WELCOME to the Virtual Vegan Potluck, beautiful souls!  Thank you so much for visiting and to An Unrefined Vegan, Vedged Out and Vegan Bloggers Unite for hosting this amazing, global party!


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It all started with this incredible Red Velvet Smoothie recipe from Keepin’ It Kind.  I couldn’t stop gawking at the incredible photos or daydreaming about what it would taste like.  So what if I’m Australian and have never tasted a Red Velvet Cake in my life?  My imagination said it would be awesome.  Anything that pretty has gotta be good, right?

Armed with my new ice-cream maker and oodles of enthusiasm I decided to try my hand at creating an ice-cream version.  I kept it all raw and healthy but went a bit sweeter and denser for the ice-cream translation.

And the verdict?   Oh my WOW, I am in love with a cake that I have never even bitten!  I will be devouring this stuff all summer long.  Healthy, satisfying and oh so delicious.

Oh and if beets freak you out, I implore you – just try this once.  I’m pretty sure you’ll be crushing on it as hard as I am.  ♥   (And if not, I happily accept ice-cream deliveries!)


Makes a large tub – probably about 6 serves (plus the serve I drank straight out of the blender, sshhhh):


Raw Red Velvet Cake Ice-Cream

Rebecca Weller - Vegan Sparkles
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 10 frozen strawberries
  • 2 small very ripe bananas
  • 1 small beetroot pick the softest one you can find, peeled and grated or diced
  • 6 medjool dates pitted
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • Squeeze lemon juice
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 3 tbsp dark agave nectar / pure maple syrup


  • Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour mixture into ice-cream maker and follow machine instructions.
  • Pour mixture into a freezer-proof container and freeze until hard.
  • Scoop ice-cream into bowls and enjoy your guilt-free, super healthy treat!






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66 Comments on Virtual Vegan Potluck ✰ Raw Red Velvet Cake Ice-Cream

  1. Brandi
    November 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm (12 years ago)

    Sparkles!! This looks so delicious and healthy at the same time! What an amazing color…just gorgeous girl!! 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Brandi! 🙂

  2. Richa
    November 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm (12 years ago)

    I am in love with the color.. so beautiful!

  3. Lou
    November 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm (12 years ago)

    Amazing! I did a beet recipe too – it’s the best colour ever…. and I JUST got an ice cream maker too, so your recipe is on my LIST to make and EAT 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm (12 years ago)

      Perfect! Get into it, Lou! 🙂

  4. jess
    November 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm (12 years ago)

    just like everyone else, I love the colour!! (I wish I owned an ice cream maker!)

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm (12 years ago)

      Mine was a bargain on a second-hand website, Jess. You might get lucky too? 🙂

  5. Sophie
    November 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm (12 years ago)

    I also joined the VVp & I had a blast too! 🙂

    Your invented healthy beet ice-cream looks superb & very appetizing too, dear Bex! 🙂 Yummm!

  6. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    November 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm (12 years ago)

    So creative Bex! I love the flavour choice and I bet the beetroot gives it a lovely earth sweetness too! Happy VVP 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm (12 years ago)

      It sure does! Happy VVP to you too, Gabby! I’m still making my way around the party! 🙂

  7. Pennsyltucky Veggie
    November 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm (12 years ago)

    You had me at raw and the color is gem-like!

  8. Trish
    November 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm (12 years ago)

    Such a lovely colour. I’ve been avoiding purchasing an ice cream maker for so long — I was afraid I would make too many not-so-healthy-treats. I’m now convinced I could make something very pretty, impressive and healthy.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm (12 years ago)

      You sure could, Trish! Jump on it! 🙂

  9. Becky
    November 2, 2012 at 12:32 am (12 years ago)

    YAY What a fab icecream!! I am soo going to come and find you if I ever come over there just so you can feed me for a week 😀 nom nom!

  10. @rubbercowgirl
    November 2, 2012 at 12:59 am (12 years ago)

    Yum! I am definitely going to try this! You’re amazing!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks chickie! I LOVE your creation too! Your blog won’t let me comment on it, though. 🙁

  11. Laura
    November 2, 2012 at 1:47 am (12 years ago)

    Wow, I love the color!

  12. Annie
    November 2, 2012 at 2:20 am (12 years ago)

    Wow! A stunner – and I’m sure it’s delicious, too! So glad to have you in the Potluck :-)!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks so much for being our amazing host, Annie! 🙂

  13. Lorna
    November 2, 2012 at 3:37 am (12 years ago)

    What an amazing looking ice cream. I wonder if Santa could bring me an ice cream maker and a beetroot for Christmas.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm (12 years ago)

      I’m sure he will if you’re a good girl, Lorna! 😉

  14. CJ at Food Stories
    November 2, 2012 at 5:20 am (12 years ago)

    Just making my way through the VVP & wanted to say hey 🙂

  15. Katie (A Fork in Hand)
    November 2, 2012 at 8:29 am (12 years ago)

    This might be the recipe that finally convinces me to give beets another try. Looks amazing!

  16. Liz
    November 2, 2012 at 9:17 am (12 years ago)

    I’ve never been a huge fan of beets plain, but I love them in things, so I’ll definitly have to try this out. I love the color!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm (12 years ago)

      Definitely give it a try, Liz! 🙂

  17. Kristy
    November 2, 2012 at 9:21 am (12 years ago)

    Oh my gosh! I was so stunned by the photos that I skipped directly to the recipe. Then I went back and red and saw the link to my smoothie! Thank you! And thank you for this great idea- you KNOW what I’m doing with the next bunch of beets I get!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm (12 years ago)

      Thank YOU for the gorgeous inspiration as always, Kristy! I’m loving your new profile pic there, too! Stunning! 🙂

  18. K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo
    November 2, 2012 at 11:00 am (12 years ago)

    Um. Wow. This looks pretty spectacular! Putting this on my list of thing to try right now! Nice to meet another Aussie blogger!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm (12 years ago)

      Nice to meet you too, K-Bobo! 🙂

  19. GiGi
    November 2, 2012 at 11:44 am (12 years ago)

    Vibrant sophisticated dessert. and a new ice creme maker to boot 🙂

    My ice creme maker bit the dust last night 🙁

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm (12 years ago)

      Nawww. 🙁 I scored this one on a second-hand website so maybe you’ll have just as much luck?

  20. Brittany
    November 3, 2012 at 12:05 am (12 years ago)

    I am drooling! I AM SWOONING! This recipe is amazing and that ice cream looks delicious!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm (12 years ago)

      hehe, you’ve gotta try it, Britt! Healthy to boot! 🙂

  21. Somer
    November 3, 2012 at 12:57 am (12 years ago)

    Holy cow Sparkles! I saw this like six times yesterday while I was going through the potluck putting out all the fires. Girl, SOOO incredible. Makes me wish the weather would turn so I could eat buckets and buckets of this! You totally “brought it!”

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks Somer! You could always eat it on hot apple pie during the colder seasons, no? 🙂

  22. georgina
    November 3, 2012 at 5:23 am (12 years ago)

    Oooh that looks amazing. Thanks. Been wanting to try my hand at icecream for some time now so this sounds a great one to start with!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm (12 years ago)

      Absolutely, Georgina! It was incredibly easy. I hope you love it as much as we did. 🙂

  23. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)
    November 3, 2012 at 6:41 am (12 years ago)

    Whoa, that looks amazing! It sounds delicious too (it doesn’t taste too much like bananas, does it?) I’m so impressed by the combination of flavors you came up with… So genius to sweeten it with dates and agave.

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm (12 years ago)

      If you use really ripe bananas and only two small ones (or one large), the other flavours will overpower the banana, Allison. Enjoy! 🙂

  24. Reia@TheCrueltyFreeReview
    November 3, 2012 at 10:25 am (12 years ago)

    Bex, you have outdone yourself. I am now determined to have an ice cream maker before next summer so I can make this.
    And please, please, find a vegan cupcake shop during your travels to the US and have a red velcet cupcake! 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm (12 years ago)

      Oh it is soooooo built into the itinerary, Reia! It may be the very first stop! 🙂

  25. Barb@ThatWasVegan
    November 5, 2012 at 12:44 am (12 years ago)

    I know I’m a bit late, but I hope you saved me some… looks amazing!

  26. Alana
    November 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm (12 years ago)

    Oh my oh wow. Yum!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm (12 years ago)

      It sure is, Alana! You must try! 🙂

  27. Shira
    November 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm (12 years ago)

    Wow! What a gorgeous & fresh addition to end a meal! So gorgeous..what a refreshing poop of color! Hope you enjoyed the Potluck Bex!

  28. Shira
    November 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm (12 years ago)

    OMG – isn’t that THE MOST tragic & embarrassing (or good for a laugh) typo EVER!!!!! Man – feel free to fix it or leave it depending on your sense of humour…man….. 😉 SO not intentional! Haha 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm (12 years ago)

      bahaha!!! I can’t stop giggling!! 🙂

  29. Anne
    November 7, 2012 at 7:44 am (12 years ago)

    Love the colour! Gorgeous dessert 🙂
    Thank you!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      November 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm (12 years ago)

      My pleasure, Anne! I’m still working my way through the tub! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 🙂

  30. Melissa
    April 19, 2013 at 9:38 am (11 years ago)

    Can you taste the beet AT ALL in this recipe?

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm (11 years ago)

      Hi Melissa! Not if you use nice, fresh, sweet beets. Farmers Market beets are best.

  31. Susan
    April 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm (11 years ago)

    I don’t have an ice cream maker…and living in Greece, I’m not sure if I’ll find one very easily! Is it possible to make this without one…or a version of it just by freezing?

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      April 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm (11 years ago)

      It sure is, Susan. 🙂 You just need to remove the mixture from the freezer and give it a hard stir to break up ice crystals every 30 minutes until it freezes hard (which should be about 2 or 3 hours).

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