Red Velvet Muffins
Red velvet muffins are perfect to pop in the picnic hamper this Valentine’s Day to show you care. The secret ingredient, beetroot adds natural colour and flavour and helps protect your sweetheart’s heart health too.
1.5 cups self-raising flour
2 Tbsp cocoa/raw cacoa
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup beetroot puree (2 medium beetroots, peeled and pureed)
1/2 cup rapadura sugar
1/4 cup of milk (cow/nut/rice/oat milk)
80 g butter or coconut oil
150 g cream cheese
2 Tbsp Greek yoghurt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Cream butter/oil and sugar. Add eggs, milk, vanilla and beetroot puree.
3. Gently mix in sifted flour and cocoa to combine.
4. Spoon into lined muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked.
5. Frosting: beat frosting ingredients until smooth and ice muffins when cooled. Best made ahead and refrigerated.
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