Beet & Date Muffins with Tahini Icing
Carrots are a typical go to veggie for baked goods and I wanted something different this time. Shredded beets are so beautiful in salads that I figured they would be as lovely in muffins. Reading through recipe books I found a great carrot muffin recipe in Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free and Vegan Baking Book that I adapted quite a bit by replacing ingredients including the carrots for the beets. The tahini icing is my own recipe. I sometimes drizzle tahini dressing on my beet salad and end up with a delectable combination of bitter and sweet so why not try it on muffins?
Beets are remarkable because of their nutrition and color. Lighting had a hand in creating the vibrant colors in the photograph of the muffin insides, but they are really not far off from what you should see in your own kitchen.
My oven is quite small so I must bake muffins in batches of six. This was a good thing today since the first batch of muffins I made at the 350 F for 40 minutes in the parchment tulips browned a bit more than I would have liked. Thankfully the muffins were still fine. The second batch I made in plain muffin liners and I dropped the temperature to 325 F and baked for only 35 minutes. These muffins were perfect. My oven is a powerful convection oven so I always have to adjust times and temperatures of recipes. Best way to check for doneness is to stick a toothpick in the middle that then comes out clean.
Taste the tahini icing as you add the sugar and decide the sweetness that is best for you. The same goes with the tahini itself. This icing will not harden but rather stay a sticky consistency that will soak in and leave an appetizing shine on the muffins. I substituted raisins for dates. Dates are milder than raisins when baked so the sugar level in the muffins was balanced with the tahini sugar icing.
Flashbacks of 60s and 70s vampire movies were on my mind the entire time I was baking. Perhaps this is because the blood in those vintage movies always looked like thick red batter. Remember Dracula’s wives dressed in pink and blue baby dolls with teased hair? Superb.
The photo above is of the second batch of muffins, which were just right in color comparing to the ones pictured below. Both tasted just as good though.
John and I ate the muffins with the icing and we gave Gabriel the ones without the all sugar. Jerry Seinfeld once said, “A two-year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” So true. My two-year old little blender needs anything but more sugar.
- 2 cups brown rice flour
- 1¼ cups garbanzo bean flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon sea salt
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup canola oil
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups agave syrup
- 1¼ cups shredded raw beets
- 2½ cups blanched almond flour
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk plus more if needed
- 4 teaspoons of tahini
- Preheat oven to 325 F
- Line muffin pans with muffin liners
- Combine brown rice flour, garbanzo bean flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl
- Combine canola oil, water, vanilla and agave syrup in another bowl
- Combine beets, almond flour and dates in a third bowl
- Whisk canola oil mixture into flour mixture
- Fold in almond flour mixture
- Pour batter into muffin pans
- Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
- Let muffins cool in pans for 5 minutes
- Transfer muffins to drying rack and cool completely before icing
- Whisk together 2 teaspoons of non-dairy milk and two teaspoons of tahini
- Whisk in ½ cup of sugar
- Taste and continue to slowly add the rest of the sugar and tahini as you like and add remainder of non-dairy milk (plus more if needed) until you have a thin icing that you can drizzle
- Drizzle icing on muffins and serve