Wednesday, February 5, 2014

My Heart "Beets" For You

Don't you just love my cheesy title? It was inspired by my very Valentine's Day themed muffins. (If only I had a heart shaped muffin pan...) Can you guess what secret ingredient you put in these muffins to make them red velvet? That's right, beets. Don't worry, though, you cannot taste the beets at all. The sweet chocolaty, red velvety taste of the muffins completely covers them up. I just used them as a cheap substitute for food dye since they were on the buffet line in my cafeteria, and food coloring was not. (They look more red in person.)

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Red Velvet Muffins
makes 14 muffins
1 cup rolled oats
1 ½ cup flour
½ cup carob or cocoa powder
¾ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup sugar
½ cup pitted dates
1 cup milk
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup cooked beet puree
½ cup applesauce
¼ cup melted butter
2 eggs
cream cheese frosting (optional)*

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and oil a standard muffin pan. Blend the oats into a flour in a food processor or high speed blender. Combine the first seven ingredients into a large bowl and stir well. Blend the dates and milk together in your food processor. Whisk the milk mixture, eggs, butter, apple cider vinegar, beet puree, and applesauce together. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, stirring until just mixed. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Once completely cooled, top with cream cheese frosting if desired.

*For a quick cream cheese frosting, mix 8 ounces of softened cream cheese with 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt.
 
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Here is the outside of the Valentine card I made for Carson. My friend Tori said it looked like a patchwork- type card. I was just randomly gluing down pink and purple squares of scrap paper, and I am happy with how it turned out.

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The inside of this card is the real star with the pop out message. Hopefully it will not be ripped to shreds before Mom has a chance to read it to Carson. I am giving it to a 17 month old, after all.

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