Fudgy Beet Oatmeal with Pomegranate

Beets and oatmeal? Beets and chocolate? Fudgy beets? Yes. Yes, I did.

This isn’t the first time I’ve done this. I also combined beets and chocolate to make my Black Forest Oatcakes two years ago. Listen: it works. Trust me.

Fudgy Beet Oatmeal with Pomegranate #vegan #oatmealartist

The other time I put beets in oatmeal, I just diced it because I was feeling lazy. This was a mistake. Diced beets have no place in oatmeal. Every mistake I’ve made on this blog can be blamed on laziness. ? My bad.

This time, I pureed it. I took out my food processor, pureed the beets, and then washed said processor. Like a f***ing adult.

Fudgy Beet Oatmeal with Pomegranate #oatmealartist #vegan

You could also grate it, but for the fudgiest experience, pureeing it is the best option. There is just something strange about having chunks of beets in your oatmeal. Unless you really, really, really like beets.

Fudgy Beet Oatmeal with Pomegranate #oatmealartist

So what does this taste like, you ask? Chocolate is the prevailing taste, but the subtle beet taste adds a natural hint of sweetness, kind of like a berry would, but a little more earthy, akin to my Sweet Potato Fudge Oatmeal. (Let’s be honest, we all know beets taste like glorified dirt.) By topping this oatmeal with pomegranate, it brings out the berry-like sweetness and balances out that earthiness. Perfect combo, as long as you like beets.

Don’t like beets? You should probably just make Sweet Potato Fudge Oatmeal and call it a day. 😉

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Fudgy Beet Oatmeal with Pomegranate

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel-cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/3 cup diced cooked beets (does not need to be exact)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (or at least 1 and a half)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tsp maple syrup (adjust to your preferences)
  • pinch of salt
  • pomegranate arils for topping

How to make it:

  1. Puree beets with milk. It doesn't need to be perfectly smooth, but make sure there are no big chunks left.
  2. Add to saucepan and bring to a boil. Add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  3. After a couple of minutes, stir in cocoa powder, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and salt.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, pomegranate arils, and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nut butter, nuts, etc.).

Fudgy Beet Oatmeal with Pomegranate by the #oatmealartist #vegan

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

10 Responses to Fudgy Beet Oatmeal with Pomegranate

  1. I DO like sweet potato fudge oatmeal, but I’m iffy on beets. The one time I liked them was in Greece, where they were cooked with loads of garlic. I’ve never seen a TOA recipe I didn’t want to try, but I’ll have to think about this one.

  2. These photos are so pretty! *insert heart eyes emoji here*
    I love beets (so I guess I’ll have to respectively disagree with that ‘glorified dirt’ comment…). But so far I’ve only added tiny amounts to baked and stovetop red velvet oatmeal. So I’ll have to try this oatmeal as soon as I get my hands on some pomegranate 🙂

  3. HAHA glorified dirt. love it!

    I do love beets and chocolate, I’ve had it in many a cake, but never in oats. I’ve thought about it, but then got too lazy to puree or grate. I have no excuse now though, this makes me crave it so I’ll just have to put on a brave face and whip out that food processor.

    I have a sister in law who hates vegetables, so might make this for her and casually forget to mention it has beets! That way she gets chocolate, and I get her to eat her veggies! X

  4. Kelsey says:

    I made this tonight and the cocoa powder didn’t even make it in! I knew I loved beets, but turns out I also really like them in oatmeal (with banana). I can totally see how they make a good fudgy oatmeal too, next time I’ll have to actually add the cocoa powder 😉

  5. Eveline says:

    I made this this morning and absolutely loved it! I used about 1/3 cup of raw beetroot that I chopped superfine using my blender, than made as directed minus the pomegranate. Topped with some cocoa nibs. Like you Lauren, I usually can’t be bothered with the extra effort of creating an extra dish, but this might actually become a weekend favorite 🙂

  6. Ángela says:

    I blended some ginger along with the beets by accident but it turned out nice. Also didn’t have pomegranate, but I’ve found that some lemon juice instead brings out the sweetness pretty pretty well! Which other substitutions would you recommend if I don’t have pomegranates?

  7. Lissa says:

    I haven’t had beets before and I bought a couple 2 weeks ago and forgot about it. I planned to slice them and put them in my oatmeal, good thing I came across your page! I’m too lazy to puree though huhu. Cleaning the blender is just a pain ?

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