Chocolate Beet Cake

And the winner of Best Nutritious Cake Disguised As A Dessert goes to…. Undoubtedly, this cake will blow any preconceived notions you may have about beets, out of the water. Aside from the deep red tones of the cake, you would never guess it was made with beets. I still haven’t told the younger XY’s about the beets – all they know is it’s chocolate cake. Sshh!

Beets in and of themselves pack a slew of nutrition bonuses. I could spend an entire post on all the amazing vitamins, nutrients, and healing properties of these lovely root veggies, but I’m not going to do that -this time anyway. Suffice it to say, this cake is not only delicious, but it really is good for you.

I had some leftover beets from my CSA box and came across this recipe from rightathome.com. I adapted the recipe to make it gluten-free, dairy-free, and used organic brown cane sugar and agave sweetener. You can actually buy beets which are already steamed, or you can roast them in foil with a little oil in the oven until soft. I used 4 beets for this recipe. I also used my enduro, ever handy Ninja to purée the beets and make the batter, but you could just as well use a blender to purée the beets and a mixer for the other ingredients.

The ingredients:
1 stick (1/2 cup) vegan butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup organic brown cane sugar
1/4 cup blue agave sweetener
1 1/2 cup puréed beets (4 fresh beets)
1/2 cup dairy-free, soy free chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 organic eggs
1 1/3 cup gluten-free flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 with the rack in the middle of the oven. Spray bundt pan (or whatever pan you’re using) with nonstick spray.

Purée beets in high speed blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until batter is smooth. Pour into the bundt pan and bake for 43-45 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

* you could also use a sheet pan or cupcakes, however, baking time would vary.

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Categories: Desserts, Meals

Author:onceinabluemoon17

Diligent seeker of health and nutrition, Paleo follower, and creative culinary practicer...

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