Beetroot has been studied extensively for its high nitrate content. Studies suggest that a daily dose of 500 ml of beet juice could lead to a 15% increase in the time taken to reach exhaustion. This is good news for athletes. As its not practical to juice everyday, I’ve been thinking of other ways to incorporate beetroot into my diet. So I decided to make some beetroot chocolate using beetroot powder.
I had intended to use Cacao powder but as I didn’t have any to hand, I used some dark chocolate that I had at home instead. Coconut Oil has been known to be a super food so this was a good opportunity to throw some in.
I’ve used the following ingredients to taste:
Beetroot powder, Dark Chocolate, Almonds, Peanuts, Cinnamon Powder, Virgin Coconut Oil.
Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler or in a pan on very low heat.
Add the cinnamon and beetroot powder to the melting chocolate and stir.
I put quite a lot of beetroot powder to give the chocolate a natural sweetness.
Meanwhile, melt some virgin coconut oil. Roast some peanuts and blend them coarsely. For the almonds, I used a pestle and mortar.
Add the coconut oil, almonds and peanuts to the mixture and stir.
Once the mixture is nice and smooth, pour into a tray and refrigerate.
Once the mixture has solidified, chop the chocolate up into small bite sized portions.
Store in an airtight container away from heat. Enjoy!