Red Hot Fruit Smoothie

Red Hot Fruit SmoothieSome people like it hot and I happen to be one of them. If you enjoy spicy and moderately to very hot foods, you’ll undoubtedly like this smoothie.

Why would you want to add cayenne pepper to your smoothie, other than to heat it up?

The health benefits of cayenne pepper are vast and various. First, it’s an anti-inflammatory and inflammation plays a role in almost every health problem. It’s also anti-cancerous, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-allergen, and anti-irritant. Call it the king of anti’s :)

Looking to lose a little weight? Studies have shown that people who consume cayenne pepper for breakfast have less appetite and thus reduces caloric intake throughout the day. Cayenne also boosts metabolism, which helps the body burn excess fat.

A few health problems cayenne helps alleviate include migraine headaches, colds and the flu (decongestant action), joint pain, and toothaches. Your heart is also a fan of cayenne as it helps to normalize blood pressure levels and rid the body of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Last but not least, cayenne is a digestive aid by helping produce saliva, key to proper digestion, and by stimulating and increasing the flow of enzymes and gastric juices in the digestive tract. It also stimulates the circulatory system and can cause you to sweat, both great for detoxification.

Hmm, seems like cayenne could be appropriately classified as a superfood. I actually add cayenne pepper or chili powder to a fair amount of my smoothies and encourage you to play with it and other spices and herbs.

Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper you add based on how hot you like it. Enjoy!

Red Hot Fruit Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 avocado (can substitute a banana)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey (can substitute stevia or maple syrup)

The Add-ons

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
  • 1 tablespoon maca
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder

Show Time

Toss all of the ingredients into your blender and blend away for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 283
  • Fat: 18g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Vitamin C: 88% RDA
  • Vitamin K: 29% RDA
  • Calcium: 5% RDA
  • Iron: 7% RDA

I’d love to know if you tried and enjoyed this red hot fruit smoothie – please do tell in the comments below. Happy Blending!

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20 Responses to Red Hot Fruit Smoothie

  1. Laura #

    I’m always a fan of anything spicy! I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but it was tasty!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Glad you liked it, Laura! Love to spice up my smoothies :)

  2. Niko #

    Wowza! I used water, avocado, strawberries, flax, cayenne, and unsweetened cocoa in the quantities as listed. I like this idea of a bitter/spicy/creamy smoothie instead of always going sweet. To be honest, I thought that I would have to add extra cayenne, but it ended up being just right for me as-written. A little avocado sure goes a long ways in a smoothie. I feel totally pumped up and energized. Thanks!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Awesome, Niko! Just like with food it’s nice to mix up the flavors in your smoothies. I love sweet tasting smoothies as much as anyone, but bitter and spicy have really grown on me. Yes, it doesn’t take much avocado to achieve that signature smoothie creaminess.


  3. Niko #

    I just made this one again, but with blackberries instead of strawberries. So good! I’m doing the happy tummy dance as I type… :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Happy tummy dance is good thing :)

  4. Niko #

    Since discovering your website (hallelujah!), this has been the smoothie base that I have played with the most. Today I used both avocado and banana, skipped the sweetener, added in cacao and coconut oil, doubled the cayenne, and used French pressed coffee as the liquid. Taste buds rejoice! If I’m going to drink coffee, I may as well spice it up, through in some super foods, fruits, and veggies, no? :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Niko, it’s been great having you and your passion for smoothies around Healthy Smoothie HQ! When I first started making smoothies I was all bananas, but over time have come to fall in love with avocado. You can’t beat the healthy fat and creaminess they lend a smoothie. I don’t drink coffee much, but when I do that’s my preferred strategy too.

  5. Niko #

    PS, I know avos are a fruit, but am a rebel and count them as a veggie. ;)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      A rebel with a cause :)

  6. Niko #

    This time I used cranberries, blackberries, spinach, kale and ground cloves along with the cacao, doubled cayenne, avocado, banana, and flax. Holy yum yum!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Doubled the cayenne – you must like it hot like I do :) Haven’t used ground cloved before, another great idea from Niko! Cheers, Ryan.

  7. Steve Skogheim #

    I use:
    1 M grapefruit
    1/4 cup triple berry
    1/4 pineapple chunks
    1/4 cup sweet dark cherries
    1/2 avocado
    1 small banana
    1tbs nutriblend Superboost
    2 tsp cayenne, 1tsp cinnamon
    1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
    1/4 cup flavored kefir

    This my lunch, so it is a bit higher in calories, at about 500, but it gives me a huge afternoon boost of energy that lasts through the evening! I am not a pineapple fan, but the flavor cuts the cayenne and cinnamon a bit, and having experimented with what I get out of what I put in, I get my personal maximum boost with this combination of cayenne/cinnamon.


    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Steve,

      I love it! That is one fully-loaded smoothie. I’ll have to try the cayenne and cinnamon combo. I use both spices regularly, never in combination though. Most people are looking for smoothies in the 200-300 calorie range, which is where most of the recipes on my site fall. My personal smoothies are closer 500 calories.


  8. Taylor #

    Almond milk, blueberries, banana, flaxseed, rice protein. Should I try the cayenne pepper?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      If you like it hot, give the cayenne pepper a try, Taylor. Start with a small amount.

  9. Clara #

    Really enjoying the hot smoothie.. adding cayenne turmeric and ginger to all my smoothies!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Very good, Clara :) Those spices are welcome in many of my smoothies too.

  10. Polack #

    You need to emphasize that cayenne pepper comes in various SHU {scoville heating units} the higher the numerical unit, the hotter it is.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Good point, Polack. I’ll have to amend this recipe.

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