Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie

carrot cake smoothie

The idea of carrot cake for breakfast really excites me.

But, alas, I do not have a slice of cake readily available.

And alas, in my thirties, my metabolism does not allow me to eat cake for breakfast every day. (Maybe one or two days a week, but not every day.)

So today, on a Monday, I’m making this healthy, vegan, gluten-free, so good it makes me not crave dessert for breakfast smoothie. A bright, nutritious Carrot Cake Smoothie.

healthy carrot cake smoothie

Okay, so technically, this still tastes like dessert for breakfast. In fact, it’s like carrot cake in liquid form. But way less sweet. The color and consistency reminds me of creamy pumpkin pie. And even though it tastes rich and indulgent, it’s actually really ridiculously healthy.

Vanilla almond milk, frozen banana (the secret to making thick, milkshake-like smoothies), a cuppa carrots, buttery pecans, a pinch of cinnamon, ground flaxseed (for omega-3s and some texture), topped with a generous sprinkle of sweet toasted coconut flakes. So nutritious, so delicious.

toasted coconut smoothie

I’m not sure if carrot cake traditionally has coconut? The ones I love are moist and tender, slathered with a thick cream cheese frosting. And studded with raisins and coconut flakes. (Note to self: make carrot cake soon.)

My work wife Jae was the one who inspired this recipe. For those of you who have little girls (or are buying gifts for the dashing little ladies in your life), Jae has a fashion line called So Jaded – filled with chic and sophisticated pieces for girls 2-10 years old, that I kinda wish came in my size. Check out the So Jaded Collection when you can!

vegan carrot cake smoothie

But back to this smoothie. This velvety smooth, treat-like Carrot Cake Smoothie that’s actually Very Good For You. Worthy of capitalizing the first letter of each word. Worthy of starting your day with. Worthy of bypassing cake cravings.

Yield: 1 serving

Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie

Ingredients

8 oz vanilla almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 cup chopped carrots
1 tablespoon pecans
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon toasted coconut flakes, for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients (except toasted coconut flakes) in a blender and blend well.
  2. Garnish with toasted coconut and serve immediately.

Optional: add 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (it'll taste a little like pumpkin pie)

healthy carrot smoothie

What’s your favorite smoothie flavor? I have two other smoothies recipes that taste dessert-like but are actually nutrition powerhouses: Blue Velvet Smoothie and Cherry Garcia Smoothie.

   

12 Responses to “Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie”

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    Michelle Lahey posted April 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I LOVE carrot cake! That was actually our wedding cake – so. freaking. good. I’ll have to try this, as my in-my-30s body is not so forgiving either anymore.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 26th, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Love that you had carrot cake as your wedding cake!

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    Daisy posted April 25, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    this looks so decadent! and such a creative idea for a smoothie!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 26th, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Daisy! Anything cake-related is always a win for me ;)

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    David @ Spiced posted April 27, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Dude! Carrot cake for breakfast. I am all over that one. Believe it or not, I didn’t like carrot cake when I was a kid. I remember thinking, “who would want a cake made out of vegetables?” But don’t worry…I’m making up for lost time now. And I’m thinking this carrot cake smoothie for breakfast will help me on my mission!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 28th, 2016 at 10:14 am

      I think I made that mistake when I was little, too. But my eyes (and tummy) have long been opened to the wonders of carrot cake ;)

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    grace posted April 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    i’m just not a smoothie drinker, but even that can’t stop me from appreciating this one! very nice recipe!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 28th, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Thank you, Grace!

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    Mahee Ferlini posted April 28, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I can’t wait to try this – I’ve been making more smoothies lately and I love carrot cake, it had just never occurred to me to put carrots in a smoothie.

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    Monica posted April 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Never would have thought of this but makes sense, given the sweetness with carrots. Great job, Bianca…you managed to let us eat dessert for breakfast responsibly! ; )

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    Erin posted May 2, 2016 at 5:04 am

    omg YUM!! Carrot cake has always been my favorite! This smoothie recipe makes me so happy :)

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    GiGi Eats posted May 13, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    MMMMM!! I made CARROT CAKE COOKIES once… AND HOT DAMN, I would eat those over and over and over again! I feel like I could just throw them in a blender and make a smoothie much like yours! :) SO FRIGGIN’ GOOD!!!

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