I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chocolate Beet Muffins

I'm still working on things to make with this 10 lb bag of beets I bought.  These muffins are very moist and not overly sweet.  Two experts (read 2 friends who cook/bake quite a bit) weren't sure what the secret ingredient was.  They thought maybe cherry or cranberry was in the mix, but not beets.  I don't believe in hiding healthy stuff from kids or spouses who might be picky, but let them taste these first before telling them what's in it.

2 medium raw beets (250 g)
1 apple
2-3 tbsps chopped prunes (about 5-6)
2 tsp ground flax (optional)
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1  1/2 tsps baking soda
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Wear gloves and brush the beets clean, then grate them, peel and all.  Grate the apple with it's peel too.  Mix together. I know, it looks gross!

Mix all dry ingredients together and toss in the prunes.  I think dates or raisins would work well here too.
Mix the liquid ingredients together.

In a large bowl mix about 1/3 of each, dry and liquid, and continue adding until  everything is incorporated.  It looks a bit dry at first, but don't worry, it comes together.

Fold in the chocolate chips.  The batter will be thick.  Spoon it into muffin papers and bake at 375 F,  8-10 minutes for small muffins and 18-20 for large.

The batter looks red, but when baked it just looks like a rich chocolate.

I made 9 small and 12 large moist muffins.

Check out these beet recipes:

http://hotandcoldrunningmom.blogspot.ca/2014/10/bbqd-beets.html






















http://hotandcoldrunningmom.blogspot.ca/2014/10/beet-and-carrot-salad.html






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