Vegan Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
I'm not a Starbucks fan, but I am admittedly jealous of all those people walking around with their crazy concoctions like Toffee Nut Latte and Fudge Hot Chocolate. To all those who do that - you look awesomely warm and cosy. Personally, just looking at those things makes my uterus twitch. On average, Starbucks's Christmas drinks have around 20 grams of sugar equaling one serious endoflare.
As you know, I am on a hunt for a coffee replacement (I'm doing okayish with that whole giving up caffeine thing by the way) and I'm now also jealous of Starbucks fans... so of course, there's only one thing for it, my own creation: Red Velvet Hot Chocolate. I've got a tonne of ideas bouncing around in my head, so I'm hoping I can get them all together before Christmas arrives to share with you girls. <3 I'm also thinking of doing an EndoDiet Christmas ebook next year - what do you think?
Endometriosis Diet Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
Anywaaay, this vegan red velvet hot chocolate is awesome with coconut whipped milk and vegan marshmallows. YOWSER. If you're pushed for time you can omit the whipped coconut milk and if you're worried about having a flare, cut out the vegan marshmallows or just drop in one or two.
Also, this isn't just about indulgence - beetroot helps support the liver, which is essential for removing excess hormones and cacao is full of antioxidants and magnesium, which helps ease muscle cramps. Win win.
Red Velvet Hot Chocolate Ingredients (makes two)
- 400 ml Oatly Healthy Cream (single cream for vegans)
- 100 ml Rude Health Almond Milk (this adds the natural sweetness)
- 50ml Beet It Organic Beetroot Juice (you can add more, if you like, but as beetroot is an acquired taste, I thought I'd start with a small amount)
- 4 dessertspoons of cacao powder
- 1 - 2 vanilla pod or half a teaspoon/teaspoon of vanilla powder (it's up you what you prefer)
- 1 can of Biona Coconut Milk
- Freedom Mallow White Vanilla Marshmallows
- Start with getting your coconut milk ready, if you're using it. Take the top creamy layer off, leaving the water behind, and scoop into a bowl. Whisk (preferably with an electric whisk) until it has the consistency of whipped cream. Generally, I find coconut milk to be heavier than cream, so I've never managed to get my whipped version as light and fluffy as the dairy kind, so don't worry if yours is the same.
- Measure out your liquids, pour into a blender with the cacao, vanilla powder (scrape the vanilla pod first) and whizz up. I like doing this first as it combines everything well, so you don't get separation and also makes it frothy!
- Heat in a pan over a low heat, this usually takes about 5 - 10 minutes.
- Pour into your most hygge mug, top with marshmallows and cream.
You many have noticed there's no sugar in this recipe, I did this so it was as endodiet friendly as possible. The almond milk and beetroot are both fairly high in natural sugar, so give it just enough of a sweet edge for me. If you're used to the Starbucks kind, this won't be very sweet to you at all, but if you're trying out the endometriosis diet, your taste buds will eventually adjust and this will be sweet enough. However, of course, add sugar if you like - unrefined is healthiest and you can also work on reducing the amount you use each time you make it.
Word of caution: Because of the natural sugars in the beet and almond milk, if you're particularly sensitive to sugar on your period, like I am, then I would avoid this at times when endo is at its worst. Enjoy this on the days you're feeling stronger.
Did you like this recipe? Let me know what you think and send me pics of your own versions! You can tag me on instagram via @this_endolife