Almond Flour Chocolate Beet Brownies

from Danielle:  The following is my adjustment to the “Chocolate Almond Flour Beet Cake (gluten free)” from The Roasted Root ( which is a great foodie blog.  Beware – many recipes call for grapeseed oil and rice flour – but feel free to take the many great suggestions and modify the recipes to your liking!
•1-1/2 cups almond meal (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
½ cup coconut flour
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•½ teaspoon baking powder
•1-1/2 teaspoons sea salt
•1-1/2 cups coconut sugar (or a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar)
•2/3 cup raw cacao powder
•2 or 3 medium sized red beets
•3 eggs
•2/3 cup buttermilk, or  1/2 c butter, or coconut oil – or whatever you want
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.Bring a full pot of water to a boil and add the beets (peel on). Boil for about 25 – 30 minutes until beets are soft when poked with a fork.
2.Drain the water and allow beets to cool. Chop the beets into eighths and add the beets to a blender along with the almond milk. Blend until smooth and set aside to cool.
3.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4.In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cacao powder and coconut sugar. Whisk to incorporate all dry ingredients together.
5.In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract together.
6.Add the pureed beets (once the puree is cool enough to not cook the eggs) to the egg mixture and mix to combine. Pour the wet beet mixture into the mixing bowl with all of the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
7.Line a 9” round cake pan (or 8” square pan) with parchment paper.  (or 9×13 pan)
8.Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes (25 for 9×13 pan) or until the cake tests clean when poked in the center with a toothpick. 32 minutes was the magic number for me.
9.Allow cake to cool then lift up on the parchment paper to set it on a cutting board.
10.Garnish with very coarse sea salt (optional).
11.Serve generous size portions of this delicious cake! Bonus points: Add homemade whipped cream on top.

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