Beetroot brownies

Beetroot brownies

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(119 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins Plus cooling


Makes 15-20
With around half the fat of regular brownies, these are a slightly less guilty pleasure, but still have that intense chocolate hit

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal255
  • fat13g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.11g
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  • 500g whole raw beetroot (3-4 medium beets)



    A favourite in 1970's British salads (served cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a…

  • 100g unsalted butter, plus extra for the tin
  • 200g bar plain chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 100g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder


  1. Wear a pair of rubber gloves to stop your hands from staining, then top, tail and peel the beetroot – you’ll need about 400g flesh. Roughly chop and put into a large bowl. Add a splash of water, cover with cling film, then microwave on High for 12 mins or until tender.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. While the beetroot cooks, butter then line a 20 x 30cm traybake or small roasting tin. Roughly chop the chocolate and cut the butter into cubes. Tip the cooked beetroot into a sieve, drain off any excess liquid, then put into a food processor or blender with the chocolate, butter and vanilla. Whizz until the mix is as smooth as you can get it. The chocolate and butter will melt as you do this.

  3. Put the sugar and eggs into a large bowl, then beat using an electric hand whisk until thick, pale and foamy, about 2 mins. Spoon the beetroot mix into the bowl (it won’t look too pretty at this stage, but bear with me), then use a large metal spoon to fold it into the whisked eggs. Try to conserve as much air in the mixture as you can. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder, then gently fold these in to make a smooth batter.

  4. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 25 mins or until risen all over, with just the merest quiver under the centre of the crust when you shake the pan. Cool completely in the tin, then cut into squares.

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Saize's picture
29th Nov, 2015
I rate these betroot brownies a 5 because the aroma was mind blowing and the texture was appetizing but all in all the taste was delicious. The kids loved it I will have to make more some time soon.
20th Sep, 2015
Followed the recipe save using palm sugar and xylitol instead of the crazy amount of sugar required and I really didn't think much of it. It definitely has a strong remnant of the beetroot and I won't be making it again!
19th Feb, 2016
So you did not follow the recipe and it turned out yuk, what do you expect!
Meredith0908's picture
1st Sep, 2015
I made these for a dinner party and they were a hit. Sworn beetroot haters were gobbling up seconds! Served it up with vanilla cornish ice cream and fresh blackberries. I will definitely be adding these to my go to dessert recipes.
18th Feb, 2015
I made a gluten free version of this by swapping the flour for a combination of tapioca, corn and potato flour. They came out nice and a moist- you can taste a hint of beetroot. I also found that 25min cooking time was just right! In future I would probably ice these to make them look a bit better
25th Feb, 2016
I use an icing of cream cheese, icing sugar and... Beetroot juice and it looks fab!
25th Sep, 2014
Yum! Was really torn about whether to do this recipe given the mixed reviews, but it was delicious. Lovely moist brownies, a beautiful colour and not a hint of beetroot! Very pleased at this discovery, and having a use for my veg box beetroot.
AlicesMum's picture
21st Sep, 2014
Made these yesterday and was very pleased with the result. I cooked the beetroot, then grated it before squeezing out the juice. Put it in the blender with the chocolate and butter which I had already melted, then blitzed it to a smooth paste. This worked really well. Came out lovely, cooked but soft in middle and tasted great. Especially nice served warm with some cream. And you can't taste the beetroot.
21st Sep, 2014
I was sceptical about these. I love beetroot but I don't generally enjoy savoury things in sweet things or vice versa, but my curiosity was peeked. They smell disgusting but I am happy to say taste lovely, mine were particularly gooey, not sure if they were meant to be, but who cares as they taste good!
15th Sep, 2014
Very nice, more have Ben requested!


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