Just because it’s trick or treat time doesn’t mean that your Halloween recipes and goodies can’t be delicious AND MNB approved!
Beetroot ‘Brain’ Creepy Cupcakes
(GF, DF, RSF)
OK so before you keep searching because you’re thinking “beetroot cupcakes yuuukkk”… these are HEAVENLY!
The beetroot is not overpowering, especially because it is combined with cacao. It’s like a little bundle of chocolatey goodness!
Beetroot contains betalains which provide antioxidants, plus they’re anti-inflammatory and support our detoxification pathway.
When making these be careful, I think we all know how easy it is to get the red juice of a beetroot everywhere when preparing it. But that’s what makes these cupcakes perfect for Halloween!
- 2 small or 1 large bulb of beetroot
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 1/2 cup almond meal
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup cacao
- 5 dates, soaked
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tbs baking powder
- 1 cup raw cashews
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tsp beetroot puree
- 1 tbs maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 180oC and line a cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
- Rinse beetroots and place in a pot of water, boiling until tender. Remove skins and puree in a food processor or with a stick blender until smooth. Add a tablespoon or two of the water you used to boil the beets if needed.
- Soak the dates for 10 mins in warm water.
- Put 1 tsp beetroot puree in a bowl and set aside for icing.
- Combine all cupcake ingredients and remaining beetroot puree in a bowl and mix with beaters until well combined.
- Divide evenly into cupcake liners, bake for 20 mins or until cooked through.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Combine cashews and almond milk in a food processor and blend until smooth (about 2 mins).
- Add beetroot puree and maple syrup and blend again.
- Ice cupcakes with a thin layer with a knife or spatula.
Optional – for creepy ‘brain’ icing:
- Add remaining icing to a piping bag.
- Pipe a single line down the middle of the cupcake initially to create the dividing line of the brain hemispheres.
- Then add the brain squiggles to each side.
Optional – We Added Googly Eyes To make Little Brain Monsters!
Top tip: The cupcakes can be made the day before, but would be best iced on the day.
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Jessica Worth is a registered nutritionist who is passionate about helping women achieve their health goals. Determined to break down the basics of nutrition and make food fun again.