a traveling Wife: The Benefits Of Beets - Beet Brownie

The Benefits Of Beets - Beet Brownie

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A big thank you to Swanson Health Products for providing me the ingredients to bring you these delicious Beet Brownies. 

I've never been a big fan of beets. Maybe it's because I was never introduced to them as a child or because I believe their earthiness is an acquired tasted. It wasn't until I learned about the amazing benefits of beets to start incorporating them into my diet.

The first way I incorporated beets was into my juices. I bought a juicer a few years ago and experimented with all sorts of fruits and veggies. A winning combination is lemon, kale, ginger, apple, carrot, cucumber, and beets. It's amazing and zippy.

Now I am experimenting with different ways to include the amazing and wonderful beets without compromising my taste buds. What kinds of meals can I add them to? What kind of desserts can hide the magical beets? There are so many ways to sneak these little guys in, and my favorite recipe is Beet Brownies.
Click to tweet: Check out the amazing benefits of eating beets.

They are decadent and cakey, sweet and buttery. To me, this is the perfect kind of brownie. And I promise you, you will never know that beetroot juice was an ingredient.

Before you roll your eyes or start gagging at the thought of beets in your brownies, let me explain. Beets have been know to lower blood pressure. In fact, drinking beet juice may help lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. Crazy, right?!

Another great thing about beets is that they can boost your stamina. I bet you never thought that eating a brownie could be beneficial prior to working out!
Click to tweet: Try one of these brownies as your pre-workout - it can help increase stamina.
And lastly, beets can help reduce inflammation, they have anti-cancer properties, are rich in nutrients such as fiber, and supports your body's detoxification process. For all of these reasons, I encourage you to try these beet brownies or in some other way incorporate beets into your eating habits.

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Beet Brownies
Original recipe from a traveling Wife
makes 9 servings - nutrition per slice: 287 calories | 12.4g Fat | 41g Carbs | 3.5g Protein
Click to tweet: Mouth-watering Beet Brownie recipe. 
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup Swanson Organic cocoa powder
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup Swanson Organic beetroot juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Over medium heat, melt butter in a medium saucepan and remove from heat
- Whisk in cocoa powder, eggs, brown sugar, beetroot juice, and vanilla separately until smooth
- Slowly whisk in flour, salt, and baking powder
- Prepare 8x8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and dust with flour
- Pour brownie mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes
- Allow to cool completely, then dust with powdered sugar

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What is your favorite type of brownie?
Do you like beets? 
Have you ever tried to hide ingredients in recipes?