This week I made beet cupcakes. Well,I made beet cake because I had no cupcake liners. But I made dessert with beets, is the point. I struggled with it. It was a bit of an existential crisis; I'm not going to lie. I have very mixed feelings on adding vegetables to desserts.
I think sometimes when we do things like use beets to make cupcakes, or replace butter with applesauce we stop thinking about dessert as dessert. Although beets add Vitamin C, folate, and magnesium among many other nutrients, cupcakes are still cupcakes.
I'm all for healthy baking substitutes. I almost never bake with butter, and usually use whole wheat flour. Healthy substitutes make desserts a healthier choice when compared with a dessert made the traditional way, but they're still desserts. Desserts are, by nature, high in sugar and usually fat, which makes them calorie heavy. Desserts don't need to be avoided in a healthy diet, but they also don't need to be eaten everyday, even with beets in them.
So, really, my point is, if you want to make cupcakes with beets that's awesome! Just don't tell yourself that you can eat those cupcakes for breakfast.
The beet cake I made came from this recipe. I thought it was pretty delicious, it has a a good chocolate flavor. My fiance was less enthusiastic about them.
Luckily, my parents are visiting and my Mom broke the tie by voting the beet cake a success! So if like me you have a couple beets in your fridge you don't know what to do with, give it a try and let me know what you think.
Taryn is a Los Angeles based Registered Dietitian who's passionate about helping you be your healthiest you.