Recipe of the Month: Beet Brownies

Recipe of the Month: Beet Brownies

- in 2023 Editions, February 2023

 Northeast Ohio Parent Blogger Melissa Koski Carney of “I Crashed the Web” shares a recipe for a sweet treat with a surprising ingredient.

“Valentine’s Day always makes me think of chocolate. These brownies have plenty of chocolate in them, but also a bonus – beets! While not healthy (they are brownies), the beets provide added fiber, folate, potassium, iron, vitamin C and more benefits. They also add a little red to the batter, making them especially perfect for Valentine’s Day. I use about two beets and my kids and husband (who aren’t a fan of beets) give them a thumbs-ups. Beet lovers could add more beets for additional health benefits and richer color, but that may change the flavor profile.”


2 medium beets, boiled and peeled (time-saving tip – I buy pre-cooked beets at Costco)

1 cup of unsalted butter

1¾ cups semisweet chocolate chips, separated into 1¼ cups and ½ cup

¾ cup brown sugar, packed

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 eggs

1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

Optional toppings – red sprinkles, red and pink M&Ms, etc.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare a 9’X9″ pan – I like to spray with cooking spray or spread parchment paper on it.
  3. In a food processor, place beets. Process until smooth and into a beet puree. Mine makes about one cup of beet puree.
  4. While processing, melt the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl for 60 seconds or until melted. Stir in 1 ½ cup chocolate chips and stir with a large spatula until the chips are melted.
  5. Add sugars and vanilla, and continue to mix with spatula. Then, add in eggs and pureed beets. Mix well.
  6. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Then, slowly add to batter and combine until just mixed. Add in the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips.
  7. Pour into the prepared pan. Optional – sprinkle seasonal M&Ms or red sprinkles on the batter to make them even more festive.
  8. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in comes out clean. I use a glass pan and find them done in about 39 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting and serving. Optional – use festive cookie cutters to cut into hearts or other shapes.

About the author

Melissa Koski Carney (known as @koskim on social media) is an Ohio transplant from New York. A 30-something mom of three, she recently moved with her family from their downtown apartment to a nearly 100-year-old home in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She works full-time as a marketing communications professional. When she’s not working, blogging, or chasing after her three kids (all ages 5 and under), she enjoys running, baking and reading; as well as hanging out with the other women she has met through her Ladies Craft Beer Society. She blogs regularly at I Crashed The Web.

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