This sneaks in vegetables for an even prettier and more flavourful cocoa than usual, made with lots of lovely whole food ingredients and a million times healthier/tastier/better than store-bought. If you have cacao butter at home, it’s what really takes this drink over the edge from pretty tasty to oh-my-goodness fabulous. Otherwise good old melted chocolate does the trick.
If you have a high-powered blender, the beets will mix right in and you’ll have a smooth, high fibre and high vibe drink with all that beet goodness blended in. If not, and you don’t want any beet-bits, just give it a quick strain after blending to catch any pieces that might not break down fully. I don’t have a high powered blender and I had a couple of little pieces in mine, but chewing your drinks is good for you!
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Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
- 2 cups non-dairy milk*
- ¼ cup red beet grated
- 2 tablespoons cacao butter
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder**
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder
- Tiny pinch salt
- Add the milk and grated beets to a saucepan and heat gently over medium-low until simmering. Let it simmer for five minutes to cook the beets.
- Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cacao butter until just melted. Cacao butter will burn if overheated so avoid overcooking it.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour the mixture into a blender. Add the coconut sugar, cacao powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Blend until fully combined and the beets have broken down. Strain if necessary and serve hot.
• Blend with the centre of the lid removed (if possible) to let some steam escape.
• If you have a very powerful blender, 3-4 soft dates can be used in place of the coconut sugar.
* I use a combination of half full-fat coconut and half oat milk. Use all coconut milk if you like very rich hot chocolate.
** Raw cacao powder is a good option in this recipe because it’s not being cooked, and it retains its nutritional benefits. If you don’t have raw cacao just use regular cocoa powder.
* For American cup measurements, please click the pink link text above the ingredient list that says ‘American’.
Nutrition is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate. If this information is important to you, please have it verified independently.