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Turnip the Beet! Nutrition and Wellness

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beet cupcakes

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue...I Love Beet Cupcakes! How About You?

Do you love making red velvet cupcakes but hate all of that artificial food dye??

Well, here is a simple and deliciously decadent dessert that will delight your taste buds and win over the hearts of even the pickiest of eaters.

These are made with bright red, fresh beets but I bet your friends won't be able to make out the secret ingredient! They are perfectly sweet, moist and quite elegant.They are great for Valentine's Day and any other special event that is craving for a tasty treat.

You also get to take advantage of a vegetable that's 'in season'! So what are you waiting for? Let's get started.

This is how it's done...

You will need 2-3 beets (available at any grocery store or farmers market). Lightly boil them in water until tender (~20-30 minutes) and place in a small blender or food processor. Once pureed, measure out ¾ Cup.

In a mixing bowl, beat the beets with 1/3 Cup oil (I like coconut oil) until well incorporated.

In a separate bowl, sift together 1 ¼ Cup flour, ¼ Tsp salt, 1 ½ Tbsp natural cocoa powder (not Dutch processed), 1 ½ tsp baking powder.*

Add the flour mixture to the beet mixture. Then add in 1 Cup milk (I used almond milk). Mix until well incorporated. It should be a deep red color.

Spoon batter into your muffin baking pan lined with paper liners. If you want mini cupcakes, you will get ~48 with this recipe. Regular size should yield ~12. 

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes (mini) or 20-25 minutes (regular).

For a little somethin' extra, dust the tops with confectioners' sugar or use your favorite icing to send a special message and create your own designs (hearts, smiley faces, flowers, initials, etc.). Kids love to decorate desserts so let their little hands do the work on the mini cupcakes. These are bite sized for adults but just the right size for kids!

Don't forget to save one for you to enjoy...They'll go fast.

*Note: The natural red color of the beets can be compromised if the pH isn't quite right. Using baking soda and Dutch processed cocoa powder will make the environment more basic, so make sure you use baking POWDER and 100% natural cocoa powder (check the health section of your grocery store).

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