Monday, February 26, 2018

Cocoa Beet Chocolate Chip Muffins (#MuffinMonday)

Cocoa Beet Chocolate Chip Muffins (#MuffinMonday)

Shredded beets combined with cocoa powder and chocolate chips in a buttermilk-soaked oatmeal muffin. Farm share beets become a sweet treat!



photo of muffin pan with cocoa beet chocolate chip muffins


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This recipe is a fine example of how I put up my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetables during the season to feed my family all year long. I've fixed these muffins for folks to enjoy at the first CSA pick up of the season as well as in the middle of winter for a pink Valentine's day treat.



pic of a plate of cocoa beet chocolate chip muffins



I'm sharing them now because beets are one of the handful of items still left in my freezer, and because my half bath is painted a vibrant color--although not as vibrant as these beets. The swatch said Sun-kissed Apricot but we've renamed it Nuclear Sun-kissed Apricot. With the light on and the door open in the half bath an orange glow covers the foyer.  It's creepily bright.



image of an antique bathroom mirror in a bathroom with 'sun kissed apricot' painted walls
We found the mirror at an antique store--it's narrow, like the pedestal sink it sits above.





Back to muffins--I want to get this up this Muffin Monday because I've got Oatmeal Orange Beet Blender MuffinsFresh Cherry Muffins with Roasted Beets, and Chocolate Beet Crinkle Cookies waiting in the wings.  My Beet Recipes Collection expands! This collection is part of the Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me eating from the farm share, the farmer's market, the garden, the neighbor's garden, and great deals on ugly produce at the grocery store. That's the reason I started the blog--to provide a resource for how to eat your farm share produce. I hope you enjoy!



Shredded beets combined with cocoa powder and chocolate chips in a buttermilk-soaked oatmeal muffin. Farm share beets become a sweet treat!



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picture of how to make cocoa beet chocolate chip muffins



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behind the scenes image of cocoa beet chocolate chip muffins
Behind the scenes--yeah, with a Screaming Yellow kitchen I shouldn't complain about a Nuclear Orange half bath.

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19 comments:

  1. OMG, thank you for posting this! I bought fresh beets for the first time and have never worked with them. I love to bake, so I am going to give this recipe a try this week and get back to you! So excited!

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    1. Kacey,
      I usually bake with roasted beets (I do about 375 degrees Fahrenheit wrapped in foil for about an hour until the packet gives when I squeeze it) but shredded raw beets work well also. I've never boiled my beets--no idea why, other than I'm lazy and don't want to peel a beet to boil it. (Though I peeled these to shred them).
      Good luck!

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  2. Sounds like you had a fun and productive Mother's Day - nice! Now these muffins! Wow! I'm so excited b/c I'll be picking up my CSA box tomorrow and hoping for some beets :)

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    1. Patricia,
      Fun and productive could be my spouse's middle names! Me, I could have spent the day lying on the couch on FB. But fun and productive is also nice, I suppose. :)
      I've got 2 more weeks until our farm share starts up--just trying to empty out the freezer and enjoy a brief window of choosing what looks good in the produce section.
      Thanks!

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  3. I want to see the half bath. :)

    Also these muffins can't be beet. Ha!

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    1. Meghan,
      I'd take a photo, but the glow would blind you. Or maybe not, your kitchen is vibrant, you'd probably like it. I'll share one on FB though once we're all done w/ photos on the walls and all.
      'can't be beet'. Oy.
      Thanks!

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  4. Confession. I am not the world's biggest beet fan. But I loooove what they do to baked goods. So pretty! So I was wondering are these like zucchini--i.e., you don't taste the veggie--or do they have a beet flavor? They are gorgeous either way--such nice crowns!!!

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    1. Laura,
      To provide the best answer to your question I asked my daughter. I figured she'd give the most truthful answer as my son will pretty much eat anything with chocolate.
      She said 'not really, no'. I think it's hard to compare with zucchini just because of the vibrant color--you can't help but know you're eating them, you know?
      Thanks!

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  5. ooo look at these, they are so beautiful! my kids will eat these up!

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    1. Anna,
      Thank you so much! I just love the color that beets add to foods, and my kids will eat them when chocolate is involved!

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  6. I have LOVED beets since I was a little kid. When my dad would ask what vegetable I wanted with dinner I almost always said pickled beets :) Now that I'm an adult I love using fresh beets in everything from salads to pizza. Love that you threw them in these delicious muffins. The color is gorgeous!

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    1. Brandy,
      I bet your parents loved having a beet-loving kid. I love having a cabbage-loving kid.
      Thanks!

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  7. This looks like a healthy and delicious muffins!! My daughter will surely love this.

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    1. Peachy,
      If I'm feeding it to my kids and it's NOT a dessert, it's going to be somewhat healthy. It's how I roll. But cute and fun means bonus points.
      Thanks!

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  8. Do these muffins last in the freezer/fridge/counter for long?

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    1. Rachel,
      I usually keep fruit or veggie-containing muffins on the counter for 2 days tops, but I've frozen them (or forgotten them in the freezer) for up to 2 months.
      I take them out the night before and they've defrosted and are ready to eat by morning.
      Thanks!

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  9. Now this is what red velvet should look like, instead of that fake stuff. Perfect for a Valentine's Day treat. Beautiful muffins, Kirsten!

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  10. What gorgeous little muffins. We learned to love beets when we belonged to the CSA. As our family got smaller and our nest got emptier, I had to forego the CSA for Farmers Markets because I couldn't possible use all the produce I was getting, even with putting it by for the winter. I am definitely putting this recipe into my file.

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  11. Those are very vibrant! Turning beets into a sweet treat sounds like a good plan!

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