Keto Red Velvet Smoothie Recipe
What could be better than red velvet cake? Maybe nothing, but this Keto red velvet smoothie recipe comes pretty darn close.
What is Red Velvet Anyway?
One of the great mysteries of the universe, right up there with the pyramids, has to be red velvet cake. How does red velvet achieve its hue?
It really depends on the baker. These days some bakers and bakeries resort to red dye, but other methods are much more intriguing.
To achieve the coveted velvety texture, vinegar or buttermilk is added. These acids react with anthocyanin-rich cocoa and turn the batter a rusty red.
So if you were wondering why red velvet tastes like chocolate, it does, in fact, contain a small amount of cocoa. That’s what makes it taste like chocolate without being quite so rich.
During the food rations of World War II, beet juice was used to color some cakes. A few people still bust out a beet to color cakes.
Regardless of how it is colored, red velvet is typically served with cream cheese frosting. But enough about cake. Let’s get back to this Keto smoothie.
From Cake to Keto Smoothie
If you were paying attention to the ingredients, your Keto alarm bells should be going off. Chocolate. Cream cheese frosting. Cake.
Not exactly items on the Keto-friendly food list. So how do we get the taste of scandalously scrumptious red velvet without all the carbs?
Instead of chocolate or cocoa powder, I used cacao powder. This powder has all of the flavors of chocolate without the sugar.
To add some creaminess, I added coconut milk. Otherwise, this smoothie might taste like iced hot chocolate. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s also not what we’re after.
I added raspberries for color. I find them more appealing in a smoothie than beets, and I’m sure you will too!
Finally, you’ll just need some ice and water.
Minding Your Macros
I am drawn to dessert recipes like a magnet. But then my mind starts racing to try to calculate if I can “afford” a treat without throwing myself out of ketosis.
If you can relate to this crisis of carbs, you should definitely try my one-question ketogenic macro calculator.
Just type in your goal weight and you’ll know how much protein, carbs, and fat you should be eating.
If you want to improve or fine-tune your results, you can plug in some more data on a second calculator that takes into consideration your exercise regimen and body fat percentage.
I think you’ll find whichever calculator you use to be a great asset.
Manage your sweet tooth with this creamy, keto-friendly decadent smoothie.
- 6 raspberries (11 g)
- 2 Tablespoons (12 g) of cacao powder
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) of coconut milk
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend well.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 4 g
- Calories: 148
- Sugar: 2 g
- Fat: 12 g
- Carbohydrates: 9 g
- Fiber: 5 g
- Protein: 2 g