Anytime I can make something as a ‘healthy alternative’… I do it! Over the years, we have made these small (but big) changes to our household eating habits, and turned them into the norm.
I love beets! not everyone does, but you can incorperate them into so many things, and not even notice.
Pureed, beets can go into almost any baking recipe you have. Beets provide a modest amount of vitamins and minerals. A 1-cup serving of beets provides 1 mg of iron as well as 1/2 mg of zinc and 442 mg of potassium. Combined with other dietary sources, beets can help you to consume the recommended daily amount of these nutrients. Beets also provide small amounts of calcium, B vitamins, magnesium and folate.
Want antioxidants? beets are a great source!
This is a wonderfully delicious cake I came up with, while baking with my 2 girls. This is a unique cake made with beets. It’s wheat free, healthy, and uses sucanat sugar! It’s sweetened by a topping of cream cheese icing!! Mmmmm! You can use this as a dessert or a snack with tea.
– 1 1/4 Cup Sugar cane or Sucanat
-1/2 Cup oil
– 2 eggs
-1 can of beets – pureed or mashed
-1/3 Cup Vanilla yogurt
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 1/4 Cup of Spelt flour (you can also use almond flour!)
– 1 Cup Brown Rice flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– a dash of pumpkin pie spice
Grease a 9 X 13 casserole dish. Mix sugar,oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Add pureed beets and yogurt until combined. Add flour, baking pwd, soda, cinnamon and pie spice. Stir and combined until moist. If batter is not as moist as you’d like it, add a splash of almond milk until desired consistency. Pour batter in greased dish and bake at 350′ for 40 minutes. Remove and let cool.
When cooled, top with cream cheese icing! Enjoy!
Cream cheese Icing
1/2 Cup powdered sugar, 1 Pkg softened cream cheese (or for vegan – Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese), 1/4 Cup maple syrup. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Fold together all three ingredients. Top Cake!
Remember, steam, bake and roast these wonderful vegetables for some packed nutrients, and a delicious bite.