Drink to the Beet of a Different Latte {Beet Latte}

I have to admit that I stole this recipe idea from the food kiosk at my local Y.

Beet latte made with beetroot powder, maple syrup, cinnamon, and cardamom. Easily made vegan or vegetarian. Naturally gluten-free.

Beet latte

I think the counter guy was a little disappointed that I didn’t buy one, after all my enthusiastic questions about what it contained!

(If you’re reading this, Y food kiosk dude — I will buy one, I promise.)

I just wanted to go home and make one of my own.

So.

Try this if you want to make a little something different. I’m thinking if you like beets, you’ll like this. Besides the milk, the recipe uses maple syrup, cinnamon, cardamom and beetroot powder.

Unsurprisingly,  beetroot powder tastes like beets — earthy and a little bit sweet. It’s just finely ground, dehydrated beets.

I used store bought powder, but if you’re a keener you can find recipes to make your own.

Beets - courtesy of Foodism360, via Unsplash.com

Beets – courtesy of Foodism360, via Unsplash.com

A note for reducetarians*

A lot of people don’t even know they’re reducetarians. I didn’t know I was one. It just means a person who aims to reduce his/her consumption of animal products -— whether that be meat or dairy, for any reason — health, ethics, or otherwise.

If you’re thinking about moving in that direction this would be a great drink to experiment with using plant-based milks. I say this because unless you’ve had a beet latte before, you won’t have any preconceived notions of what it should taste like. I made mine with almond milk, but I bet cashew milk would also be delicious. If you can only find sweetened milk, I’d make the recipe first without the maple syrup and add before drinking if you think you need it.

Ingredients

Makes 1 12 ounce drink. 

  • 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) unsweetened milk of your choice. {If you have sweetened milk, leave out the maple syrup to start and add only if you think it needs sweetening.}
  • 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of maple syrup {or sub with liquid sweetener of your choice}
  • 1 tablespoon beetroot powder. {If your beetroot powder is lumpy, get the lumps out first before combining it! I used a mortar and pestle to de-lumpify mine.}
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, beetroot powder, and spices.
  2. Add a little bit of the milk to the bowl and stir it until it becomes a paste.
  3. Add the paste to a small saucepan, and then stir in the remaining milk.
  4. Heat over medium heat for a few minutes. {Note, I had lots of leftovers from recipe testing and I’ve found it’s actually really good cold too.}

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PS – Check out Stars and Hearts Rhubarb Tarts for another use for that beetroot powder.

 

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