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“Beetified” Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

This decadently moist and gluten free, “beetified”, 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 awhile now and then she asked me why I kept coming back …I had to think about it (because when chocolate is infront 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

"Beetified" Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Yield: 9 -12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


  • CAKE
  • 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'd 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 pureed beets, I usually have beet puree sitting in my fridge after baking beets for 45 minutes at 400 degrees and then skinning them and pureeing them in a blender
  • 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*


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars.
  3. Then add the eggs and mix till well incorporated.
  4. Add flour, soda, salt and cocoa and mix well
  5. 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.
  6. Add in the beets and half of the bag of chocolate chips (6 ounces).
  7. Pour into a parchment paper lined cake pan (9x10)
  8. Sprinkle the top of the cake with the rest of the bag of chocolate chips (6 ounces).
  9. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes - "do not overbake". Let cool completely.
  11. For the frosting, melt the butter and chocolate chips
  12. Add the confectioners sugar into it
  13. Then the coconut milk and stir well. Frosting will be almost pour-able - spread on top of cake and let cool before digging into

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Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen

Thursday 20th of August 2015

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


Wednesday 19th of August 2015

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!


Saturday 15th of August 2015

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!


Monday 17th of August 2015

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 ;)

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