This Red Velvet Smoothie is luxuriously thick and creamy with a deep, rich flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness! We combine dark sweet cherries with cocoa powder to get the classic red color with a hint of chocolate flavor. This smoothie is dairy free and naturally vegetarian.

Try some of our other favorite smoothies next like this Golden Milk SmoothieImmune-Boosting Smoothie, or Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Image of the Red Velvet Smoothie

Image of the Red Velvet Smoothie

Red Velvet Smoothie

When you’re craving an indulgent, rich, and flavorful dessert, but don’t want to bake (or wait a few hours), this cake smoothie is the thing to make! It also just so happens to be packed with nutritious ingredients to fuel your day or afternoon. This is not a smoothie that will leave you hungry 10 minutes after drinking! It’s packed with protein and good-for-you fats intended to keep you full for hours.

Red velvet cake is traditionally a red, or red-brown layered cake with sweet cream cheese frosting. The cake tastes like mild cocoa with a slightly tart edge and that is exactly what we aimed to channel flavor-wise in this smoothie. This red smoothie is ultra thick, super creamy, and ridiculously filling! 

Also, no food coloring here! We get the red hue from dark sweet cherries and the touch of brown color from the cocoa powder. More on the ingredients in this smoothie below:

Process shots-- images of the cashews and milk being added to the blender and being blended then ice, bananas, and cherries being added

Process shots-- images of the cashews and milk being added to the blender and being blended then ice, bananas, and cherries being added

Red Velvet Smoothie Ingredients

  • Cashews: We love dry roasted cashews best — more flavor without any extra effort on your part. The cashews help thicken and flavor the smoothie while also ensuring it’s filling (thanks to the protein and healthy fats contained in these nuts!).
  • Milk: Any milk works, but we prefer plant-based milk in this recipe. 
  • Frozen dark sweet cherries: This variety of cherries is firm, very juicy, and intensely sweet with a vibrant flavor — one of the main flavors in this beverage!
  • Frozen banana: The banana sweetens and thickens the smoothie perfectly. Make sure to freeze a fully ripe banana or grab already frozen ripe bananas!

QUICK TIP

Use leftover frozen sweet cherries in this four-ingredient Cherry Smoothie!

Process shots of red velvet smoothie-- images of the remaining ingredients being added and it all being blended

Process shots of red velvet smoothie-- images of the remaining ingredients being added and it all being blended

Ingredients, Cont.

  • Flavor enhancers: Vanilla and a tiny pinch of salt add flavor and richness. Why salt? It helps intensify and balance all the ingredients in this smoothie — a little goes a long way!
  • Cocoa powder: No red velvet treat is complete without this ingredient! We’ve tested both regular and Dutch-process cocoa powder in this smoothie and there isn’t too much of a difference. Nothing beats this cocoa powder — it’s unbelievably good!
  • Honey: The honey pulls everything together and perfectly sweetens this drink balancing the bitterness of the cocoa powder. The smoothie is definitely lacking without it!
  • Ice: The ice ensures a super-cold and thick Red Velvet Smoothie.

Overhead image of Red Velvet Smoothie in a cup

Overhead image of Red Velvet Smoothie in a cup

How To Make A Red Velvet Smoothie

  • Freeze the banana. The key to a super-thick and creamy smoothie is a frozen banana! I like to prep the bananas right after getting back from the grocery store, so I don’t forget. Remove the peel, slice the banana into coins, place in freezer-safe containers or bags, and freeze overnight. Tip: Freeze several batches of banana coins, each in its own freezer bag, so they’ll be ready any time you need them!
  • Use a powerful blender. This recipe is quick and easy to make, but you do need a high-powered blender (think Blendtec® or Vitamix®) to break down the cashews without soaking them first. (Don’t have a powerful blender? Check out this Cashew Ice Cream recipe for how to soak cashews quickly.)
  • Measure. While it is much easier to just eyeball a smoothie and throw it all together, I highly recommend measuring ingredients the first few times, so you get proportions/quantities right. Throwing random quantities in a blender can often end up giving you way too much smoothie or tasting, well, nasty.
  • Add extra milk if needed. Occasionally we’ll make this smoothie and end up needing another 1/4 cup of milk. If the smoothie isn’t blending or you get a “cavitation” warning on the blender, stop the blender, add a touch more milk and continue blending!
  • Blend. Before transferring this Red Velvet Smoothie from blender to glass, give it a quick stir to make sure everything is integrated and smooth. If you’ve got any chunks or pooled honey, blend it again. (And on the flip side, don’t over-blend or the smoothie won’t be as thick!)

Image of the Red Velvet Smoothie ready to be enjoyed

Image of the Red Velvet Smoothie ready to be enjoyed

STORAGE

This healthy Red Velvet Smoothie is best enjoyed right after blending. It doesn’t sit, store, or re-freeze well. If you won’t consume the whole smoothie in one sitting, I recommend halving the recipe!

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This Red Velvet Smoothie is luxuriously thick and creamy with a deep, rich flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness! We combine dark sweet cherries with cocoa powder to get the classic red color with a hint of chocolate flavor. This smoothie is dairy free and naturally vegetarian.

Red Velvet Smoothie

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This Red Velvet Smoothie is luxuriously thick and creamy with a deep, rich flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness! We combine dark sweet cherries with cocoa powder to get the classic red color with a hint of chocolate flavor. This smoothie is dairy free and naturally vegetarian.

Instructions

  • PREP: Cut a ripe banana into coins, place in a zipper-top bag, and freeze the night before making this smoothie. OR purchase already frozen bananas. The key to a super-thick and creamy smoothie is a frozen banana!

  • FIRST BLEND: Combine cashews and milk in a high-powered blender. Blend until completely smooth, about 60-90 seconds.

  • SECOND BLEND: Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth, about 60 seconds. If needed, stop the blender and stir around with a spoon and begin blending again OR add a touch more milk (sometimes it need another 1/4 cup or so!). Taste and add additional honey if desired. Enjoy immediately; this smoothie doesn’t sit/store well.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Blender: You’ll need a good, powerful blender (like Blendtec or Vitamix) to break down the cashews. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, I recommend soaking the cashews first (check out this Cashew Ice Cream recipe for 3 ways to soak cashews).
Note 2: Cashews: We like to use dry-roasted and lightly salted cashews (way more flavor with no extra effort on your end!).
Note 3: Honey: The honey pulls everything together and perfectly sweetens the smoothie. The smoothie is definitely lacking and is bitter without it! Also depending on how ripe/sweet the fruit is you may want a touch more honey– up to an additional tablespoon.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 53.3g | Protein: 6.4g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 97.4mg | Fiber: 5.8g | Sugar: 32.6g

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