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Olive Oil Beet Bread with Walnuts {Giveaway}

Serve your family extra fiber, antioxidants and loads of vitamins in this Olive Oil Beet Bread with Walnuts – and they won’t notice the beets!

Olive Oil Beet Bread with Walnuts by FamilySpice.com

A few weeks ago was my sister-in-law’s birthday. The family got together and I was asked to make the cake – of course! My sister-in-law requested a non-chocolate cake, so I started to look for ideas.

I immediately started to think about what fruits were in season for my cake inspiration. There were berries, oranges and loads of other ideas  running through my brain. What to choose? Then I realized that when I create a dessert, I tend to look to fruits for my creative spark.

Vegetables also give me much inspiration. There’s nothing more fun in the kitchen then to play with your vegetables and prepare them in a new and imaginative meal.

Olive Oil Beet Bread with Walnuts by FamilySpice.com

After the big birthday party, my hubby requested something “cake-like” for breakfast. I have a freezer full of bananas waiting to be used in banana bread, but I found in my fridge some steamed baby beets sent to me from Melissa’s Produce.

I quickly began baking.

Hubby looked over my shoulder skeptically. I have prepared this sweet bread with whole wheat flour and all-purpose, and both turned out  delicious. I, personally, could detect the beet flavor, but not everyone else could.  It’s a great way to sneak in some the nutritional goodness of beets for your family: fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support.

Olive Oil Beet Bread with Walnuts

Author:

Laura Bashar

Move over banana bread! This moist treat is made with nutritious, sweet baby beets. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz baby beets, peeled, steamed & cooled
  • 3 TBS water
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk, low-fat
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Coarsely chop and place in a blender:
    • 6 oz baby beets , peeled, steamed & cooled
  3. Add to the beets:
    • 3 TBS water
    • 1 TBS lemon juice
  4. Pulse the beets in the blender until smooth.
  5. In a medium bowl whisk together:
    • 2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp salt
  6. Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, combine in another bowl:
    • 1/2 cup milk, low-fat
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. Mix in with the milk mixture:
    • 1 egg, large
  8. Add the beet mixture into the milk mixture until just combined.
  9. In batches, add dry ingredients into wet, making sure everything is evenly distributed.
  10. Stir in by hand:
    • 1 cup walnuts , chopped
  11. Apply non-stick spray to a 9" x 5" loaf pan, and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Pour batter inside.
  12. Bake bread in oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  13. Let the bread rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: For an extra touch of sweetness, mix leftover beet juice with powdered sugar to make the icing.

Cooking Tips: This recipe uses already steamed beets. Allow additional steaming time if using fresh uncooked beets. This recipe works great with whole wheat flour, too.

Prep Time:

Yield: 12 servings

Cook Time:

And now for a fun giveaway!

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I know, I know. You MUST have this set. I hear ya.

The R2-D2 body is built from 4 measuring cups. The detachable utility arms turn into nested measuring spoons. All are made with food-grade ABS plastic (BPA-free). What a fun way to get your kids in the kitchen!

This giveaway is now closed.

To be eligible for the giveaway, you must live in the U.S. To enter:

  1. Share where you get your culinary inspiration in the comments.

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Giveaway ends Wednesday April 30, 2014 at midnight PST.

Good luck everyone and may the force be with you!

(oh, you know I had to do that!)

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Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post or hold this giveaway. The opinions I expressed are my own. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it.