Fudgy Vegan Double Chocolate Beet Muffins

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Cutting board filled with a batch of Vegan Double Chocolate Beet Muffins

When I was in high school my mom used to packed my lunch for me every day before I left for school. I know, I was totally spoiled. More on this fact here and here. But despite having a wholesome, homemade meal as mid-day fuel I always craved just a little something more. You know, something sweet. Something chocolate. Something like, an Otis Spunkmeyer chocolate chocolate muffin.

Don’t mind if I do, eat-it-cold-with-my-bare-hands while my friends watch in horror. #truestory

Fresh beets for making our Chocolate Beet Muffins recipe

But here’s the deal. I don’t even want to know what was in those things. And I’m pretty sure each one had at least 400 calories and loads of fat and sugar. Knowing that now, I avoid them at all costs. But that doesn’t mean I don’t crave a moist, chocolate chocolate chip muffin once in a while.

My solution? Make them healthier.

Making beet puree in a food processor
Wooden spoons and a bowl filled with homemade beet puree

This recipe starts with one seriously healthy ingredient: Beet puree! An entire cup of beet puree – equals out to about two whole beets – goes into a dozen, naturally-sweetened, whole grain muffins that also happen to be vegan. I didn’t even know such deliciousness was possible without butter, sugar and milk.

Batter and completed product of our Roasted Beet Double Chocolate Muffins
Sprinkling chocolate chips onto muffin tins filled with Vegan Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

Despite their intense appearance, these muffins are actually super simple once you get your beets pureed, requiring just one bowl and 30 minutes to prepare. And the ingredients are simple and wholesome:

agave nectar
brown sugar
salt & baking soda
coconut oil
almond milk
cocoa powder
whole-wheat pastry flour
& dairy-free chocolate chips

If you have those things on hand, you’re in business. I mean, you’re in SERIOUS business. Look at these beauties!

Plate of Vegan Double Chocolate Muffins
Healthy dessert of Vegan Double Chocolate Muffins made with beets

I was so pleased with how they turned out. They’re:

Super chocolaty
& Altogether satisfying

Way better than the muffin of my yesteryear, but with all of the satisfying, chocolaty taste I remember and love.

Batch of Healthy Chocolate Muffins resting on parchment paper

Another perk? Each muffin boasts just 170 calories! I’m not big on counting calories myself – I believe more in intuitive eating. But I couldn’t help but brag about how nutritionally dense yet calorically modest they are! That means you can eat at least 2-3 at any given moment, right? OK good, that’s what I thought.

Batch of our Double Chocolate Muffins recipe on a towel

Enjoy these muffins with breakfast, as a snack, or a late-night dessert. I personally chose to share mine with friends – a.k.a. in a safe environment where I wouldn’t inhale half the batch before I realized what just happened. Bake them, share them or keep them for yourself. Whatever you do, just make them! You’ll fall in hardcore vegan love with these little guys. Enjoy!

Showing to fudgy inside of our Double Chocolate Beet Vegan Muffins

Fudgy Vegan Double Chocolate Beet Muffins

Fudgy, vegan double chocolate muffins with a secret healthy ingredient: pureed beets! Healthy, easy to make, and satisfies a serious chocolate craving.
Author Minimalist Baker
Tray of Fudgy Vegan Double Chocolate Muffins
4.89 from 127 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 12 (muffins)
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days


  • 2 Tbsp flaxseed meal (to make flax eggs)
  • 5 Tbsp water (to make flax eggs)
  • 1 cup beet puree (or sub butternut squash, applesauce, or another hearty fruit puree)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar (sub honey if not vegan)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil or vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/3 cups whole-wheat pastry flour (or unbleached all-purpose)
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips (plus more for topping)


  • See this post for instructions on roasting a beet. Otherwise, you could sub another fruit puree, such as butternut squash or applesauce.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line 12 muffins with paper liners, or lightly grease (as original recipe is written // adjust number of muffins if altering batch size).
  • Prepare flax eggs in a large mixing bowl by mixing flaxseed meal and water and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Add beet puree, melted oil, maple syrup or agave, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and whisk for 45 seconds.
  • Stir in the almond milk and whisk once more.
  • Add cocoa powder and flours and stir with a spoon or spatula until just combined, being careful not to over-mix. If the batter appears too thick, add a touch more almond milk. But it should be quite thick and NOT pourable – rather, scoopable.
  • Lastly, stir in chocolate chips. Then divide batter evenly between muffin tins (should be enough for between 11-12 as original recipe is written) and sprinkle with a few more chocolate chips (optional but recommended).
  • Bake for 17-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan, remove from tins and let cool on a cooling rack. Will keep covered for several days. Freezer for longer-term storage.


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 12 servings)

Serving: 1 muffins Calories: 171 Carbohydrates: 27 g Protein: 3 g Fat: 6 g Saturated Fat: 4 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 233 mg Fiber: 3 g Sugar: 12 g

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  1. Lulu says

    Yum! I made this today with a cup of grated raw beets instead of purée and blended the beets with all the wet ingredients. Turned out great- wonderful texture, delicious, and a hit with the kids too!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed them, Lulu. Thank you for sharing! xo

  2. Bruna Oliveira says

    These are absolutely delicious! Super moist, very chocolatey and a total win with the kids and grown ups.

  3. Karen H. says

    Pretty good! Very moist, fudgy texture, but a little “beetier” flavor and color than other chocolate beet cake recipes I’ve tried–this didn’t bother me or my husband but my children didn’t like them. I will try it again with half beet puree/half apple sauce to see if they like it better. Thanks!

  4. Ieva says

    Thank you for this recipe. My toddler, who doea not like beets, love those muffins! Amazing way how to get them to eat beets! 😊

  5. Deborah says

    I absolutely LOVE this recipe! It is so versatile. I have made it with eggs; I have made it with flax seed; I’ve done half egg and half flax. I’ve tried beets and squash and applesauce and even carrots and some bottled cherries I needed to use up. The “framework” for this recipe is awesome, because no matter what I’ve tried, it has turned out great, and my kids gobble them up. In fact, I usually make a double batch and put half of the cooked muffins in the freezer, because my family always wants more.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love your creativity with the recipe, Deborah! We’re so glad you enjoy it as a framework. Thank you for sharing! xo

  6. Danijela says

    Had no time for beet puree, so went with apple&pear store bought, 1 cup plain white + 1/3 whole wheat and instead of baking soda used 10 g of baking powder. Turned out great!
    I think I want to add some coffee next time…

      • Tarra says

        We have made these numerous times and they always turn out amazing! Thank you for such an incredible recipe!! If your readers are short on time, our Trader Joe’s and Costco both have steamed beets, which I have puréed and used for the recipe (In case anyone is nervous about cooking the beets or is looking for a bit of a short cut:)
        Definitely a recipe my family requests often!

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Amazing! We’re so glad you and your family enjoy them, Tarra! And thank you for sharing that helpful shortcut! xo

  7. Sara says

    Um… these are AMAZING! I needed something portable, healthy, and tasty for my daughter to take to school for breakfast and these were perfect. Today is the second day of school and I have a second batch in the oven because they are so good that we’ve almost eaten them all in 3 days. My daughter, who is 6, helped me make them and she is so proud that they have beets in them! Thanks for making recipes that are kid approved and make me feel good about what I’m feeding my family.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rosa, we haven’t tried it that way, but other readers have reported success with chicken eggs and making it as a cake. You may need to increase the bake time for a cake. Let us know how it goes!

  8. Emily says

    I have made this recipe multiple times! It is a favorite for everyone! Plant based or not! I personally don’t use any oil at all so I sub my oil for applesauce or extra beet purée!! It comes out incredibly delicious every time! (And it doesn’t stick) We also use this recipe for birthday cakes, and brownies! Thank you for this recipe! It is a LOVE in our book!

  9. Candice says

    made this recipe so many times … with substitute for the flour(1 cup whole grain spelt and 1/3 cup seedmeal mixture (equal parts sunflower, pumpkin, flax and chia seeds) perfect everytime. I also add 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt. A family favorite and all time crown pleaser. Thank you so much for this recipe.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing your experience and your modifications, Candice! We are so glad you enjoyed. xo

  10. Alison says

    I’ve made these a handful of times with various substitutions, and they are great!!! I’m in a pickle – my son’s elimination diet is grain-free. I can’t use almond flour because no nuts at school. He reacts to GF oats. ARGH. Will cassava work? I have cassava, coconut, tapioca flours. What can I use? What combos?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Alison! Perhaps a combo of the three that’s heavier on the cassava and tapioca? We haven’t tried it though and can’t guarantee results. Let us know how it goes!

    • Natassa says

      I made them yesterday using half carob flour and half oat flour (oats blended).
      It can work also with buckwheat which you can blend it and turns into flour as well. No need to buy the expensive buckwheat flour.
      Also, the carob flour is not only super healthy but gives an extra chocolate feeling to everything so no need for extra chocolate if you want to go super healthy here :-)

  11. Haley says

    Great recipe and toddler approved! I bought canned beets and puréed it in a mini food processor. Here are the subs I made since I had these things on hands-subbed 2 eggs for flax eggs, stevia for brown sugar, sugar free syrup in place of regular syrup, and white chocolate chips instead of dairy free chocolate chips. I made these into 48 mini muffins and baked at 375 for about 15min. Will make again!

  12. Elizabeth says

    Anyone made these without cooking the beets first? I use raw beets for a yummy beet-strawberry smoothie. I’ve made chocolate beet muffins before that used raw beets. The muffins were rich and delicious (and not “beety”) but I can’t find the recipe.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Elizabeth, we don’t know that raw beets would give the same texture in these muffins, and their flavor would probably be more apparent.

    • Jenna says

      I have made this recipe time and time again – always with the beets raw…just shredded finely (into nearly a puree). Sometimes I use just beets OR a mixture of homemade applesauce and raw beet puree. It always turns out awesome. It’s not super obviously “beet-y” – just Earthy and Chocolaty and Delicious!

  13. Stephanie says

    I’ve made these countless times, and they never disappoint. I never tell the secret ingredient until after people have fallen in love. Today, since it’s high beet season in my garden, I made a huge batch of the batter. I used half for muffins, but I added a dollop of chocolate hazelnut butter to the center of each (https://minimalistbaker.com/4-ingredient-nutella-vegan-gf/). Yummy! The other half, I thinned out with some coffee to make pancakes. These turned out great, too!

  14. Mel says

    Thanks Dana for this wonderful recipe. This is my go-to recipe for muffins. Love that they are so healthy. Have made this many times (love that this recipe is so reliable each time!) since 2018, and shared it to friends and family. Each time it get gobbled up! :)

  15. Michelle says

    I have made these several times with my toddler “helping”. We love these muffins! I’ve done both flax eggs and regular eggs and both work great. Mine are always done close to 17 min and moist and tasty. Thanks for consistently good recipes!

      • Rose says

        I made these with more than a few substitutions, but they turned out pretty darn well – and decently healthy for a treat! I used zucchini (I had several to use) instead of beets, eggs, a combo of all purpose, almond and oat flours, and I added vanilla. And hand chopped chocolate chunks, but when I make these again, I’ll probably use chips so that the chocolate doesn’t melt into puddles on top.
        Anywho, these were a fun experiment for a great – thanks for sharing your awesome recipes!

  16. Ashley says

    Yep… this recipe is a keeper… i’ve made this at least 4 times now and each time my children love them… i have to add at least 1/2 cup Of chocolate chips just for good measure, and today had to add an extra splash of milk to compensate for the types of flours I was using, but tasty none the less. Thanks for the trusty recipe, no doubt making these again!

  17. Jenny Levine says

    I made these and they were incredibly good! Totally Otis S.-esque! I got beets in my CSA and didn’t know how to use them–so Minimalist Baker to the rescue. I learned how to roast them, then pureed, and used them in two recipes. Did not detect any beet flavor. They were SO good! I will be making this again. THANK YOU!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Paddy, coconut flour is more absorbent and usually benefits from the addition of eggs, so we’re not sure about it in this recipe. Let us know if you try it though!

  18. DLL in Boston says

    Delicious and moist! I used pre-cooked beets, soy milk instead of almond milk, and half spelt flour / half white flour, and coconut sugar instead of brown sugar (because these are what I had!). I made them in a mini muffin tin using a one-tablespoon cookie scooper and baked for 13 minutes at 375 degrees. They were easier than I expected. My husband and 11 yr old loved them. I will make again.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed them! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

  19. Aman says

    These are absolutely delicious. Last week I made them with beets. And this week with processed apples. They were still fudgy with apples but the fudge factor shot up considerably. Also a side Thank you for introducing the book ‘Fiber fueled..’ It has transformed my life literally. I never use to know what/how to eat properly. And that book and your insta- interview of questions with Dr. B really helped me. As a vegetarian, I already had options. But reading that book increased my options by like a million. Thank you soo very much.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad to be able to help, Aman! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your story!

  20. Alison says

    These are unbelievably delicious! It’s a treat I can give my kids and feel pretty good about.
    I used whole wheat all purpose flour and went a little light the sugar since they’re for my toddlers. It made 12 medium muffins.
    They turned out great and I ate 4 right away.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Alison! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

  21. Jen says

    These muffins were delicious!! My 5-year-old, my partner, and I could not believe these chocolate muffins were made with beets. I modified the recipe to be gluten free by using a whole grain flour blend of 97g teff flour, 60g sweet rice flour, and 46g oat flour (borrowed from the Bojon Gourmet’s recipe for GF red velvet cake made with beets—which I also highly recommend). I didn’t bother with xanthan gum, and otherwise, I prepared the recipe as written. I did increase the bake time of my muffins to 24-25 minutes because sometimes GF baked goods need a bit longer in the oven. Fantastic texture and taste!

  22. Trisha says

    I’m trying not to eat added sugar so instead of sugar/maple syrup I used a ripe banana, and subbed oat milk for almond milk. I had to add a bit more milk at the end since it was too thick, and had to add more baking time, but they came out great and were delicious.

  23. Missy Kelly says

    MY GOD! These should be on everyone’s go to muffin recipe. You’d never guess these have beets in them, I used cacao powder instead of cocoa & they were AMAZZZZINGGG! These will be a weekly staple in my house

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Whoop! We’re so glad you enjoy them, Missy! Thanks so much for sharing! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  24. Eva says

    This turned out so delicious!
    I used: two eggs instead of flax eggs, home made cashew milk, 1 cup 1 to 1 GF flour and 1/2 cup almond flour. This is Oh my goodness Good! I have a friend coming by this afternoon, I can hardly wait for her to try it!

    Thank you for this recipe!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad they turned out well, Eva! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  25. Fi says

    Just made these with raspberries
    I forgot the egg!!! But they were still awesome.
    I used spelt flour and butter as substitutes 😊

  26. Karen says

    Had to make the following substitutions based on ingredients available: used gluten free flour (Vitacost brand) with 1/4 t xanthum gum, used coconut sugar, used macadamia milk, used bitter sweet choc chips and the verdict: delicious. All other ingredients were per instructions. The muffins look weird (compared to yours) but taste great! Went on to make the beet hummus which is also delicious. Glad I took a chance on “other” ingredients.

  27. Kristy says

    Fabulous outcome every time. I love making these muffins for my family. They are loved by multiple generations. I mainly use applesauce or pumpkin purée or butternut purée because I rarely have beets on hand. I have used unsweetened soy, almond and oat milk with no trouble. I use white whole wheat flour because I never have pastry flour. They are moist and delicious! Try them.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you and your family enjoy them, Kristy! Thank you so much for the lovely review!

  28. Adriana Rodriguez says

    I liked it. Specially bc I love beets.
    The only thing I didn’t like it is too much “talking”. Next time go straight to the recipe please.

    • Rachel says

      Most blogs share a story behind the recipe before sharing the actual recipe. I know where you’re coming from, as it can be difficult on certain devices to have to scroll through a lot of text. Thankfully this blogger actually has a button right at the top of the page that says “jump to recipe.” So you don’t actually have to scroll next time. 🙂

  29. Shannon says

    My FAVORITE muffin recipe, period. Beets and chocolate are my two favorite things so obviously I’m obsessed, but I’ve made these for even the pickiest eaters and everyone has loved them!

    I used eggs and butter since I’m not vegan, used coconut sugar, used different kinds of milk and flour, ect. and every single time they come out amazing!

  30. Sherri says

    By far the best chocolate muffins I have ever had. Dana you are amazing. I love this website. Everything I’ve made has turned out amazing. The only downside to this site is it is too easy to use during quarantine times and I may gain some weight.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Simone, this recipe uses roasted beet. See instruction 1 for a link to roasting instructions.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Shivani, perhaps another puree such as butternut squash, applesauce, or another hearty fruit puree

  31. Camille says

    I love this recipe, but only have yellow beets on hand? Do you think this would work (aside from the colour being maybe a bit off) ?
    Thanks :)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, maybe! They do have a different flavor though so we aren’t sure. Let us know if you give it a try!

  32. Support @ Minimalist Baker says

    Thanks so much for sharing, Treena. We are so glad you all enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  33. AB says

    These were pretty good – and I have to say – better the day AFTER baking. The first day I baked them, the texture was a bit gummy ( I used WW pastry flour). The second day, these were fudgy, moist and dense. I rarely recommend waiting to eat a baked treat, but would recommend the second day for these ones!

  34. Treena says

    I had beets that I didn’t know what to do with. And I didn’t want them to go bad so I made these today. OMG! These were incredibly yummy! My husband and 8yo absolutely gobbled them up too. I think they had 4 mini muffins each. LOL. These are now my go-to recipe for healthy chocolatey muffin goodness. Thank you so so SOOOO much!

    P.S. the substitutes I made were (1) using regular/normal semi sweet chocolate chips as we’re okay with dairy; (2) using 2% milk; and (3) halving the amount of brown sugar as we don’t like things too sweet. Still sooooo good! And I also managed to make around 45 mini muffins/cupcakes.

  35. Rita May says

    Holy moly these are delicious! I often get beets in my CSA box, and I find that for me eating them by themselves just roasted up can be a little intense for me. Now that we’re on lock down I figured now would be the perfect time to use them. This recipe was just the ticket!

    The store was out of brown sugar so I used Dark Muscavado sugar, and I used Casava flour, and let me tell you, between two people we ate 8 muffins in less than 24 hours.

    I still have more beets so I will being making these again many many times.

  36. Samantha says

    In light of everything happening with Covid-19 I whipped up a batch of these muffins over the weekend as a special treat for my dad and his co-workers.

  37. Meredith says

    I used chicken eggs and regular milk (I’m not vegan) but otherwise followed the recipe/ingredients as written. These turned out amazing! Would definitely make them again.

  38. Amy Mackie says


    Ok, i was a little sceptical at how nice a “beetroot” muffin could actually taste… but i had three huge Beetroots that i had to use and i have kids that love chocolate so thought why not try mix the two to make them something healthier to snack on…

    These are far far better than i had expected. its a 10/10 for me!

    The only substitutes i made were flax eggs for standard chicken eggs. Everything else was by the recipe. i also made mine into small bite sized muffins using a smaller muffin tray so should get at least 24 muffins!

    Thanks for a great recipe… i will be making these again…

  39. Anna says

    I’ve been making this recipe for about 5-6 years now, and it’s always been a favorite. I’ve made these both following the vegan recipe (flax egg, coconut oil, coconut milk) and using melted butter and cow’s milk. I’ve used precooked beets and roasted them on my own, and both work. It’s a very easily adaptable recipe. I even made it in Germany where I couldn’t find brown sugar anywhere. All the times I’ve made, they’ve turned out splendidly. Unless you tell people what is in them, no one would guess that they’re made with beets! This recipe does not taste 100% like chocolate and there is a hint of its vegetable secret for more discerning palates, but it doesn’t make them any less scrumptious. Fudgy, yet not too heavy, they make a perfect addition to anyone looking to add more nutrients to their baking roster. This recipe also works well as a cake, baking it in two 8-inch round pans.

  40. Ravidass says

    Mmmm, so so beautiful. My first vegan muffin-what a delightful treat. My 9 year old daughter made them-yummy x
    Thankyou x

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes, the flax eggs are being subbed for chicken eggs at a 1:1 ratio. Let us know if you give it a try!

  41. Nithya says

    I substituted the almond milk for regular milk, coconut oil with butter and maple syrup with raw cane sugar since I wanted more of an eggless recipe and my family is fine with dairy. My only hiccup was that I found the mixture a little heavy. I wanted to add some water but did not want to make any changes. At the end, the muffins tasted really good and rose well. But I found it to be a little on the dry side. So I topped it with some chocolate buttercream and it came out very well.
    Maybe I will add some milk/water during the next batch, just to thin it out a bit so that the muffins are super moist. Nonetheless, super happy with the recipe :)

  42. Amy says

    I love the idea of a beet cake for my son’s birthday but hard a hard time finding a recipe for one so I opted to try this one out. I used an 8″ round pan and using the whole recipe made 1 cake. So, to make my cake double tier, I made another batch but with pumpkin puree. With the beet cake I cooked it for 27mins but found it to be slightly overdone. With the pumpkin puree I cooked for 24 mins and it came out perfect! I can’t wait to frost and celebrate my son’s 3rd birthday with it!

  43. Melissa says

    Oh my gosh! Delicious!! Cakey and chocolate-y and just incredible! Thank you for this recipe. I will be making these every chance I get.

  44. Amy says

    These are just what I needed in my life!
    I have a whole list of dietary restrictions, so I replaced the flour with bobs mills gluten free flour 1:1, used chia seed egg replacement instead of flax seeds, used canned coconut milk instead of almond milk, 1 tsp of liquid stevia instead of sugar (but will probably use less next time), added around 4tbsp of collagen powder, and omitted chocolate chips all together (though I think I’ll splurge and add them next time!)
    Thank you again for this great recipe.

  45. Lia says

    This is by far my favourite “quick and easy but oh so YUMMY” recipe! I love the beet puree and the healthy kick it provides. I usually use white flour instead of whole wheat and the muffins turn out just fine.
    One day I wanna make a cake from that batter and spoil it with whatever frosting will come to my mind, and if it turns out well, I’ll name it “the Dana cake” in your honor!
    Thanks for all your great recipes :)

  46. Chelsea says

    Delicious recipe! Our family isn’t vegan so I just used regular eggs and milk, plus just regular whole wheat flour. I make this recipe using the beets and double it because otherwise we eat them up too fast! Delicious and chocolate-y! Have made a few times and need to copy the recipe for the recipe box :)

  47. Jenn says

    Love love love these!! I made some adjustments…I used bob’s red mill 1 to 1 baking flour (gluten free), used a combination of beet and apple sauce, and used a bit extra honey and no brown sugar, and coconut milk. Making some mini muffins now to send for school snacks!

  48. Erin says

    My husband told me, “these will not last long.” They came out great. I made it with the leftover pulp from the beet-carrot-apple-ginger juice, and although the batter tasted a bit gingery, the final product came out Amazing. Yay for vegetables in muffins!

  49. Dominika says

    Just made this recipe for the second time, they are so good! Love the cocoa flovor. Made them without the choco chips and with puree from cooked beets. They freeze really well, too. Really appreciate that you need just one bowl :)

  50. Michelle says

    This is AMAZING! Especially fresh out of the oven! You can’t even tell there are beets in here with all the chocolate. You also would never guess that it’s vegan! I can’t wait to make this again next time I have beets and I’m not sure what to do with it. I had about 3 small-medium size beets and those were exactly 1 cup of puree.

  51. Liad says

    I made these just this past week, and even my non-vegan friends enjoyed them! One actually enjoyed them so much she asked me to come over and make them with her! I didn’t have brown sugar when making them so I substituted that with silan (or date syrup), And i opted to keep it gluten free with coconut flour and they came out just as delicious!! Thank you so much for this recipe, will be sure to make again!!

  52. Cberyl says

    Great looking recipe. For my non – vegan kids, would love to try this with real eggs, any suggestions on the need to alter other ingredients? 2 eggs do you think?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried it that way, but think it would work with 2 eggs. It may turn out a little more cakey than fudgy. If you give it a try, we would love to hear how it goes! Hope that helps!

  53. Aimee says

    These are delicious! I had to make a some ingredient switches – honey, coconut sugar, oat milk and spelt flour – as they were the ingredients on hand. Worked out great!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm I’m not sure about using banana in place of maple + brown sugar, but others have had success with agave! That may be something you’ll want to try? Good luck!

  54. Alyssa Bragg says

    Before being gluten free I made these all the time!

    I just tested them out with sifted gluten free flour by bobs red mill and also subbed the brown sugar with coconut sugar. They came out just as I had remembered them! And my two year old just gobbled it up too!

  55. Vicky says

    Ohhh these are so goooood! They are moist, fudgy, not too sweet. Perfect straight out of the oven, and (dare I say?) even better the next day. I found that the slight “beetiness” was almost completely absent in the muffins the following day. I did increase the coconut oil to 1/3 cup, and they weren’t greasy, just super rich and moist. The batter is very, very thick but do not be alarmed! Thrilled with how they turned out, thanks so much for the recipe.

  56. Jacky Surber says

    Definitely a winner! I used coconut oil and agave, they came out perfect. Such a great way to sneak beets into my husbands diet, ;) he’s not a fan of beets but he likes these. I also made the gluten free version which came out amazingly well for gluten free, I was surprised at how well they rose and the texture was great. I prefer this recipe though over the gluten free one.

  57. Annie says

    These muffins were a big hit with me and my toddler – very chocolatey and not much of a beet taste. I took a risk and used precooked beets (Love Beets from Whole Foods), and the entire package ended up being the perfect amount of beets. I added it to the blender along with the other liquids to puree the beets and then dumped everything in a bowl to mix in the rest of the ingredients. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  58. Vanessa says

    I was determined to bake these tonight (despite the current heatwave here in PDX) and happy I did! My pantry was lacking so I had to sub a few items (I used coconut milk, egg replacer powder and coconut sugar in lieu of brown sugar) and these still turned out awesome! I love beets so I’m all about this combo. Excited to try these true to the recipe next time!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Stay cool, Vanessa! We are so glad you loved these + thanks for sharing your recipe changes!

  59. Katie says

    Delicious! I finally made it with roasted beets, instead of the usual applesauce. DON’T USE BEETS IF YOU DON’T LIKE BEETS! (DUH!)
    Next time, and every time after, I will use butter instead of coconut oil. I forgot how coconut oil hardens when hit with cold ingredients (annoying).
    I had a few unmixed bits of baking soda within the finished product, which was, and is, disgusting. Next time I’ll add 1/2 tsp LESS baking soda, and be sure to mix it better (if that was a reason).
    I like it most with applesauce, yet beets give a delicious dirty beet taste to the chocolate cake, which I like. Plus…I had roasted beets on hand and I really wanted to make this chocolate cake with them.
    I usually make with flax eggs, but this time I used chicken eggs, since I didn’t have flax.
    With an 8×8 pan it’s the same baking time ~ I accidentally baked probably 20 mins total, but I’d bake for 17 mins next time.

  60. Candice says

    i would give this recipe more stars if i could :) used spelt flour…. they were divine!!! also had awesome results with quinoa flour and seed meals mixture. My kids favorite muffins!!! even my fussy 9yr old.

  61. Tom says

    Looks like a great recipe that I will try soon. You may wish to consider a feeding window, however. Your digestive organs have the same circadian rhythms as the rest of you. I have an 8-hour feeding window from 11 AM to 7 PM. No food for 16 hours. I found out today that my favorite muffins have egg whites in them, so I had to find a vegan substitute. Thank you for the recipe!

  62. Ml Chan says

    I love this recipe! I have yet to try it with the beets, but I found this recipe last night and had to make it despite it being 2am! I subbed out the beets for “applesauce” which I made by peeling and chopping up 2 apples into a bowl and microwaving for 3 minutes before smushing them further. These are soo easy to make and by far the best “healthy” chocolate baked good I have tried yet, next time I will definitely make the full 12 and use beets! I highly recommend anyone to try it

  63. Shannon Pollick says

    Hi! These look divine and I’m going my picky eating five year old will enjoy them. I am allergic to tree nuts, what can I sub for the almond milk?


  64. Dana Swarbrick says

    I used the leftover beet pulp from my beet juice, subbed agave for a full ripe banana, and water for almond milk (ran out). I love them! Topped them off with a couple of pumpkin seeds and added in some cranberries to give them a festive spin!

    Thanks MB!

  65. Fatima says

    I decided to make these last night. I was super skeptical because when I licked the batter off of the spoon, it still had an in incredibly strong beet taste. But, I was happy to find that in the process of baking and cooling back to room temp, the beet taste was almost entirely gone. It was like magic. There was the tiniest of carrot-y aftertastes, but not enough to stop me from making these again. Especially give the nutritional wow factor you get from adding the beet puree. Plus, they were so incredibly moist. This recipe is definitely getting bookmarked and saved for future use.
    My only quibble is that I wish there was a faster way to roast the beets. I might experiment with that step of the process the next time I bake these.

  66. C Olsen says

    Delicious! You can’t taste the beets at all, the muffins are lovely and moist. Served them to a bunch of people and everyone loved them!
    I made a few substitutions based on what I had on hand: canola oil instead of coconut oil and water instead of milk.

  67. Vivi says

    Hi Dana!

    I love your recipes and I make them all the time, I have actually made this muffin recipe probably 10 times (it’s my boyfriend’s favorite). I was just wondering if there is a reason for no baking powder in this recipe? I want to make the muffins more fluffy. Would you recommend not adding any? Or if you would, how much should I add?

    Thank you so much!

  68. Diane says

    These were amazing! I am lactose intolerant so I love baking vegan recipes, and these hit the spot. Thank you for this recipe!

  69. Pooja Mehta says

    Simply amazing! Cannot tell they are vegan at all! I used applesauce this time, but I plan to use beets next time. :)

  70. Cassandra says

    My daughter (3.5 years old) and I made these this afternoon! They were a huge hit! Moist, subtly sweet (unlike a lot of chocolate muffin recipes that are hurt-your-mouth sweet) and easy to include the kiddos in the process. Thank you for another great recipe!
    I made them as the recipe called for, except subbed plum puree for the beets. (We have more plums than we know what to do with!) Yum. We also used mini-chips instead of the regular sized chocolate chips.
    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

  71. Valerie says

    So delicious! I used apple sauce instead of beets as recommended. Also i used half whole wheat flour and half unbleached all purpose flour. My 3 and 6 year old girls loved them too. i made 2 dozen amd froze half. :)

  72. Kristy Wilhoite says

    A new family fave! I usually make 2 batches and freeze them with great results. I even made a freezer stash for my Stepdad for Father’s Day…he LOVES them and he hates beets (hee hee hee).

  73. Kemba says

    Hi Dana, Can I sub spelt flour in this recipe? I’m from a little island in the Caribbean and its almost impossible to find whole wheat pastry flour in our supermarkets.

  74. Ashlie says

    I make these muffins often for my students to introduce them both to vegan cuisine and to beets. I’m wondering if you have every baked the batter as a cake. If so, what sized pan you used and how you adjusted temperature and/or baking time.

  75. Bea says

    Hi Diana! OMG how delicious! I tried them cause I had some beets left and they are amazing. I substitute almond with pumpking butter, I did not put sugar but only agave and used oat flour. Perfect taste and consistence❤ thanks for this recipe!

  76. Christina says

    Just made these and the entire family LOVED them, even the PICKY middle kid!! I used regular eggs but will try flax eggs next time (kinda nervous about it but will give it a try). Thanks for another delicious recipe!

  77. Raluca says

    Hello :)
    I adjusted this recipe to someone’s requirements:
    – no sugar (just the amount of honey)
    – water instead of almond milk
    – carob for cocoa
    – no chocolate chips
    – flours: 1/2 whole wheat, 1/2 allpurpose, 1/3 oat

    Obviously, it didn’t turn out sweet enough, but the problem is that it sticks to your tongue and palate while eating. Any idea why this might be? Also, why use baking soda and not baking powder in this particular recipe?

    Last but not least, thank you for the beautiful website :)

  78. Emma says

    Hi Dana!! These look amazing, which means I must make them! Question, I have a friend who won’t eat all purpose flour and I don’t have whole wheat pastry flour on hand… Would spelt flour work? Maybe half spelt and half oat flour? Thanks:)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Emma! While I haven’t tried it, I think doing the half spelt and half oat would be best rather than just all spelt. If you give it a try, report back on how it goes!

  79. Katie says

    I have made these twice this week! These muffins are fantastic! I made them exactly like the recipe; they are perfect!

  80. Katie says

    These are amazingly delicious and light.
    I used:
    • regular semi-sweet choc. chips
    • whole wheat flour
    • applesauce

    Thanks Dana!

  81. Kris says

    Posted too quickly…these are moist, dense and chocolatey. Will definitely make again. Has anyone frozen these? I would love to have some on reserve.

  82. Kris says

    Just made these little gems for the kiddos! We only had beet powder so I subbed butternut squash puree. I did add 1T of beet powder in case the beet flavor was key. Otherwise, we made no changes. The batch resulted in 11 big muffins that will be gobbled up with very little guilt! Thank you again.

  83. Nadia says

    HI Dana,
    I made these this evening with my 3 1/2 year old to see if i can get her to eat a healthier version of chocolate cupcakes/muffins. And she LOVED them! And to think these are vegan too. SUPER simple and easy for my daughter to help out. I’m going to bring some to work and see what the adults think. ;)
    Love your website and cookbook. Keep it coming, Dana. You are awesome!
    Nadia & Madelyn

  84. Elina Bystritskaya says

    Hey Dana,

    Do you have any ideas for ways to make this with less sugar? I’m not vegan and can make substitutions!


  85. Etoile says

    Hi Dana !

    My mother and I have been vegetarians for ages and have just recently gone vegan ! Your website is just amazing, making vegan food soooo simple and tasty.
    We made these today, and used pumpkin instead of beetroot and they were some of the best chocolate muffins we have ever tasted !

    Keep the recipes coming, you are doing a fantastic job !

    Etoile and Kate

  86. Guro N. says

    I made this today and I liked them a lot, but I like some of your other recipes better. It’s easy to see and taste that these are relatively healthy which is ok if you’re prepared for that. Sometimes it’s nice to cover up the healthiness, hehe, like in your black bean brownies :-D I think these muffins are good for when you want something sweet and healthy. Thanks!

  87. Barbara says

    Hi! I’d like very much to make your recipe, but first of all, does one puree raw or cooked beets? I also, I like chocolate a lot, but not too much of it, so could I use 1/4 c. cocoa powder instead of 1/2 c. ? If so, do I have to add a little more of any other of the ingredients to make up for the lesser amount of cocoa powder? Thanks so much. I’ll let you know how they came out when I make themQ

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Cooked! The other modifications are worth a shot! Anytime you reduce the amount of dry ingredients, you’ll also want to reduce the amount of wet ingredients. Hope that helps!

  88. Rachel Eden says

    I love your site and I’m so glad a friend told me about it! I’ve made several of your recipes and they’ve all been wonderful. My younger daughter has fructose malabsorption and several food sensitivities which often requires tweaking of recipes so she can tolerate them. Many of your recipes I can make as is and they work for her! I did make a few changes to these muffins because beets and squash are on the foods to limit list and she can’t have any apple. I used 1/2 cup of whole milk yogurt in place of the beets (she also needs to gain weight so I pack in as much fat as I can) though next time I will try adding in some avocado too. I also made them gluten free by subbing a gf flour blend and added 1/2 tsp baking powder (in addition to the baking soda already in the recipe). I made them into mini muffins and my daughter ate 4 in one sitting! The rest of the family loved them too. When dealing with so many food issues it is so helpful to find recipes like yours and I have so grateful!!

  89. Danielle says

    Hi! Should these be really moist in the middle? Like doughy? Or did I remove too soon?

    If I messed up would microwave cooking work to finish? Or just break them up and make a sundae out of them?

    They look great and I will try again with the next csa beets!


  90. Jules says

    Hi Dana, I made these last night with my 5 year old daughter and they came out really well. She really liked them as did I. I couldn’t find any dairy free choc chips so used some organic cacao nibs instead. Thanks for the great recipe :-)

  91. Rachel says

    I subbed white wheat flour for the pastry flour, used a total of 1/3 cup Truvia baking blend in place of the brown sugar and maple syrup, and a mix of baby food pureed pear and tropical fruit (no applesauce, beets, pumpkin, etc, in the house!) in place of beet puree. Even with all these subs, the muffins turned out fantastic and fudgey. My 4 and 7 year old were thrilled. Thank you for this healthier version of their favorite muffin!

  92. Elin says

    Have you made this as a cake? Any tips? Have made the muffins a zillion times, just wondering if there’s anything to take into account to make it a cake, or do I just put it in a cake pan and bake a little longer?

  93. Anne says

    These are really good. Thanks for the note about them being thick otherwise I would have added too much liquid. Just made two batches – because I had the beets – one for lunches and another batch to take in to work tomorrow. My co-workers will love me!!

    • Anne says

      I do make this sub regularly when I’m in a rush and don’t want to melt the coconut oil I will use grapeseed oil instead. I didn’t in this recipe but have in many, without a problem.

  94. Rachel says

    These muffins are amazing! They are fluffy, with a great texture and taste, without being too sweet. I am vegan, and my non-vegan friends were shocked to find out that these muffins are vegan. Honestly, you can’t tell at all. Also, we get a lot of beets in our CSA and are always trying to find new ways to use them. Let me tell you, beets never tasted so good. Thank you!

  95. Tarra says

    I have made these muffins at least 10 times now…they are amazing! This last time, I made them GF for my mom, using “Pamela’s GF artisan blend” flour. Although the texture changed slightly, they were still amazing! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  96. Madli says

    I just came across this recipe recently. 5-star treasure, easily!!!!
    Muffins were moist, soft -all around family favorite! Thanks!

  97. Flo says

    One of my friends is vegan so when I invited her to dinner I had to find a great recipe for dessert.
    My husband had some beetroot he wanted to turn into a salad so I decided to find a recipe to use those too.
    So I found this recipe and tried it. Oh my goodness. ..could they be more delicious? My daughter loved them and wants me to bake some for her bday. As for my friend. ..she was too high in the sky with pleasure. From now on this is our recipe for the best chocolate chips muffins. Thank you for all the time invested in this! Greetings from Germany!

  98. Melanie says

    These are a regular in my repertoire. They’re easy to make, fudgy, not too sweet, and a great way to use up all the beets we get from our farmshare.

  99. zahra says

    This is the best chocolate muffin I’ve ever had.I made it yesterday and it was so moist and chocolaty and delicious..I said was,because it’s all gone! and packed with nutrients from beet and flaxseeds and honey..it’s just perfect.also,the batter has the prettiest colour!
    I’m definitly gonna make it again soon,and an extra batch to freeze.I used regular whole wheat flour and it worked out great and wasn’t dense at all.
    thanks for this amazing recipe

  100. megan says

    Made these twice recently with leftover fresh pumpkin puree instead of beet. Came out picture perfect, moist & delicious! Rich & fudgy enough for a satisfying chocolate fix, but so healthy! Whole family loved them. This will be a new regular in our house. Thank you!

  101. Betsy says

    I’ve made these twice and they turned out great both times. The first time around, I didn’t have enough beets so I used an extra flax egg and they turned out really, really chocolatey and delicious. Last night, I had exactly one cup of beets, and they taste a little bit healthier this time around but are still amazing. I’ve been telling everyone about these because it’s such a creative way to use beets. Every other recipe I find says to pair them with goat cheese, which I am 100% over. Thanks for thinking outside the beet box!

    • Luba says

      The double chocolate/beet muffins were so moist and absolutely delicious. At 170 calories and the healthy ingredients….I can have another one. Great!!!

  102. Rebecca Narvaez says

    These muffins turned out to be the best muffins I’ve ever had in my life. This is a true statement. They are perfectly sweet, and moist and insanely delicious. Can’t wait for the family to come home to devour them before I eat them all…. Thank you!!!!

  103. Alice says

    Just made these and they were a hit with my parents, who are super picky with dessert! Perfectly moist, chocolaty, and not too sweet! I substituted apple sauce and cow’s milk, and it turned out yummy. I think you might have forgotten to insert when the flax eggs go in to the recipe (or I missed reading it), but I assumed it was with the other wet ingredients.

  104. Mary says

    Thanks for sharing recipe. I substituted sugar with dates to make it free of refined sugar, came out great. Big hit with the kids!

    • Alissa says

      Wow! I wouldn’t have thought of that. I don’t have brown sugar anyway and was wondering if I should just use my organic cane sugar, BUT I also have dates. I think I will try that!!! Thank you :-).

  105. Annija says

    Hi, just made muffins. They really look grate although taste like soft brick. Even feels like there is error in recipe – sugar or syrup should be 3 times more. Very disappointed.

  106. Bella says

    Soooo I recently went vegan and my sweet tooth has been driving me nuts- after years of eating processed foods and sweets- I’ve got to tell ya, these muffins are AMAZING. Seriously. My mind has been blown and I’m eager as ever to share this recipe with all my friends (insert happy tongue face emoji) :-) :-) :-)

  107. Em says

    Thanks for the great recipe. I baked it in a cake pan, rather than muffin tin, and it worked well. I baked it for 10 extra minutes. Also, I subbed cow’s milk for the almond milk and used eggs rather than flax eggs, so if anyone else is thinking of those substitutions, I can confirm it tasted great.

  108. sarah says

    Does applesauce work as well as beets in this recipe? Also, which works better in it, coconut oil or vegan butter?! Looks amazing by the way!

  109. Christie says

    I am so glad you posted this. I have about 15 pounds of beets, and was looking for something new. What a unique recipe. I am going to try make them this weekend. The only thing I don’t like about beets, is the peeling!

  110. theresa @ Two Much Fun says

    Thank you so much for a delicious and MUCH healthier version of chocolate chocolate chip muffins from the bakery. My five-year olds devoured two muffins each. I was praised as, “The best mom in the world!” Thank you!!!!

  111. melanie says

    love love love, my sons aks for another 12 just after they finish the first pan! i made it with eggs and it was amazing! thanks again.

  112. jackie says

    made double batch of these tonight, we all loved them – so fabulous to find recipes without eggs for my son’s benefit, look forward to exploring your entire site!

  113. LuvAli says


    I just made these, and for some reason they had a rubbery texture on the outside. What did I do wrong? Note: I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Flour. I think there is guar gum in the flour, which I think may be the problem.

    PS I loved your vegan roasted red pepper pasta recipe, and your vegan alfredo recipe! Delish ?

  114. Shannon says

    I have gluten and dairy allergies – made these yesterday by substituting the whole wheat flour with a GF flour blend plus 1 tsp xanthan gum, regular eggs and used applesauce since I didn’t have beets on hand. They came out absolutely amazing!!! My bf with no food allergies was gobbling them up and had no idea that they’re surprisingly healthy! Thanks for the great recipe, I’ll be passing it along!

  115. Ryll says

    Just pulled these out of the oven right now, I can’t wait to try them :) this is the second recipe I have tried from your blog, the first was the “cheese” cake! Which everybody loves, so im sure these will be just as good :)

  116. kristo mitford says

    These muffins look fabulous but unfortunately I can’t eat refined sugar at the moment so do you have any ideas as to what I could substitute for the brown sugar?

    I notice you use date puree in other recipes – would this work? And if so, what sort of quantities.

    Thanks for all the great recipes – and your photography is the best!!

  117. Vicky says

    Just made these – yum! Didn’t have any chocolate chips on hand, so I used a chopped up vegan chocolate bar and they came out great.

  118. Ayana says

    They came out deliciously!! people loved them.
    The only thing is that they flattened in the middle…why do you think it happened.
    I subbed for coconut milk since I didn’t have almond milk and I did notice it didn’t fizz when I added the baking soda…maybe that was it?

    but they are soooooooooo good!!!

  119. Sheetal says

    So I have never used beets before in ANYTHING. But I really love double chocolate muffins :)
    First question, can I sub Trader Joe’s Steamed & Peeled Baby Beets into this recipe? If so, do I still have to roast them into the oven, and then puree?

    Second, do you need to change minutes and temperature of oven, if you are using a cake pan?

    just trying to make this recipe work with what I got…

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      If they’re already steamed, just drain/puree them as is! You will need to keep the oven temp the same, but increase the cooking time, probably by about 10-15 minutes or more. Good luck!

  120. Ashley says

    Just made these for my boyfriend’s birthday and they were delicious! I used butternut squash purée and it worked perfectly. I love that these are much healthier than the traditional chocolate chip muffin, yet they don’t taste it at all

  121. Cathy says

    I make this for my grandchildren. They love it and I feel good about giving them a healthy snack and they don’t realize they are eating a vegetable.

  122. Alice R. says

    I made them this morning and they turned out great ! So delicious ! I used oat milk instead of almond milk and coconut sugar instead of brown sugar :) thank you so much for sharing the recipe !

  123. Lisa says

    Listen. I am not vegan. I do not like chocolate. But I. LOVE. THIS. RECIPE (in fact, all of your recipes that I’ve tried)! Holy crap, dude. I don’t know what it is about the combination of the chocolate, beet, and the texture of the whole wheat pastry flour, but I CRAVE these muffins. I’ve made them probably ten times. Right now, I have a cake version of it cooling in the kitchen – I baked the whole recipe in a single layer in a 9-inch pan (okay, skillet, because I didn’t want to go digging for a pan) and made some avocado fudge frosting to top it with. I AM NOT VEGAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME.

  124. Melanie says

    I just ate one of these that I made last week, and they are incredible! Thank you for finally giving me a chocolate solution for all the beets my CSA has been piling on me.

  125. rebekah says

    these are the BEST muffins I have ever had in my life that were made from scratch! They were so easy and quick to make. These will def. be a fav. in my household. I am new to the vegan lifestyle. I love animals, but I mainly did it for a lifestyle change. I wanted to cry when I realized that I could eat something so delicious that was almosttt guilt free. LOL I shared them with friends at work. Your website/blog has been a lifesaver for me. I have quickly tried several recipes in the past few days and still have managed to lose weight! Win win! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  126. Kate says

    Just wondering if you have ever tried baking this as a cake rather than muffins? If so how long did it take to bake through?

    I need to bring a cake to my friends potluck bridal party on Sunday and I’m hoping this will be the one!! (I make the muffins on the regular)

  127. Kristen says

    I tried these and they are quite possibly the best vegan muffins I have ever had! I’d like to make these for my gluten-free friends, do you think they would still turn out if I used gluten-free flour?

  128. Mary Frances says

    These are the bomb Dana! They turned out perfectly, thick and dense and fudgy, just like any chocolate muffin should be. I used pumpkin puree instead of beet but other than that, I followed as written. Thanks for such a fantastic recipe, I’ll definitely be using this one again. And again. And again. :)

  129. lena says

    They are yummy, but mine did not turn out as fudgy and gooey as yours pictured. I cooked the second batch for only 15min and they seem less dense. Any suggestions on what I could do different next time.

  130. Ermioni says

    I just made them. Delicious and moist! However, the beet taste and smell is a little too strong for my liking. I would add more cocoa powder, more chocolate chips, and maybe some vanilla essence.

    Thank you for the recipe!

  131. Sara says

    I love to bake as a stress-reliever, but don’t want to have unhealthy food around all the time, so this recipe was perfect! I used beets and they were delicious! It was also fun staining everything purple in the process. Thanks for the great recipe!

  132. Rebecca Miller says

    My local Costco carries organic beets already peeled and in four packets. I just use one packet per recipe and the muffins are delectable. Kid-approved, too! Thank you for sharing.

    • Alissa says

      Ha! That’s exactly what I have in my fridge right now and was wondering if they’d work! Glad to know they will :-).

  133. Chana says

    Love these muffins! I am gluten free so I made It with gluten free four blend and it was amazing! I recommend it to everyone to try it out.

  134. Geetha Stachowiak says

    The beets sounded like an awful lot of work – so I just added an equal amount of applesauce instead. These are the best vegan muffins on the internet. I hope you keep churning out these easy vegan recipes and make tons of $ with your business. Good luck with everything.

  135. Amy says

    Ooookay, these are amazing. I’ve determined that they definitely fall under the category of dessert, and make a damn tasty brownie. Oh wow. Good work. I am in love. So pleased that I am sneaking vegetables into my desserts – thanks so much!!!

  136. Shelley says

    I made these yesterday morning using pureed canned beets (since I didn’t have any fresh ones on hand) and they turned out delicious! Thanks for another great recipe!

  137. Mycale E says

    Giiiiiiirl, you have got to stop this craziness! After bringing your beet cupcakes to work, one of my friends still hasn’t shut her trap about how amazing they were. So last night I decided to try this recipe. The temp was hovering around 95, couple that with the thought of a 375 degree oven and my attitude went from excited to “oh hell no” in about 6 seconds. Needless to say, mine were not vegan. Who has the patience to make flax eggs when dealing with a severe case of boob sweat? Even with eggs, butter, milk, and regular chocolate chips these are winners! The end result was moist, rich, chocolatey, not too sweet, and without any hint of the beets. These are a perfect breakfast treat that won’t derailing ones diet. So far I’ve gotten an amazing, a lovely, a these smell good(from the creeper who smells everything first), and a looks that’s says “if I wasn’t married, I’d marry these muffins”. You’ve done it again! Thanks for giving us one more delicious way to sneak attack our friends and family into eating beets.

  138. Sheena Bo Beana says

    Greetings from Canada!
    I baked these last night and they turned out awesome! I used 1/2 cup of oat flour (I always add 1 tsp of baking powder when using oat flour to ensure they rise properly) and 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp unbleached AP. The consistency was perfect and they were very moist. I made 24 mini muffins (portion control, ya know?) and am looking forward to sharing with friends this weekend. Thank you for the lovely recipe, I really enjoy your site.

  139. ConnieP says

    I used apple sauce and skipped the agave because I didn’t have any but they still turned out SO yum especially a couple of days after being made. It’s the first time I’ve been able to bake something edible since going vegan so I’ll be making them again soon :) thank you for the recipe!

  140. Daniela says

    Hi Dana, its me again! Ive tried this one and it didnt went well :( It does not taste good…tastes beet, I used everything except for the maple syrup, the almond milk (used coconut instead) and the choco chips that I did not have… apparently the ingredients I did not use make the difference!

  141. Anjali says

    These look absolutely delicious!! I want to make them for my kids! I actually have steamed beets from TJ in my fridge…can I use these instead if roasting them myself or will they taste different? Thanks love the pictures! Btw do you use a photobox to take the pictures in?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I don’t use a photobox! Just white poster board to get two white surfaces. Thanks!

  142. Yami says

    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! These muffins are super scrumptious! They taste exactly like Sweet Tomatoes brownie muffins but these are vegan which makes everything about this recipe so much more perfect. Thank you!

  143. Ryan says


    I’m wondering if it’s possible to substitute the flax egg for anything else vegan friendly? I’ve heard that mashed up banana works well as a binding agent?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      A chia egg (1 Tbsp chia seeds + 2 Tbsp water) is a good 1:1 sub. A banana may also work but I can’t guarantee its success for this recipe as I haven’t tried it. Hope that helps!

  144. Emily says

    Hi–these look amazing! Any ideas on how to sub out the brown sugar for something else? I don’t eat refined sugars :)

  145. Christine. H. says

    These were sooo delicious!! For me it tastes a lot better once it is chilled. Keep up the yummy recipes. I love them! :-D

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Great tip! I liked my muffins either very warm or slightly chilled. Chilled is delish, no? Glad you liked these, Christine :D

  146. Lisa daley says

    I can’t tell you how much I enjoy your recipes and the photography is just beautiful. Thank you both so much.

  147. Stacie says

    These are great! Even better than the cupcakes! I had leftover beet purée so I thought I’d try this recipe out! Glad I did. Kids are loving them and hubby will be very thankful later tonight when his sugar tooth takes over. Thank you!

  148. Melissa S says

    Wow!! I am HOOKED on your site!! Amazing recipes.. So simple, healthy and quick – my kind of cooking :)! Have tried several of your recipes and just finished making a batch of these this afternoon, I had to comment and tell you how much I enjoy your site!
    Also, I was wondering how to substitute eggs from other recipes. Can I use the flax eggs in place of eggs always? (In other words: do two flax eggs equal 2 eggs?) I am vegetarian, trying my to convert to full vegan but I am still learning- any tips would help on substituting.
    Thanks and I look forward to trying many many more of your recipes :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Melissa, thanks for saying hi! So glad you’ve found and are enjoying our site. For the flax eggs, it’s usually a 1:1 trade off in recipes requiring eggs, except for meals where eggs are the star, such as frittatas (probably a given but worth a mention). As far as baking goes, they’ll work in most recipes. A lot of my recipes use flax eggs, so start there as a guide. But then experiment and see where else they work for you! Hope that helps!

  149. Lauren says

    These were so good!! So chocolatey and you can’t even taste the beet! I will definitely be making these again and again!

  150. Adriana says

    Just wanted to thankyou for this recipe, yesterday I baked the second batch in less than a week, I had some beet left and just added a little apple puree to make the whole cup. My family loved them, they are really really good. I’m always looking for ways to healthier treats, I have two very picky men at home. You should have seen their faces when they found about the “secret ingredient” here, well, they kept on chewing and asked for more!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      ha! Two picky men approved? That’s HUGE! Thanks for sharing your experience, Adriana. Glad your crew is enjoying them so much.

  151. The Home Vegan says

    I baked these today using the Gluten-Free Goddess GF flour mix (my first attempt at GF subbing), and the texture came out great. It was interesting how much the colour changed with baking, from quite purple to a perfect rich chocolatey brown. Wonderful recipe, thank you!

  152. Lauren says

    Can’t wait to try this! What are the rules on substituting oat or spelt flour? (That’s what I have currently!)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I would sub only up to half of the whole wheat flour in this recipe for best consistency. But if you do try 100% substitution, let me know how it works out!

  153. Megan says

    I made these today and they came out prefect and exactly as how you described. They were also super fast and easy. I subbed in vegetable oil, banana puree and whole wheat flour. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe and blog!

  154. Bek says

    Hey Dana, this is officially my new favourite recipe! Decided to whip up a batch for Australia Day and everyone was blown away when I told them they were eating beetroot Hehehe! Perhaps this will mark the beginning of a new way of eating the beloved beetroot on Jan 26th.

  155. Larkin says

    These sound fantastic!! Making them tonight :)

    One question though. I do have a lot of flax meal that needs to be used, but I also have a few duck eggs I was given that I’m dying to try out. Could I use 2 ducks eggs in place of 2 flax eggs?


      • Larkin says

        It did work :) Thanks! I couldn’t wait to make them, because I was so excited to try using beets with chocolate. So I did one batch with flax, and another batch with 1 duck egg. Both were fantastic. The duck egg one was lighter and fluffier, and slightly more moist (if that’s even possible with these!).

        Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  156. Gabi says

    Yum! I just made these and they were delicious. I suppose my beets were too small because I ended up having to use 6 instead of two to make 1 cup of puree. Otherwise these were very easy to make, I like that they made exactly 12 so that I only had to make one batch. I used a blend of whole wheat, whole wheat pastry, and buckwheat flour- I love the flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture that buckwheat flour lends to muffins. These turned out so good! The perfect snack or dessert. Thanks!

  157. Sheena says

    By accident I pureed the beet raw. Do they have to be roasted first before they can be used in this recipe? Can they still be used or is there an other option?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’d use another fruit puree, such as applesauce or butternut squash. I don’t know that raw beets would give the same texture in these muffins, and their flavor would probably be more apparent. Sorry I didn’t get to you sooner!

  158. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen says

    WOW! Just came accross this recipe and they look amazing – I know the first thing I am baking this weekend!!!!! It just so happens I have all the ingredients – I’ll be subbing agave for maple syrup and let you know the results! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

      • Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen says

        So I made these last night and I am BLOWN AWAY! Sooo decadent and rich. I subbed agave for maple syrup and the brown sugar for brown cane sugar because that’s what I had on hand and they are fantastic. My boyfriend and I devoured a few of these last night (and he is an avid hater on beets in general so that says something!) and I am currently enjoying one at the moment. Thanks again for the wonderful recipe! :)

  159. Katie @ Produce on Parade says

    Wow! So cool, yum. I had a friend’s mother who used to make beet cakes growing up, but a muffin, how fun!

  160. Dorothy says

    Officially toddler-approved! Thanks for the wonderful recipe, yet again! I decreased the brown sugar to 1/4 cup just to save one less measuring cup to clean and also because I only had sweetened almond milk in the fridge. Had to add a bit more milk to make it the right consistency but otherwise, super yum and tasty!!!

  161. Brittany says

    I once made heart shaped beet brownies for Valentine’s Day and they were an epic fail. I should have been vary considering it was a brownie recipe, but had no sugar. Not sure what I was thinking. These muffins look much better and might just inspire me to try to bake with beets again!

  162. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe says

    HOT DAMN. I’m totally going to speed home and make these tonight. They’re like…healthy red velvet muffins! Except even better because they have a bunch of cocoa.

  163. Kathryn says

    Oh, these look great Dana! I’ve had chocolate brownies made with beets before but I love the idea of a little portable muffin for when I need my chocolate fix on the go!

  164. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen says

    OMG I used to LOVE the otis spunkmeyer muffins! I wish I had bought beets at the grocery store today, these look amazing!

  165. Shirleen says

    I am going to try these with Trader Joe’s roasted beets, taking the easy way out. I love chocolate with beets, they go together.

  166. Yead says

    I love this chocolate cake. Because this is awesome and testy. This is good for health. I absolutely try this .Thank you very much for sharing this.

  167. Emma says

    Um Dana this is genius I tell you, pure G-E-N-I-U-S!!

    Healthy, All natural, vegan style, choc chip, red velvet type muffins. Love, love, love!!!

  168. The Vegan 8 says

    Hi Dana! Just discovering your site! These look super yummy and moist. I never have had beets in desserts before. I have had them just once in a veggie burger and was very turned off by them…but in chocolate…that could work! ;) I have a very similar recipe to this one, (Chocolate Chip Covered Cherry Muffins) except I use dark cherries instead of beets…but the rest is very similar. So, in other words, I will definitely have to get brave and try beets next time instead of beets!! Looks so good! :)

  169. JDub says

    These turned out delicious and moist! I used a cake pan instead, and used buckwheat flour/almond meal mix (I used what I had in hand). They didn’t rise as much due to my flour subs, but still tasted great. I ate a quarter of the cake in one sitting! Great website, I look forward to trying your granola bar recipe as well.

  170. Ellen says

    Ooh! If treats had been this wholesome when I was growing up maybe my mom would have let me have dessert after lunch!

  171. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts says

    It’s been a while since I’ve made anything chocolate/beetroot! I’ll have to rectify that with these muffins – they look beautiful :)

      • AlinaRose says

        Super random side note I thought I’d share on the subject- beets will loose some nutrients when boiled, yes. But you can use the water to add to smoothies, detox waters ect. But the best way to use it is to then make borscht with the water! Just add veggies and additional srock and seasonings and you have a quick pot of stew.It’s traditionally how it’s made in the Ukraine…. So boiling the beets may be easier for some and there’s no need to sweat about the waste as you can repurpose it in many healthy ways!

  172. Danielle says

    Love these. When I was in highschool and still taking piano lessons I would do my homework for an hour outside my class, enjoying either a ginormous chocolate chocolate chip muffin or a joe louis…oh and a sprite (weird combo I know!). Those muffins were half the size of my head and so rich I ate them with a fork!

  173. Rebecca says

    Wow they look perfect, like seriously perfect! All are so nicely and evenly raised and look so full of flavour! I am really impressed :) Love to try them!
    Take care, rebecca

  174. Katie @ 24 Carrot Life says

    Top these with some of your Peanut Butter Mousse and I’m in heaven. That’s definitely happening soon in my kitchen!!

  175. Allison says

    Those look delicious. Definitely bookmarked for a day when I feel messy enough for using beets. (Small note: missing an ‘L’ in your first ingredient list for flour)

  176. Megan - The Emotional Baker says

    You always need a little something sweet after lunch. What could be better than a chocolate muffin? Although I’d love to give roasting a beet a try, I may just start with applesauce.

  177. Marina @ Lazy for Diet says

    Beet one of useful products, but I seldom add it in the food… It seems to me, she always adds specific taste. But these cupcakes directly shout “Prepare me! “. I will go to shop behind beet ;)

  178. Lee says

    LIKE okay. Stop. These are gorgeous! Love the photography. Question- when you do shots of your hand, pouring or dropping, do you have John help you or is that all you?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      ha! thanks friend. On that particular shot that was all me. But often John does help me, especially if it’s more complicated or I need a certain angle. I think he likes being my hand model, so I ask him quite frequently ;D

      • Stephanie says

        I have made this recipe so many times… It’s always a crowd pleaser… And when I tell people the secret ingredient, they almost choke on their muffin… But then reach for another. Thank you for sharing!

  179. Maryea Flaherty says

    I actually DO have all these ingredients on hand! Well, except the agave, but that’s an easy sub. Thanks for the great recipe!