I found a recipe for beetroot cupcakes and my mum kindly agreed to make them yesterday. (Thanks Mum!) They were pretty good for healthy cakes. They had a bit of coconut sugar so they were not too unhealthy. Here is the recipe.....
- 2 medium beets
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup raw turbinado OR granulated sugar (i used coconut sugar)
- 1/4 cup canola or melted coconut oil
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup + 1 heaping Tbsp whole-wheat pastry flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
- scant 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder + more for topping
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C), remove the stem and most of the root from your beets, and scrub and wash them underwater until clean.
- Wrap beets in foil, drizzle on a bit of canola oil, wrap tightly, and roast for one hour or until a knife inserted falls out without resistance. They should be tender. Set in the fridge (in a bowl to catch juice) to cool to room temperature.
- Once cooled, either finely grate or puree beets in a blender (adding orange juice or water to encourage mixing). Measure out 1/2 cup and set aside.
- Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
- Whisk together the almond milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup beets and beat until foamy.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a sifter and slowly sift it into the wet ingredients while mixing with a hand-held or standing mixer. Beat until no large lumps remain.
- Pour batter into liners, filling 3/4 of the way full. Bake 22 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Do not try and unwrap them or they'll stick to the wrapper.
- Once cooled, dust with cocoa powder (i used icing sugar) and store in an airtight container to keep fresh.