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Beet-ing Boredom

Posted Jun 08 2011 5:50pm

Some days, I’m at a loss for what to write about.

I don’t want to bore you with the same-old salads every day…

Or my heaping bowls of veggies…

After all, I’ve been eating my weight in steamed cauliflower lately. (it’s extra-delicious topped with a sprinkle of raw goat feta!!)

And while a new raw goat cheese find maybe REALLY exciting to me,

I’m not sure that everyone is obsessed appreciates it quite like I do. ;)

Fortunately for us all, Doris Choi over at the Detox Community has inspired me to try something NEW! A velvety rich beet-based chocolate pudding, that is one of the cleanest pudding recipes I’ve ever seen. Best of all, it’s neutral for food combining purposes– so you can enjoy it after almost any meal!

Red Velvet Beet Pudding
serves 3

3 medium beets, roasted and peeled
3 T. cocoa powder
3 squirts of liquid stevia, or to taste (any natural sweetener would work great!)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1/4 cup pure water, for blending

To start, preheat your oven to 400F, then rinse and trim your beets to prepare them for roasting. I like to wrap mine in foil, so that I don’t have to clean deep-red-stains off my baking pans!

Depending on the size of your beets, it can take up to an hour for them to get tender. You can tell they’re ready by piercing one with a fork– if it’s easily pierced, it’s ready! A slightly sweet, earthy smell will also be permeating your home.

Once the beets are cool enough to handle, gently remove the skins. They should fall right off, leaving you with a glossy, tender beet!

Now all you have to do is throw the beets, along with the rest of the ingredients, into a high-powered blender and whirrrr away! Make sure to taste as you go, and adjust the flavoring as necessary.

Voila! A glossy, vibrant colored pudding that tastes sweet and earthy. (and will most certainly help in the “elimination” department, too) ;)

This pudding is such a fun way to sneak some extra veggies in! I would have probably preferred it with maple syrup over the stevia for sweetness, but I’m avoiding sugar at the moment… even the natural kinds. (making stevia my BFF at the moment) The beauty of clean recipes like this one, is that you can “tweak” the ingredients to your taste until it’s just right! Hope you all have a chance to try it in the future!

I also plan on talking more about the cleanse I’m on at the moment (hence, the no sugar), but I’ve got studying to do in the meantime! It’s test-time. *gulp*

Hope you’re all having a great week so far!

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