Dark Chocolate Cherry Brownies

dark-chocolate-cherry-brownies Photo: Travis Rathbone


  • 4 ounces cooked peeled whole beets (about 2), chopped, plus 1 Tbsp. liquid from package
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries


1. In a blender, puree beets with liquid until smooth, scraping down sides with a spatula as needed. (You should have about 1/2 cup puree.)

2. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8-inch square glass baking dish. In a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt butter and 4 oz. chocolate, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is smooth. Remove bowl from heat; whisk in sugar. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time until incorporated. Stir in pureed beets, vanilla and salt. Fold in all but 2 Tbsp. flour. Toss remaining 2 Tbsp. flour with remaining 2 oz. chocolate chips and cherries. Fold into batter until just combined.

3. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake until just set, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely in dish on a wire rack. For easiest cutting, refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then divide into 12 squares.

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  • Yield: Yield: 12 brownies (serving size: 1 brownie)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 234
Fat per serving: 10g
Saturated fat per serving: 6g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Protein per serving: 3g
Carbohydrate per serving: 35g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 41mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 74mg
Calcium per serving: 28mg

Good to Know

The surprise ingredient in this dessert is beets—they add fiber, folate, and potassium.