Halloween. It’s my favorite. I’m sure you all have missed me mentioning that about a thousand times on Facebook and on Instagram. I love Halloween because when the last quarter of the year makes it’s turn our way I know that cooler weather is approaching. It symbolizes fall colors and falling leaves. Witches and ghosts hide down aisles of department stores while all around children slide into the skins of their superheroes.
There is however ONE thing I don’t like about Halloween; the candy. I mean, I love candy – who doesn’t? But I’d rather not see the war cry of a toddler after a bucket of sugar. To help with that I like to give Jack themed muffins. Themed muffins are so easy because you can add pretty much any vegetable to a muffin recipe and end up with a colored muffin. For example, Popeye Muffins, or what Jack and I deemed Earth Day muffins earlier this year, are filled with an entire bag of spinach. This makes them a really great bright green.
Since it’s Halloween I thought I’d change up the color and use some beets I received from our neighbors in the hopes that I’d get a great red color. It worked! Enough chit chat though. Here’s the recipe!
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oat flour (you can use a high powered blender like a vitamix to make rolled oats into flour)
- 2 Tsp baking powder
- 1/2 Tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 small apple peeled and diced apple (about a half cup)
- 3/4 to a cup of steamed peeled beets (you can actually buy them already prepared but I just cut them and put them in the steamer and after about 45 minutes I pulled them out. The skin just falls right off)
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1/4 yogurt
- 1 large banana or two small ones (I used two)
- 1 Tb vanilla
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
- Set your oven to 350.
- Mix all your dry ingredients in one bowl.
- Add the beets, apple, banana, honey, yogurt, milk, and vanilla to your high powered blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into dry mix and stir until completely combined. Add chocolate chips and mix again. (I did not use chocolate chips but I did use the decorations on top so this is more of an alternative if you don’t feel like decorating.) The mixture will look a little gross. See picture.
- Spoon two fulls spoonfuls each into muffin pan. (I used liners but you don’t have to – just grease your pan ahead of time with a little olive oil so they don’t stick)
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- You’ve got some very tasty muffins! Decorate them how you’d like or don’t decorate them at all. They’re delicious either way.
Happy Halloween my friends!!