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Decadent Red Velvet Brownies with Walnuts

Posted on: 29th Jan 2009

[adapted from Guardian website]

chocolate and pecan beetroot brownies recipe


  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 250g dark chocolate – 70% cocoa (broken into pieces)
  • 250g cooked and peeled beetroot (grated)
  • 1 cup golden caster sugar
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or optionally pecans or hazelnuts
  • 3-4 eggs
  • some more butter to grease the tins


  • whisk (I used both: hand whisk and hand blender with whisk end)
  • 2 smaller or 1 large (about A4 size) baking tray, at least 3 cm high
  • baking paper
  • skewer to test if brownies are ready


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C (338°F).
  2. Grease baking tins and line them with baking paper, grease some more.
  3. In a small saucepan melt chocolate and butter, let it cool down a little bit.
  4. In a mixing bowl whisk eggs with sugar until creamy.
  5. Combine with chocolate mixture. Fold in also flour, then walnuts and beet roots.
  6. Pour the batter into baking tin(s).
  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until skewer comes out almost clean.
  8. Let it cool down completely before cutting into squares.

Makes about 15-20 portions.

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  1. These look so good! YUM YUM:)!!

  2. That is an interesting use of beet root, I would have never thought of that. They look great and am interested in trying them.

  3. Bless you sweetheart. I bought beets just today to bake a chocolate cake & then changed my mind when I saw 1 cake with 250gms butter. This does look better with an A4 X 2 portion, Margot. Tomorrow here I come!

  4. how cool! i’ve never heard of these before!

  5. I have made a beetroot and chocolate cake, but never thought of Brownie size…..I think I can con the family!!!

  6. What a nice way to enjoy some beets! :)

  7. I love the flowers! Are those real?

  8. Thank you for all the comments :)

    Erin – those flowers are made of paper… came with some teddy bear ages ago and end up in my box with nonsense I’m using for photographs ;)

  9. Talk about getting your kids to eat their veggies!

  10. These look very moist and delicious! I’ve made a chocolate beetroot cake before (and it was pretty good) but brownies would be spectacular I think!

  11. What a great idea to have beetroots in a brownie. Adds a nice healthy touch to it.

  12. Hon, your brownies came out so perfectly.

  13. Sounds delicious!

  14. I’ve never thought to put vegies in brownies other than fruits. Great idea. Worth to try!

  15. Margot your brownies look delicious!xGreat way of adding veggies for the kids to eat :)

    Rosie x

  16. Wow. These just look and sound so good. What a great idea!

  17. I made these and I used 1/2 cup of coconut oil in place of butter and tofu in place of the eggs (I am vegan) and blended some leftover steel cuts from breakfast in with the beets. The brownies turned out lovely and I will be making them again soon!

  18. [...] I’ve posted pictures of the entire baking process below. My precious DSLR is currently undergoing some major surgery (what is it with me and messing up my electronic gadgets??) so I’ve had to resort to using my camera’s phone. When it’s back in order hopefully I’ll be able to take pictures like the brownies from http://www.coffeeandvanilla.com: [...]

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