February 6, 2018

Chocolate beet mini muffins

Chocolate beet mini muffins on a plate.

Earthy red beets and sweet chocolate come together in these tasty mini muffins making them a perfect Valentine's Day treat! 

These mini muffins are a nice little snack or dessert to make for kids (or adults) for Valentine's Day, or anytime you want a bit of chocolate. They contain red beet root puree and two kids of chocolate - cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips. 

Chocolate and beets actually pair together very nicely. The earthiness from the beets provides a nice contrast to the sweetness of the chocolate and honey in this recipe. Plus the beets give them a little hint of red color making them extra special for Valentine's Day. 

These muffins incorporate some ingredients that I like to add to my kids' muffins sometimes like flax seed and whole wheat flour. These are optional items though and you may omit the flax and use all all-purpose flour if you prefer.

I also sometimes take the opportunity to add vegetables to things like muffins and pancakes and other things that we eat anyways. Not necessarily to hide them from my kids, but just to add a bit of extra nutrition where I can.

If you are looking for a fun and different dessert this Valentine's Day, give these muffins a try.

Stacked chocolate beet mini muffins.

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Yield: 24 mini muffins
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Chocolate Beet Mini Muffins

Chocolate Beet Mini Muffins

Earthy red beets and sweet chocolate come together in these tasty mini muffins making them a perfect Valentine's Day treat!


  • 1 cup cooked red beet puree (see notes)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or vegetable oil of your choice), plus more for greasing
  • 1/4 cup milk (I use 2%)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, optional
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour (or more all-purpose)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and and lightly grease two mini muffins tins (or use mini muffin liners).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the we ingredients (beet puree through to the milk) until smooth. Whisk in the baking powder through flaxseed (if using), until well-combined. Then use a wooden spoon to stir in the flours and fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Divide the batter equally into each muffin tin. Bake for about 12-14 minutes, until the edges are golden and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Alternatively, you may bake 12 standard sized muffins. They will need to bake longer - probably around 18-20 minutes.


Peel and chop the beets (about 1-2 small-medium beets). Steam or boil until fork tender and then puree in a food processor or blender, adding cooking water as needed, until smooth. Or you can purchase already cooked beets in some produce sections.

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Chocolate beet mini muffins on a plate with one with a bite out.

Check out these other muffin recipes: 

Double Chocolate Blueberry Muffins

Whole Wheat Carrot Applesauce Mini Muffins

Banana Spinach Oat Blender Muffins 

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Pumpkin Muffins

If you are looking for more beet recipes, check out this round-up of 20 Beet Recipes You Simply Can't Beat!  


  1. This might trick my husband to eat some beet! He can eat kale, and lots of other greens, but just not beet. These muffins look absolutely delicious and healthy, Amy.

  2. looks great! i'm honestly not a beet person at all, but i bet i'd like these. :)

  3. Can never have too many muffin recipes! And what a great way to use beets. Very creative -- thanks.

  4. Love this recipe for healthy muffins! Beets always give me a lot of energy.

  5. beets are one food i can't really get myself to enjoy, but then again, i've never paired them with chocolate!!

  6. I love that you used beets in these muffins! Pinned!

  7. My SIL made me a chocolate birthday cake once with beets and it was the best cake I'd ever had. Therefore, I know that these muffins would be a huge treat!

  8. Mmmm I love the combo or beet and chocolate--it tastes so great together!

  9. Im intrigued by the beets! I"ve literally never eaten them! Thanks for sharing a lovely treat for a Chocolate Lovers Link Pary at Celebrate 365 Blog Party!

  10. I love adding veggies to bakery because they do add moisture. These muffins are just gorgeous with that beautiful flavor!

  11. I've heard of people putting beets in their chocolate cake but I've never tried. Maybe these muffins would be a good way for me to give it a try!

  12. I love that you use honey in these in addition to the beets! I bet they taste amazing!

  13. Good heavens, these might actually make me like beets! Nutritious delicious!!

  14. We love beets and eat them roasted often, but I'll admit that I never thought about adding them to baked goods! These muffins look so moist and fabulous though. I love zucchini bread, so I'm sure beet muffins will be just as big of a hit with my family!

  15. I totally love beets! I can't wait to try these muffins using them

  16. Beets are such a smart ingredient! Whipping up a batch of these muffins today!

  17. We never eat beets - I love that I can hide them from my picky kids and husband. I'll just call this a chocolate muffin and they'll never know they're eating a veggie! :-)

  18. These look so good, I love that you used beets to make these!

  19. I love the beets with the chocolate! I bet these are so sweet and fluffy!

  20. I'm always looking for muffin recipes and these sound delicious!

  21. Baked these... Very tasty but had to guess where to add oil, eggs, cocoa etc. Think you missed out a couple of stages in the method.

    1. Hi. Glad you enjoyed these muffins. Right in step two the directions state to add all the wet ingredients listed from beet puree through to the milk.


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