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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 cacaoโ€”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

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks


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)
  • ยผ cup raw or cooked beets (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • ยฝ 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!


*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.


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  1. Celestine

    June 20th, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Is there an alternative for the coconut milk?

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    June 22nd, 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…

  3. Lori

    June 26th, 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!

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    June 26th, 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lori Jo

    July 21st, 2015 at 4:13 am

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

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    July 21st, 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Alicia

    July 29th, 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!!

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    July 29th, 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!

  9. Angela

    August 4th, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    How many servings to these recipes typically make?

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    August 5th, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Hi Angela,

    Great question! Our recipes make two 16oz servings!

  11. Nish

    September 22nd, 2015 at 4:46 am

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

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    September 22nd, 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Candace

    September 28th, 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!

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    September 28th, 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Debbie

    October 22nd, 2015 at 10:53 am

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

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    October 22nd, 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 thatโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Jaque

    November 20th, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Do you have a recipe for coconut whipped cream?

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    November 23rd, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Jaque,

    We do! Check out our Coconut Whipped Cream recipe in our new book. It just hit shelves on November 3rd!

  19. Am

    January 21st, 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!

  20. SGS Rawkstar

    January 21st, 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Kalynn Batkoski

    February 11th, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Will canned beets throw off the flavor?

  22. SGS Rawkstar

    February 11th, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Kalynn,

    I personally haven’t tried canned beets, but they’re worth a try! Just check your label and make sure there’s no additives.

  23. Melissa

    February 11th, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Hi there,

    I also dislike beets, but how strong do they taste in the smoothie? I could probably tolerate a taste that is subtle.


  24. SGS Rawkstar

    February 11th, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Melissa,

    Great question! All of the other yummy ingredients help cover the flavor of beets in this delicious “guilt-free” treat! We love the beets in this recipe for their major health benefits and the deep red color they add to our Red Velvet Green Smoothie!

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Jennifer

    February 11th, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Can I use coconut water instead of coconut milk?

  26. SGS Rawkstar

    February 11th, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    Of course!! We love switching up our liquid bases! Check out some of our favorites here…

  27. Larissa

    February 11th, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Are you using canned coconut milk, or the thinner coconut milk they sell in a carton?

  28. SGS Rawkstar

    February 11th, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Larissa,

    Great question! There are several types of coconut milk available. It can be hard to know which to choose! Coconut cream is the thickest and richest. It has the least amount of water. Then there is full-fat or regular coconut milk. It still has plenty of rich, creamy taste, but has a higher liquid ratio. Light coconut milk has the mildest flavor, highest water content, and least amount of calories compared with the other varieties. Think of these as you would heavy cream, whole milk, and low-fat milk.

    Youโ€™ll find coconut milk packaged in several ways โ€“ cans, cartons (shelf-stable and refrigerated), or frozen.

  29. Kelli

    February 11th, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Do you use cooked or raw beets?

  30. SGS Rawkstar

    February 12th, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Hi Kelli,

    We actually leave that up to you! Both will create a delicious decadent “guilt-free” green smoothie! Learn more about blending with beets here…

  31. Mary Ann

    February 12th, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Where can you buy cacao powder?

  32. SGS Rawkstar

    February 12th, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Hi Mary Ann,

    You can often find cacao powder at your local health food store or at grocery stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Unsweetened cocoa powder is the perfect substitute, and can easily be found in your baking aisle!

    Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Tc

    March 25th, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Cacao powder is also sold at Costco and smart & final

  34. SGS Rawkstar

    March 25th, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing TC! We love stores like Costco + Sam’s Club!

  35. Lisa

    March 25th, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Hello –
    I’m pre-diabetic and tightly control my sugar intake through diet. How many grams of sugar does 1 serving of this smoothie have? Whenever I have looked at coconut water in the stores, its seems to have a high sugar gram count. I imagine coconut milk is even higher. Any suggested substitutes?

  36. SGS Rawkstar

    March 25th, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Hi Lisa,

    We love switching up our recipes + it’s definitely important to adjust our recipes to meet your diet needs. Some great alternatives to coconut milk are almond + hemp milk. Learn more about our favorite liquid base options here…

  37. Serena

    May 4th, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Coconut water is very high sugar impact, while unsweetened coconut milk is not. The fat makes a difference and is SO healthy for your brain and the rest of your body!

    I would probably replace the dates with stevia, monk fruit or xylitol for a no healthy no sugar alternative.

  38. Liz Swann {RedSmoothie}

    July 12th, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    This is very refreshing and delicious! Easy to make and extremely smooth!

  39. SGS Rawkstar

    July 13th, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Hi Liz!

    Thanks so much for reaching out + for your kind words! We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed it!

    Cheers :).

  40. Rachel Burner

    August 15th, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Hi! So on a whim home from school we stopped by the farmers market and got the ingredients for this smoothie. It’s delicious! My girls loved it. We went with raw beets (we have a Vitamix so it could handle it with frozen fruit) and used unsweetened vanilla almond milk. So just in case anybody is wondering, it’s yummy with almond milk as a substitute!

  41. SGS Rawkstar

    August 16th, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Hi Rachel,

    We love this! What a great way to end the school day with a trip to the farmer’s market to blend one of our favorite recipes! Thank you for sharing that you loved this recipe with almond milk too!

    We love bringing our kids to the farmers market too!

  42. Green Press

    December 20th, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Wow! Love the color of this smoothie. Definitely going to give this one a try. Perfect for a romantic night!

  43. SGS Rawkstar

    December 20th, 2016 at 7:09 am

    YES! The beets add a major nutrient boost + amazing color!

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