Chocolate & Beetroot Brownies

These brownies have a perfect moist texture and a crunchy flaky outside. The inclusion of the beetroot adds some vegetable nutrients with a very subtle flavour and colour coming through.


6 small beetroots (approx 500gm), peeled and cut in half
200gm of chocolate broken into pieces
100gm of butter, cubed
3 Eggs
1 cup of raw sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1/2 cup Plain Flour, sifted
1/3 cup of Cocoa, sifted


1. Place the beetroots into a small saucepan and just cover with water. Cook on a medium high heat, covered for 15 minutes or until tender.
3. Just when they are nearly ready place the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence into a large bowl and beat with electric beaters until pale and creamy.
3. When the beetroot is tender, strain any remaining water and place into a food processor along with the chocolate and butter (they will both melt with the heat of the beetroots) process until nice and smooth.
4. Slowly fold into the egg mixture and then fold through the sifted flour and cocoa.
5. Pour into a lined baking dish and bake at 180 degree Celsius for 30 minutes or until the top is crunchy and flaky but when a knife is inserted it comes out with a bit of the mixture on it. This will ensure a firm but moist centre and flaky outside, just the way a brownie should be.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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9 Responses to Chocolate & Beetroot Brownies

  1. Alice June 11, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    I tried to make these brownies yesterday, unfortunately the mixture just wouldn’t cook :(. I used 3 large beet roots instead of 6 little ones. Maybe you could add an exact measurement ie 1cup of puréed Beetroot? I cooked this mixture for over an hour and it was still ridiculously soft in the middle. In the end I microwaved it and served with ice-cream, yummy Beetroot sticky pudding 🙂

    • Amanda June 12, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

      Hi Alice, sorry to hear. I have updated the recipe to show grams now. Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Danielle L June 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    I keep meaning to use beetroot in brownies, this might just be the prompt I need. They look fantastic!

  3. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages June 13, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    I’ve always wanted to try cooking with beetroot and chocolate, this could be my first recipe to try. Thanks!

  4. Kathy June 27, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    I was wondering if there is an alternative to using a food processor as I don’t own one? Would a stick blender do the trick perhaps?

    • Amanda June 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      Hi Kathy, yes that could work as could a normal blender that you make smoothies etc in.

  5. Anna October 16, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

    What chocolate are u using ? And is beet roof cooked first ?

    • Amanda October 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

      Any chocolate is ok, cooking or eating. Yes the beetroot is cooked first.

  6. Sheree October 19, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Made the other night quick and easy kids loved it but I used a can of beetroot, I melted the butter with the chocolate and added to the beetroot worked good. I was not a fan but all 4 kids came back for more.

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