When it turns cold and grey for four days in a row in August, this is what happens:
I know, it’s still summer! I just couldn’t resist baking some cookies. Of course no one complained. :)
Plus, these double chocolate fudge cookies have a secret healthy ingredient. Can you guess what it is?
It’s beets. (Of course, right? Did you guess?) “Sir, it’s always beets!” (One of my favorite Portlandia sketches ever).
Yes, I decided to be sneaky with some beets in these cookies. Beets are not high on our list of vegetables to eat around here. Darryl likes them, but I’m not a huge fan, and the boys won’t eat them. So the only way to get some beets into our systems is to bake with them. And it’s so easy to sneak them in there! Just boil and puree them in the food processor and then use in place of any other fruit puree.
- ⅔ cup vegan buttery spread
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup organic cane sugar
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup beet puree (see notes)
- ½ cup gluten free oats
- 1½ cups gluten free flour blend (I used Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Blend)
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch (or tapioca starch)
- 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Place the gluten free oats in a food processor and process until they are finely ground.
- Combine the ground gluten free oats, gluten free flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and cornstarch in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beet puree and mix together.
- Add the dry ingredients a little at a time while mixing on low speed until incorporated.
- Turn off the mixer and stir in the dairy free chocolate chips.
- Drop the batter by large tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheets.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
These were a HUGE hit with the boys. They are my little chocolate fans and they gobbled these right up.
Have you ever hidden beets inside any of your baked goods?
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