Healthy Red Velvet Cookies | no red dye

Natural Red Velvet Cookie (no dye)

This healthy and Natural Red Velvet cookie incorporates natural ingredients like beets (no red dye), real butter and whole wheat flour. It makes a great lunch box snack or dessert!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine North American
Keyword cookies, healthy, no dye, red velvet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 146kcal
Author Terri Gilson


  • 2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 -398 ml/140z can can beets drained and pureed
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup plain non fat greek yogurt * Note: If you don't like the non fat stuff you could go full fat, but it will obviously increase the calorie count.
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Spray cookie sheet with non- stick cooking spray
  • In mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt; set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; add sugars (mixture will resemble coarse sand).
  • Add yogurt and vanilla and drained and pureed beets to saucepan, stirring to combine.
  • Add flour mixture, stirring until moist.
  • Take the amount of a heaping tablespoon and form into balls. Then press down gently with a fork. Spread 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 12- 15 minutes or until almost set (and lightly browned on bottom). Cool on pans 3 to 5 minutes or until firm to the touch.
  • Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks. The cookies will have a cakey texture


** TERRI'S TIP: use a good quality vanilla - it makes all the difference! You can buy a big bottle of 'pure vanilla extract' at Costco for a very reasonable price.
**Note: results may differ (especially the color of the cookies), depending on brands of ingredients used
Nutrition Facts
Natural Red Velvet Cookie (no dye)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 190IU4%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 67mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.4mg