Fudgy Vegan Paleo Beetroot Brownies made with almond flour, tapioca flour and flax eggs. A healthy brownie recipe packed with nutrients!
Never have I ever felt this way about beets.
These brownies. You will never look at beets the same way again.
GAH, they are so fudgy!
Here’s what you need to know about these beetroot brownies: they are…paleo, vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, beet-infused, high protein, made in a blender for crying out loud, chewy, fudgy, rich, decadent, moist, orgasmic.
I’d hate to say you can’t taste the beets…but you can’t taste the beets. I know. It makes you cry real tears.
You know how pasta is a million times better the next day? The same is true with these brownies. Don’t get me wrong – fresh out of the oven, these brownies taste like angels have anointed your taste buds with all the holy spirits, but when you leave them in the refrigerator over night, they’re like all Sylvester Stallone movies exploded in your mouth. But, gently.
Some serious notes about this recipe:
1.) They are super fudgy…like they practically are fudge…In point of fact, I almost named the recipe, “Beet Fudge”, but I resisted because the recipe includes almond meal, and it just seem strange to call something fudge when there are floury ingredients involved. Ya feel?
2.) The brownies won’t test clean when you stick a fork in them, because: fudge. Let them rest for a long time (30 minutes-ish) before cutting into them in order to give them a chance to set up. You don’t need to worry about these being “under-cooked,” because they’re vegan…as in no eggs…as in you won’t get sick…so no excuses, drink the batter.
3.) Upon freezing these sonsofbeehives, they turn into fudgesicles. I shit you not. Legit fudge popsicles. You may as well make a triple batch of the beetroot brownies and “test” them when they’re a.) hot b.) chilled c.) frozen.
4.) Channing Tatum approves.
Best consumed in marathon fashion while marathon watching Blacklist.
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Fudgy Paleo Beetroot Brownies
Vegan fudge brownies made with beets, almond flour, coconut sugar and more.
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 6 tablespoons water
- 4 small beets, roasted and chopped (about 1-¼ cups pureed)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup raw cacao powder
- ¼ cup tapioca starch*
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 ¼ cups almond meal/flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and lightly oil an 8” x 8” baking dish.
- In a small bowl, stir together the water and flax meal (this process makes two vegan flax “eggs”). Allow it to sit and thicken for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the chopped roasted beets to a blender. Blend for a few seconds to chop/puree the beets.
- Add the flax mixture (“eggs”) and the remaining ingredients to the blender. Blend very well until completely smooth.
- Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth it evenly. Place on the center wrack of the oven and bake for 45 to 55 minutes.
- Allow brownies to cool 30 minutes before slicing into them. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
*You can replace tapioca starch with corn starch.
Nutrition InformationYield 9 Serving Size 1 of 9
Amount Per Serving Calories 292Total Fat 18gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 30gNet Carbohydrates 28gFiber 2gSugar 22gProtein 5g
Tuesday 31st of March 2020
Hi! Do you think I could use arrowroot starch in place of tapioca starch?
Wednesday 1st of April 2020
Hi Bethanne! I haven't tested the recipe using arrowroot, but in the past I've done a 1:1 replacement for tapioca flour in other recipes and it has worked fine. If you try it, let me know!
Saturday 19th of May 2018
Hi, I love the look of these brownies. For some time I've been trying to make them with a fudgy texture (and failing)! I was dubious about them being vegan - but, ironically, have now discovered that eggs were actually the culprit behind my spongey monstrosities! The problem is that I only eat sugar from fruit or veg, so would date/prune puree, sweet potato, carrot or extra beetroot work as a substitute? I also wondered if you knew the conversion to grams, as I don't understand cups and find conflicting information online. Thanks!
Tuesday 8th of May 2018
I had beetroot that I needed to use and fancied something different from the norm so gave these a go. They are SO good :D Although think I may have overdid it on the beetroot as quite red looking and earthy (my fault) but still really delicious.
Do you have the nutritional breakdown for this recipe by any chance? I've just started a vegan low carb / high protein + training programme, so am hoping I can still sneak a few of these bad boys in! :)
Saturday 12th of May 2018
Thanks so much for the sweet note, Hazel!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the brownies! xo
Monday 11th of December 2017
This looks fantastic. Gonna try it this weekend. I think I gonna take some suggestion from the comments too.
Tuesday 14th of November 2017
Hello! Thanks for the great recipe! Is it possible to replace the tapioca starch with coconut flour? And what about the flax eggs? I do not see any eggs in the recipe above? Thank you so much! Eva
Tuesday 14th of November 2017
Hi Eva, You're very welcome! Coconut flour is kind of a finicky flour, but I suspect you may be able to get away with it. The tapioca flour makes the brownies bind together and gives them a sort of smooth texture, whereas coconut flour isn't quite as awesome at binding and the texture is a bit grainy. That said, I think a substitution may work. I would try just 1 tablespoon of coconut flour and see what that does in the batter. If the batter doesn't seem thick enough, you could add say 1 to 2 tsp more.
In terms of the flax eggs, if you would like to replace them with 2 regular eggs, you can definitely do so. Just note that the texture of the brownies will no longer be fugdy - they will be a bit flaky/cakey. If you are indeed looking for a fudge brownie, I would stick with the flax method ;) Hope you enjoy!!