Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Strawberry Beet Love Brownies


Beets are sexy.  I mean, really you can't deny it.  Their beautiful deep red color, their earthy sweetness, the way they make you feel wonderful when you eat them...alright, so you may not necessarily agree with me but I think they are!  Well, if you don't think beets are, I am sure you are not going to argue with me that strawberries are sexy.  And so this last weekend I thought I would combine the two sexy produce items in an irresistible dessert...fudgy brownies!  Because I believe that chocolate, beets and strawberries are a match made in heaven!  And if you are skeptical on this one, I know you would not be if you had a bite of one of these brownies. 


For the base, I used beet puree combined with my usual vegan brownie recipe with coconut oil, dark chocolate and a bit of agave nectar...the batter was delicious!  Yes, I did enjoy some, afterall no risk of salmonella with vegan batter and it is one of the joys of making brownies, licking the bowl!


I folded in fresh strawberries, poured it into the pan and couldn't wait to see how they baked up!  They smelled so heavenly, my kitchen filled with the scent of dark chocolate! 
Once they had cooled I glazed them with a luscious ganache made from coconut milk and dark chocolate.  They needed some strawberries on top as well I decided to be pretty, so I topped them off with some sliced ones, which almost looked like hearts! 


They were deliciously fudgy...they didn't taste like beets, but instead decadent dark chocolate deliciousness studded with sweet berries and topped off with gooey chocolate ganache!  They were some of the sexiest looking brownies I have seen, and they certainly tasted that way as well! 


There is no denyint beets are sexy especially when used in a dessert like this!  If you would like to experience these delicious brownies for yourself, here is the recipe! 


Vegan Strawberry Beet Love Brownies
makes 24

Brownies:
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp sea salt
1 cup coconut oil
6 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 cup agave nectar
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup pureed cooked beet puree
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cups organic strawberries, thinly sliced
Ganache Glaze:
5 oz dark chocolate, chopped
6 Tbsp full fat coconut milk

Sliced strawberries for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees with the rack in the middle position. Line a 9x13 inch pan with foil, and spray with non-stick spray. Whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, sea salt, and set aside. In a large bowl, place chocolate and oil. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between to melt the chocolate, until the chocolate and oil are smooth and well combined. Whisk in agave nectar, along with vanilla, beet puree, and whisk to blend until well incorporated. Whisk in vinegar until well blended and there are pale swirls throughout the batter. fold in berries until well incorporated, and pour into the prepared pan. Place in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes until set, starting to pull away from the edges of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out fairly clean. Do not overbake! Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then lift foil out by the edges and cool on a rack. Let set for at least an hour.
To make the ganache, heat coconut milk until very hot and whisk in chopped dark chocolate until smooth.  Spread over brownies, and place in the fridge until set, then cut into 24 bars (or larger if you are like me). Top each with a strawberry if desired.

20 comments:

  1. These look so, so luscious. If only everyone could make produce seem so appealing!

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  2. Oh how deeply rich and beautiful these are!

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  3. These look so pretty and decadent! I love the strawberry garnish atop..just sensational.

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  4. these look awesome! definitely want to try these sometime!

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  5. I would just love to know how in earth you come up with all these crazy good combinations!

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  6. Can i please order some of these! goodness deliciousness!

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  7. Oooo how delicious and so pretty!

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  8. They look so tempting Amy! Rich and luscious. LOVE it.

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  9. I've been buying beets like it's my job lately -- and I need some new ways to use them. This looks perfect!

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  10. Oh strawberries are TOTALLY sexy! :D And so are these brownies!

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  11. These brownies look so rich and decadent! I could really go for a brownie right now!

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  12. Mmmm oh my goodness these are some sexy brownies! I love the color of beets, definitely one of my favorites to look at, they make everything so pretty! I think I'm going to have to try this out, sounds amazing!!

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  13. I have used beet sugar before but never actually beets, but your brownies here do look fabulous! Also, I like the your topping has coconut milk in it. No doubt these make for one tasty bite. Great job on the presentation!

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  14. Oh, these are stunning,Amy! I wish I could buzz them over and over again!

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  15. I see you use whole wheat flour with many of your recipes. Can I substitute brown rice flour or almond flour? Thanks!

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    1. You could try, but I have had more success with quinoa flour as far as substituitions go. You may need a little more though as it seems to be too moist as compared to the wheat flour. Feel free to play around and let me know if it works for you :)!

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  16. First beet recipe that I liked (let alone loved!). This is the PERFECT find because my new guy LOVES beets. Now we can both be happy. THANK YOU!

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    1. Awesome! I am glad you loved it and you can both appreciate beets this way ;)!

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