Carrot Cake Smoothie

Despite my occasional lack of tact, horrible habit of interrupting, and utter failure to control the volume of my voice, I do truly have the best of intentions. Case-in-point: this carrot smoothie. Or, more appropriately, this carrot cake smoothie.

Carrot Cake Smoothie. This healthy carrot smoothie tastes just like a slice of carrot cake! Even kids love it

I fully intended to make a wholesome, veggie-ful carrot smoothie. I blended together a saintly quantity of chopped carrots, a touch of pineapple for sweetness, Greek yogurt for protein, and Silk Vanilla Cashew Milk for creaminess. The perfect carrot smoothie. Really, I should receive an award for the amount of veggies I was about to consume before 9 a.m.

Then, just as I was about to pour my lovely orange beverage into a tall glass, I couldn’t help but think how nicely the tropical pineapple would pair with a handful of island-minded coconut and that banana slices (another friend of the islands) would make the carrot pineapple smoothie even thicker and sweeter. Done.

Carrot Cake Smoothie. Healthy carrot smoothie that tastes just like dessert!

A healthy carrot smoothie that taste just like carrot cake!

Of course, I do love a bit of nut butter in my smoothies to make them extra rich and filling, and it so happened that I had a few extra toasted walnuts in my cupboard. Perfect! Into the blender the walnuts went.

And really, what are walnuts without cinnamon and nutmeg? Obviously, I needed a little spice.

Carrot Smoothie with Pineapple. This tastes like a carrot cake smoothie!

I was thisclose to topping the carrot smoothies with raisins when it hit me: I had turned my carrot smoothie into my favorite recipe for Healthy Carrot Cake. Oops.

My subconscious clearly needed a slice of carrot cake that morning (just as it needed a slice of pie the three consecutive days I made this Blueberry Pie Smoothie), because this carrot smoothie has all of its key ingredients: sweet carrot and pineapple; tropical coconut; and toasty walnuts (I ended up omitting the raisins which are carrot-cake controversial anyway, but if you want to sprinkle a few on top, I support you).

A carrot smoothie recipe that tastes just like carrot cake

Like a slice of carrot cake, this carrot smoothie is fresh, sweet but not too sweet, and boast layers of complementary flavors. Unlike a slice of carrot cake, however, it is a squeaky-clean healthy choice for breakfast, and you can easily sip one on the run.

With the back-to-school wave washing over the country, recipes like this carrot smoothie are an easy breezy way to ensure that kids start their mornings powered for a day of learning. You can also prep the carrot smoothie entirely the night before. Simply place all of the ingredients except for the frozen fruit into your blender pitcher, then pop the pitcher into the fridge. In the morning, add the banana and pineapple, blend, and you have a wholesome breakfast ready to serve in fewer than three minutes. That’s faster than I can toast a frozen waffle or pastry, and a much healthier option too!

Recipe for a healthy carrot smoothie that tastes just like carrot cake! Perfect way to get picky eaters to eat their veggies. #glutenfree

Even with their dessert leanings, the wholesome ingredients in these carrot smoothies have made good on my healthy breakfast intentions. My next project: learn to control the volume of my voice in public, 25% of the time. I think I need another carrot smoothie for stamina.

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Carrot Cake Smoothie

A healthy carrot smoothie that tastes just like carrot cake! Made with pineapple, banana, and yummy carrot cake spices.


Yield: 1 smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:


  • 1 cup chopped carrots (steamed and cooled if you do not have a high-power blender or to make extra smooth for kids)

  • 1/2 cup frozen sliced banana

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 cup Silk Vanilla Cashew Milk, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or milk of your choice

  • 1/4 cup frozen diced pineapple

  • 2 tablespoons toasted walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon flaked coconut (optional)

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Pinch nutmeg

  • For topping: Shredded carrots, coconut, crushed walnuts


Directions:


  1. Add all of the ingredients to your blender: carrots, banana, Greek yogurt, cashew milk, pineapple, walnuts, coconut (if using), cinnamon, and nutmeg. Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately, topped with additional shredded carrots, coconut, and/or crushed walnuts as desired.


All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Have you tried Silk Vanilla Cashew Milk yet? If not, you’ll love how creamy and lovely in smoothies it is. You can find more cashew milk recipes and sign up to receive a coupon here. For the chocolate lovers, Silk makes a rich chocolate version, which sounds ideal for a Chocolate Malt Oatmeal Smoothie. (Wow—between that today’s Carrot Cake Smoothie, the aforementioned Chocolate Malt Smoothie, and this Blueberry Pie Smoothie, evidence suggest my subconscious really does prefer her smoothies taste like dessert!)

I’m sharing this post in partnership with Silk. As always, all opinions are my own, and thank you for supporting the brands and companies that make it possible for me to continue bringing quality content to you.

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

17 comments

  1. My voice can be loud at just the wrong moment. It’s a skill! :)
    This is a great smoothie idea. So original! And a great break from the usual berry banana whatever. Love it!

  2. Carrot cake is a family fave! We even had it as our wedding cake years ago. Even my kids request my homemade healthy version for their birthdays!  I’m definitely going to try this recipe!

  3. I can almost taste it from reading the recipe.  I’ll definitely have to try this one, since smoothies are one of my two favorite breakfasts.

  4. Your “dessert smoothie” recipes are fantastic! I love it when you post one. (I also love it when people know when to use “fewer” rather than “less than.” ;)

  5. Carrot cake is my absolute favourite dessert! And now in a drinkable, more quickly consumed form? You don’t know how happy this makes me. I guess it’s okay that it’s healthy too. =)

  6. Oh yummy!! This would be so good!

  7. This sounds perfect! I make a carrot cake once a year for my birthday but never more than that (I would LOVE to have it more than that… haha). This is a pretty awesome way to satisfy the year long craving! I have a problem with the volume of my voice sometimes too. Usually in romantic restaurants after a glass or two of wine. You’re not alone!! :)

  8. Carrot cake is tooootally health food :) Love this!

  9. Yum!! I haven’t had breakfast yet, which is a problem before reading your blog. Now I want a smoothie! (Or carrot cake) :)

  10. Love this smoothie concoction! I’ve never tried adding carrots to a smoothie before!

  11. Sounds great (except the Silk, we don’t drink it because some ingredients in it are not healthy). We LOVE carrot cake in this family.

  12. Sounds so fall and delicious!! :)

  13. Erin! This smoothie…wow! It was out of this world. It seriously did taste like carrot cake. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. 

  14. Amazing recipes

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