Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie

Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie??  Oh yes.  This thick and creamy, sweet and addictive, rich and chocolatey smoothie is sugar free, low carb, low fat, high protein, AND gluten free.

Oh, and it’s hiding a vegetable too!!

Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie (sugar free, low carb, low fat, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, vegan optional) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

BEETS.  *gasp*

Don’t worry though, one sip and you’d never know it  😉

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Rather, one sip and you’ll be addicted.  It’s nice and chocolatey, not beet-y in the slightest.  I’d know, because I absolutely despise the taste of beets.  I use oven-roasted beets in very single Red Velvet recipe on this blog.

For some unknown, scientific reasons, oven-roasted beets seem to be the best option in comparison to raw grated beets, canned beets, and those vacuum-sealed cooked beets.  In my experience, oven-roasted beets provide the most vibrant red color and the least earthy/grassy beet flavor.  Win-Win.

Since I make so many Red Velvet desserts in my kitchen/glorious healthy dessert factory, and since roasting off beets takes a minimum of 1 hour, I like to make a GIANT batch of roasted beets, puree them, and freeze the puree in ice cube trays.  The next day, I’ll portion all the frozen beet cubes into 130g servings (½ cup of beet puree when thawed) and place each portion in an individual sandwich baggie to store in the freezer.  This way, whenever a Red Velvet craving strikes (which is at least, like, once a week), I’M PREPARED!

That’s basically where I found myself a few days ago.  Craving Red Velvet and ANYTHING Red Velvet.  And that, my friends, is how this Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie came to be!

Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie (sugar free, low carb, low fat, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, vegan optional) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

1 serving

Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Fat per serving: 4.5

Calories per serving: 250

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add the ingredients to a shaker bottle in the order the recipe is listed in (a blender works too!).  Attach the lid, then SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE!
  2. Enjoy!

Notes:

For a vegan version, replace the Greek Yogurt with your favorite Plain Vegan Yogurt, and the Whey Protein with your favorite Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder (I like Brown Rice Protein Powder).

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Here is the recipe’s nutrition label:

Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie (sugar free, low carb, low fat, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, vegan optional) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Yes.  Red Velvet decadence for only 250 calories and 4.5g fat!  Plus, 4g of fiber and a whopping 39g of KICKASS PROTEIN.  This Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie doesn’t taste good for you AT. ALL.  But really now, this smoothie is super filling because it’s packed with fiber, complete protein, and that oh-so sneaky vegetable  😉

Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Smoothie (sugar free, low carb, low fat, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

^^ This is the (just as delicious) vegan version of the recipe.

Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie (sugar free, low carb, low fat, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, vegan optional) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Enjoy!

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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14 comments on “Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie”

  1. you’re right, it’s healthy and doesn’t look it!

  2. Looks delicious!

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  4. couldn’t you replace coconut oil for the beet puree?

    • Janie-
      I wouldn’t recommend replacing the beet puree with coconut oil… you will lose the red color and it won’t be a “Red Velvet” smoothie anymore. The coconut oil would also clump up due to the cold temperature of the ingredients.
      If you don’t want to make the roasted beet puree you can always use canned beets, but canned beets are really strong in flavor so you might be able to taste them… which doesn’t sound very tasty in a dessert smoothie, haha 😉
      If you don’t want to use beets at all, you can use unsweetened applesauce (or any other fruit puree) or 100% carrot baby food. Sounds weird, but the flavor isn’t strong, is low carb and easy to use 🙂
      -Jess

  5. THIS LOOKS AMAZING. You are an absolute genius, no kidding. I mean I want red velvet cake and i want it healthy but then you did both and PUT IT IN A SMOOTHIE. Like I said, genius.

  6. “I shook my shake like a wild animal” ? now THAT sounds like a party to me! You are way too cute Jessica! Can we have a thermos shaker party when I come visit Texas in October?? ?? Especially if this healthy red velvet smoothie is involved — it looks amazing!! I love your tricks of beets and blending it in this super awesome shaker bottle too. So neat!

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