Beetroot Muffins

Yes, you read that right. I'm a carrot // zucchini muffin lover who has been on a V big beet kick this season. So I thought...why not make beetroot muffins? After searching for a recipe, I found that almost all cake recipes including beets are chocolate based. Don't get me wrong I am a huge chocolate lover, but today, in the midst of the holiday season, I wanted something with a holiday nutty spice to it a.k.a. something that would pair well with my rooibos latte. Bonus: beets are known for their detoxification properties...so treat yourself and nourish your body with these vegan, gluten-free, semi-sweet AND refined sugar free muffins!

Shopping // Pantry list:

  • Raw beets
  • Raw carrot
  • Olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • Applesauce
  • Gluten free flour (I used brown rice and buckwheat)
  • Gluten free oats
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Nut milk (I used almond)
  • Honey (maple syrup is a perfect sub)
  • Dates
  • Vanilla extract
  • Allspice
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger powder
  • Salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Shred 3/4 cups of beets (about 1 and a half large beets) and 1/4 cup of carrot (about 1 medium carrot)
  • Throw shredded roots in a large mixing bowl along with 1/4 cup of oil, 1/4 cup of applesauce, 1/2 cup of nut milk, 1/4 cup of honey (1/2 if you want them sweet!), and 1 teaspoon of good quality vanilla extract
  • In a medium size bowl combine 3/4 cups of buckwheat flour, 3/4 cups of brown rice flour, 1/2 cup of gluten free oats, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, a little under a 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of all spice, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a large dash of ginger
  • De-pit and chop 2 dates and add them to your dry mixture
  • Slowly combine wet to dry just until completely combined
  • Grease muffin tins, pour batter, stick in the oven for 20-25 minutes (mine were in for 24 minutes) or until a toothpick comes out clean

Top with your favorite dairy-free spread - think Earth Balance or Kite Hill Cream Cheese - or honey and share with your loved ones (be sure not tell them about the beets...or do!) and enjoy!

XO