Gluten Free Chocolate and Beetroot Muffins

These gluten free chocolate and beetroot muffins have a deliciously moist and fluffy textured centre. They ooze with chocolate taste and are extremely simple to make. 

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This is another recipe where I’ve chosen to bake with gluten free ingredients.

It’s based on a beautiful and utterly delicious slice of chocolate and beetroot cake that I had a couple of years ago in the Aviemore Mountain Café.

That particular cake wasn’t gluten free but as I have many blogger friends who are through necessity, or choose to be gluten free, I decided to make these that way. Plus I still had some gluten free flour left over from my gluten free carrot and sultana cake recipe!

The muffins are also butter free making them lower in fat and calories too.

If you haven’t tried the amazing combination of chocolate and beetroot before, these will really surprise you!

Oozing with chocolate taste and with a deliciously moist and fluffy textured centre. If you haven’t had chocolate and beetroot as a combination before these amazing muffins will really surprise you.

The muffins are also butter free making them lower in fat and calories too.

If you haven’t tried the amazing combination of chocolate and beetroot before, these will really surprise you!

5 from 3 votes
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Gluten Free Chocolate and Beetroot Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Oozing with chocolate taste and with a deliciously moist and fluffy textured centre the chocolate and beetroot combination will really surprise you.

Course: Home Baking
Servings: 18
Calories: 170 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • 120 g caster sugar
  • 300 g cooked grated beetroot
  • 300 ml Greek yogurt 0% fat
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 200 g gluten free plain flour
  • 200 g ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp heaped . baking powder
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder, heaped
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C fan.
  2. Line 2 x 6 hole silicon muffin trays with paper muffin cases*.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, preferably with an electric whisk or in a stand mixer, whisk together the eggs and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Stir in the beetroot, Greek yogurt and vanilla extract.
  5. Fold in the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and cocoa powder.
  6. Divide the muffin batter between the paper cases and bake in the centre of the oven for 18 – 20 mins. Check the centre of a muffin is cooked by inserting a wooden skewer which should come out clean.
  7. Remove from the muffin tray and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Stored in an air tight container these muffins should last up to 4 days.
Recipe Notes

*I use a 6 hole silicon muffin tray so make the muffins in 3 batches.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Chocolate and Beetroot Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.7g 12%
Saturated Fat 0.8g 4%
Cholesterol 33.7mg 11%
Sodium 95.3mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 20.6g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10%
Sugars 9g
Protein 6.5g 13%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 11%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Oozing with chocolate taste and with a deliciously moist and fluffy textured centre. If you haven’t had chocolate and beetroot as a combination before these amazing muffins will really surprise you.

These gluten free chocolate and beetroot muffins were the first recipe where I took samples to my colleagues for feedback at the job I started back in May.

I’m always a bit nervous when seeking others opinions, especially those who I don’t know that well. I guess that’s just the perfectionist in me.

Oozing with chocolate taste and with a deliciously moist and fluffy textured centre. If you haven’t had chocolate and beetroot as a combination before these amazing muffins will really surprise you.

Fortunately the tasting went down pretty well. I did, however, go back and add more Greek yogurt and an extra egg to give the recipe a fluffier and moister texture. That definitely improved the recipe to perfection with Lynne giving the final “sign off”. Then my father. 😀

Thanks to everyone that took the time to read and write comments on my previous homemade Quorn burgers recipe. And also to Quorn who shared it on their Facebook page. Oh and I wasn’t paid or in any way endorsed by them for that post, it was a recipe I decided to put together myself at no request from them, just to clear up any eyebrows raised there. I’m not like the MP’s in the house of parliament accepting cash for questions you know!

So folks, as it’ll be August soon (where has summer gone, actually what summer?) and in response to the results from my blog survey earlier in July, I’ve scheduled August’s posts accordingly, Hopefully all will go to plan, which is to give you 8 posts which will include 1 health / nutrition related, 1 hill walking/trip, 2 breakfast recipes, 2 lunch/dinner recipes, 1 healthy snack and 1 home baking / pudding recipes. That’s the plan anyway.

Finally today as its Thursday let’s link up with Amanda at Running with Spoons and now you’ve read through this, I give you permission to head on over there!

Have a great weekend all!

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Comments


  1. OKAY OKAY!!!! I NEEED TO BUY BEETS ALREADY!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…GUEST POST: How I Became Empowered By My “History”My Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Ha ha! Love it. 😀

      Either that GiGi, or I’ll save the one I’ve got left in my kitchen here, but you’ll need to hop on a plane to get it!! 😉

  2. I cannot believe Im saying it but IM IN IN IN
    CARLA recently posted…You shouldnt bowl fruit.My Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      So glad you like it Carla, it seems to be going down well today (and any day its made 😉 ) Thank you.

  3. I need to try this combo of beetroot and chocolate! I am missing out big time, pinning these babies for later 🙂
    Rachel @ athletic avocado recently posted…Triple Berry Chocolate ClafoutisMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Rachel. I just can’t believe it’s taken me so long to bring this fantastic combo of beetroot and chocolate to the blog to share with you all. I’ve been really selfish in keeping it all to myself since I first discovered it 2 years ago haven’t I? 😉

      Sorry for the delay! 🙂


  4. I LOVE the combo of beetroot and chocolate! (Of course I love anything with BEETS)! I invested in some beetroot powder and it’s excellent to add when baking with chocolate, but I bet actual fresh beetroot is so much better! I can’t believe it’s August on Saturday! (I can’t believe I’m 35 tomorrow either!) I also can’t believe that it’s one of the nicest days we’ve had in weeks and I’m too sick to function 🙁 I can’t win!
    Erin@BeetsPerMinute recently posted…Why I’m Happy My Husband Pointed Out My Worst QualityMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Wow, Erin, you can get beetroot powder? You have enlightened me there and I am now on a hunt for it in Sauchiehall Street that involves me knocking over anyone in my way until I find it! I am now officially on that mission! 😀

      Plus, I better get out there before it starts raining again eh?

      Yeah, sorry to read on your tweets yesterday that you’re not well. 🙁 Get well soon you! And remember, although you may be 35 tomorrow (and Happy Birthday from Lynne and I when it comes 😀 ) you will always be younger than me. 😉

  5. YUM. I love using beets in surprising applications. A favorite recipe of mine is lemon cornbread and beet powerbread/power muffins. Just enough sweet, just enough savory, and perfect for breakfast (or anytime, let’s be honest). PINNING
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Chocolate and Beetroot, what a combination eh? Like a marriage made in heaven and who would have thought?

      Looking for your lemon cornbread and beet powerbread/power muffins recipe. Like the sound of that very much. Can’t remember if I’ve seen it before on your blog and maybe pinned it, if not IT SHALL be!

  6. i really wish I had been there to sample these with your colleagues. They are lucky! or maybe I just move to scotland?
    lindsay recently posted…Creating a Personal and Blog Mission StatementMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I have one left! You and GiGi could both jump in a plane together and have half each? 😉

      Anyway, it’s too cold for you to move here, I want to move there with you guys!

  7. neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

    Thanks Liz. I agree. Fortunately when you do pair the two, the chocolate taste wins heads first with the beet taste just sneaking in a little bit from behind. 🙂

  8. I am a HUUUUUUGGGE Fan of beets and chocolate so I am wishing I was one of your co-workers right about now, Neil! These look fantastic! And LUUUURVE that they have no butter but a healthy dose of yogurt in them!
    Shashi at RunninSrilankan recently posted…Cinnamon Oatmeal Ice CreamMy Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thank you Shashi, so glad you like them. I thought they would be right up your street! 🙂

      It was tricky getting just the right amount of yogurt in them so they weren’t too squidgy in the middle, but I managed to get it right after a few tries.


  9. You know… I’ve never actually tried the beetroot and chocolate combo, so I’m kind of wishing I was one of your coworkers right about now. And I have to say that the texture of them looks on POINT. I love those dense and moist muffins… even more so when chocolate is involved 😀
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. recently posted…. thinking out loud #141 .My Profile

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I was totally blown away when I first tried this combo in Aviemore, as I mentioned in the recipe post Amanda. I was kind of like “wow revelation here, must share”! 🙂

      It’s taken me a while, but so did getting all the consistencies and right quantities of the ingredients, and it was worth it in the end.

      Thanks so much for your comment and continuing to allow us to share our posts on your thinking out loud Thursday session! 😀

  10. What fantastic muffins! I love the colour. I never have baked with beetroot and chocolate before but definitely am inspired to try it out now.
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Thalia. It’s great to hear such positive feedback from a seasoned amazing cake expert like yourself, that means a lot! 😀

      I’m really glad that this recipe inspires you too. That’s what I hope from all of my recipes. 🙂

  11. This looks absolutely amazing!!! I love that you made them gluten free and incorporated veggies… because veggies = healthy right?
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thank you for your comments Anna, I really appreciate them. 🙂

      Gluten free is something I’m incorporating into more of my recipes moving forward, and yep veggies = healthy, this could be nearly one of your 5-a-day! 🙂

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