LUXURY RED VELVET HOT CHOCOLATE WITH BEETROOT
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This is amazing...no really it is seriously bloody good. It's piddling it down here today, we have a snivvle too. I made a spicy bean chilli for dinner which ticked one box, but something sweet was a niggling. This was a massive success.

You wouldn't know there was beetroot in this. It has a really velvety deep chocolate flavour. I promise you will adore it!

It's a little bit of effort but I know I'm worth it, are you?! Damn right you are!

If you don't own a juicer you can buy beetroot juice, just make sure it isn't from concentrate and has no other ingredients.

Ingredients

1 raw beetroot skin removed

4 dates stones removed 1 TSP of raw cacao powder 2 cups of oat milk (or milk of your choice) 1 TSP of almond butter (can't be left out for nut free version)

Directions

Juice the beetroot. I poured 1/2 cup of oat milk through my juicer just to get all the gorgeous beetroot flavour......ahh pink milk 😍😍 Next I used my Blendtec blender to whizz everything together, including beetroot/milk. My blender has a function that warms to a level that is still classed as raw, so mine was ready to pour. If your blender doesn't have this function very gently heat on the hob. Just warm a little, piping hot will kill the nutrients!

Serve and drink immediately. 😄🍫😘

Other serving ideas.

Serve chilled with ice / optional 1 tbsp chai seeds (these need to soaked in the drink for several hours prior to drinking)

Cinnamon sprinkle

Chilli sprinkle

Benefits of beetroot

Although the leaves have always been eaten, historically the beet root was generally used medicinally for a range of ailments, including fevers, constipation and skin problems. Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate (naturally occuring folic acid). It also contains nitrates, betaine, magnesium and other antioxidants (notably betacyanin). More recent health claims suggest beetroot can help lower blood pressure, boost exercise performance and prevent dementia.

What are the health benefits of raw cacao?

Lowers insulin resistance. Protects your nervous system: Cacao is high in resveratrol, a potent antioxidant also found in red wine, known for its ability to cross your blood-brain barrier to help protect your nervous system. Shields nerve cells from damage. Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease. Reduces your risk of stroke. Reduces blood pressure. Reduces your risk of cardiovascular diseaseThe antioxidants found in cacao help to maintain healthy levels of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the body. Although NO has heart benefiting qualities, such as relaxing blood vessels and reducing blood pressure, it also produces toxins. The antioxidants in cacao neutralises these toxins, protecting your heart and preventing against disease. Guards against toxins: As a potent antioxidant, cacao can repair the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risk of certain cancers. In fact cacao contains far more antioxidants per 100g than acai, goji berries and blueberries. Antioxidants are responsible for 10% of the weight of raw cacao. Boosts your mood: Cacao can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being. And the same brain chemical that is released when we experience deep feelings of love – phenylethylamine – is found in chocolate.It is rich in minerals: Magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.

Beetroot info from www.NHS.com Cacao info from https://iquitsugar.com/raw-cacao-vs-cocoa-whats-the-difference/