Red Velvet Green Smoothie

Don’t let the gorgeous color fool you – this Red Velvet Green Smoothie does indeed contain spinach too!

Red Velvet Green Smoothie |

Let’s give a round of applause for cacao—the superfood hero of this green (yes, we know it looks red) smoothie! Where does it get that lovely red color, you ask? Why a little bit of beet! (Don’t worry, you can’t even taste it.)

Make this to share with someone you love! Red Velvet Green Smoothie |

Cacao (unsweetened raw cocoa powder) is the perfect ingredient to add to green smoothies when chocolate-y cravings hit, but we love it for more than just its taste. Cacao is high in phenols, which means this smooth + rich superfood helps to prevent clogging of arteries in your body. Bottom line? Cacao keeps your heart beating strong for the long haul!

Read our list of the best heart-healthy foods out there that we love to add to our green smoothies.

We think you’ll fall in love with this gorgeous, healthy, Red Velvet Green Smoothie –  perfect for sharing with someone you love!

Red Velvet Green Smoothie

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Give your heart a healthy boost with cacao (unsweetened cocoa) in this green smoothie recipe. Serve it in a fancy glass with two straws so you and your loved one can enjoy it together!


  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups coconut milk unsweetened
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 4 dates pitted
  • ¼ cup raw or cooked beets diced
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • Coconut whipped cream on top optional


  1. Blend spinach and coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Top with a dollop of coconut whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

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89 Responses to “Red Velvet Green Smoothie”

  1. Am 1.21.2016 at 4:31 am #

    Any suggestions on what to replace the strawberries with? Blackberries, cherries, blueberries, etc do fine? (Losing the red velvet feel on the blueberries, I suppose, ha!) I seem to have a slight reaction to strawberries (but no other berries) but would love to try this recipe! Many thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.21.2016 at 11:08 am #

      Hi Am,

      Thanks for reaching out! All berries make a great substitute for strawberries in this recipe. We especially love reaching for raspberries, blackberries, or cherries!

      Hope this helps! 🙂

  2. Jaque 11.20.2015 at 9:48 pm #

    Do you have a recipe for coconut whipped cream?

  3. Debbie 10.22.2015 at 10:53 am #

    When you say cacao are you talking about the regular cocoa powder that I would buy for baking?

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.22.2015 at 4:20 pm #

      Hi Debbie,

      Great question! Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes (meaning major health benefits) in the cocoa and removes the fat (cacao butter). Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. Sadly, roasting changes the molecular structure of the cocoa bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value. But if you have unsweetened cocoa powder on hand, it makes a great substitute in any of our recipes that call for cacao.

      Cheers 🙂

  4. Candace 9.28.2015 at 11:54 am #

    Hello, I’ve been making green smoothies for years, but somewhat new to SGS and just signed up for the 30-Day Smoothie Challenge last week. I’ve been exploring the website for some recipe options, and happened upon this which sounds awesome.

    With one exception.. Beets. I hate ’em.

    I assume they are mainly for the added color here, would that be correct? If there’s more to it, what might be a good sub? Thanks so much!

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.28.2015 at 7:10 pm #

      Hi Candance,

      We’re so happy you found us in this busy internet world! Thanks for blendin’ with us! You’re right the beets in this recipe add the deep red color of our Red Velvet Green, they also add folate, fiber, + vitamin C! Not a fan? Swap out beets for an additional 1/4 cup of strawberries.

      Cheers 🙂

  5. Nish 9.22.2015 at 4:46 am #

    My Red velvet keeps coming out brown! what am I doing wrong? I am just halving the quantities!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.22.2015 at 6:54 am #

      Hi Nish,

      The combination of berries + dark leafy greens can sometimes turn your smoothie brown. The flavor + nutrition of our Red Velvet Green Smoothie is still there, but we understand any frustration when you’re hoping for a glorious red green smoothie! If you’re looking for more red, simply add extra beets the next time you blend this recipe!

      Hope this helps, and thanks for blendin’ with us! 🙂

  6. Angela 8.4.2015 at 5:59 pm #

    How many servings to these recipes typically make?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.5.2015 at 4:21 am #

      Hi Angela,

      Great question! Our recipes make two 16oz servings!

  7. Alicia 7.29.2015 at 4:39 am #

    Is there another type of flavoring that anyone has used besides the chocolate? I am allergic to chocolate. I wasn’t sure if there were other options for unsweetened flavored powders. Thanks in advance!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.29.2015 at 7:49 am #

      Hi Alicia,

      Thanks for reaching out! Would your allergies allow you to use carob powder? Carob is a chocolate substitute made from the roasted pods of the carob tree. We recommend using slightly less carob powder because its flavor is stronger than the flavor of cocoa.

      Hope this helps!

  8. Lori Jo 7.21.2015 at 4:13 am #

    I make my own blends is this still going to work good or should I follow recipes?

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.21.2015 at 4:17 am #

      Hi Lori Jo,

      Thanks for reaching out! Our recipes are here to inspire you, please don’t feel like you need to follow them to a T. We suggest following the Simple Green Smoothie Formula of 2 cups liquid base, 2 cups leafy greens, + 3 cups fruit, but change it up, and blend what works for you!

      Cheers 🙂

  9. Lori 6.26.2015 at 3:34 pm #

    You gave a substitute for dates (Bananas, honey, + maple syrup), but I’m allergic to bananas and don’t like dates. What else could I use in place of dates? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.26.2015 at 6:54 pm #

      Hi Lori,

      Have you tried using honey or maple syrup? They’re both great options for replacing dates in this recipe if you’re allergic to bananas.

      Cheers 🙂

  10. Celestine 6.20.2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Is there an alternative for the coconut milk?

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.22.2015 at 7:05 pm #

      Hi Celestine,

      Of course! Swap in another liquid base that you enjoy more. I love using almond milk in this recipe. Here are some of our favorite liquid base options you can try…

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