This beetroot smoothie is sure to turn anyone into a beet lover! The colour is gorgeous, the flavour is sweet, the texture is creamy and it is packed with nutrition.
Reasons to Love This Smoothie
- The Colour - Such a beautiful and vibrant pink smoothie.
- Easy - Simple ingredients blended in under 5 mins.
- Great Way to Add Beets to the Diet- I love to show kids various ways to enjoy different vegetables. This is such a delicious way for kids to see beetroot being used.
- Nutritious - Packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals from the fruit and vegetables and combined with calcium, protein and fat from the milk and yogurt.
Watch How to Make It
Ingredient Information (and Alternative Suggestions)
This section gives more information on the ingredients and suggests alternatives where possible. For the full recipe, with ingredient amounts, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
I've only added half a beet to this smoothie. If your little one is happy to drink it then the next time you make it, use a whole beetroot. If you feel a half may be too strong then start at just a quarter.
I buy beets pre-cooked in vacuum packs (easy to get in both Australia and UK). If you have a high powered blender you could add raw (peeled and chopped).
- FROZEN BERRIES
Helps with sweetness and to mask the earthy taste of the beetroot, that some kids may not like. I buy bags of frozen mixed berries but you can use any frozen berries you please.
- FROZEN BANANA
Also helps with sweetness and adds a creamy texture to the smoothie.
Adds sweetness and is a lovely pairing with beetroot.
Adds creaminess and protein and works really nicely with the beet flavour. If you are looking to make a dairy free smoothie then sub with dairy-free yogurt or replace with a little extra dairy-free milk
Works with dairy or non-dairy milk. If you are looking for a higher protein content just remember that the different milk types have different protein contents. Dairy has a higher protein content and oat milk is a good dairy-free alternative.
Love this beetroot smoothie but want to change it up a little? Here are a few foods that pair beautifully with beets...
- lemon - add a squeeze of lemon for extra freshness
- orange - switch out some of the berries with some fresh orange and a little orange zest
- mint - try adding some fresh mint which will compliment the beets
- pistachios / walnuts - try topping this smoothie with some finely chopped nuts.
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Add the liquid first as this will help with the blending of the frozen fruit.
- Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust if necessary
- Use a HIGH-speed blender - In order to blend the frozen fruit and raw beet (if using) then a high-speed blender is a must.
- Ingredient Order - For easier blending make sure you put the liquid and softer ingredients at the bottom to prevent the frozen fruit from getting stuck under the blades.
- Adjust as Needed - Too thick? Add more liquid, Too thin? Add more frozen bananas. Too beet-y? Add more fruit.
- Leftovers? - Smoothies are best eaten straight away but with a good stir this will last up to a day. You can also try freezing any leftovers into popsicles.
Other Smoothies You May Like to Try
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- 1 High Speed Blender
- ½ cooked beetroot can use raw (peeled and chopped) if using a high-speed blender
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 1 cup (140g) frozen mixed berries
- 1 apple, seeded and diced
- ¼ cup (60g) natural Greek yogurt
- ½ cup (125 ml) milk
- Add all the ingredients to the blender (see note 1) and pulse to break up the frozen fruit. Start on a slow speed and gradually increase the speed to high. Blend on high until all ingredients are fully blended.
- Taste and make any adjustments if needed (more milk to thin, added sweetener if required etc)
- The order you add your ingredients can make a difference in how easily your smoothie will blend. You want the liquid at the bottom, nearest the blade, followed by the softer fruit and finally the frozen fruit.
- You can use milk of choice, dairy and dairy-free milk both work.
This recipe was first published in June 2016. The recipe post has been updated to include, process shots, an instructional video and more recipe information.