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Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cupcakes, Vegan and Gluten-Free

The best recipe for Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  Show your loved ones how much you care by making them a batch of Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cupcakes!!

Mother Nature tries to drop us subtle hints…walnuts are good for brain health and they resemble a brain, carrots are good for eye health and when sliced crosswise resemble an eye, a bulb of ginger root mimics the shape of the stomach and ginger is great for settling an upset stomach. And, beets….you guessed it, not only do they slightly resemble a heart, but they are great for heart health!

The bright red color of beets is from the abundance of phytocompounds and antioxidants.  The most researched compound of the beet is one called betalains. Betalains is a medicinal compound that is useful in the detoxification process and is a powerful anti-inflammatory.  It has even been shown to decrease tumor growth.  Another medicinal quality of beets is that when consumed, they increase the amount of nitric oxide in the body.  Nitric oxide dilates vessels, which in turn, lowers blood pressure!

Beets are great juiced, roasted, raw  or used for baking.  Similar to using applesauce, beet puree can be used to decrease fat while maintaining moisture in baked products.  Plus, they lend a beautiful color!

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Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cupcakes

The best recipe for Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Cupcakes
Course Dessert, Kid food, Snack
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Baking Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 54kcal
Cost $

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a mini-muffin tin with cooking spray or line with liners, set aside.
  • Wash, peel and cube beet. Add chopped beet to a small pan of boiling water. Cook until tender, drain and set aside.
  • When beet is cooled, add to a food processor with orange juice. Puree until consistency of applesauce.
  • Measure out 1 cup of beet puree and add to a medium sized bowl.
  • (If you fall short of 1 cup, add applesauce to make up the difference. I ended up using about 2 tablespoons of applesauce.)
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together soy milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside. The mixture will curdle. Don’t worry, this is normal!
  • Add soy milk mixture, melted coconut oil, sugar and vanilla to beet puree. Whisk until frothy.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and pinch of sea salt.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Using an electric mixer mix until combined.
  • Fill muffin cups until 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Dust with powdered sugar if desired and enjoy 🙂

Notes

This recipe made about 30 mini cupcakes.  It probably would have made a few more if I didn’t eat so much of the batter!  That’s the great thing about vegan baking…raw batter is safe for consumption!  Increase baking time to 25-30 minutes for regular sized cupcakes 🙂

Nutrition

Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Cristina C. RD LDN
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