Dark Chocolate Cherry Brownies

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

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

Prep Time time: 15 minutes

Total Time time: 35 minutes


  • 4 cooked peeled whole beets (about 2), chopped, plus 1 Tbsp. liquid from package

  • 4 unsalted butter

  • 6 bittersweet chocolate chips (about 1 cup)

  • 1 firmly packed dark brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 vanilla extract

  • 1/4 salt

  • 1/2 whole-wheat flour

  • 1/2 dried cherries


calories 234

fat 10g

saturated fat 6g

monounsaturated fat 0.0g

polyunsaturated fat 0.0g

protein 3g

carbohydrate 35g

fiber 2g

cholesterol 41mg

iron 1mg

sodium 74mg

calcium 28mg


  1. 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.