Hummus is something that was put on this planet for absolutely everyone to enjoy but have you had beetroot hummus? Keep on reading… Hummus is the type of food you can have as a snack at any time without feeling guilty. Serve it with some chopped carrots or with some roasted vegetables and baked fish for a main – it can be served anywhere at any time and it is so very easy to make.
Beetroot is a deliciously sweet, beautiful and incredibly healthy vegetable known ultimately for its delightfully deep purple pigmentation. The only problem with beetroot is it doesn’t stay fresh for very long and can be rather annoying to prepare and can be super messy to work with.
Whilst I’d never stop eating beetroot in its natural form it must be said that beetroot powder makes your life so much easier when cooking with it. You get so much more in quantity and it lasts for ages.
So, what are the benefits I hear you ask?
Beetroot powder is rich and nourishing and absolutely packed full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, iron and potassium. Beetroot powder is low in fat which is great for people on a low-fat diet or watching their intake and macros. It is rich in antioxidants and high in fibre which is great for stabilising blood sugar and keeping us fuller for longer.
The Best Tips For Using Beetroot Powder:
- Your Smoothies: Add a generous scoop or two of beetroot powder to your yummy mixed berry smoothies for a nutritional boost
- Baking: Swap your colouring for beetroot powder, the vibrant pink colour you will get will blow your mind. Maybe have a go at making your very own Red Velvet Cupcakes.
- Soups: Who doesn’t love a good homemade soup? Boost your colours and your nutrients by adding 3 scoops of beetroot powder.
- Pancakes: Add in a scoop of beetroot powder to your pancake mix and have yourself pink pancakes! Guaranteed fun with the kids, plus an added nutritional boost.
- Porridge: I adore porridge and adding in 2 scoops of beetroot powder gives it a gorgeous colour plus a naturally sweet taste. Yum!
- Chocolate Truffles: Melt that delicious dark chocolate, add in your beetroot powder, mix in a couple of spoonfuls of cream cheese, some dried cranberries and some crumbled up Oreo’s before rolling into balls and pop in the fridge for 20 minutes – hey presto – delicious chocolate truffles.
- Baked Pita: Serve it on some smoked paprika pitta for a delicious healthy snack.
- Food Processor
- 1 400g tin of chickpeas drained
- 2 small garlic gloves chopped
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 lemon squeezed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 3 tbsp beetroot powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 sprinkle dried coriander to serve
- Drain the chickpeas and pop all into a large bowl. Keep a small handful to one side to decorate later.
- Peel and chop your garlic before adding to the chickpea mix, then add your tahini, lemon juice, oil and water. Stir well.
- Add in your beetroot powder, paprika, salt and cumin and then pour into a food processor. Blitz until smooth. You may need to use a spoon or a spatula to scrape the hummus down the sides of the bowl before blitzing again.
- Add in more lemon and salt if you feel the need.
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