This plant-based Red Velvet Hot Chocolate is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
- 3/4 cup cashews, soaked for a few hours (unsalted, unroasted)
- 1/2 cup shredded raw beets (loosely packed, any red variety will do)
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch of coarse sea salt
- 2 cups water
- 2.5 oz. vegan dark chocolate (70% cocoa mass), roughly chopped
- Add the cashews, shredded beets, vanilla extract, sea salt and water to a high-speed blender. Whirl away until the cashew-beet milk is smooth and creamy. (This should take 1-2 minutes depending on your blender.) Strain the milk through a fine-mesh sieve or nut milk bag into a medium to large-size bowl; discard the solids. (Repeat this step as desired to remove extra bits from the cashew-beet milk.)
- Add the chocolate to a saucepan and let it sit for about 30 seconds over medium-low heat. Then begin to move it around with a wooden spoon or spatula until barely melted. Pour in the cashew-beet milk and stir the mixture for another minute or two (until the chocolate has fully melted and the hot chocolate is warmed to your desired temperature.)
- Use an immersion blender, whisk or handheld milk frother (or very carefully transfer the hot chocolate into a high-speed blender) to blend the red velvet hot chocolate; a few seconds will do, until the hot chocolate is frothy and smooth.
- Pour the red velvet hot chocolate into mugs. Serve warm and enjoy!
- Don’t have time to soak the cashews? Sub cashews and water for 2 cups of your favorite plant-milk. (A favorite of mine is unsweetened vanilla flax milk. Simply blend the flax milk with the beets, sea salt, and vanilla and continue on!)
- Go for the gusto! I enjoy sipping this red velvet hot chocolate as is, but if you’re feeling fancy, top yours with vegan marshmallows or your favorite whipped topping.
- Naturally Sweet: I found the natural sweetness of the beets paired with the melted chocolate to be just right for me, but if your hot chocolate needs a little extra love, add a drizzle or a sprinkle of your favorite sweetener to taste.
- My favorite way to shred beets? This peeler. (Amazon affiliate link.)
Keywords: red velvet, hot chocolate