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The Beetcute: A Beet Smoothie

Beet smoothie with cinnamon & strawberries

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I know what you’re thinking. A beet smoothie sounds gross. Well, maybe it SOUNDS gross but it is NOT gross. I swear! And look how cute it is! Gorgeous bright magenta pink. Perrrfect for a healthy Valentine’s Day breakfast for you and your sweetie! Don’t have a sweetie? EXCUSE ME YOU ARE YOUR OWN NUMBER ONE SWEETIE!!! Just save the second glass for later. Or drink a big ol’ smoothie to yourself. You do you, boo!

I had a smoothie like this when I was visiting one of my best friends (soon to be sister-in-law!!) in El Paso, Texas. She took me to this awesome café called Tippi Teas, and I was intrigued when I saw a beet smoothie on the menu. It was sooo good and I knew I had to try to recreate it at home! That’s where the inspiration for this recipe comes from. Thanks, Tippi Teas!

beet smoothie ingredients

Beets are SUPER good for you so putting them in a smoothie is a perfect way to squeeze em in, especially if you don’t love beets. The flavors of the rest of the smoothie ingredients even out the beet flavor. Another way to still get the beautiful color of the smoothie without, like, any beet flavor would be to just put one eensy weensy beet in there. The Beetcute Smoothie has a vanilla almond milk base, with beets, strawberries, apple, cinnamon, and almond butter. I like to add vanilla protein powder but the smoothie is equally delicious without it. There are lots of other add-ins you could use too to pump up the health factor. Hemp hearts, chia seeds, or ground flax seeds could all be good.

One thing—you have to cook your beet(s) before you make the smoothie. I recommend roasting beets the day before, then popping em in the fridge so that they’re cold and ready to go the next morning. Make sure to peel the skin off—this is REALLY easy to do after they’re cooked. It just slides right off. But if you forgot to roast your beets and you want this smoothie NOW, cook them in the microwave in a covered glass dish with about an inch of water for 7–12 minutes. MAKE SURE to pierce them like a potato otherwise they’ll explode!! A fork should easily pierce them when they are done.

Beet smoothie with cinnamon & strawberries

P.S…. When I told my mom that I was starting a food blog and that my niche was “being myself” (lol) one of the first things she said to me was, “please don’t talk about poop, Megan.” Sorry mom, I need to warn them. This smoothie might (probably will) make your poop and/or pee slightly red. Don’t worry. It’s just the beets. You don’t need to go to the ER. You’re fine. It’ll be back to normal the next day. 🙂

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Beet smoothie with cinnamon & strawberries

Beetcute Smoothie

  • Author: Megan B-L
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-60 minutes
  • Total Time: 15-65 minutes
  • Yield: 28 ounces 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

This yummy beet smoothie has a vanilla almond milk base, with beets, strawberries, apples, cinnamon, and almond butter. And it’s gorgeous!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 medium/large beet or 2 small beets, washed & cut from stems (not a gigantor beet)
  • 1 apple (I recommend Honeycrisp or Gala), cored
  • ½ cup strawberries (frozen ones will give you a nice cold smoothie)
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • ½ cup ice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook beets by either a.) roasting them, wrapped in foil, in a 400° oven for 40–60 minutes, or b.) microwaving them in a covered dish with an inch of water for 7-12 minutes (be sure to puncture skin like a potato). For both methods, go with the shorter time for smaller beets, longer time for bigger beets. Let beets cool, then peel off the skin with a spoon or a butter knife.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until pureed. Add more almond milk if you prefer a thinner smoothie.
  3. Enjoy!

Equipment


Notes

  • The equipment section above contains affiliate links to products that could help you make this recipe!
  • I like to roast my beets ahead of time, like the night before, and put em in the fridge so that they’re cold and ready to go when I want to use them. 
  • If your beets are still warm and you’re using fresh strawberries, you’ll probably want to add about ½ cup of ice to the smoothie so that it’s cold. Otherwise frozen strawberries will probably do the trick!

Keywords: beets, smoothie, apple, strawberry, cinnamon, vegan

You know what would also be a yummy Valentine’s Day treat? Maida Heatter’s Chocolate Whoppers. I mean, what’s more romantic than CHOCOLATE??

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