Sweet Beet Bread

"I came up with this recipe as a way to use the fresh beets I get in my CSA box. It tastes just like zucchini bread to me, but it's a pretty pink color because of the beets."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
1 loaf




  • Grease a loaf pan (9 x 5 x 3 or 8 x 4 x 2) and set it aside.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl (except the nuts).
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg and add the beet, oil, orange juice, and applesauce.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry all at once and mix until they are just combined.
  • Fold in the chopped nuts.
  • Pour the mixture into a prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

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  1. MoChile
    I have never liked beets. They taste like dirt to me. I tried this recipe to see if I could find a way to make beets taste good. The bread came out a beautiful pink color and was very moist. When I ate the bread plain, I could taste the beets a little. If I put a spread on the bread, I couldn't taste the beets at all. I might try boiling the beets first next time to see if that reduces some of the earthy flavor.
  2. cat_ashwood
    This bread is tasty. I used coconut oil, and added some chocolate chips. I found the bread a little dry, but that might be due to having shredded the beets the day before. I found that the beet shreds were not as juicy as when I used them immediately after shredding. I liked that you could taste individual flavors; the orange juice, the walnuts and the beets (which looked like pink ribbons).
  3. MadisonHomeCook
    This is delicious! I had some light colored, Chiogga, beets that were already cooked that needed to get used up. Even though it called for raw, I took a risk and went ahead with the cooked beets and it turned out wonderfully! The lighter colored beets allowed me to call it "Zucchini Bread" to my kids. Served it to 4 kids under age 9 and all of them gobbled it up. Since I was going to call it Zucchini Bread, I added 1/2 tsp of cloves, similar to my Zucchini Bread recipe. And I threw in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips just to be sure :) Both were great additions. Thanks for a yummy way to use my beets that my kids will actually eat!
  4. claurena
    Delightful! I used a grater to grate up all my small beets with the skins still on (I took off the root tails) and ended up with 2 cups, so I doubled the recipe and was able to make 4 small loaves. They were well received by family and friends! Quite tasty! Thank you!
  5. melanie
    I too have plenty of beets from our CSA, so glad to find your recipe!



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