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This carrot smoothie is silky smooth and full of fruity flavor! This healthy veggie is perfect paired with apple, orange, and mango.

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Want to eat more carrots? Here’s a tasty way to get a healthy dose of them: this Perfect Carrot Smoothie! This vibrant puree is full of irresistible fruity flavor: it pairs this orange veggie with orange, apple, and mango. Make your daily dose of fruits and veggies sippable! This one was a big winner over here, and we especially love how the citrus of the orange accents the sweetness of the carrot. Move over, carrot juice: this carrot smoothie is the new best way to make carrots drinkable.

Ingredients in this carrot smoothie

This carrot smoothie needs just a handful of ingredients. They’re all foods we typically stock in our pantry. (Hopefully they are in yours!) Of course, you can throw in some add-ins to take it over the top. Here’s what you’ll need for the base carrot smoothie:

  • Carrots: Of course! We like to use large carrots (not baby), but either work.
  • Apple: Apple adds texture and sweetness, and blends perfectly with carrots.
  • Banana: No freezing necessary! All you need is a room temperature banana: it adds great texture.
  • Frozen pineapple or mango: This one needs to be frozen to get the right texture! It’s easy to find bags of these in the frozen section of your grocery store.
  • Orange juice: Here’s the flavor maker! Using citrus juice brings out just right right brightness and flavor in the ingredients.
  • Ice: Ice makes a fluffy texture that’s deliciously satisfying.
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Add protein to this carrot smoothie

Want to add a bit more protein to make this carrot smoothie a satisfying breakfast or post-workout snack? This carrot smoothie is a vegan smoothie: there are a few options for dairy and plant-based protein adders. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Add Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is loaded with protein (it’s also got probiotics for a healthy gut). Add ¼ to ½ cup of Greek yogurt to this smoothie, and use a little less orange juice (start with ¼ cup).
  • Add cashew butter or almond butter. A cashew flavor or almond flavor goes well with raspberries. Use about 1 tablespoon, 2 for a stronger flavor. This addition also dulls the flavor a bit.
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Variations and add-ins!

Here are a few ways to take this carrot smoothie over the top! The first one in particular is a favorite:

  • Ginger Carrot Smoothie. Add ½ teaspoon grated ginger to the mix! It adds a spicy brightness and pairs well with carrots. If you don’t have fresh, try ¼ teaspoon ground ginger.
  • Coconut Carrot Smoothie. Make it creamy by replacing half the orange juice with coconut milk.
  • Carrot Mango Smoothie. Double the mango for more of a mango flair.
  • Carrot Cake Smoothie. Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon vanilla for a carrot cake vibe. Top with chopped pecans or walnuts.
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Carrots nutrition

Lastly: why blend carrots into smoothies? They’re loaded with good stuff! Here are some of the top nutrition benefits (source):

  • Low in calories, high in fiber: One cup of chopped carrots has only 52 calories and 3.6 grams of fiber. (source)
  • Packed with Vitamin A (beta carotene): This veggie has 428% of your daily vitamin A in 1 cup! It’s present as beta-carotene, an antioxidant that could help in cancer prevention. Your body converts beta carotene into Vitamin A.
  • High in Vitamins C, K and potassium: They’re also are high in these vitamins.
  • Potential benefits include lower blood cholesterol, weight loss, and eye health. Read more here.

This carrot smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Carrot smoothie

Perfect Carrot Smoothie

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies or 1 large 1x
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This carrot smoothie is silky smooth and full of fruity flavor! This healthy veggie is perfect paired with apple, orange, and mango.


  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrot rounds
  • 1 large apple, chopped into cubes
  • 1 banana (room temperature)
  • ½ cup orange juice*
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple or mango
  • 10 ice cubes
  • Optional mix in: ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Peel the carrots and slice them into rounds. Chop the apple, keeping the peel on. Break the banana into pieces.
  2. Add all ingredients to the blender, adding the liquids first. Blend until smooth. Eat immediately or store up to 1 day refrigerated in a covered jar.


*To add more protein: add ¼ to ½ cup Greek yogurt and use a little less orange juice (start with ¼ cup).

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothie
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Tim Wolters says:

    Great recipe…I added the ginger and the cinnamon. I was very excited to find ginger in a tube at Aldi…very easy to use and store. Eating veggies was never so much fun!!!

  2. Jessica Hussey says:

    What if you have a poor quality blender for those carrots, ice and frozen fruit, so poor quality even if it’s put in last, it doesn’t work? could we use carrot baby food or plainly steamed or boiled carrots?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Steaming them first should do it!

  3. Emma Neal says:

    Can I make a large batch and freeze some for later?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      I think it would work but we haven’t tried it!

  4. Josh Jackson says:

    I’m on a low FODMAP diet and have to avoid or severely limit intake of apples. Is there a substitute I can use for apples in this and other smoothie recipes? Thanks!

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Yes! Some low FODMAP options: could use 1 more banana or about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of blueberries, grapes, chopped honeydew melon, kiwi or strawberries.

  5. Alene Ray says:

    I’m not understanding the note *To add more protein: substitute ¼ to ½ cup Greek yogurt and use a little less carrot juice (start with ¼ cup)* The star for the note in the recipe is next to orange juice and the recipe doesn’t say anything about carrot juice or yogurt. Can you please clarify this for me?

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Thanks for asking! You are correct, it’s a typo! We’ve changed it to “add 1/4 to 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and use a little less orange juice”. Thank you!

  6. Ameerah says:

    This sounds delicious. Would I be able to make this smoothie with a hand held blender ? I cant wait to try it because I love carrots and these ideas looks great

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      It should work! Just dice up the carrots pretty small.

  7. Edward Horne says:

    A great smoothie, and I will be making it many times, experimenting with things like cinnamon and yogurt. But why orange juice instead of a real orange? The juice in the supermarket is loaded with sugar. And I wonder why you bother dicing and breaking and cubing the apple, carrot, banana, when in a few seconds the blender will chew it all up?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Hi! You could definitely blend up an orange if you like! We dice up the fruit to make sure it blends well but it isn’t necessary for a high speed blender.