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.”
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:
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
1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Optional toppings – red sprinkles, red and pink M&Ms, etc.
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare a 9’X9″ pan – I like to spray with cooking spray or spread parchment paper on it.
- In a food processor, place beets. Process until smooth and into a beet puree. Mine makes about one cup of beet puree.
- 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.
- Add sugars and vanilla, and continue to mix with spatula. Then, add in eggs and pureed beets. Mix well.
- 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.
- Pour into the prepared pan. Optional – sprinkle seasonal M&Ms or red sprinkles on the batter to make them even more festive.
- 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.