Discover the beautiful beet latte (or pink latte), an energizing hot or iced revitalizing drink with many health benefits for the body and your mind.
Summer is already here and to celebrate the arrival of the happy, beautiful sunny days and flowering trees (soon I hope!), we go totally pink. I have an obsession with naturally vibrant green, pink or blue ingredients, especially the beetroot which I like to use in most of my unusual recipes: in cakes, in pancakes, in my granola, and even on a pizza (there are many original recipes for using your beets).
And now I will share with you a new cute beet pink latte recipe that you can easily make at home.
If I like the idea that beets are recognized for their health benefits, it is still the pink color of this hot drink tested several times in coffee shops that seduced me in the first place. My eye is always lured by organic ingredients with bright and natural colors (except the artificial dyes and additives, which I avoid on the other hand like the plague).
Benefits Of Beet Root
Apart from its gorgeous color, a beet latte is a wonderful concentration of health benefits and is a tasty alternative to your daily tea or coffee.
Beets are very rich in betaine, a substance that acts on the liver by helping liver cells get rid of toxins. Betaine also works to improve enzyme activity to break down fats. Beets also have anti-inflammatory properties throughout the body and betaine also stimulates muscle growth, allowing to a decrease in muscle breakdown after exercise.
Vegan Pink Beet Latte Recipe
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 1-2 glasses
- 1 small beet, peeled or beet powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger (gold 1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated)
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 pinch of ground cardamom (optional)
- 1 tsp. maple syrup or agave syrup
- 360 ml of vegetable or nut milk (I used almond milk)
Note: If for some reason you don’t want to use beets, don’t have them available at home, or don’t like beetroot, you can substitute the beet with hibiscus flowers or hibiscus powder. Though I really recommend using the fresh whole hibiscus flowers as it’s always better to use the real thing i.e anything that is closest to the natural original fruit, flower, vegetable, etc… Same things in powdered form are also quite nice, and are great for natural coloring and many other uses, but are one level below using the actual plat in its original form.
Hibiscus makes equally healthy and delicious tea with a nice dark red color. So, you can safely use it to make your pink (or reddish) latte. Just boil hibiscus flowers and make a mixture with some cream or just take the easy route and buy hibiscus flower powder.
- Preheat oven to 200°C.
- Wrap beet in foil and bake for about 30 minutes or until the beet is slightly tender
- In a blender, add all the ingredients with only 2/3 milk and mix until smooth
- In a saucepan, heat the beetroot juice until the first bubbling, and then pour it into one or two cups
- Add the remaining 1/3 milk to a glass and use a milk frother (or mixer) to make the foam appear
- Gently pour milk foam over the beetroot juice, while gently mixing with a spoon
- Add spices like ginger or cinnamon and serve immediately
My Beet Passion
Since the first time I tried it, I have literally fallen in love with this bold and energizing spicy drink made with this amazing root vegetable. The bright pink color makes it a fun option for other lattes and a perfect partner for a Valentine’s Day brunch or Easter breakfast.
I should say that this vegetable has a somewhat “earthy” flavor that some may find tasteless, so while some may love it – others may find it not so tasty. Personally, I think this latte is a great way to get to know beets and make good use of them.
The additional spices (ginger, cinnamon, etc..) that are added in this recipe would help enhance the flavor in many aspects while remaining a really healthy and refreshing drink suitable for daily use or just for wowing your friends and guests.
If by default the flavor is not your “cup of tea” – try to incorporate fresh raspberries or strawberries into the latte ingredients to mitigate the root vegetable taste that you dislike.
You can also take things to another level and use your imagination with other ingredients like blueberry powder or matcha even blue matcha.
If you love homemade latte as I do, you can also check my matcha iced latte I made recently.
To make an iced version just add a few ice cubes to the milk and foam on top.
This pink latte goes perfectly with some coffee macarons for a healthy, yet sweet afternoon snack.
Have you tried making this beet latte recipe? Let me know how you liked it in the comments below.