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Carrot Smoothie

This delicious Carrot Smoothie is the perfect way to channel your cravings for carrot cake without having to bake anything. This protein-packed, nutritious, and filling smoothie is healthful, but somehow tastes almost as indulgent as a cake!
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine American, Healthy, Vegetarian
Keyword Carrot Smoothie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 -2 smoothies
Calories 482kcal
Author Chelsea Lords
Cost $3.12

Equipment

  • High powered blender (Note 1)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup roasted and lightly salted cashews (Note 2)
  • 1 cup grated carrots (Note 3)
  • 1 cup frozen banana coins (Note 4)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon each ground ginger, ground nutmeg
  • Very tiny pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey (Note 5)
  • 8-10 large ice cubes (~1 cup)

Instructions

  • SHRED CARROTS: Use the large holes of a grater to shred the peeled carrots. Measure and set aside.
  • FIRST BLEND: Combine cashews, shredded carrots, and milk in a high-powered blender. Blend until completely smooth, about 90 seconds.
  • SECOND BLEND: Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth, about 60 seconds. If needed, stop the blender and stir around with a spoon and begin blending again. Taste and add additional spices or add sweetener if desired. Enjoy immediately! This shake doesn't sit/store well.

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Notes

Note 1: Blender: You'll need a good, powerful blender (like Blendtec or Vitamix) to break down the cashews and carrots. If you don't have a high-powered blender, I recommend soaking the cashews first and steaming carrots. Let steamed carrots fully cool before adding to blender. (Check out this Cashew Ice Cream recipe for 3 ways to soak cashews.) 
Note 2: Cashews: We love dry-roasted cashews best — they're more flavor without any extra effort on your part. 
Note 3: Carrots: Use whole carrots and grate them yourself. Avoid packaged pre-shredded carrots; they are hard, dry, and much less flavorful. When you grate your own carrots you'll notice how much more moisture they have. Use a grating attachment on a food processor to grate carrots in bulk. Measure out and store the grated carrots in separate bags in the fridge so you can quickly throw together this smoothie on busy days!
Note 4: Frozen banana: The banana sweetens and thickens the smoothie beautifully. It also ensures the smoothie is filling! Make sure to freeze a fully ripe banana or buy already frozen ripe bananas!
Note 5: Honey: The honey pulls everything together and perfectly sweetens the smoothie. The smoothie is definitely lacking without it!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 1052mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 17750IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 375mg | Iron: 4mg