When it comes to alt-milks, for many, oat lands at the top of the list. The darling of the dairy-free milk world has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol, and it seems to be more gentle on the gut. Because it tastes closer to cow’s milk and is frothier and more full-bodied than nut milks, it’s a go-to for many baristas—including Gregory Zamfotis, owner of Gregorys Coffee.
One of his latest creations? An elderberry and beet root latte that uses oat milk for its base. It might seem like an odd combo but Zamfotis says his first inspiration was the beets: “I’m a big fan of beets, so I started playing around with the powder and milk to see how it would turn out,” he says.
Zamfotis found the beet root to be too earthy on its own for a latte so he decided to add elderberry, which has a natural sweetness to it. The result: An earthy yet subtly sweet latte with a satisfyingly smooth texture.
Want to whip it up at home? Scroll down for the recipe!
In a small bowl, combine the beet root powder, elderberry powder, hot water, and honey.
Steam the milk using an espresso machine. Otherwise, use a frother on warmed milk.
Pour the milk into a mug. Add the elderberry and beet root concentrate and stir to combine.
If you love beets, make one of these three recipes for your next dinner party, or try this tasty beet gazpacho.
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