Saturday, December 3, 2011
I originally wrote this recipe using beet juice. Recently though, I haven't been juicing so much ... I think it's the mortal fear of having to wash the various implements involved. But I do love the idea of integrating more beetroot (aka beet, for you North Americans) into my diet and my family's.
Which is a challenge, because Robbie detests it. Almost as much as blue cheese.
But beetroot has this amazing synergy when it's mixed with chocolate, or cocoa powder ... making something utterly, indescribably good. Hence, this smoothie was born.
This is the new, revised, juicing-free version.
Nowadays, I roast leftover/surplus/hanging-around beetroots in olive oil in the oven until they're caramelised, let them cool, and blend them with yogurt. This makes an amazing dip, but can also be chucked into smoothies, cakes, pancakes, muffins, and so on. *Very* handy. Make up more than you'll need for this recipe!
<10 minutes if you have cooked beetroot on hand
The beetroot yogurt
1 medium roasted, peeled beetroot
1/2 cup thick plain yogurt (or Greek yogurt)
*if you want to make more, just add another 1/2 cup of yogurt for each additional beetroot
3 bananas (can be a mix of ripe and frozen)
1 heaped Tbs raw cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups milk
a little raw honey, if you like it sweeter
*Try to use organic ingredients when you can
1. If you're making extra beetroot yogurt, do that first in the blender. Take out the extra and pop it in the fridge, leaving just enough for this smoothie recipe.
2. Otherwise, just add all the ingredients to the blender and blend.
NOTE: Don't forget to make any extra smoothie into popsicles!
And Robbie? His quote still stands unamended:
"It's not beetroot unless you can taste it."The cost
Our smoothies were 100% organic. I usually get my beetroots at the farmer's markets - use up the greens in some kind of garlicky dish and then play my tricks with Robbie. But this latest batch, I grew! I pick up bananas on special and freeze them. (TIP: if you live in Brisbane, check the freezer at Wray Organic!!) I estimate these smoothies come out around $1 each. Happy!
Have *you* ever tried beetroot + chocolate? If you've got a fave recipe, we'd love to hear it ...