I am not a fan of beets. I don’t really like that earthy flavour that they have. So now you’re saying, Sandi if you don’t like beets then why are you making a cake with beets in it? Well you see, beets are very good for you and they were on sale. Haha, yes I said it. I bought the beets because they were on sale. I know that they’re good for me so I was trying to make them work. I tried to put them into one of my raw soups… Nope I didn’t like that. So then I tried adding them to a smoothie, nope that’s not happening again. So then I decided that I would just have to hide them in chocolate. Yes, that works! After some adjusting of how much grating beet was entering my chocolate cake I have found an agreeable amount.Not only do I not taste the beets but I get to freak other people out when I tell them that beets are in my cake! It’s a win win I believe.

Chocolate Beet Cake

So when I was deciding that I would be able to hide my beets in a chocolate cake, I also decided that I wanted this cake to have a few other qualities. I wanted it to be paleo, but nut free as well as vegan. So after playing I have made a delicious chocolate cake that I now top with my chocolate sweet potato frosting (haha another veggie hidden).

Chocolate Beet Cake


Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cake (Paleo/ Nut-Free/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1/3 c. tapioca starch

1/3 c. coconut flour

1/3 c. ground flax

2/3 c. raw cacao or cocoa

2/3 c. palm sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 c. coconut oil- softened

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 c. milk alternative

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 c. peeled, grated beets

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium size bowl, whisk together tapioca starch, coconut flour, ground flax, raw cacao, palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in softened coconut oil and stir thoroughly. Stir in lemon juice, milk alternative and vanilla. Then stir in grated beets.

Spread batter into pan lined with parchment paper. ย Bake 9″ by 9′ square for 35-40 minutes, ย 9 1/2″ round for 30-35 minutes.

Chocolate Beet Cake

Let cool thoroughly. Store cake in a sealed container on the counter for up to three days. Freezes well.

Optional: You can top your cake with Chocolate Sweet Potato Frostingย 

Shared On: Waste Not Want Not, Allergy Free Wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Savoring Saturdays, Allergy Friendly Taste Buds

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20 comments on “Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cake (Paleo/ Nut-Free/ Vegan/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Refined Sugar Free)”

  1. This is RIGHT up my alley, you always make things my stomach will actually like!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I have never tried BEETS before! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ So this would be a nice way to incorporate them!

    • Thanks Gigi! I’m glad that my recipes don’t hurt your tummy. You really can’t even taste the beets so it’s a win win as far as I’m concerned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. “I am not a fan of beets.”
    Haha… I’ll be honest, I *almost* skipped right over this post because it had beets in the title. I thought I was the only one that wasn’t a beet lover in the food blogging world ;p
    I have tried them so many ways and not a huge fan. I can tolerate them shredded in salad or roasted in things, but would prefer to avoid them. Chocolate though. Good thinking!

  3. It is wonderful to find you through Gluten Free Fridays. I’m not a big beet fan, but my mom is one! I’m sure she would have liked the beets in the smoothie, but for me, this cake is the perfect way to hide the beets. And, it looks like it has quite a rich flavor. thank you so much for sharing this celiac and allergy friendly recipe!

    • So glad you found me! It does have a lovely rich flavour and hides the beets. One of my co-workers that hates all vegetables couldn’t even tell they were in there ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I love beets! But I think I’m the only person in my family who does, haha. I especially love that you’ve topped the cake with a sweet potato frosting, who knew you could sneak so many veggies into dessert?! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Yes, I’m definitely going to have to give this a try! It looks delicious, Sandi! Thanks so much for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays, I’m going to be featuring it at this weekend’s party. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hi, We love beets! Cant wait to try this. Not sure if this is a silly question, but am I cooking the beets first? Thanks

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