I had a cup of pureed beets in the freezer and wanted to use it up. I had the idea of pairing it up with chocolate because I have seen a couple of such recipes. So I was browsing through one of my favorite books "Deceptively Delicious" and my eyes fell on the Brownies recipe. It used 1/2 cup each carrot puree and spinach puree. I thought why not use the 1 cup of beet puree instead. I'm glad that I did because the brownies turned out very tasty.
Oat Flour and Beet Brownies Recipe
- 3 ounces Semisweet or Bittersweet Chocolate
- 1 cup Beet Puree
- 1/2 cup Light/Dark Brown Sugar, firmly packed
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 2 tablespoons Soft Tub Margarine Spread (I used Becel)
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 3/4 cup Oat Flour
- 3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F for 15 minutes. Coat and 8 inch square pan with cooking spray. For brownies I line the pan with aluminum foil and grease it with cooking spray, so cutting it is easy and also we can get perfect squares.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over a very low flame. I melted the chocolate in the microwave oven, in a medium size bowl. Take care while doing so or else the chocolate will get burnt. So increase the time little by little. Stir it well, it should be smooth.
- In the same bowl, combine the beet puree, sugar, cocoa powder, margarine, vanilla and unsweetened applesauce and whisk it well. This mixture should be smooth and creamy.
- Stir in the oat flour, baking powder, chopped walnuts and salt with a wooden spoon.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and baked 35-40 minutes. I checked it after 35 minutes and felt that it was not done. Brownies should spring back when touched, but it did not. So baked it for another 5 minutes.
- Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Since I lined the pan with aluminum foil I lifted it after an hour and I cooled it on a wire rack. After another 2 hours I was able to cut them into neat squares without any trouble. If baking it directly in the pan, it will take some more (actually a lot more) time for the brownies to cool completely and getting neat pieces will also be difficult.
- The taste was simply superb. The oat flour or the beet puree did not affect the taste at all. It tasted like any other regular brownie. The only difference I felt was in the texture, but it was nothing huge. The brownies were chewy and also pudding(y) in the middle. I don't mean that it was in a semi-solid state, it had set properly, but the texture was a bit different than the usual brownies, which I think is because of the beet puree. Also the brownies are more reddish than brown. This did not stop my son or the rest of us from finishing it off.
- I have used 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce instead of 2 egg whites mentioned in the original recipe. If you have extra beet puree you can use 1/4 cup of that itself. I had only 1 cup of beet puree so I used applesauce.
- Oat flour is readily available in stores. I didn't have that in hand, so I powdered quick cooking oats in a blender. Be sure to powder it finely, sieve it a couple times.
- You can use all purpose flour too instead of oat flour.
- To prepare beet puree you can either buy canned beets and blend it smoothly in a blender or do like what I did. I peeled and cooked the beets in a pressure cooker. Cut into small pieces once cooled and then blend it. I had prepared this a month back. So I put it in cup, covered with plastic wrap and froze it. To use the puree, thaw it in the fridge overnight and by the following afternoon it should be alright.
These oat flour brownies go to my Wholegrain Baking Event - Oats.