Red Velvet Smoothie

Red Velvet Smoothie
Red Velvet Smoothie

Who says it has to be indulgent to taste indulgent? This Red Velvet Smoothie is proof that you can have the flavors of the holiday season without getting off track with your healthy gluten-free lifestyle!

My favorite parts about this smoothie, besides the fact that it tastes so amazing, is that it is dairy-free (you may want to read my article Why You Should Go Dairy-Free and How to Do It) and packed with plant-based protein that is soy-free and nut-free!

In just a few minutes you can have a rich, velvety protein-packed smoothie to help you power through your day!

Rev up that blender!

 Red Velvet Smoothie

5.0 from 1 reviews
Red Velvet Smoothie
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{gluten-free, dairy-free, casein-free, soy-free, nut-free, corn-free, vegan}
Recipe type: Smoothie, Beverage, Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • ½ cup milk (I use unsweetened coconut milk; use your favorite dairy- or plant-based milk.)
  • 6 medium fresh or frozen strawberries*, chopped
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons protein powder, optional but recommended for more balanced nutrition*
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons cocoa powder (or carob powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • *Optional: Depending on the sweetness of your berries, you may want to add a small amount of your favorite sweetener.
  • *See "Notes" below recipe.
  1. Place ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour up and serve immediately.


  • I use Growing Naturals gluten-free, vegan rice or pea based protein powder; use what you like or omit.
  • Frozen berries yield a thicker smoothie and eliminate the need for ice. If your berries aren’t frozen, you can toss in a few ice cubes.
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As someone with celiac disease and multiple food allergies, Gigi understands how food can harm or heal. Fully restoring her own health with diet alone after a 25-year health struggle, Gigi now uses her own experiences and the skills she gained as a former neuroscience researcher to share practical, easy-to-understand strategies, science-backed nutrition information, immediately useful tips and recipes to make gluten-free living liberating and positive for everyone!
  • Anna Popescu

    Gigi, I can’t wait to try this later on! And I just happen to have received my can of Growing Naturals protein powder from Amazon a couple of days ago, so that’s another plus. The other rice protein powder I was using left such a gritty taste in my mouth that I’m looking forward to trying the Growing Naturals.


    • Gluten Free Gigi

      Oh, you will LOVE Growing Naturals, Anna!! So glad you got some. Let me know what you think.

      And yes, love adding it to this smoothie recipe to boost the nutrition. :)


      • Anna Popescu

        Gigi, I am enjoying the red velvet smoothie right now and is it ever good! I had some raspberries in the freezer so I used those instead of strawberries. YUM!

        Also, I love the Growing Naturals protein powder. No more gritty shakes or smoothies! Thanks for the thumbs up on that too!


        • Gluten Free Gigi

          Hi, sweet Annna!!

          Wonderful… and I LOVE the raspberry idea. Thanks so much for sharing that… see EVERYONE?? Raspberries work, too! ;)

          Did you puree those first then run them through a sieve? I think I would do that, as I really despise the seeds from brambles.

          And YES! So happy you found Growing Naturals to be a superior protein powder. I just love it!



  • Irene Lofton

    Although I do not drink smoothies of any kind this sounds delicious. Could be that I might try it