Beets for dessert

Beets are easy to grow, delicious and pack a powerful punch of nutrition and antioxidants. Red Velvet Beet Bars with buttercream frosting are a sweet new take on this valuable veggie.

Bars:red velvet beet bars

1/2 cup pureed boiled or roasted beets, cooled

1 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1 egg

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup all-purpose flour

Buttercream:

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together pureed beets, sugar, milk, and egg in a large bowl. Add baking powder, salt, and vanilla. Stir in cocoa powder, then slowly mix in flour. Pour batter into greased 8 or 9 inch-square baking pan. Bake for 18 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

For buttercream, beat butter, sugar, and milk for three minutes until perfectly smooth and fluffy. Use spatula to spread in even, thick layer over bars. Enjoy!

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