Guiltless Beetroot Cupcakes

Anna B.

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@AnnaBrav

These cupcakes are adored by kids! They are a wonderful way to eat red beets and apples in a form kids love. Try this recipe and I promise you will no longer be surprised by the idea of baking with beets, you will be impressed!!!


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Serves:

6

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 c
whole-wheat pastry flour
1/4 c
sucanat
1 tsp
cinnamon
2 tsp
baking powder
1/4 c
carob chips (or substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips)
4
small organic roasted red beets, peeled
3/4 c
unsweetened applesauce
1
large egg, at room temperature
3/4 c
(6 oz) neufchatel cheese, at room temperature
1/4 c
organic low-fat plain strained greek yogurt
3 Tbsp
maple syrup
1/2 tsp
freshly grated organic orange peel (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat the oven to 350°F
2
Add roasted beets and applesauce into a small blander or food processor. Puree until the mixture is smooth (you should have 1 1/4 cup of the beets-apple puree).
3
Combine flour, Sucanat, cinnamon, baking powder, and carob chips in the bowl of electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
4
With a mixer on a low speed, add the beets-applesauce puree and an egg. Mix until combined.
5
Line a muffin pan with paper liners, or spray with nonstick baking spray. Spoon batter into lined muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until the toothpick inserted into a center of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow to cool in a pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.
6
To make frosting, combine cream cheese, yogurt, maple syrup, and orange peel, if using, and beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Before serving, top each cupcake with a generous dollop of frosting, if desired.
7
Note: To roast beets, wrap washed beetroots in aluminum foil. Create a foil packet by folding the foil over beets and crimping the sides closed. Place the packet into the oven, at 375° F for about 40-45 minutes, or until the beetroots can be easily pierced with a fork.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Eastern European
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy