This time of year, when green markets are teeming with root veggies, it’s easy to fall back on your fave standbys (we’re looking at you, pumpkin!). But you’re doing yourself a real disservice if you’re overlooking beets. You might already know that they’re great in spiralized salads and *so* hearty in savory dishes, but it’s their natural sweetness that makes them a strong contender for the dessert table. Yes, you heard us correctly! Beet desserts. Don’t believe us? Your minds will change thanks to these 21 sweet beet recipes that will have you looking at the ruddy roots with a new appreciation.


1. Beet Tahini Snack Bars: These all-natural bars are chewy, with juicy pockets of sweet raisins and the crunch of cacao nibs. Smooth tahini and almond butter make them a deliciously filling and healthy snack for that 4:00 energy slump. (via Golubka Kitchen)


2. Chocolate Chunk Beet Ice Cream: If you’ve been dreaming of red velvet chocolate ice cream, this one’s for you. It has all the flavors you crave, without the chemical dyes. (via Vegan Heaven)


3. Raw Vegan Beet Cashew Cake: This cashew cake is dense and fluffy, like a cheesecake without the dairy. But it’s the gorgeous color — and the crunchy date and almond crust — that makes it extra special. Whip one up for your next brunch with friends and everyone will be so impressed. (via Create N Plate)


4. Beet Cookies: These peanut butter cookies call for tapioca flour, making them naturally gluten-free. Bring a batch into the office and you’ll be everyone’s BFF. (via Food Fanatic)


5. Cinnamon Beet Rolls: For as pink as these cinnamon rolls are, the beets are subtle and require just a bit of orange and ginger to bring out the sweetness. Roll out a batch on your next lazy Sunday morning and wake the whole house with their blissful cinnamon scent. (via Gather and Dine)


6. Healthy Red Velvet Milkshake: This shake is like a slice of red velvet cake in a glass. But it’s all-natural, refined sugar free, low fat, high protein, high fiber and gluten-free — so 100% guilt-free. You need this in your life right now! (via Desserts With Benefits)


7. Dark Chocolate Mocha Beet Donuts: Two surprising ingredients give these donuts cocoa-mocha goodness — beets and coffee. One bite and you’re transported to chocolate heaven. (via Heather Christo)


8. Honey and Beet Frozen Yogurt: With the new Shondaland season starting up, you’re going to want to have a batch of this honey and beet frozen yogurt on hand at all times. It will keep you from less-healthy sweet treats as you watch the drama unfold. (via My Diary of Us)


9. Beets and Beer Red Velvet Bundt Cake: This cake is leavened with Guinness; the boozy frosting is made with light beer and the strange taste combo is a touchdown. Take this to your next tailgate party and you’ll be the belle of the ballfield. (via I Sugar Coat It)


10. Banana Berry Beet Smoothie Bowl: This spoonable smoothie is protein-packed, nutrient dense and perfect for a post-workout breakie. The roasted beets provide a natural sweetness and luscious velvety texture, and with the gorgeous pink color, it’s like *happiness* in a bowl. (via Jessica in the Kitchen)


11. Vegan Chocolate Lava Cakes: These luscious lava cakes are just oozing homemade coconut cream. Call your partner, bestie, secret crush, cute dog-walker, new therapist, basically whoever and tell them to come on over, because treats this good must be shared. (via Minimalist Baker)


12. Gluten-Free Beetroot Cake With Date Sugar: The pink frosting on this cake gets its gorgeous color from grated beets, which are also an ingredient in the cake. Top it with chopped almonds and pomegranate seeds for a perfect fall tableau. (via Our Food Stories)


13. Gluten-Free Chocolate Coconut Cardamom Beet Pudding: Goodbye, pumpkin spice; we’ve found a new boyfriend. Made with rich cocoa, light coconut milk and just a hint of agave, these pudding cups are a deliciously different kind of fall dessert that exude cardamom scent — a subtle fall spice that recalls wood-burning fires on a crisp fall morning. (via Steph in Thyme)


14. Dark Chocolate Beet Cake With All-Natural Pink Buttercream Frosting: Hidden inside this rich, moist and utterly decadent chocolate cake are roasted beets, and the fluffy pink frosting is colored with beet juice too. Sweet beets FTW! (via The Endless Meal)


15. Beet Dark Chocolate Scones With Pistachio Crumble: These homemade scones are lightly crispy on the outside, but tender and crumbly on the inside. Bookmark this recipe for your next rainy day, then curl up with a slice, a cup of herbal tea and your fave blanket for an hour of pure bliss. (via The Green Life)


16. Vegan Donuts With Bright Beet Frosting: These donuts are frosted with the sweetest beet-pink icing. Make a double batch, because donuts are obviously *your* happy place. (via Two City Vegans)

17. Chocolate Beet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Icing: These cupcakes are chocolatey, moist and fluffy. The rich beets and cream cheese frosting make them pure decadence. Bookmark this one for Valentine’s Day, because it’s just *that* good. (via Sweet and Savoury Pursuits)


18. Chocolate Beet Bread: Got an extra large batch of beets from your CSA share? Make a beet cake, grab the whipping cream and call a few friends over for an impromptu afternoon tea. (via Gather and Dine)


19. Beet Blueberry Muffins: There’s nothing like blueberry muffins in the morning to bring everyone around the kitchen table. These muffins are made extra moist and sweet, thanks to beets in the batter. Better whip up a double batch, because everyone’s going to want one. (via Nutrition Stripped)


20. Beet Black Bean Brownies: These brownies are ridiculously healthy, thanks to hidden black beans and beets. They’re also amazingly delicious. Kids young and old will gobble them up and never guess that they’re getting a dose of veggies. (via Healthy Aperture)


21. Beet Nut Butter Cups: The beet nut butter in these chocolate candy cups calls for cashews, but you can sub in your fave nuts. They’re every bit as delicious as they look, but so much healthier than the store-bought kind. Go on, have another! (via Veggie Desserts)

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