Brilliant Beet Latte


January 29, 2019

This beet latte you can make in your blender is really easy, super creamy, and has an exquisite flavor. Even beet haters love this latte!

The Most Incredible Beet Latte

Have you tried making a beet latte with almond milk? Oh….if you haven’t, this is your lucky day! I am obsessed with this beet latte recipe because it is really simple, super easy to make, has a stunning color, it is super creamy (even more so if you take the extra time to make your own homemade almond milk), and has an exquisitely subtle flavor that is totally divine. Even beet haters love this latte. Yep. True dat.

Yes….beet skeptics. I may convert you with this beet latte. Oh….and the best part? You don’t have to scrub or peel any beets to make this latte!

I love beets. And, when I say love…..I really mean love. She is a beautiful vegetable. Try the roasted beet dip or pineapple orange ginger beet smoothie. I could literally eat beets every single day. Not just for the fabulous flavor, but for the incredible nutritional benefits.

But, sometimes, I just don’t want to get my hands dirty scrubbing and peeling like Cinderella to get my fix. You can make an amazing beet latte with 1/2 small raw peeled beet, and sometimes I do. But, enter beet powder, and life just gets so000 much easier with this beet latte. I mean, lattes should be quick and easy, right?!

Use Homemade Almond Milk For The Creamiest Latte

A quick almond milk latte is one of my go-to comforting drinks, and I rotate the flavors between matcha, turmeric, pumpkin, kale, and this beet latte. The basic recipe is very similar. You just switch out the flavoring.

I always use unsweetened homemade almond milk (make the base recipe) to make lattes, as they get sooo much richer and creamier with fresh homemade almond milk. You can, of course, use commercial unsweetened almond milk in this recipe to make it even quicker and easier. But, take the extra time to make your own almond milk, and you will not be sorry. When I was testing this recipe I made two versions side by side, one with homemade almond milk and one with commercial almond milk, and the difference was astounding….in texture and flavor.

I’ve timed myself making almond milk, and it literally takes less than 5 minutes. I promise.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Trying A Beet Latte!

Turmeric lattes and matcha lattes have become really popular, and are now widely available at many high-end coffee shops and cafes in major cities now. You can find beet lattes at some places. But, beet lattes are not as popular yet. Dr Oz shared a beet latte on his site, and that version uses cooked beets, honey, ginger, and nutmeg, which made them a bit more popular.

But, the delightful beet latte just hasn’t caught on in a huge way yet. I am hoping to change that. Because I think it is one of the best kept secrets in town.

This beet latte recipe I’m sharing today is very simple, and allows the natural flavor of the beets to shine. Adding 1 teaspoon of fresh minced ginger is really beautiful in this latte.

Don’t be afraid of trying a beet latte! Particularly this version using beet powder, as the flavor is so mild. So, here’s how to make a beet latte with beet powder.

How To Make A Beet Latte
  1. Pour 2 cups of almond milk into your blender. Strained homemade almond milk will give you the best results (see notes above), but use unsweetened commercial almond milk if that is quicker and easier for you.
  2. Add your preferred sweetener – either dates or birch xylitol and stevia (see notes about the sugar-free option)
  3. Add the 2 teaspoons of beet powder, vanilla extract, and ginger, if using.
  4. If you’re using a high-speed blender that heats ingredients with the friction heat of the blades. secure the lid, and blend on high for 5 minutes until piping hot. If you’re using a conventional machine, blend on on high for about 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. Then, transfer the mixture to a small saucepan, and warm on a low heat (so the milk doesn’t separate) for 2 to 3 minutes until hot. Enjoy immediately.
So, What Is Beet Powder?

Beet powder is made by dehydrating ripe raw beets, and grinding them into a fine powder. Good quality beet powders do not contain any additives, and retain many of the vitamins, minerals, nitrates, and other nutrients of the raw beets. Once opened, I keep beet powder in a sealed glass mason jar in a cool dark pantry. And, know that because beets contain natural sugar and the powder doesn’t contain additives, your beet powder may clump. Just use a fork or spoon to break it up.

What Does Beet Powder Taste Like?

Beet powder has a slightly sweet and earthy flavor that is surprising subtle in small amounts. Start with 1 teaspoon and add to taste. I’ve used 2 teaspoons in this beet latte recipe.

How Can You Use Beet Powder?

Red beet powder is a fantastic nutrient, flavor, and color boosting agent for all kinds of recipes. A little bit of beet powder delivers the most beautiful pink hue which is really appealing to kids. So, it’s a fantastic natural food coloring. You do not need much. Start very small with 1/4 teaspoon and add more to look and taste. You can add it, but you can’t take it back, and the earthy flavor that comes in when you use too much may blast your bliss.

Ways to use beet powder:

  • In an almond milk latte
  • Boost the color and nutrient content of smoothies, as well as raw ice creams, creams, and desserts
  • Fortify and bring in a vibrant color to baked goods (think red velvet cakes, breads, and muffins)
  • Add to pancake, waffle, and crepe batters for gorgeous color
  • Throw into savory pasta sauces, gravies, and soups for flavor, color, and nutrient value.
  • Add gorgeous color to salad dressings (think raspberry vinaigrette)
  • As a natural food coloring for toy doughs and other things
The Health Benefits Of Beet Powder

Beet powder retains most of the nutrients of ripe raw red beets. So, it is loaded with vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and folate), antioxidants, dietary fiber, and other nutrients.

One of the biggest health benefits that beet powder offers and is the one that typically gets the most hype or attention is that it is naturally rich in nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body. This compound helps to relax and widen blood vessels to regulate blood flow and pressure for heart health. Nitric oxide has also been shown, in some studies, to be beneficial in increasing blood flow to the brain (particularly to the frontal lobe in older adults) to combat cognitive decline and other brain degenerative diseases related to aging.

Nitric oxide can also combat cellular damage and improve circulation, and can regulate oxygen uptake, improving stamina and endurance for workouts.

Does all of that make your want to grab for a beet latte? Don’t miss making this drink. It is divine.

Looking for other hot drinks made in a high-speed blender?

Matcha Latte
Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Hot Chocolate

Please let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments!

Your feedback is really important to me, and it helps me decide which recipes to post next for you.

 

Beet Latte

This beet latte you can make in your blender is really easy, super creamy, and has an exquisite flavor. Even beet haters love this latte! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (480ml) homemade unsweetened almond milk (strained, or commercial milk, see note)
  • 1/4 cup (43g) firmly packed pitted dates (4 dates) (see notes for sugar-free option)
  • 2 teaspoons beet powder
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger, plus more to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Throw all of the ingredients into your high-speed blender. Secure the lid, and blend on high for 5 minutes until piping hot. (For conventional machines, blend on on high for about 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan, and warm on medium-low heat for 2 to 3 minutes until hot. Enjoy immediately. 

Recipe Notes

*For sugar-free, substitute 2 teaspoons powdered birch xylitol + 1/8 teaspoon alcohol-free liquid stevia for the dates to make this anti-inflammatory, alkaline, unsweetened, and suitable for diabetics and cancer patients. 

Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

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