Cherry Beet Smoothie Recipe

This cherry beet smoothie will start your morning with plenty of good-for-you vitamins!!

I think I’ve mentioned, I don’t like beets.

2 glass jars of Clean Eating Cherry Beet Smoothie sitting on multi-colored pebbles. One jar is a taller carafe and the other is a small, short, single serving jar.

I’ve never liked beets.

I want to like beets.

I continue to cook beets in the hopes that I will learn to like beets.

I still don’t like beets.

But I had them for breakfast the other morning and MAN were they good! You see, I had some leftovers from my last recipe and just could not bring myself to eat them as they were, despite the fact that everyone else loved them. So I got creative and ended up with this surprisingly sweet and delicious smoothie.

They actually aren’t too bad when served a little on the sweet side and I know they have crazy good health benefits. So if I’m going to have them, then this is the way I’ll make them. You can’t “beet” a beautiful smoothie first thing in the morning!!

Just sayin’.


Cherry Beet Smoothie Recipe

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Clean Eating Cherry Beet Smoothie Recipe

Cherry Beet Smoothie Recipe

Start your morning off with lots of vitamins that keep a pep in your step all day!
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Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Smoothies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1 cup frozen cherries (unsweetened)
  • 2 cups marinated beets (see recipe link above)
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon


  • Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.


Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 8.3mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 1/24/13.

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  1. Anne @ eatcleaneatreal says:

    Oh my gosh, I am opposite of you and I LOVE BEETS. But I have never ever thought of putting them in a smoothie!!! What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. LOL… you are too cute! I’ve been juicing my beets and adding them to smoothies for awhile now, my family calls them the ‘dirt’ drinks.
    Thank you for your continued efforts on getting these beet recipes down… I’m loving them!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Happy to “take one for the team”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I like beets (it took me a while), but my problem is the staining. How do you keep them from staining your hands?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      They didn’t stain my hands too bad. But you can always wear gloves.

  4. {darlene} @ FieldstoneHillDesign says:

    this looks AMAZING!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I am very allergic to bananas, can you suggest a substitute? Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Frozen mangos are the typical substitute for bananas.

  6. Awesome smoothie.. I luv beets and cherry .. Such a yummy good pair.. And so much nutritions in ot for u and also gives u energy!

  7. I purchased some beet powder form the local health food co-op and have been trying to figure out how to use it. This is PERFECT!! I am making for breakfast for my son and I tomorrow. So excited to try. Thanks for sharing.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      My pleasure!

  8. Would I be able to use unmarinated beets?
    and do they have to be cooked? (I’m new to the smoothie world)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shawna – They don’t have to be marinated, but they do have to be cooked.

      1. Costco of all places sells cooked beets packed in individual servings. This would be a great use for them. Iโ€™m going to try!

  9. I tried this and I have to admit I really didn’t like it but I’m going to choke it down because I know it’s good for me.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenny – What didn’t you like about it?

  10. We are getting beets in our next CSA box. I have never eaten beets before and the smoothie looks like it might be good. Only problem is that my daughter is allergic to banana. What could I substitute for the banana? thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rose – I’m not sure how it would go with the beats, but typically, mango is the substitute for bananas.

  11. This smoothie looks so good!! I’m making the marinated beets right now so I can make the smoothie tomorrow or the next day!!

    Also, for the person looking for a banana substitute, you could try avocado. I make a lot of smoothies with that and it would be similar texture as the banana and not overpowering flavor.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Joann – Thanks for the tip! Let me know how you like the smoothie! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. It was delicious! I used almond/coconut milk blend instead of the light coconut milk so mine probably wasn’t as thick. I also put some fresh ginger in place of the cinnamon just because I use that a lot in my smoothies. I’ll definitely make this one again!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Joanna – Fantastic! So glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Tip for the stains on hands…use a little baking soda. Took mine right off.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Joann – Thank you!! Great to know!!

  14. This may be a dumb question. I know what beets are but what are marinated beets?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trina – If you click the bold text in the recipe, it will take you to the recipe for marinated beets. It’s just the way you cook them.

  15. By coconut milk do you mean canned or..?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Evy – That’s what I used. I haven’t found one yet in a carton that is clean.

  16. Why do the beets need to be cooked? I have used them raw in other smoothies.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – That’s just the way I did it. You can try them raw if you prefer.

  17. Kurt Jacobson says:

    I love smoothies and I love beets. Never thought to put beets in smoothies though. I love the photo of the smoothie in the old timey milk bottle! Will give this a try when I am back home from Vegas.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kurt – Wonderful! Let me know how you like it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Hmmm I don’t care for cherries at all but do love beets have to try this one sounds oh so good for you

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cindy – I’m not sure what you could sub for the cherries, but let me know what you end up with!

  19. I had to laugh when I read your post! I love reading your stuff!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leann – Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I am going to make this with frozen beets.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laura – Let me know how it goes! ๐Ÿ™‚