The other day I got an interesting package in the mail. It came in a styrofoam package and was perishable. I was giddy when I opened it.
So I did what I usually do when interesting things show up on my doorstep. I shared it on Facebook. I wanted to know how many people actually like beets.
Then I made cake!
But before we get to the cake (I know, I'm so mean to make you wait), I wanted to mention that you too can get beets in the mail. Well, not really but you can enter to win a year's supply of beets in the Love Beets Beet the Odds Facebook contest. You can find more information about the contest after the cake recipe. Because I know you want to know about the beetroot cake.
So anyway, when I asked people on Facebook about beets, it really was split clean down the middle, half of the people loving them and half of them who said they just are not fans. I think that beets are one of those things that people just say "ewwww" even if they have never tried them. Or have never tried them prepared properly.
Beets come with 2 inherent problems:
- People think they are boring and tasteless.
- They are messy to prepare and not the easiest to "grab-n-go".
Which is where Love Beets comes in and why I was so happy to be offered the opportunity to try them for myself.
About Love Beets
Launched in 2010, Love Beets specializes in a line of all-natural, freshly cooked and flavor-infused beets that are sold in major retail food stores across North America. Products include marinated baby beets, freshly packed steamed beets and tasty beet juices. All of Love Beets’ products contain no artificial colors or preservatives, are gluten-free and are certified Kosher. Select products have been certified organic by the USDA and the company is working toward non-GMO certification. Since its launch, Love Beets has been defying preconceived notions of boring beets (the kind your grandmother would serve) with an upbeat, fun, modern brand and tasty products that will attract beet lovers and beet newbies alike. And with Love Beets, there is no longer a need for time-consuming, messy scrubbing and preparation…No more stained hands, no more pink mess. Just delicious beets!
Health benefits of beets
February is American Heart Month which is the perfect time to take stock of what you feed your family. Foods like beets are nutrient dense and filled with great things that your body needs. Beets contain Folic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron and may have the following health benefits:
- Lower blood pressure
- Prevent cancer
- Treat anemia & fatigue
- Support healthy liver function
- Reduce risk of osteoporosis
Plus, supposedly they can be an aphrodisiac if that is something that might be of interest to you...
How to eat beets
Love Beets come precooked in vacuum packed containers in their own juices or precooked and infused with great flavors. The Love Beets flavor infused varieties are so good, my son and I ate them right out of the package. Either way they can be eaten plain, hot or cold, or mixed into your favorite salads or other recipes.
You can even make cake with them! Yes. Now I am going to tell you about the cake.
Cake with beets.
Chocolate Beetroot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
- 12 oz softened cream cheese
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Grease a cake pan or springform pan with butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Whisk coconut milk and eggs in a large bowl until smooth & fluffy
- Beat in applesauce & honey
- Stir in pureed beets & vanilla
- Mix in dry ingredients (except pecans) with a hand mixer and beat until completely blended and smooth
- Stir in pecans
- Pour mixture into cake pan and bake for 60-70 minutes (until a toothpick comes out almost clean)
- Allow to cool
- Place ingredients in a medium bowl and beat until smooth
- Frost cake after it has cooled
- Refrigerate leftover cake
This was surprisingly good. I had my doubts, I really did. I expected it to taste...well, beet-ey. But it didn't. My son devoured this piece in about 4 bites and licked the plate.
The texture was more like a brownie than cake, especially with the pecans inside but I love the word cake and I invented the recipe so I am standing by my assertion that it is cake. Yay for cake. And double yay for cake made with beets that is so nutrient dense you can actually say that it is good for you!
Now, who a wants a piece of this cake?