Monday, 19 January 2015

Red Velvet Smoothie

red velvet smoothie

Well, my fitness regime has started again – and so my healthier recipes continue!

I started back at the gym this weekend. I haven’t been for a good few weeks. My calves were killing me when running, so I splurged on a new pair of trainers from a shop the other day, which analyses your running style. Apparently I run like a gazelle?!

red velvet smoothie

To get the energy for my first run in a while I made another in my line of dessert flavoured smoothies, whipped up in my Optimum 9400 from Froothie.

red velvet smoothie

After trying some beetroot in a drink recently, I realised that it’s earthy flavour would go well with a bit of cacao powder in a smoothie and voila a red velvet smoothie was born in my head!

I gave it a whirl and was impressed with the tasty result. Also tucked in there is an apple, a very ripe banana, vanilla extract and almond milk. Okay, it’s not identical to a red velvet cake, but with the subtle chocolaty flavour, the vanilla and almond, plus the fruity sweetness, it tasted good and did the job before my run!

Give it a try – have your cake and drink it too!

Yield: Just under a litre!

2 small beets, cooked – NOT PICKLED!
1 medium ripe banana
1 medium red apple, cored (keep the skin on)
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
500 ml almond milk


Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz until completely smooth. The Optimum 9400 pulverises the apple skin, so no need to peel. Serve over ice if preferred.

Disclosure Statement: I was sent the Optimum 9400 free to review and have not been paid to promote it. Any opinions expressed are my own.


  1. This looks great! I bet it packs a big energy punch too, just what you need before a run. Good tip about not using pickled beets, I think that would be a bit 'different'!

  2. I'm definitely going to try this, I'm also trying to be healthy and love the use of beetroot is a smoothie :-) x

  3. I have had a juicer for a long time and last spring I tried out 3-day juice detox that had a lot of beetroot in it and I was surprised to find I really enjoyed the earthy flavor of it! This smoothies sounds delicious perhaps I will give it a go soon!

  4. I love beets in smoothies, especially with raspberries, such a good combo.
    If you need an exercise buddy, let me know. I always find I have motivation when I workout with a buddy.

  5. You make being healthy sound so fun!

  6. I am dying over how cute your mini glass bottles are! great photos! I have been really impressed with all your shots and styling recently! red velvet is a great idea for a smoothie!

    1. Thanks Gem - bottles courtesy of dotcomgiftshop if you are interested.

  7. Gazelles run so quickly and gracefully. I think running like a gazelle is a good thing. =) Loving the bottles too!


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