Chocolate beetroot muffins recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 25 min
Cooking: 20 min
(may need an extra 5 mins)

Nutrition per portion

RDA
Calories 442 kCal 22%
Fat 25.1g 36%
  -  Saturates 6.0g 30%
Carbohydrates 49.7g 22%
  -  of which Sugars 37.9g 42%
Protein 4.9g 10%
Salt 0.28g 5%
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  • These rich and bold chocolate beetroot muffins are like nothing you’ve ever tasted.

    It’s an odd flavour combination that really works. We’ve taken our classic chocolate muffins recipe and given it a creative twist, adding in a helping of beetroot – which gives these light bakes an extra hit of moisture and an incredible depth of flavour. You get 12 treats in 45 minutes with this easy recipe. And we’ve topped with a creamy coffee icing to compliment the sweet, sumptuous taste. Tuck into them at teatime or pop one into a packed lunch for a little midday pick-me-up.

    Ingredients

    • For the chocolate beetroot muffins:
    • 175g cooked beetroot, chopped into chunks
    • 3 large free range eggs
    • 200g self-raising flour
    • 200ml vegetable oil
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 100g instant drinking chocolate powder, or cocoa powder
    • 1x 200g dark chocolate bar, grated
    • For the coffee cream cheese icing:
    • 40g soft butter
    • 65g soft cream cheese
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1/2tsp instant coffee
    • You'll also need:
    • 12-hole muffin tin
    • 12 muffin cases

    Method

    • Pre-heat oven to 190˚C/375˚F/gas 5.

    • For the beetroot and chocolate muffins: Place the beetroot chunks in a food processor and whiz to a pulp.

    • Transfer the beetroot pulp into a large, clean bowl, add the eggs, flour, sugar and instant drinking chocolate powder, mix well and then beat in the oil slowly until well combined. Next fold in the grated chocolate.

    • Spoon the muffin mixture into 12 muffin cases and bake for 20-25 mins. Cool in the oven for 5 mins then transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool further.

    • For the coffee cream cheese icing: In a large, clean bowl beat together the butter, cream cheese caster sugar and instant coffee, when the muffins are cool spread the icing on top. For a thicker icing add more icing sugar.

    Top tips for making chocolate beetroot muffins

    To cook the beetroot before baking, simply wash and trim, then add to a pan with cold water to cover. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until the beetroot is tender when pricked with a knife.

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