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Shamrock Whole Wheat Beet Brownies

Shamrock Whole Wheat Beet Brownies
  • Cook Time: 50 Minutes
  • Serving Size: 12-16 brownies, depending upon how they are cut

An easy dessert recipe for kids that incorporates extra vegetables and whole grain flour for a boost of nutrition.



  • 2 large beets, about 1 cup once pureed
  • 8 tbsp/1 stick of butter or vegan butter
  • 6 oz. dark or bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat all-purpose or spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or other mild vegetable oil (canola, grapeseed, etc.)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mint chocolate chips, optional


  • 8 tbsp/1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups icing (confectioners) sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk or milk alternative
  • Natural blue and yellow (or green) food colouring
  • 1/4 cup Choco Chimp Cereal


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. Line an 8” x 8” baking tray with non-stick paper (include an overhang so brownies are easy to remove).
  2. Peel beets and cut into quarters. Place in a small saucepan on the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Drain and blend to create a purée or mash really well.
  3. Melt butter and chocolate together either in the microwave in short bursts of 20-30 seconds or in a small saucepan over low heat on the stove. Once melted, whisk in cocoa powder and set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together coconut oil, brown sugar, beet purée, and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir until just combined. Add butter/chocolate mixture and stir until with a spatula or wooden spoon until mostly blended in. Add mint chocolate chips (if using) and stir until all ingredients are just combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until tops begin to crack and a toothpick or a knife comes out almost clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer to a cooling rack to fully cool.
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth and starting to pale in colour. Add icing sugar and mix until somewhat blended.
  2. Add natural food colouring and milk 1 tablespoon at a time. Mix until smooth and looks spreadable, about 1-2 minutes.
  1. Top (completely cooled) brownies with frosting and top with Choco Chimp Cereal in a Shamrock pattern.

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Samantha Gutmanis

Samantha Gutmanis

Samantha Gutmanis is a mom, wife, and always hungry. She spends her days with her three adorable daughters; cherishing every small moment with them. Samantha blogs over at My Kitchen Love and posts scrumptious photos at @MyKitchenLove. Life’s big celebrations and humble everyday moments often revolve around food, and brings her tremendous joy to cook for these occasions. It’s a good day when food, family and friends intersect. May you find inspiration in these recipes to create joyful moments for those you love!

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