This healthy banana beet smoothie recipe is paleo friendly, whole30, dairy free and only sweetened with fruit. It's great for a nourishing breakfast or snack and kid friendly.
I have been on a smoothie kick since January and I don't see it stopping anytime soon!
Smoothies are just the perfect warm weather snack and/or meal replacement. Not to mention, you can pack them full of nourishing foods.
This banana beet smoothie is thick, naturally sweetened and delicious.
Unlike many beet smoothie recipes, this one is made with cooked beets, not beet juice. It also contains frozen fruit (blueberries and banana), cauliflower for extra nutrition (you can't taste it), ground flax, collagen for protein and coconut milk to get the right texture.
This healthy beet smoothie is paleo friendly, whole30 approved and can be made vegan by omitting the collagen. It's also kid friendly - my children love it!
Here's what you need to make this beet smoothie recipe:
- cooked beets
- frozen banana
- frozen blueberries
- cauliflower (steamed then frozen)
- ground flax
- coconut milk
I used Lovebeets pre-cooked beets. Costco carries a giant pack of them, which are great if you enjoy beets. You can also find them at many healthy food stores like Whole Foods. Another option is to buy raw beets and cook them yourself! Simply wash the beets, cut off the tops, cut them into bite-sized pieces and steam them in a steamer pot until tender.
Frozen bananas and blueberries help to make a thick, creamy smoothie. If you don't have frozen fruit on hand, then using fresh will work too, but it will make the smoothie more liquid.
Cauliflower is optional, but bulks up the smoothie and adds a boost in nutrition without affecting the flavor. For the cauliflower, steam the florets in a steamer pot, cool and then freeze on a parchment-lined baking sheet. The cauliflower can be stored in baggies or containers for months. I always keep some in my freezer for smoothies.
I love adding collagen peptides to smoothies. Not only does it increase the protein content, but it helps with creaminess. For this recipe, I love using Ancient Nutrition's unflavored multi collagen protein. (Use code BAKEITPALEO for a discount on any Ancient Nutrition purchase.)
Ground flax adds fiber and healthy fats to the smoothie, as well as enhancing the smoothie texture. This ingredient is optional, but recommended.
I used light canned coconut milk to thin the smoothie just a bit, making it easier to blend. You may swap the coconut milk for almond or cashew milk if you prefer.
How to Make a Beet Smoothie
All you need to do to make this blueberry beet smoothie is place the ingredients in a blender (I used my Vitamix) or food processor and blend, blend, blend!
If using a blender like a Vitamix, start blending at a low speed, then gradually increase the speed until the smoothie is thick and consistent. Use the tamper as needed and stop to scrape the sides if any of the ingredients get stuck on the edges of the blender.
When done, the smoothie will be thick and consistent - perfect for making a beet smoothie bowl.
If you want a thinner smoothie, then either use fresh (not frozen) fruit or add more coconut milk.
Lastly, add your favorite smoothie toppings and eat! I topped this vegan beet smoothie with sliced banana, pumpkin seeds, coconut and hemp hearts.
Store any leftover smoothie in the freezer. Defrost at room temperature for about 20 minutes before eating.
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- Add all smoothie ingredients to a high powered blender or food processor.
- Blend, starting at a low speed and gradually increasing the speed, until the smoothie has a smooth, consistent texture. Use the tamper as needed to help blend the ingredients.
- Pour smoothie into a large cup or small bowl. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Want a sweeter smoothie? Add another frozen banana or a teaspoon of maple syrup or honey.
*steamed then frozen
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