Red Velvet Surprise Brownies

Surprise, don't tell anyone what one of the ingredients is, or they won't try them and that would be a mistake.  Or do, so you can sit at the table in front of small children and eat every. single. one without argument.


Yup, beets.

No, you can't tell.


I must have looked at at least two dozen recipes, none of which seemed to have much in common but the flippin' ingredients themselves.  So, I took the best of everyone, and made my own.  Like I generally do.

1 cup beet puree*
1/2 cup salted butter, room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla
3 eggs
1/2 heaping cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with foil, and butter it up good.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together beet puree, sugar, vanilla, eggs, and butter until well-combined.
  4. Add in cocoa powder and beat until combined.
  5. Add in flour and beat until smooth.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips, scraping down sides.
  7. Pour into pan.
  8. Bake for about 30 min, until toothpick comes out clean. Baking time will vary depending on the water content of your puree.
  9. Cool and frost.
For Fudgie Frosting:
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup Hershey's cocoa
2 Tbsp. salted butter
2-3 Tbsp. so delicious coconut milk
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  1. In a cereal bowl, combine melted butter, 2 Tbsp. milk, and vanilla.  
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa and sugar.  
  3. Slowly stir in milk & butter mixture.  
  4. Add another Tbsp. of coconut milk if it gets too thick to stir.
  5. Frost & Refrigerate
*To puree beets, simply cut the ends off, poke them full of holes with a fork, and microwave on each side for 5 minutes at a time until soft to touch.  Generally 10-15 min.  Then dice them small. Toss a bit in a blender at a time, and use a bit of water as needed until a nice, thick puree forms, but doesn't make the blender stick.  Measure out, and freeze leftovers.

Makes 16 frosted brownies at 257 calories a piece.
Makes 16 un-frosted brownies at 208 calories a piece