Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie

Curb your cake craving with this healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie. It tastes like dessert but really is the perfect nutritious and healthy breakfast, packed with amazing cake flavors, gluten-free and naturally sweetened.#carrotcake #smoothierecipes #healthydessert #breakfast #refinedsugarfree

Curb your cake craving with this healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie. It tastes like dessert but really is the perfect nutritious and healthy breakfast, packed with amazing cake flavors, gluten-free and naturally sweetened.

a tall glass of healthy carrot cake smoothie with a metal straw

The things I make when I want a big old slice of cake. Guys, this is has become a real sub-category on this blog. After this Carrot Cake Granola and my favorite Blueberry Muffin Shake, here’s another healthy fix for all your cake cravings.

Carrot Cake Smoothie – aka everything you love about a traditional carrot cake.  But made with fresh and healthy ingredients you can feel good about. Have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. Have if whenever you happen to be in the mood for something indulgent but a little lighter and more nutritious than cake.

overhead shot of a tall glass with carrot cake smoothie topped with coconut and grated carrots

This healthy carrot smoothie has the perfect “frozen” texture but zero iciness. Instead of ice cubes, we just add frozen fruit for that perfect texture. I find ice doesn’t blend as well, plus it waters down your smoothie, so it’s best to skip.

Tangy Greek yogurt balances the sweet banana, pineapple and carrot combo and really contributes to the overall amazing creaminess. Plus gut-friendly probiotics. WIN!

Ingredients for making Carrot Cake Smoothie:

In this healthy carrot cake smoothie, we find all the flavors we love about carrot cake, including those cozy warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. The sweetness comes from fruit and the carrots so we really don’t have to add any sugar.

With those healthy fats making it a perfect meal-replacing breakfast or post-workout smoothie.

overhead shot of ingredients needed for making carrot cake smoothie

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for making this smoothie:

  • carrots: duh, would not be a carrot cake smoothie without it!
  • frozen banana and pineapple as a sweetener and for that smooth thick texture. You could add fresh fruit if you forget to freeze the pre-cut chunks but you will end up with a juice more than a smoothie.
  • milk: use regular milk, unsweetened almond or cashew milk for a low-cal version or, coconut milk to add a tropical, extra creamy flavor.
  • Greek yogurt: for a boost of protein and to make this extra smooth and creamy, I love adding Greek yogurt. I typically use plain greek yogurt, but you can use vanilla or coconut if you prefer a sweeter smoothie. There will be added sugar in most of those.
  • almond butter: either pecan butter or almond butter will work well in this recipe to create that nice, toasty flavor that’s often found in carrot cake.
  • shredded coconut: as a coconut lover, a must-add for me, but you could skip the nuts.
  • carrot cake spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger.

healthy carrot cake smoothie being poured from the Vitamix into a tall drinking glass

Guys, happiness can be so simple as drinking carrot cake through a straw and feeling good about it.

This smoothie recipe makes one single-serving which you can but certainly don’t have to share with anybody. Just make a batch for yourself and enjoy every last sip. It’s called self-love.

overhead shot of a glass of healthy carrot cake smoothie topped with carrots, chopped nuts and coconut

Toppings for this smoothie:

  • shredded coconut
  • candied ginger, chopped
  • dried mango, chopped
  • dried pineapple, chopped
  • hemp seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • chia seeds
  • granola

side view of a tall smoothie glass filled with carrot cake smoothie

Curb your cake craving with this healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie. It tastes like dessert but really is the perfect nutritious and healthy breakfast, packed with amazing cake flavors, gluten-free and naturally sweetened.

Tips and variations:

  • Want to make this extra filling and hearty? Add in 1/4 cup rolled oats. Do not use steel cut oats as they will not blend well.
  • Carrot Cake Popsicles, anyone? Just pour the smoothie in popsicle molds and freeze.
  •  If you don’t have a sliced frozen banana on hand you can still make this smoothie with a “fresh” banana, but it won’t be as creamy.
  • Want to turn this into a carrot cake protein shake? Add 1 or 2 scoops of your favorite protein powder – whey, plant-based, collagen-based… Just make sure it’s either flavor-free or vanilla flavored.
  • Make it dairy-free: Skip the Greek yogurt. I tested this smoothie without yogurt, too. It works but it’s less creamy and I prefer to yogurt version.
  • A great way to bulk this up without piling on the calories would be adding in a cup of frozen cauliflower. It will also thicken your smoothie beautifully and get extra veggies in and you won’t even be able to taste it!
  •  Add a bit more liquid if your smoothie is way too thick or won’t fully blend. High powered blenders should blend this one without difficulties but if you have a regular or personal-size blender, you may need to add a splash more milk.
  • Not sweet enough for your sweet tooth? Add 1/2 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup.
a tall glass filled with healthy carrot cake smoothie with a metal straw
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Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie

Curb your cake craving with this healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie. It tastes like dessert but really is the perfect nutritious and healthy breakfast, packed with amazing cake flavors, gluten-free and naturally sweetened.
Course Dessert, drink, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot cake smoothie, healthy breakfast smoothie, smoothie recipe with carrots
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 489 kcal
Author Marie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw carrots cut into thin slices (or shredded if you don’t have a high speed blender)
  • frozen banana sliced
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 3/4 cup milk your favorite - regular, almond or coconut
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut shredded
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • a pinch of ginger

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to your blender, in the order listed.
  2. Blend until very smooth and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Tips and variations:

  • Want to make this extra filling and hearty? Add  in 1/4 cup rolled oats. Do not use steel cut oats as they will not blend well.
  • Carrot Cake Popsicles, anyone? Just pour the smoothie in popsicle molds and freeze.
  • If you don't have a sliced frozen banana on hand you can still make this smoothie with a "fresh" banana, but it won't be as creamy.
  • Want to turn this into a carrot cake protein shake? Add 1 or 2 scoops of your favorite protein powder – whey, plant-based, collagen-based... Just make sure it's either flavor-free or vanilla flavored.
  • Make it dairy-free: Skip the Greek yogurt. I tested this smoothie without yogurt, too. It works but it’s less creamy and I prefer to yogurt version.
  • A great way to bulk this up without piling on the calories would be adding in a cup of frozen cauliflower. It will also thicken your smoothie beautifully and get extra veggies in and you won’t even be able to taste it!
  • Add a bit more liquid if your smoothie is way too thick or won’t fully blend. High powered blenders should blend this one without difficulties but if you have a regular or personal-size blender, you may need to add a splash more milk.
  • Not sweet enough for your sweet tooth? Add 1/2 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 smoothie)
Calories 489 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 190mg 8%
Potassium 1394mg 40%
Total Carbohydrates 65g 22%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 40g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 435.1%
Vitamin C 69.4%
Calcium 37%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 Comments
  1. I definitely want to make this. And I would add a scoop of protein powder. I love the idea of making healthy dishes from dessert recipes. My best trick has been to turn cookie recipes into overnight oats, all the great flavors and none of the sugar. I hope that you and your family are doing well in this unsettled time.

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