berry beet velvet smoothie - The First Mess
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Print the recipe here!
NOTES: I think a stronger blender is preferred here. I use a high-speed blender, and I still chop up the beet into relatively small pieces so that the motor doesn’t struggle too much.

1 heaped cup mixed red berries (I did fresh strawberries + frozen cherries)
1 small beet, peeled + chopped small
1/2 ripe banana (preferably frozen)
1 pitted Medjool date
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons coconut butter (note: this is a product that contains both the oil and flesh)
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plant-based milk (almond, coconut, hemp etc)

plant-based protein powder (vanilla or chocolate flavoured)
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon mesquite powder
1 teaspoon maca powder

In an upright blender, combine the berries, chopped beet, banana, date, cacao powder, coconut butter, lemon juice, vanilla, and plant milk. Throw in any add-ins you may be using as well. Blend the mixture on high until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and garnish with shaved bits of coconut butter and a dusting of cacao powder if you like. Enjoy!

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