
Store in the refrigerator and eat sparingly…just kidding. They are great to put in a ziplock and take on a long ride!