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Beet Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

This decadently moist and gluten free, Beet Chocolate Oatmeal Cake is an absolute delight to savor when that chocolate craving hits ~ or, just because!

Beetified Pinch Of Yum's Best Chocolate Oatmeal Cake Ever

How about we make this confession Friday?

Hey, I will even start it off with one…

Way before I started this food blog, I was a food-blog voyeur.

Now, I didn’t know much about this world of food blogging – but I knew about this one blog. I didn’t leave any comments or indication that I was there, but, I returned every week to read and drool over the posts she shared! I followed along as she and her husband left everything behind in the US to move to the town of Cebu in the Philippines to work at an orphanage for a year and I followed them back to the US, after.

Y’all probably know I am talking about Lindsay and her husband, Bjork over at Pinch Of Yum! A few years ago, Lindsay posted a recipe she got from her coworker’s grandmother for a chocolate oatmeal cake that she titled “The World’s Best Chocolate Oatmeal Cake”.

Beet Chocolate Oatmeal-Cake

Recently, when my daughter and I were craving something chocolatey (this seems to happen on a daily basis), this recipe popped into my head and I figured this had oats and so – hey – oats and chocolate – why, that’s breakfast anyway …if I add beets to it…well…. then, that’s dinner – right?  😉 

Even though I beetified this cake and changed the frosting up, I completely understand why this cake was titled “The World’s Best Chocolate Oatmeal Cake”! It is so incredibly moist and light and chocolatey!

As we were digging into this cake, my daughter remarked that I’d been reading Pinch of Yum for a while now, and then she asked me why I kept coming back …I had to think about it (because when chocolate is in front of me, all I can concentrate on is chocolate)…and… I think it’s because of Lindsay and Bjork’s openness and transparency and humor inspite of everything – yes the recipes are mouthwatering and photography totally stellar, but, I have so enjoyed reading their candid, informative, and honest posts.

Beetified Chocolate Oatmeal Cake
Beetified Pinch Of Yum's Best Chocolate Oatmeal Cake Ever

Beet Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 9 -12
Author: Shashi
This decadently moist and gluten-free, Beet Chocolate Oatmeal Cake is an absolute delight to savor when that chocolate craving hits ~ or, just because!



  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten with fork
  • 1 cup Gluten Free flour I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 11/2 cup quick cooking oats Certified GF
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons puréed beets I usually have beet purée sitting in my fridge after baking beets for 45 minutes at 400 degrees and then skinning them and puréeing them in a blender or 2 tbsp grated beetroot.
  • 1 12 oz bag chocolate chips divided


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2-3/4 cup mini marshmallows*


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars.
  • Then add the eggs and mix till well incorporated.
  • Add flour, soda, salt, and cocoa and mix well
  • In a separate bowl, add the boiling water to the oatmeal and let stand for a few minutes. When the oats soften, add oats/water mixture to the batter and mix well.
  • Add in the beets and half of the bag of chocolate chips (6 ounces).
  • Pour into a parchment paper-lined cake pan (9×10)
  • Sprinkle the top of the cake with the rest of the bag of chocolate chips (6 ounces).
  • Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes – "do not overbake". Let cool completely.
  • For the frosting, melt the butter and chocolate chips
  • Add the confectioner's sugar into it
  • Then the coconut milk and stir well. Frosting will be almost pour-able – spread on top of the cake and let cool before digging into


Serving: 1g | Calories: 834kcal | Carbohydrates: 120g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 428mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 57g
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For more “Beetified” recipes or to see what’s behind the “beetification” process, check these out:

Buckwheat Beet & Flax Seed Crackers

Beetified-Buckwheat-Beet-Flax-Crackers @RunninSrilankan

Gluten Free Baked Powdered Sugar Doughts


Banana Beet Nut Bread

Banana Nut Bread With A Twist


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  3. I just had a beet in my chocolate shake this morning! 😀 This cake sounds awesome.
    (I admire your honesty! Everything certainly does happen for a reason xoxo)

  4. mjskit says:

    I’ve been trying to catch up with you blog tonight and see that you’ve had a sweet tooth lately. 🙂 Lots of great treats! Love this chocolate cake with beets! It looks so delicious and moist! YUM!

  5. Ashley says:

    Oh Shashi I’m so sorry to hear that things didn’t work out. Thinking about you!!

    But you did make me chuckle about before you starting blogging …. I was the same way with this one blog (Annie’s Eats) I knew existed (I think I thought it was the only one! haha makes me laugh now!). Love your beetified series always and this cake sounds awesome!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Ashley – I think it’s for the alls good.
      Haha – I thought POY was the only one of its kind too – glad to know I wasn’t alone 😉

  6. hipfoodiemom says:

    Girl, you know I love your beetified recipes!!! and this cake is amazing!!!! and yes, Lindsay and Bjork are not only rockstars but so helpful and such great resources for our community!!!

  7. I’m sorry to hear that things didn’t work out, Shashi, but your daughter is a very lucky lady to have a mom that’s willing to do so much for her 🙂 And this cake — holy.snap. I’d happily eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! And since there’s veggies in it, that totally makes it healthy… yes? :mrgreen:

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Amanda – you know, all those sayings – “it’s for the best”, “better now than later” “there’s always a reason” – yeah, am a big believer in those – so, I’m just keeping on keeping on and eating beet filled anything is most definitely healthy in my books! 😉

  8. Laura ~ RYG says:

    It’s not fun when relationships don’t work! Bleh. But I’d be tempted to put my girlies first too, it’s so hard! I love the beets in here, beets are totally in season where I live but I confess I have no clue what to do with them. I love your spin on this recipe =) Best of luck! Things usually work out for the best in the long run.

  9. Shashi, regards from Lynne and I. We were sad to hear that you are no longer engaged. But running and chocolate cake, we both absolutely are with you there with those therapies!

    Now, if you were in Scotland, we’d be dragging you up Ben Lomond with us next weekend. Climbing mountains has always been my therapy. Perhaps its because it means I’m closer to talk to the man above. I always feel better after that.

    LOVE PINCH OF YUM. I often struggle too about how much of our lives should be shared here online. But I’m glad I follow you. I like your balance of food and chat. 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      You and Lynn are so so sweet – thanks Neil and please tell Lynn a big huge thanks from me! I would have LOVED to have gone to Ben Lomond with you guys, climbing/hiking is so incredibly therapeutic too! I completely understand you feeling closer to the man above while climbing – for me – just being outside in nature does it!
      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Neil!

  10. Beets and chocolate is totally cool idea, Shashi! I love using veggies in sweets! This cake looks so moist and good, who will think it has beets! Job well done! PS: So sorry to hear about your engagement, my friend. I think, what has to happen, should happen now, than later. tc

  11. Mira says:

    I’m so sorry to hear things did not work out Shashi!
    This cake looks so good! I’ s so inspired to use more beets in my cooking!

  12. Lovely cake – beets add such a great texture to baked goods.

    And Shashi, I’m so sorry about the engagement. As the daughter of a single mom, I appreciate you putting her first. xoxo

    • Shashi says:

      Awww-thanks Marissa! Sometimes, thissingle parenting thing makes me question my decisions -ALOT- so I so so appreciate your comment! xoxo

  13. Kelly says:

    I’m so sorry to hear things didn’t work out, Shashi. Hope this chocolate cake helps you and your sweet daughter a bit. Sending lots of hugs and virtual treats your way xoxo

  14. I am beginning to think that you’re sponsored by BEETS – lol!

  15. Beety chocolate goodness always!!!!!!!!
    They are awesome! Going to their blog, you can just feel the honesty and joy they get out of it and want to bring to everyone who reads!

  16. This is soon awesome! Beets sound soon good in this cake! 🙂

  17. Your cake looks fantastic and how great that it has beets and oatmeal, sounds like the perfect combination of decadent and decently healthy! You are such a good mom, I’m confident that you took a lot of time to contemplate your decision and it will be for the best.

  18. Running will definitely help all problems, especially when it comes to working through things. Your daughter sounds wise beyond her years. When is she doing to guest post??

    Thinking about both of you xoxo

  19. Tara says:

    Sorry to hear that things didn’t work out, but chocolate always helps. Sending big hugs <3

  20. spicedblog says:

    So adding beets to something makes it dinner? I like the way you think! Mainly, I just like that you include chocolate in every meal. That makes us friends for sure! And I have to admit that I’m really sorry to hear about the relationship. But things happen for a reason. We might not know what the reason is right away, but there is a reason. Hang in there, my friend! I’ll send you a drone drop to cheer you up! 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Hahaha – thanks David – nothing wrong with chocolate for dinner right?

      And Yeah, I agree “things happen for a reason” is one of my fav sayings 🙂

  21. Dear Shashi – I must make this cake so that I too can be certified beetified. Can’t resist a good rhyme. I missed your initial announcement, but thank you for letting us know what’s going on. It’s always easier sharing good news, but your daughter gets it. Your friends want to know so we can be supportive. So here’a hug. O. and a kiss. X. And if dry ice materializes perhaps you’ll get a bowl of wild blueberry ice cream too. (But don’t wait by the mailbox.)

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – “Certified Beetified” – now THAT, I LOVE!!!! I need to come up with a logo for that phrase!
      Thanks so much Allie – I changed my mind – just send me some of those sugar crusted, blueberry muffins (no dry ice needed -woohoo) – did I tell you blueberry muffins are some of my favs – but then again I love them all – even bran muffins!

  22. I too have chocolate cravings on daily basis. 😉 And what a coincidence, Shashi. Recently I too made a mini beet-chocolate cake for my little one. But this one looks way too gorgeous and deliocus. All your beet recipes are awesome! 🙂

  23. Well, I am sorry to hear about the engagement sweet friend, but everything happens for a reason right?
    At least you have this AMAZING piece of HEALTHY chocolate cake to devour right? Chocolate cures ALL wounds. Love you! xoxo oh and pinned!

    • Shashi says:

      Yes – you are right indeed – everything does most definitely happens for a reason and Chocolate is amazing – especially when beets are involved 🙂
      Thank you and love ya too sweet friend! xoxo

  24. allie says:

    I’ve never added beets to baked goods before but this cake looks incredible. I really need to give it a try.

  25. You’re seriously on a mission to beet-ify everything right? This looks delicious, Shashi- And love how you started out reading POY 🙂

  26. I am sorry that your relationship did not work out Shashi! Thanks for sharing this cake with us 🙂

  27. hotlyspiced says:

    I have some friends who many years ago went over to Cebu to do missionary work. They started a church there and lived there for about five years. I do love the look of this cake – it’s so rich and dark and moist xx

  28. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    So moist and awesome, Shashi. You have the best beet recipes in the world.

  29. Your love for your daughter is admirable. This cake looks incredibly moist and delicious. I like to sneak veggies into my baked goods from time to time but have never used beets. I’ll need to give this a try!

  30. Why ruining a delicious chocolate oatmeal cake with beets? That is the real question… 😉
    Just kidding, just kidding. It looks awesmazing, notwithstanding the beets!

  31. I llove when you use veggies to make something sweet! This oatmeal cake looks so moist, swooning for just one bite! And then I’ll be back for more! 🙂