Apricot-Beet Mini-Muffins


Apricot Beet Mini Muffins

I love beets, always have.  I admit it, though,  I'm a minority in my family.  That is, I was — until I created this recipe for using them in muffins!

Beets are delicious and extremely good for you. Not only are they a great source of iron, but beets have also been shown to be an immunity booster and a guard against cancer.

When you make this recipe, the batter will be a beautiful pinkish-reddish colour before baking, and in the oven, the muffins will become a pretty yellow-gold with ribbons of red.  My two little boys find this quite magical.  

As with my Carrot Mini-Muffins, you can serve these for breakfast or for a snack. You can also make them in a larger size muffin pan, frost them, and serve them for dessert as cupcakes!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups grated beets
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dried apricots


Makes 2 dozen

Preheat the oven to80C.  Use vegetable oil to grease your mini-muffin pans and then sprinkle them with a bit of flour.  Or — even better — use mini-muffin paper cups!  

Peel a medium-sized raw beet and grate it.  

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In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and make a well in the center.  Set aside.  

In another medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the egg with the vanilla, sugar, oil, grated beets, and dried apricots. 

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Add this to the well in the center of the dry ingredients and mix only until thoroughly combined.  

Fill each mini-muffin space about three quarters the way up with batter.  I find it easiest to do this by using a 1 1/4-inch ice-cream scoop. 

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Bake in the preheated oven until the muffins are solid, about 15 to 18 minutes. Wait at least 5 minutes before removing them from the pan.

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An additional note:

To save time, you can buy canned, grated beets.