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Happy_Holidays.jpg‘Tis the season for sweet treats! If you want to keep your holiday baking a little bit healthier this year, why not try baking Red Velvet Brownies…with a secret ingredient…beets!


Beets are a natural red food coloring, which make them perfect for red velvet desserts! One cup of beets contains about 60 calories and 4 grams of fiber. They are a good source of the minerals copper and magnesium and have 148 µg of folate, or 37% of your daily target. Folate is an extremely important vitamin because it plays a crucial role in DNA synthesis. Beets are also fat free. Using beets in these Red Velvet Brownies cuts the fat and increases the fiber content, making them a tasty yet healthy dessert, and the beet flavor is hardly noticeable!


Red Velvet Brownies (Recipe from Vegetarian Times)



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

Calories: 161

Protein: 2 g

Total Fat: 8 g

Saturated Fat: 5 g

Carbohydrates: 21 g

Cholesterol: 42 mg

Sodium: 17 mg

Fiber: 1 g

Sugar: 16 g


Yield: Makes 16 brownies



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