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Friday, July 18, 2014

25 Gluten Free Beet Recipes: from Appies to Desserts

By now most people know that beets are a superfood. They can be eaten raw or cooked, pickled or pureed. I've used it to naturally colour icing and Watermelon Pudding. Since beets are quite hardy, they can often be found at locally grown year round, too. I've seen adorable baby beets and large ones at our local market the past few weeks.

Studies suggest that beets can reduce blood pressure and increase blood flow, and it is high in folate and manganese. Personally, I think beets are delicious, but I know not everyone else likes their sweet, earthy flavour.

The 25 recipes and ways to use beets in this post provide a multitude of ways to get yer beets, and many of them don't taste like beets at all. After all, beets and chocolate are an amazing combination!!

The best way to cook beets:


Some people boil beets, or even microwave them. Personally I prefer to bake them, as it retains their beautiful bright colour, moisture and flavour the best. 

I've found the best way to bake them is to slice off the stems, leaving about ½” of the leaf stems on top, and trim the root, leaving about ½” of root at the end. This keeps the beet juices locked inside while baking.  Scrub under running water.  In a casserole dish with a lid, bake the beets at 375F for 45min – 1hr, until a fork or sharp knife can be inserted with little resistance.  Remove from oven and cool.  The skins should slide off fairly easily while still warm. 

When I get a bunch from the farmers market, I bake them all up right away, and use them throughout the week in a variety of different ways, many of which I've included in the slideshows below!

11 Beet Based Appetizers, 

Snacks, and Desserts 

From hummus & goat cheese spread to muffins & doughnuts, these appies, snacks and desserts would make beautiful and bright finger food for parties and potlucks. 

11 Beet Based Appies, Snacks & Desserts

By Poor and Gluten Free

From hummus to pickles to doughnuts, beets are versatile enough to go in almost anything!
  • GF, Tahini-Free Beet Hummus

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    This gorgeous & easy recipe includes comprehensive information on sesame seed allergies and oral allergy syndrome, a combo of hay fever-related food allergies.
  • Gluten Free Beet Bread

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Bread in the most amazing colour ever!
  • Gluten Free Beet Chocolate Muffins & Cupcakes

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Tasty, healthy, chocolate-y, and naturally coloured, these muffins are a great way to sneak beets into food, even if you don't actually like beets.
  • Beet Chips

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    I love me some veggie chips!
  • Farm Fresh Feasts: Beet & Goat Cheese Spread

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Beautiful and bright, this goat cheese spread is sure to impress!
  • Beet and Red Onion Pickle

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Simple and pretty, these pickles would make a great side or salad garnish.
  • Pickled Beets

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    These couldn't be simpler! Just two ingredients, beets and rice wine vinegar.
  • Gluten Free Red Velvet Donuts

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Naturally coloured, no nasty cake mix or food colouring involved.
  • Red Velvet Mug Cakes - Low Carb and Gluten-Free

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    I love beets and I love mug cakes. This is a no brainer.
  • GF, Chocolate Cake w/ a Surprise Star

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Chocolate cake made with beets. Gluten and dairy free options for this decadent surprisingly rich cake with healthy ingredients made from scratch.
  • Gluten-Free Natural Red Velvet Cake

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Rich and sweet, this looks delicious and adorable.



11 Beet Based Salads 


Main Dishes  

Ever considered smothering a salad in a sweet red pear-flavoured dressing? 
Well now's your chance...

11 Beet-Based Salad & Mains

By Poor and Gluten Free

Beets are a pretty amazing & versataile superfood. From salad dressings to ravioli, use the root and/or the leaves to make these gorgeous salads and main dishes
  • Sugar Free Beet Pear Salad Dressing

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    This delicious recipe is for a gluten free, sugar free salad dressing made with pureed beets and pears.
  • Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad w/ Ginger Lime Dressing

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Megan Ancheta has a fantastic recipe for raw beet, carrot & apple salad with ginger lime dressing. Click on the image to check out the recipe.
  • Quinoa, Beet, and Bocconcini Salad

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    When I first started eating gluten-free, quinoa was one of the first things I experimented with, and since then, my quinoa salad has grown in a very diverse fashion. I definitely love this recipe!
  • Steamed Kale & Beet Salad w/ Sweet Tamari Dressing

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Check out this popular recipe for steamed kale and beet salad with a sweet Tamari sauce salad dressing on my blog! Click anywhere the photo to see the recipe.
  • Marinated Beet Salad

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Stephanie Manely put together a great recipe of 1 of the best ways to whip up a marinated beet salad. Best of all you can make this recipe right before serving for the best flavour.
  • Kale Sprout Asparagus & Baby Beet Salad

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    This healthy, delicious warm salad has crispy, crunchy sauteed kale sprouts and asparagus, crumbled bacon, baby beets, and grated asiago cheese. Thanks Becca Heflin for sharing this delicious recipe.
  • Beet & Fennel Salad

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Miz Helen put together an amazing Beet & Fennel Salad recipe. Check out the recipe and her site by clicking the photo.
  • Raw Beet Pesto

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Spinach Tiger's recipe for raw beet pesto with basil and sunflower seeds is one of the best I have tasted! Definitely worth it to go to her website and read her recipes.
  • Borscht

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    An interesting and delicious recipe from Gluten Free Fabulous! Take a look at her recipe and check out her website by clicking this picture.
  • GF Beet Ravioli

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    This gluten free ravioli dough is made with baked beets and filled with steamed patty pan squash and cheddar cheese and covered in a browned balsamic butter.
  • Sorghum & Citrus Sautéed Beet Greens

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    This vegan and gluten free recipe is one of my favourites! Sauteed beet greens with a dressing of sorghum syrup and citrus.

  4 Drinks Made with Beets

 If you're still not convinced, maybe one of these drinks will help you down your daily dose of beets in a few hearty gulps.

4 Beet Based Drinks

By Poor and Gluten Free

Smoothies and Kvass are flavourful ways to drink your beets
  • Red Beet Vitamix Smoothie and 10 Benefits of Beets

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Recipe for red beet smoothie and 10 health benefits of red beets.
  • Beet Kvass - It Takes Time

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    This cleansing tonic offers a salty, slightly sweet, slightly sour taste, and includes suggestions for flavourful variations! undefined
  • A Beet and Chocolate Smoothie

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    Beets and Chocolate are an awesome combo! undefined
  • Cherry Beet Smoothie

    By Poor and Gluten Free
    A super healthy smoothieundefined

How do YOU like your beets? 

Have you checked out my gluten free pasta book  Recipes for Unusual Gluten Free Pasta: Pierogis, Dumplings, Desserts and More! ? Get yourself a copy and start making GF won tons, pierogis, dumplings, and orzo today :)

This post was shared on the following great link parties: Real Food Recipe Roundup, Gluten Free and DIY Tuesday, The Hearth and Soul Hop, Gluten Free Wednesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Happy Healthy Green and Natural Hop,     


  1. Hi Danielle,
    As a child I hated beets although my mother forced me to eat them to boost my low blood count since I was anemic. These varied and delicious beet recipes are a far cry from the canned beets of my youth. Actually as an adult I have learned to love and appreciate beets so thank you so much for sharing this marvelous collection of gluten free beet recipes with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I am pinning and tweeting this!

    1. I hated beets as a kid, too! Mostly just on principle, though, because I thought they were weird. Thanks for sharing this post, Deborah :)


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