Carrot Smoothie

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

Carrot smoothie

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.
Carrot smoothie

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 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt to this smoothie, and use a little less carrot juice (start with 1/4 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.
Carrot smoothie

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 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger to the mix! It adds a spicy brightness and pairs well with carrots. If you don’t have fresh, try 1/4 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 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla for a carrot cake vibe. Top with chopped pecans or walnuts.
Carrot smoothie

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
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

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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Ingredients

  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrot rounds
  • 1 large apple, chopped into cubes
  • 1 banana (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice*
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango
  • 10 ice cubes
  • Optional mix in: 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  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.

Notes

*To add more protein: substitute 1/4 to 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and use a little less carrot juice (start with 1/4 cup).

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

Keywords: Carrot smoothie

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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