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Bat Out Of Hell Beetloaf (Virtual Vegan Potluck Party Recipe)

beetloaf Imagine my joy when I stopped at the market this weekend and found a mound of huge, luscious golden beets! I knew immediately they were going to go into a loaf (a recipe I’d found only a few days before), and I bought so many that I had some left over for a couple of salads. Lucky, lucky me. Beet heaven.

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Speaking of heaven and the beets (or, rather, its homophone: beats), there’s this band I really love from the Netherlands who make some great electro-funk. Kraak & Smaak have been around for a decade, and early in their career picked up interest from electro greats like Pete Tong and Annie Nightingale. The trio has released their fifth studio album, Chrome Waves. The tunes will whip up a dance-party storm in your kitchen and you can stream it on their website as well as check out this video for the song “Good For The City”.

I’m not the only one thinking delicious, golden loafs and music this season. Fellow Calgary bloggers (and music lovers) baked a ginger brown banana loaf after finding out about Lou Reed’s death. The ladies behind this blog have fantastic taste in music and are actually professional writers, so they do good things and I recommend following them.

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Now, I’m not a professional writer, nor a real artist, but every so often I like to put my pen to paper whether it be to draw or write. As I know a few people will probably be talking about the greatness of beets in this virtual vegan potluck, I thought I’d instead write an ode, because why not.

An Ode to Beets

You’re the brightest reds of nature’s bounty;
to paint and dye with your juice is a treat!
Standing tall on my page, a proud Mountie,
your deep nat’ral crimson from head to feet.

Your taste like no other, earthy and sweet.
Eat as a salad, soup, pickles or juice –
A dish feels proud to hold your zesty meat
not even knowing vitamins you boast…

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Well, it was a nice try… much better than that is this amazing recipe:

Bat Out Of Hell Beet Loaf

(Recipe adapted from Gigi’s Golden Beat Bread)

Makes a dozen slices.

  • 1 pound golden beets, greenery removed
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons light vegetable oil
  • 5 tablespoons vegan milk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  1. If you are working with large beets, cut the beats into quarters so each piece is about 2 ounces or 60 grams. Stand beets upright in a saucepan. Fill the saucepan with about 1-inch or 3 centimeters of water and bring the water to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover, and steam beets until tender, about 40 minutes.
  2. Carefully remove beets from saucepan. Peel them by holding them in a paper towel and rubbing away the skin. Coarsely chop the peeled beets into chunks. Mash them until smooth.
  3. Preheat oven to 350˚F (175˚C) and grease a large loaf pan.
  4. Sift together the whole-wheat flour, unbleached flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  5. Stir together 1 cup mashed beets and 1/2 cup water in a medium bowl.
  6. With a hand mixer or whisk, beat the sugar, coconut oil, vegetable oil and milk in a large bowl. Beat in the vinegar and beet mixture until well blended.
  7. Gradually stir the sifted dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
  8. Fold the walnuts into batter. Be careful not to over‑mix. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 1 hour). Cool slightly before bringing to the party.

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Now that you’ve tried this, you can go explore more! Go back to In Pursuit Of More or go onward to Afro Vegan Chick.


24 comments on “Bat Out Of Hell Beetloaf (Virtual Vegan Potluck Party Recipe)

  1. Pingback: Beet & Hummus Flatbread with Arugula | Virtual Vegan Potluck | In Pursuit of More

  2. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)
    November 15, 2013

    Yum, this seems like a great way to incorporate beets into a quick bread treat! I love that you added walnuts in there, too. It’s like you’ve taken banana bread to a whole new level. 🙂

    • kahht
      November 15, 2013

      “Next level”, my middle name 🙂 I’m glad you like it! I hope you get a chance to try it out.

  3. Poppy
    November 16, 2013

    What a lovely ode! The link for the go forward button should be http://afroveganchick.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/virtual-vegan-potluck-vegan-miniature.html 😀

    • kahht
      November 16, 2013

      Thanks! I hadn’t checked that.

      • Poppy
        November 16, 2013

        No problem!

  4. An Unrefined Vegan
    November 16, 2013

    Okay, yeah. I don’t love beets, but I think I would happily eat this beautiful bat ass (hehe) beetloaf. PS nice poem! Thanks for participating!

    • kahht
      November 16, 2013

      The beet flavour actually isn’t that strong in the loaf! A lot of people didn’t even know it had beets in it because the golden beets are milder than red ones. However, if you don’t like beets because they’re a bit of a pain in the ass to cook… well, I can’t help you.

  5. gigiveganville
    November 16, 2013

    I did indeed use yellow beets too but alas I am not the Same GiGi of the bat out of hell bread which is scrumptious looking and great I am sure with the funkadelics. Cool robot animation.

    • kahht
      November 17, 2013

      Oh man, what a coincidence. Thanks for stopping by to check this one out.

  6. Nikki Spigner
    November 17, 2013

    This is such a creative way to work with beets…. I don’t use golden beets enough, and you have just reminded me of this fact. Thanks so much!

    • kahht
      November 17, 2013

      I don’t use them enough either! They’re not as easy to find as red beets, but they’re still amazing.

  7. Maggie Muggins
    November 17, 2013

    I’m pretty sure you’ve just created my favorite way to eat beets. Banana breads got nothing on this.

  8. acookinthemaking
    November 18, 2013

    This post is awesome, and I love the idea of using golden beets in a bread. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • kahht
      November 18, 2013

      Thanks so much! The pictures of “red beet loaf” kind of freaked me out, so I thought golden was a better way to go.

  9. sweetveg
    November 18, 2013

    Wow! I love the use of beets in a quick bread. I never would have thought to do that. Thank you!

  10. celestedimilla
    November 18, 2013

    Haha – I love your ode to beets! I also love your blog!! I can’t believe I never discovered you before. The look of your blog is charming and you’ve got lots of recipes that look SO tempting. This bread is perfect for the potluck – cute name too! Celeste 🙂

    • kahht
      November 18, 2013

      Aw, thank you, that’s so sweet. I’m excited to start following your blog as well, it looks really informative with a bunch of really delectable recipes.

  11. alexandra caspero
    November 22, 2013

    Wow! So creative, love the ideas of golden beets in a loaf

    • kahht
      November 22, 2013

      I’m glad I found the inspiration (aka recipe) from a lovely baker named GiGi.

  12. Herbivore Triathlete
    November 22, 2013

    Love your ode to beets! This bread looks really great, I am a sucker for breads!

    • kahht
      November 23, 2013

      I just picked up some more and am excited to try them in some other recipes!

  13. dave379
    January 30, 2015

    I love the beet verse inspiration! I actually wrote something of a beet ode too, in an asparagus and beets post last year. Next time I have beets I’ll definitive give this one a try.

    • kahht
      January 31, 2015

      Haha! That’s wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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