Vegan Beet Brownies

Brownies? Yes, always. You don’t have to ask me twice. And these ones are outrageously delicious and a bit crazy.

It starts with the beets.

Most of my beet recipes are created with the intention of being resourceful and eating seasonally. Because beets weren’t always so sexy!

I’m from the east coast of Canada where eating seasonally and locally can be a challenge at certain times of the year — looking at you winter. Root veggies are our saving grace — we cook with them a lot. And even though I don’t live there anymore, my affinity for root veggies persists. It’s in my DNA.

Potatoes, turnips, carrots, and beets — these vegetables were always in our cupboards (no pantries back then), and they were usually from the farm down the road or from a farmer’s stand we spotted on the side of the highway. My dad always supported local. He did that before it was a movement or a slogan. I admire this now but then I would moan “more beets?! Ugh”.

We bought too many beets. Huge, 10-pound bags of them. And we only had them one way.


Oh, how I despised those pickled beets. Jars and jars of pickled beets. Naturally, I decided I hated beets.


It wasn’t until I had a fancy salad with roasted beets and toasted walnuts that I gave them a second chance. And the rest is history. Now I love those darn beets.

The farm to table movement took the humble beet and let it shine. The beet had a rebirth. After I discovered beets could be grated and spiralized, shaved and slivered, roasted and pureed, after I realized beets were not only nutritious but affordable and incredibly versatile, well I couldn’t get enough of them.

Even today, two decades and a couple of cookbooks later, I always buy beets when they’re in season and I let my creativity run wild.

beet brownies on a pink plate

That is how these fudgy vegan beet brownies came to be. I picked up some gorgeous local beets (you know the perfect bunch with vibrant greens still intact) and made a list of recipes I wanted to try.

Beet brownies with a red velvet theme were at the top.

And I didn’t hold back!

I combined ingredients and methods I’d never used before. I anticipated failure but the result was the most nutritious, delicious, fudgy vegan brownies I’d ever made.

Whole walnuts, chickpea flour, and roasted beets — this does not sound like your typical brownie batter, but it works. And works brilliantly. Like big big YUM!

I hope you love these fudgy vegan beet brownies as much as I do! They’re from my new cookbook Plant-Based Delicious.

If you love beets, you might love this Beet and Potato Soup or these Chocolate Beet Bliss Balls.


beet brownies on a pink plate

Vegan Beet Brownies

Author : Ashley Madden
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 16 brownies
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beets, brownies, gluten-free
5 from 3 votes
These are fudggggyyy. And made from beets and chickpea flour! They're the most unique and delicious brownies I've ever made and they're from Plant-Based Delicious!


  • 10 oz (300 g) beets (2 small to medium-sized beets), scrubbed and chopped into 2˝ (5-cm) chunks (2 cups chopped)
  • 1 cup (120 g) chickpea flour
  • ¾ cup (75 g) gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 cup (150 g) coconut sugar
  • 1 cup (88 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp (9 g) baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup (100 g) walnuts, divided
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (175 ml) unsweetened almond milk or organic soy milk
  • ½ cup (88 g) mini vegan chocolate chips (plus more for garnish if desired) optional


  • First, roast the beets: Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Remove any gnarly stems or thick-skinned areas from the beets. Place the beets in a small casserole dish and pour a little bit of water into the bottom of the dish, just enough to cover the bottom. Cover the dish tightly with tinfoil and roast the beets for 45 to 60 minutes. They’re done when they’re just fork-tender. Remove the beets from the oven and keep the tinfoil on for 15 minutes so they continue to steam. Then, remove the foil and let cool completely. I like to turn the oven off at this point and come back to the brownies a few hours later. Once the beets are cooled, peel off the skins.
  • Start making the brownies: Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line an 8-inch (205-cm) square baking pan with parchment paper so that the parchment hangs out over two opposing sides.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the chickpea and oat flours, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Be sure to break up any clumps of coconut sugar.
  • Set aside ¼ cup (25 g) of the walnuts (we’ll use these to garnish the brownies). In a high-speed blender, combine the remaining ¾ cup (75 g) of walnuts, vanilla, milk and roasted beets and blend until completely smooth. It will resemble a hot pink milk shake.
  • Add the blended mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix until well combined. The batter will be thick. Fold in the chocolate chips. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan and smooth out the surface.
  • Chop the reserved walnuts and scatter them over the top of the brownies, lightly pressing them into the batter. You can also sprinkle some additional chocolate chips on the surface, if desired. Bake for 27 to 30 minutes. The brownies are done when small cracks appear on the surface and the middle is just about firm.
  • Remove the brownies from the oven and let them cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack. Once cooled, lift the brownies out of the pan by pulling on the parchment paper, and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut into 12 to 16 brownies. These brownies are superfudgy, so be sure to wipe the knife clean with a damp cloth between each cut for nicely shaped brownies. These will keep in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for up to 3 days. Otherwise, keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Notes: If vegan chocolate chips aren’t in your diet, you can omit.
Keyword beets, brownies, gluten-free
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  1. Reply


    August 3, 2023

    5 stars
    Hi Ashley, I made these from your new cookbook last weekend and they’re great. I used a 9in pan and am surprised by how much they rise. They store very well in the fridge – I like them best right from the fridge.

    I’ve got a bunch of recipes from both your books marked as “want to try” and wondered if you could share your absolute favorites from both books? Your tastes seem to line up very similarly to mine.

    Congrats on your books, they’re my two of my favorites from a pretty large cookbook collection!

    • Reply

      Ashley Madden

      August 3, 2023

      Hi Laura!
      Thx for this lovely feedback! As I type the black bean burger on page 84. I love all the recipes of course but I do have favorites! Here they are: Tomato Bisque page 137, Mixed Mushroom Lasagna page 59, Moroccan Pot Pies page 141, Cookie Sandwiches page 158 (can’t keep these in the house), Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cheesecake page 162 (a dessert I am still shocked by every time I have it!).
      I hope that helps 🙂

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        August 6, 2023

        Thanks Ashley! I’ve got a few of those bookmarked so will prioritize them for what I try next!

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    August 22, 2023

    5 stars
    I had beets in the garden and when I saw this recipe I had to try it! These brownies are amazing. I made in a 9 x 9 pan without parchment and they baked up perfectly! They are company worthy. Thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to get your new book.

    • Reply

      Ashley Madden

      August 23, 2023

      Hey Darlene! Your own homegrown beets! I love it 🙂 Thank you for the feedback and I hope you love the new book!

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    Heather Burke

    March 19, 2024

    5 stars
    I made these with almond flour and they turned out delicious. I made a double batch but didn’t increase the bake time so they were underbaked. They came out more like a fudgy, chocolate pudding cake. Still delicious! I’m planning to make these again soon, the right way! By the way, I can’t believe this recipe has no oil but you would never know.

    • Reply

      Ashley Madden

      March 20, 2024

      I love this flour swap idea. People are always asking about flour swaps, so I’ll note this. I’m so glad you love them 🙂 You don’t even have to tell people there’s no oil, hey? They’ll never know! Thank you for the feedback Heather!


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