Healthy and wholesome, this 5 ingredient and 5-minute banana beet smoothie is what you need for your weekday breakfast. It’s great for weight loss and can be made vegan too (gluten-free).
Looking for more such healthy smoothies for your weekend breakfast, then give these a try – Apple Smoothie, Celery Smoothie, Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie, Mango Kale Smoothie, and Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.
About This Recipe
Creamy, sweet, and detoxifying, this magenta-hued banana beet smoothie is a powerhouse drink to start your day with. Make it using raw beets, cooked beets, or even canned ones, it tastes great and comes together in 5 minutes.
Banana beet smoothie is a delicious combination of banana, beetroot, celery, yogurt, milk, and honey. It has a beautiful vibrant pink color to it due to the use of beetroot and a thick creamy texture from the bananas.
This smoothie comes together in 5 minutes and is very adaptable. It is naturally gluten-free and can be easily made vegan. This smoothie is a great way to include beet in your diet, especially if you are not particularly fond of them.
Health Benefits Of Beet Banana Smoothie
Beetroots are loaded with natural fibers, antioxidants, Vit C, and minerals like folate, potassium, etc. Beetroot is very good for the skin as it improves the blood flow in our body. It is also a great option for detox and weight loss.
Banana is rich in dietary fibers and minerals like manganese and potassium. It is also a great source of Vit B6 and Vit C.
Celery is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Beetroot – Beet comes in a wide variety and all the varieties have a different taste profile. I have used red beets to make the smoothie but you can go ahead and use whichever you prefer.
You can make this smoothie using raw beet, cooked beet, or even canned beet, however, my favorite way is to use raw ones. It’s the most nutritious too.
Banana – Banana makes the smoothie super creamy and also balances the bitterness of the beets.
Celery – It also mellows down the beet-y flavor. You can replace it with carrots or red apples.
Milk and Yogurt – These ingredients make the beet smoothie nice, filling, and creamy! You can also opt for non-dairy options to make a vegan and dairy-free version of this smoothie.
Honey – I have added honey to make it a little sweet, but if you like your smoothies to be less sweet, you can avoid adding it. You can use maple syrup, agave nectar, or sugar-free options like stevia or monk fruit instead.
How To Make Banana Beet Smoothie
Wash the beetroot well and scrub it to remove any mud. Discard 0.5 mm of the top and the bottom tip using a sharp knife. Peel the beetroot using a vegetable peeler. I personally like to peel the beets as the skin is slightly bitter.
Now chop it into small cubes. If you have a high-speed blender, you can chop it in big chunks but if you have a normal blender, chop it finely.
Beets are notorious for staining everything that comes in their contact. So be very careful while chopping them. Use old knives, chopping boards, and bowls, and wear gloves if you don’t want your hands to be stained.
Peel the banana and cut it into slices. Freeze the slice for 3-4 hours. If you have forgotten to freeze the banana, add a few ice cubes while grinding the smoothie.
Chop one stalk of celery. Discard the leaves.
Make The Smoothie
Add ½ cup cubed beetroot, ½ cup frozen banana, 1 stalk chopped celery, 1 cup plain yogurt, ¼ cup milk, and 2 teaspoon honey in the medium jar of a high-speed blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour the smoothie into serving glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint and edible flowers (optional) and serve immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Skip adding milk to the recipe and make a thick beet smoothie. Add the smoothie to the bowl and top it with toppings of your choice to make it wholesome. I like to top mine with granola, slivered nuts, fresh-cut fruits, chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, or nut butter.
Apart from making the basic beet smoothie, you can add other ingredients to it and make many variations. Listing a few of my favorites below.
- Beetroot + Apple + Celery + Carrot Juice + Milk/Almond Milk + Ginger
- Apple + Beetroot + Lime + Fresh Mint + Water
- Beetroot + Frozen Blueberry/Strawberry/Raspberry + Frozen Pineapple + Milk/Almond Milk + Greek Yogurt + Chia Seeds
- Beetroot + Frozen Berries + Frozen Banana + Milk of your Choice + Honey
- Apple + Banana + Flax Seeds + Beetroot + Kale + Mixed Berries
You can also add beet greens, ginger, vanilla, etc to this drink.
Freeze leftover in popsicle molds for a summer treat.
Add protein powder to it for a pre or post-workout snack.
This smoothie tastes best when made fresh but you can store the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 days. It will split a bit, so shake it well before serving.
If you want to meal prep the smoothie for the week, then store it into freezer-safe mason jars, and freeze. Whenever you plan to drink it again, place a jar in the fridge and defrost it overnight. Shake well before serving.
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Banana Beet Smoothie Recipe
- ½ cup peeled and chopped red beets
- ½ cup peeled and chopped banana (frozen)
- 1 stalk chopped celery
- 1 cup plain yogurt (chilled, whole, low fat or plant-based)
- ¼ cup milk (chilled, whole, skim, or plant-based)
- 2 teaspoons honey (use maple syrup or agave nectar for vegan)
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender.
- Blend until smooth. Pour the smoothie into serving glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint and edible flowers (optional) and serve immediately.