Beetroot and Apple Muffins


Prep time: 
10 minutes
Cooking time: 
25 minutes


Spiced beetroot and apple muffins with crunchy hazelnut topping. Make sure you grate the beetroot and apples coarsely and not finely as if grated finely they will release too much liquid which will affect the consistency and cooking time of the muffin mix.


  • 275g self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125g melted butter
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 250g cooked beetroot, coarsely grated
  • 2 apples, coarsely grated
  • 100 ml milk

For the hazelnut topping

  • 75g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 40g unsalted butter, cut into little cubes
  • 75g demerara sugar
  • 75g blanched hazelnuts, roughly chopped


  1. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Preheat the oven to 220°C or 200°C (if using a fan oven).
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and spices into a large mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, melted butter, sugar and milk. Pour into the flour and mix very lightly – don’t worry if it looks lumpy.
  3. Finally, gently fold through the grated beetroot and apple and spoon into the muffin cases.
  4. To make the topping, stir the mixed spice through the flour, then add the butter, sugar and nuts.
  5. Rub between your fingers and thumbs until crumbly and well mixed. Sprinkle evenly over the muffins.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and springy to the touch.


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