Sweet Beet Protein Cake

You read the title and clicked on the recipe either because: A. you want to curse me out in the comments for disgracing the name of cake, or, B. because you have divine knowledge of the potential of beets. If you’re in the former, prepare to be enlightened.

Sweet Beet Cake
Sweet Beet Cake

Now I know what you’re thinking, “beets are a vegetable! They don’t belong in cake”. Do you not like zucchini bread or carrot cake either? Okay, maybe you don't, but you'll like this cake.

Beets give this cake a natural, earthy sweetness, as well as help to keep it moist. On top of that, beets are full of fiber and essential nutrients for the body. A slice of this cake comes with folate, manganese, potassium, and vitamin C.

This cake is also naturally gluten free and packed with protein from substituting flour with brown rice protein powder and oat flour. If you are gluten free, check to make sure your oat flour, or, if you make your own, the oats you buy, are certified gluten free.

Sweet Beet Cake
Sweet Beet Cake

If all that wasn’t enough, it also turns the batter a bubblegum pink color. I won’t beet (har har) around the bush here, in truth, the mad scientist in me was a little disappointed the cake didn’t remain this color when baked. At least I won’t have people thinking I made a Pepto Bismol cake.

I topped this cake with some sifted beet powder, which adds another hint of sweetness. If you can’t find beet powder, it’s completely optional. This cake also pairs nicely with a steaming cup of tea or topped with yogurt and honey.

As this cake freezes well, it’s a great meal prep option for busy mornings. Just slice it and freeze it. You can throw a few slices in the toaster when you don't have time to make yourself Eggs Benedict in the morning. You’ll be able to get the day started knowing your breakfast included protein and a vegetable, even when you’re running out the door with one sock on and a mascara smear on the bridge of your nose. We’ve all been there.

Now that you have been bestowed with the almighty knowledge of beets, go, prosper, eat cake! You can still leave me a hate comment if you want, just make this cake, okay?

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