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Do you buy carrots like we do? We buy 10 pounds of carrots at a time and we go through them in just a few weeks. We could probably go through them much faster but my carrots would plan a mutiny against me if we ate them that often!
Needless to say, I’m always trying to come up with new ways to make use of all these carrots.
This, by the way is why most of my recipes on this blog have to do with carrots; carrot cake popsicles, sunshine carrots, carrot fries, sunshine carrot soup, carrot cake baked oatmeal, carrot raisin salad.
It’s also apparently that we have a thing for carrot cake and why not? Carrots are great and all but carrot cake is something very few people can refuse!
So is it really a surprise that I’m now going to share a recipe for a carrot cake smoothie?
Smoothies are also a popular thing in our house. I love making smoothies for my kids’ breakfasts. It’s incredibly easy and fast. And obviously there’s no cooking involved which is extra wonderful considering I’m going to be cooking lunch and dinner later on in the day!
Smoothies are a great way to get lots of healthy food into your (or your kid’s) diet. This carrot cake smoothie is no exception. Don’t let the name fool you; this smoothie is all of the good in carrot cake but without all the unhealthy parts.In my family, we tend to use milk kefir as a base in this smoothie. I love using milk kefir because it’s a great way to add probiotics to our bodies. Yogurt works too if you want those probiotics!
Not interested in the slightly tanginess of probiotic bases? That’s ok, any milk of your choice works! If you are diary free or vegan this means you can still make this smoothie; just opt for your favorite milk alternative.
Carrot Cake Smoothie
1 cup milk kefir, yogurt, or favorite milk
1/2 cup chopped raw carrots – 1/4″ slices
1 banana – frozen works best
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/16 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbs honey
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. This works best with a high powered blender like a Vitamix but should do okay in a regular blender. If you have issues with the carrots, you can grate them before tossing in the blender.
This sounds so delicious! Can’t wait to try! 🙂
What a simple, healthy, and I bet delicious recipe! I can’t wait to try this. Our carrot harvest is an exciting time (there is something so fun about pulling carrots from the ground, even my non-gardening kids get involved!) I know I will love this smoothie, and I bet they will too!
My daughter can’t have bananas, would a firm Apple work or just leave it completely out? This looks soo good!
Hmmm well I haven’t personally tried it but I have seen similar recipes that just left the banana out completely. You could also try adding in a nut butter like almond or cashew to help smooth it out a bit.
What a simple quick recipe that is filled so much nutrition and health. Sounds so tasty too and its looks so colorful Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
Delicious! I love the added spices. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this at Allergy Free Thursday! 🙂
What a good idea! I never thought of this combo for a smoothie. Thanks for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party.
Yum! I love the flavor combination of the carrot and spices you used. I look forward to trying it soon.
I’ve been into smoothies lately and I like the idea of the carrots with the ginger and cinnamon. Sounds delish!
This looks delicious! I’ll definitely have to try it out soon! Thanks for sharing with the Homestead Blog Hop!
I just made this & it’s really yummy! I added 1/2 an avocado & some collagen powder for extra protein. And I was almost out of milk kefir so I had to use a good bit of water mixed around in the container, so next time I’m sure it will be even creamier/tangier. Mmmmm!
Oh this does sound good!
This looks amazing! My kids and I usually have smoothies for lunch and this will be a nice change in flavor! Can’t wait to try it!
Oh the color!! With the spring. I am hungry for all the bright colored foods, this looks perfect!!
Smoothie is my favourite but didn’t think of smoothie in this taste.
I tried this recipe and was so delighted. The combination was so refreshing.
Thank you for this recipe of smoothie, looking forward to other combination in a smoothie.