This vibrant pink latte is nutrient-rich, super smooth and delicious and can help you stay energized for the day even without any caffeine. It features nutrient-rich raw beet powder (easy to find online), a touch of cacao powder, sweet & rich vanilla extract and plant-based milk for a dairy-free cozy drink.
The second I saw this pretty pink latte while browsing on the internet, I knew I had to make my own version for the blog. The stunning color definitely caught my attention, but then once I made my own at home, the flavor absolutely amazed me and I was hooked.
So, let me tell you why you have to try this fun pink latte trend: first, it is very rich in nutrients, second, it is comforting and delicious and third, well, it's pink!
I make my dragon fruit lemonade often in the summer just so I can sip on a pink cold drink. It is tasty and refreshing, don't get me wrong, but the bright pink hue is so gorgeous I cannot get enough of it.
So here is my comforting warm pink drink version for the winter. Now, you might be wondering what makes this latte so pink? Well, it's all about the raw beetroot powder!
I know it might sound weird, but please hold on before you run away. The beetroot powder has an earthy flavor that's milder than actual fresh beets with lots of sweet background, which works so great for a winter drink. I paired the flavor with a tiny bit of raw cacao powder to make it slightly chocolatey plus a touch of cinnamon, just to boost the warm feeling of this cozy drink.
And it worked!
The raw beet powder not only will color your latte nicely, but will also provide a whole lot of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. There is even some plant-based protein in beet powder. Try swapping your second (or third) cup of coffee for a mug of pink deliciousness to boost your morning with more self care!
Let me know how you liked it 💓
Highlights of this recipe
- This drink will boost your energy level without caffeine, perfect before working out!
- Smooth in flavor and comforting
- Very healthy, raw beet powder is a powerhouse of nutrients!
- Appetizing and so pretty
- Fun drink to make for birthdays, Mother's day, Valentine's day, breakfast in bed for your pink-loving partner in life 😉, etc.
Raw beetroot powder health benefits
Just the same way fresh beets are considered superfood, raw beetroot powder is loaded with nutrients that can help you stay healthy and have great energy.
Raw beet powder simply is made by drying beet juice to a super fine bright red powder. Its stunning color makes it a good use to dye food in a healthier way compared to food coloring products, such as cakes, frosting, cookies, etc.
It contains tons of vitamins, fiber, minerals, folic acid, a little protein, some iron and much more. It is also known to be rich in nitrates, which can help dilate your blood vessels so your blood flow nicely and can help reduce your blood pressure.
Consuming raw beet powder can also fight inflammation, improve your athletic performances, boost your energy level and can assist your immune system. You can read more about beetroot powder here!
Ingredients you'll need
- Plant-based milk: you can use your favorite milk to make this latte. Some plant-based milk will froth better than others, but at the end, they all work fine I think. I used plain soy milk from the brand 365 this time and it worked out perfectly. I loved the nice foam I got with this milk! But almond milk or oat milk work too.
- Raw beetroot powder: I bought the raw beet powder from the brand Kate Naturals online, which was very easy and convenient. The powder is super fine and really dissolves easily. Also, it is not that expensive! I got a 12 ounce bag for 13$, which will give me a ton of lattes.
- Raw cacao powder: I love the combo choco-beet (check out my vegan chocolate beet muffins!), plus cacao powder is chocked full of antioxidants to boost your drink with even more goodness.
- Vanilla extract: adds a delicious flavor that boosts the sweetness of the latte.
- Cinnamon: optional, just for a hint of warmth.
- Sweetener: add to taste. I love maple syrup for lattes as it dissolves easily and adds a nice caramel-ish flavor.
How to make a pink latte
Warm the milk
Start by transferring the milk into a small sauce pan and warm it up on the stove on medium heat.
Be careful not to bring to an actual boil, you just want it to get nice and steamy. Also, watch carefully and stir often as the milk can overflow easily and stick to the bottom/sides.
While the milk is warming up, then add the beetroot powder, cacao powder and cinnamon to a serving mug. Then, pour about 1-1 ¼ cup of the steamy milk over. Also add the sweetener and vanilla extract to the mug.
Stir well until all dissolved. The beetroot powder dissolves very easily, but I add to stir a little more to get all of the cacao powder clumps completely gone. Use a whisk or even the frother if necessary.
Froth and top the latte
Froth the remaining milk (see below for tips) in the sauce pan until thick and then pour or scoop over the mug. Serve right away!
Watch how to make it
- When warming up the milk, be sure not to bring it to a boil so the milk don't actually cook, which can cause the formation of solids or stick to the bottom and sides. Also, stir often when warming it up.
- Raw beet root powder can stain your clothes! Be careful when handling it.
- You can make a larger batch of the powder mix including beet powder, cacao powder and cinnamon, alongside other spices if you want. Then, you can make pink lattes super quickly!
How to froth milk at home
First of all, you don't need to froth the milk at all to make this recipe. Simply warm up the milk on the stove until steamy and then pour it all over the powder.
But if you want a classic looking latte with a nice foamy garnish, then here are a few ways you can make it (other then using a frother from an espresso machine):
- Handheld electric frother: I love my small electric frother and use it all the time! It is nothing fancy, but very useful for drinks. I got mine online from the brand PowerLix, which was 10$, not too bad if you make lattes regularly. It froths well enough for the price.
- Blender: you can also froth using a blender! This is how I make my vanilla matcha latte, so check it out! (also have a peak at the quick video specificaly at 0:27).
- Froth in a jar: yes, shaking the warm milk in a jar will foam it slightly, which works well if you don't have a frother. Just vigorously shake the milk as long as needed!
Make an iced pink latte
Even if making an iced version of this drink, I still recommend to warm up a little bit of the milk to dissolve the powder. It could stay grainy if you try to dissolve it in cold milk!
To make it, warm up half of the milk. Stir in the vanilla extract and sweetener and then, dissolve the raw beet powder, cacao powder and cinnamon. Pour in a tall glass filled with ice cubes and top with the remaining milk. Enjoy!
You can easily change up the spice profile to your liking as beet powder pairs well with a few flavoring ingredients.
Instead of cinnamon, feel-free to include a little chai spice mix, nutmeg, cardamom or turmeric. You can skip the cacao powder or keep it.
If you love gingery drinks, then you can add some ground ginger or simmer the milk with some fresh ginger (take it out before pouring the milk in your mug).
For an even creamier cozy drink, then you can swap some of the plant milk you used for a little coconut cream (maybe about ¼ cup). This would also add a smooth sweet coconut-y flavor.
Yes you can. Simply add espresso coffee to the mug before adding the rest of the ingredients. That being said, coffee interfere with the absorption of vitamin C, so you might want to avoid adding coffee to take full advantage of all the vitamins from this beet latte.
Well, it is made using beet powder, so it does taste a little like beets! It is earthy and slightly bitter, although not that much I find. It also has a background of sweetness.
I love using the raw beet powder in overnight oats! Also add\ to smoothies, smoothie bowls, cakes, frosting, yogurts, cereals and much more. It will give your meal a nice pop of color, more flavors and a big boost of nutrients!
More vegan latte recipes to try
- Butterfly pea flower latte
- Turmeric hot chocolate
- Matcha chai latte
- Vanilla matcha latte
- Lavender milk tea
- Cardamom latte
I hope you like this pink latte as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
- Frother optional
- 1½ tbsp raw beetroot powder
- 1 tsp raw cacao powder
- pinch cinnamon - optional
- 1½ cup plant-based milk - almond or soy or oat milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup - or to taste
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Add the raw beetroot powder, cacao powder and cinnamon to a mug and set aside.
- Warm up the milk in a small sauce pan until steamy hot (but do not boil).
- Pour about 1-1 ¼ cup of the hot milk in the mug and add the sweetener and vanilla extract. Stir well to dissolve the powder.
- Froth the remaining warm milk right into the sauce pan until thick and foamy to your liking. I use a hand held frother to do this.
- Scoop or pour the foam over the mug and serve while still hot. Enjoy!
- Feel free to add more spices to your latte such as nutmeg, chai spices mix, turmeric, etc. You can also add some coconut cream for a creamier latte.
- To froth the milk, if you don't have an electric hand held frother, then simply gather the ingredients in a blender and blend on high for a 30-60 seconds. This will create some foam that also works well in a pinch. Check out my vanilla matcha latte to see how I make a latte using a blender!