Beetroot and Bacon Muffins Recipe

Try this savoury pastry as a lunchtime salad accompaniment or an after-school snack for the kiddos. Make it vegetarian by swapping walnuts for bacon.

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  • 50g/scant 1/2 cup wholegrain stoneground spelt flour
  • 150g/1 1/4 cups plain/all-purpose flour
  • 50g/ 1/2 cup jumbo oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda/ baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 250ml/1 cup full-fat yogurt
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 200g/7oz raw beetroot, finely chopped
  • 100g/3 1/2 oz cooked bacon lardons, or toasted walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp thyme leaves, plus more to serve (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius/400 degrees Fahrenheit/gas mark 6.
  • Mix the flours, oats, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and pepper in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs with the yogurt and oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, then fold in the beetroot, bacon or nuts and thyme.
  • Cut out 10-12 x 15cm/6in squares of baking parchment and fold each into a muffin mould. Divide the batter between the prepared moulds and bake in the hot oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Serve warm for lunch or dinner, sprinkled with a little more thyme if you like, with a crisp green salad dressed with a mustardy vinaigrette.

Beetroot is a great vegetable and I try to use it in all kinds of recipes. This savory muffin is great to eat with a salad at lunch. You can also make the recipe as mini muffins for canapés (these will need less time in the oven). They are a great snack for children and I also bake them to bring along on hikes as an easy lunch. Substitute the bacon for toasted walnuts, if you prefer.

Also from Scandi Bites:

This is the perfect little gift for Scandi fans who want to bring some Nordic charm into their kitchen. With over 60 sweet and savory recipes for all sorts of snacks, treats, fingerfood, bakes and pastries, it will provide plenty of inspiration for every occasion throughout the year. Doyenne of Danish baking, Trine Hahnemann, shares all her favorite treats in this cute cookbook so that you can make your own delicious cardamom buns, almond cookies, honey bombs, coconut macaroons and smoked salmon open sandwiches, among many others.

Recipes excerpted with permission from Scandi Bites: 60 Recipes for Sweet Treats, Party Food and Other Little Scandinavian Snacks by Trine Hahnemann, published by Quadrille, October 2019, RRP $19.99 Hardcover.