Deliciously sweet and earthy, these eggless and dairy free Beetroot Muffins are tender, easy to prep and full of hidden vitamins!
If these muffins aren’t perfect for Hallowe’en then I don’t know what is!
My vegan beetroot muffins sound a bit like something from a Roald Dahl novel, don’t they? However, they are much nicer than anything you might find in George’s Marvellous Medicine!
For the best and sweetest flavour, I like to roast the beetroot in the oven for about an hour and a half, skin on, wrapped in foil. I had great fun peeling the beetroot. It is amazing to see this dull, deep red root vegetable transformed into a vibrant, ruby coloured gem (traditionally used as the colorant for pink lemonade – shattering my dreams, as I thought that some remote tropical land grew pink lemons) as you gently remove the soft outer skin. I didn’t wear gloves as recommended, and my fingers weren’t really stained too badly at all.
If the pretence that it is gory dragon’s blood soup isn’t enough to persuade your children to eat Borscht, try these Beetroot Muffins, which are a glossy chocolate mauve colour and are rich enough to serve dusted with icing sugar and a swirl of vegan buttercream but are also sturdy enough to survive travelling in a lunchbox. The beetroot gives them a delicious moistness, meaning that they keep well in the cake tin (if they last that long!) and, more importantly, they are a tasty way of getting all the beetroot’s nutrients into you.
- beetroot roasted or bought pre-cooked
- cocoa powder, make sure to use a vegan brand, and preferably a dark, rich brand like Green and Blacks
- yogurt, plant based of your choice, to replace the egg element, and bring moistness to the muffins
See recipe card for quantities.
Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl
Blend the wet ingredients together and pour into the dry
Stir in the chocolate chips
Ready to go in the oven to be baked at 200c
See recipe card for full instructions.
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- flour – to make these gluten-free, use your favorite all-purpose GF flour mix
- oil – use melted coconut oil in replace of vegetable oil
- Spicy – add some smoky chili pepper flakes while cooking to add a little heat to the muffins
- Deluxe – add some vegan chocolate chips and a swirl of buttercream icing tinted blood red or black!
I like to use a muffin pan that is fairly deep, giving you a nice rise on the muffins. Some recipes don’t use muffin liners either, instead spraying the tray with a little oil and the flouring. This is a perfect option if you are concerned about the sustainability of muffin liners. They also freeze better out of the liners too.
To ensure that the correct amount of beetroot muffin batter is dispensed into each cup, I like to use either an ice cream or muffin scoop. You could also use (in this instance) a quarter cup measure. But I just use my vintage ice cream scoop.
Store your vegan beetroot muffins in an airtight container once cool. Good for 3-4 days.
You can freeze the muffins by placing them in a ziplock bag and freezing for up to 2 months.
This recipe uses roasted beetroot, but you can buy it vacuum packed and ready cooked at the supermarket which saves quite a lot of time. Just be sure that it isn’t pickled!
Easy Vegan Beetroot Chocolate Muffins
- 1 12 hole Muffin Tin lined
- 300 g Beetroot raw, to give about 250g cooked and peeled, see method or 250g vacuum packed ready cooked beetroot
- 75 g Cocoa Powder I use Green and Blacks because it has a wonderful dark, rich flavour
- 180 g Plain Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 200 g Sugar I use caster or superfine
- ¾ cup Yogurt
- 1 cup Vegetable Oil such as corn oil or sunflower oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Chocolate Chips vegan
- Icing Sugar for Dusting optional
- Preheat oven to 200c. Wrap your uncooked beetroot, unpeeled, in tin foil. Fit snugly in a roasting tin and roast in the oven for about an hour and half or until tender. (If using ready cooked beetroot, skip this and go straight to step 2).
- Meanwhile, sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a large mixing bowl.
- Stir in the caster sugar. Put to one side.
- Once your beetroot is cooked, peel and chop into large chunks. Puree in your blender.
- Add the yogurt.
- Add the Vanilla extract and oil and blend until thoroughly mixed.
- The blender will now look Pepto-Bismal pink.
- Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in your hot pink beetroot mixture.
- Combine gently but do not over stir.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour into a lined muffin tin.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes at 180c or until springy to the touch.
- The baked muffins will have a slight sheen to them but will be cooked.
- Bake the remaining 6 muffins.