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Beet Strawberry Muffins

May 31, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy

Have you ever combined beets and strawberries in the same recipe? This might surprise you, but they are meant to be together – a match made in joyous heaven!

Why? The strawberries soften the strong “earthiness” of the beets and lend a lovely natural sweetness to this recipe. Surprisingly, the strong taste of the beets does not overshadow the strawberries. This recipe made me giddy with excitement to share with you because the muffins are SO GOOD. 

As you can see in the photos, the batter was so vibrant and rich thanks to all those phytonutrients (more on that in a bit). These muffins were a food stylists dream to shoot because the gorgeous colour looked great with any set of dishes. Walker and I had so much fun shooting them, as evidenced by the ridiculous amount of shots we got (we could only post a few here)!! 

As for the taste, I knew they were be going incredible when I dipped my finger in the batter to taste test it and I was like “wowza.” When I pulled them out of the oven, my test-tasting-buds were correct. They were AMAZING – moist, flavourful and the beet/strawberry combo was perfection. 

You’ll be happy to know these muffins are gluten-free and digestion-friendly because I used Genuine Health’s Fermented Greek Yogurt Proteins+.

You can learn more about this protein by checking out this cool infographic. As for the benefit of fermented foods, you’ll already know them all if you’ve read my previous posts and watched this video, but here’s a little reminder. 

  • Fermented foods help feed the good bacteria in your gut. These little guys help produce certain vitamins and keep bad bacteria in check.
  • Fermented foods are easier to digest and help prevent bloating.
  • When fermented foods boost the levels of good bacteria in your gut, they also boost your immune system.

(And yes, those are chocolate chips in the photo above. I made half the batch with chocolate chips and the other half without. I know I mentioned beets and strawberries are a wonderful flavour combo, but add chocolate and it’s next level good.)

Check out the highlights on beets and strawberries below after the recipe card!

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup Genuine Health fermented greek proteins+ (vanilla flavour)*
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup roasted beet puree**
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 5 eggs, whisked
  • 3/4 cup almond or coconut milk milk
  • Optional: 1/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Combine the dry ingredients together in a large bowl: flour, protein and baking powder. In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients in a separate bowl: beet puree, strawberries, maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, almond milk.
  2. Combine wet and dry ingredients into a large bowl. Fold in chocolate chips if using.
  3. Place batter into muffin tin cups.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a fork inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
  5. Makes 15 muffins. Or 12 if you make them larger.

Notes

*If you don't have this brand of protein powder, you can substitute another brand of protein powder. Just keep in mind this protein is sweetened naturally with monk fruit and stevia so you'll want to be sure the batter is sweet enough if you make a substitution. Alternatively, you can substitute 1/4 cup brown rice flour. I haven't tried the recipe with brown rice flour, but it should work.

**To make the pureed beets, cut 2 medium organic beets into chunks and roast for 45 minutes at 350F in a dish with a lid or until fork tender. Once cooled, puree in a food processor until smooth (see photo below).

Note: FYI — I’ve been getting questions asking me why my muffins are so red. No, I did not add any food colouring. I bought certified organic beets and roasted them with the SKIN-on and pureed them as you see below. My hubs does all my photography and he didn’t add any filters. 

Nutritional Highlights of Beets

  • Beets contain anti-inflammatory phytonutrient betalains that support phase 2 liver detoxification.
  • They are high in detoxifying fibre.
  • Beets are a great source of folate, which is important for cell growth and metabolism.

You can use the whole beet if it’s organic, but if you’re using conventionally grown beets, make sure you peel them first to get rid of extra pesticide residues.

Nutritional Highlights of Strawberries

  • At 91% water, strawberries have the highest water content of all the berries, and are therefore the most hydrating.
  • Strawberries have the most antioxidant vitamin C of all “berries” (even thought strawberries aren’t technically berries, they’re drupes).
  • Strawberries are also a great source of folate.

Remember that strawberries are right at the top of the EWG’s 2016 Dirty Dozen list, so you’ll want to make extra sure to buy organic if at all possible! You can enjoy these as part of a healthy breakfast with this Sunshine Juice or as a mid-afternoon powersnack. 

I hope you love them as much as Walker and I do. 

Have a joyous rest of your week!

Joy

May 31, 2016 BY Joy McCarthy
38 Comments
Anita   •   May 31, 2016

Hi Joy, These look delicious! Can you have the protein powder while pregnant?

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Heather Allen   •   June 1, 2016

Hi Anita! It's important to make sure that your protein powder doesn't have any other ingredients like herbs etc. while pregnant. We're a big fan of Genuine Health's Fermented Vegan or Greek Yogurt Proteins, which are safe during pregnancy. Heather- Joyous Health team


Krupa   •   May 31, 2016

These look yummy but we don't eat eggs - would Chia or flax eggs work when the recipe calls for 5 eggs?? Anything else you would suggest? Thanks

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Heather Allen   •   June 1, 2016

Hi Krupa! Chia or Flax eggs could work but results can little tricky when there are more than 2-3 eggs in a recipe. We have an awesome egg replacement chart which you can get here: http://www.joyoushealth.com/egg-substitution-chart/ Perhaps try using a combination of a few of the different replacement options and et us know how it turns out! Heather- Joyous Health Team


Jen   •   June 1, 2016

Could you substitute Genuine Health greens+ kids for the protein powder or is it totally different? I'm making this for my kids and have the greens+ on hand.

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 4, 2016

The texture might be a bit different. I would substitute another protein or use brown rice flour instead of protein for texture. Hope that helps!


Dara Barrera   •   June 2, 2016

These look delicious! Any chance you could provide the nutritional breakdown? As a Type 1 Diabetic, I am really careful about counting for everything. I count for all carbs, sugars (even natural) protein and fiber content. Thanks so much!

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Heather Allen   •   June 2, 2016

Hi Dara! Thanks for reaching out :) Unfortunately, we don't have a nutritional breakdown for the recipe, but we absolutely understand the importance of having this information as a type 1 Diabetic. Since this is something you may encounter quite often, you may want to check out this website: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp which allows you to calculate the nutritional data. There are also some great Apps available for this as well. Recipe Builder is one that may be helpful for you. All the best! Heather- Joyous Health team


Casey   •   June 2, 2016

Is it possible to use beet pulp after juicing? We try to use all our pulp-no waste. But I wonder if that would affect the moisture content in this case?

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Heather Allen   •   June 2, 2016

Hey Casey! I think that could work really well. If your juicer removes most of the moisture from the pulp, you may need to add a bit of water to back to it. Aim for the consistency of pureed beets and let us know how it turns out :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


Peggy   •   June 3, 2016

Just made these- they are delicious!!!! And so pretty. used white rice flour instead of protein powder - it was no problem.

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Heather Allen   •   June 3, 2016

Awesome, Peggy! Thanks for sharing :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


Lindsay   •   June 4, 2016

Mine didn't come out half as red as yours Joy! Did you cheat with colouring ;-) Quite yummy and super nutritious though. Thanks for the recipe.

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 4, 2016

Ha! No. I would never ever use food colouring! I blended my beets (as you can see in the photo to be pretty smooth). I added a touch of water to my Le creuset pot when I roasted them so they didn't dry out which ended up being blended with the beets. That could be why.


Vanessa   •   June 4, 2016

Hello, I love beets and am excited to make this recipe! I usually buy my beets already cooked (they come vacuum sealed). Would this work or do the beets have to be roasted? Thank you!

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 5, 2016

Yes that will totally work! I hope you enjoy it Vanessa!


Kathryn   •   June 7, 2016

Hi there - I'm following Joy's advice (7 natural health solutions for acne) and am trying to be dairy-free. How will using the fermented Greek proteins+ impact that? Thanks in advance :-)

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Heather Allen   •   June 7, 2016

Hi Kathryn! While most people have no issues with fermented dairy products, but for the sake of testing how your body/skin does without dairy, I would suggest using the Genuine Health's fermented vegan protein (dairy-free) instead and see if that makes a difference. All the best! Heather- Joyous Health Team


Tara   •   June 8, 2016

I made the recipe with vegan chocolate-flavoured protein powder and they turned out very tasty. I only used 4 eggs, since that's all I had on hand. The muffins turned out just a little crumbly, maybe due to the missing egg? This recipe is a definite do-again. Thanks!

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Heather Allen   •   June 8, 2016

Hey Tara! Glad yo hear you liked them :) The crumbliness would absolutely be due to the missing egg. Coconut flour is very absorbent and needs that extra liquid to help them bind together. Let us know how it turns out round 2! Heather- Joyous Health team


Ruthie   •   June 8, 2016

Hi- I have been wanting to add more beets to my life for their health benefits but I haven't because I don't really like them just roasted. This recipe may change things. I had three questions: first will beets stain my food processor, second do you have any other recipes using that protein. And lastly, if I make these not in strawberry season, do you think frozen, thawed strawberries would work? Thank you!

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Heather Allen   •   June 9, 2016

Hi Ruthie! You shouldn't have any issues with the beets staining your food processor and yes we do have other recipes on the blog that use this protein powder (it's our favourite). We use it in most of the smoothie recipes, other muffins and these awesome Protein Blondie Squares: http://www.joyoushealth.com/blog/2016/03/08/protein-blondie-squares/ As for the strawberries, you could try using thawed strawberries, just make sure to drain off the excess liquid really well as it may change the consistency. Good luck!


Irene Livingston   •   June 12, 2016

Dear Joy, Thanks for the beautiful muffin recipe. Can't wait to try it! I have one question. Are the probiotics naturally found in the fermented Greek yogurt protein still active after being baked in the muffins? Or will they be denatured/destroyed be the oven heat? If so will there still be any digestive tract benefits should the fermentation sourced friendly bacteria be killed? Thank you so much! With much appreciation, Irene

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Heather Allen   •   June 13, 2016

Hi Irene! The probiotics may be denatured during baking but the other benefits of a fermented protein powder, such as increased digestibility and bioavailability of nutrients, will remain intact. I hope you enjoy the recipe :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


Mylene   •   June 17, 2016

Hi there, so I just made those muffins, I use brown rice flour instead of the protein powder so I had 1/3 cup of maple syrup ( and for me it was too much) I ended up having only 1/3 cup of beets puree even with 3 beets so they are not as red as yours but really pretty! I also just put 4 eggs instead of 5 and they work great. Have a good day !

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 17, 2016

Awesome Mylene! Glad they worked out with the modifications you made!


Deb Young   •   June 23, 2016

I cannot have berries so could I add another fruit or maybe just go with beets?

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Heather Allen   •   June 23, 2016

Hi Deb! You could totally just add additional beets or try another fruits (maybe banana?). Let us know how it turns out! Heather- Joyous Health Team


Anne Ashcroft   •   July 5, 2016

Hi Joy, Made the first batch with the Italian beets I had on hand. Tasted good but not the nice bright red colour. Making them again today with regular beets but wondering what you thought of substituting goat milk for the almond or coconut.

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Heather Allen   •   July 5, 2016

Hi Anne! I think that would work just fine. Let us know how they turn out :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


Emma   •   August 12, 2016

My beet muffins are very "wet" when baked. Do I need to bake longer? I've gone as far as 45 minutes.

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Heather Allen   •   August 15, 2016

Hi Emma! These muffins tend to be a bit more wet than regular muffins but shouldn't be "very wet". Perhaps try cooking them a bit longer :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


Claudia Petton   •   September 12, 2016

I attempted this recipe with the suggestion of using 1/4 c of brown rice flour instead and they came out super oily, could you suggest what I could try next time?

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Heather Allen   •   September 12, 2016

Hi Claudia. Sorry to hear that substitution didn't work out! Perhaps try using an additional 2 Tbsp of coconut flour instead. We haven't tried it yet, but being that coconut flour is super absorbent, it could work. Let us know how it goes and good luck :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


Sue L.   •   May 20, 2018

I love that protein powder I bought it when I saw you speak in newmarketbut since my food sensitivity test, I can't have cow milk, pea , casein, wheat, flax a few nuts, etc. and egg,, can you suggest a substitute powder that I can have in a smoothie fermented would be a bonus and that I can make these muffins with ? do they taste beets? :). never been a huge beet fan but would like to try tnx. sue.

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 30, 2018

Hi Sue!

Thanks for coming to my talk. You could use a hemp seed or brown rice protein powder but I don't know of any fermented protein powders that don't contain all those ingredients. And no, they don't taste overly "beety". :)


Susan   •   May 29, 2018

I really appreciate Joy’s muffin recipes. I’m looking forward to making my own popsicles. Thanks.

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Joy McCarthy   •   May 30, 2018

Thanks Susan! Glad you're loving my muffin recipes :)


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