Beet & Walnut Muffins

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A couple of weeks ago I saw a recipe for a Beet & Walnut cake – one of those cakes that was probably baked in a loaf pan an resembled a banana or zucchini bread. Kinda. What was unique about this bread is that it contained  grated beets – raw beets and when you cut into the bread you could see flecks of beet inside the bread…like a red and yellow mosaic. I was instantly drawn to the idea and I’ve finally come around to making it.

Much like a carrot cake or zucchini bread the beets are grated and mix into the batter raw – NOT boiled or cooked in any other way. There’s plenty of time for the beets to cook in the batter and did I mention the inside of the bread looks fantastic with the red beats speckles? (Yeah I did)

The most important steps to making Beet & Walnut muffins (yes they are sweet) or cake is tossing both the walnuts and grated beets in some flour. The is process is important because you’ll help your walnuts from sinking to the bottom of the loaf while baking and the beets will not bleed to the point of making your cake turn all red. Bottom line: mix your grated beets with some flour and mix into the batter just before pouring the batter into a muffin tin or loaf pan.

I opted to make muffins this time as I gave these to the hostess who had me over for a luncheon/tea this afternoon and there was no way I was going to give her a cake that was missing a slice or risk giving someone an insipid cake. Muffins it was, I tasted a couple, took some quick snaps and I have wonderful, quirky and sneaky way to have your kids eat vegetables…in cake or muffin form. Oh, beets are in season…enjoy!

Get my Beet & Walnut Muffins recipe and more in my Everything Mediterranean cookbook.


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9 Comments for “Beet & Walnut Muffins”


I love the beautiful inside of this muffin and the flavours sound mouthwatering. I would love to see what yellow and red beets look like together in this cake. :)


what a fantastic and cleaver recipe! good call about coating the essentials in flour. i always forget that and i always get the sinkers. i never thought about using raw beets… love it! gotta try a whole bunch of different colored beets to see what that mosaic is all about.


Peter κάποια στιγμή είχα φτιάξει κέικ παντζάρι, είχε γίνει πολύ νόστιμο, δεν το περίμενα!!
Πολύ ωραία ιδέα να το βάλεις και σε μαφινάκια!
Φιλιά, καλή σου μέρα!



First of all your anti spam quiz is interesting. and your muffins with beet are even more interesting. Never thought to even try. My husband is right “‘ Men are great chefs.”


At first, I was a little sceptical when I saw the recipe. How do you include beets into a cake? But it tastes really good when I tried it out. Thanks for the eye opening idea!