Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie with a twist!

Carrot cake smoothie anyone?

carrot cake smoothie vegan recipe

I know there are A LOT of carrot cake smoothies out there- it’s almost obligatory for every health food blogger to have a recipe, from Madeline Shaw to Emma at Coconut and Berries. But what makes my carrot cake smoothie recipe different is …

  • the chewy carrot and walnut pieces in the ‘batter’
  • the ‘cream cheese frosting’
  • the twist

“What’s the twist?” you ask.

Well, I decided to add pink grapefruit instead of orange to give it a little zesty kick.

carrot and grapefruit smoothie

I seem to be obsessed with ‘zesty’ flavours after the delicious lemon and cashew bliss balls I made last week. But the risk to use grapefruit in the smoothie and the topping paid off. I loved it and usually I’m not a massive fan of grapefruit.

Also this smoothie is totally adaptable to your tastes. I used pre-mixed spice but you can add your favoruites such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Plus you can add as little or as much grapefruit juice as you’d like. I started with only one tbsp. because I was a bit weary, but then I ended up having three tbsp. in the end! Also I started out with only one date but the smoothie transformed into something even more delicious when I added a second one!

healthy vegan carrot cake smoothie recipe

Healthy carrot cake smoothie with cream cheese topping

Ingredients
Serves 1
4 of your 5-a-day

  • 1 large ripe banana (frozen)
  • 2 small carrots
  • 1 fresh grapefruit
  • 6 walnut halves (chopped)
  • 2 large dates
  • ½ cup cannellini beans
  • ½ cup oat milk
  • ½ tbsp mixed spice
  • 3 drops of vanilla essence
  • ½ cup yogurt (I used plain unsweetened soya)
  • 1/2 tsp light carob syrup or liquid sweetener of your choice

Important please read

This smoothie tastes amazing with fresh ingredients. Walnuts can become rancid and bitter if they have been in your cupboard for too long and carrots can also become less sweet when they get older. If you really want to enjoy this smoothie I suggest you pop to the shop and buy some new ingredients.

Method

  1. Peel the carrots (Usually I like to eat the carrot skin because it is full of goodness, but I think the smoothie turns out sweeter if you take off the skin) . Then chop one and grate the other.
  2. Squeeze the juice from half the grapefruit.
  3. Add the banana, chopped carrot, beans, dates, oat milk, spices, vanilla and 3 tbsp of grapefruit juice to your blender. Blend until totally smooth. Taste the mix and see if you want to add extra spices, dates or grapefruit juice. Add the extras and blend again until smooth.
  4. Next add in the grated carrot and walnuts. Pulse your blender a couple of times for 2-3 seconds. You want to combine the ingredients rather than make it smooth again.
  5. Transfer the smoothie into a glass.
  6. Mix together the yogurt, 2 tbsp of grapefruit juice and liquid sweetener and then layer it on top of the smoothie. (Confession, I didn’t do a good job at layering it to begin with and part of the topping sank into the smoothie so I had to add extra yogurt for the photo!).
  7. Top with extra spice, walnuts and grapefruit pulp.
  8. Find a little rabbit to enjoy it with.

 

DID YOU KNOW

My cute little green bunny doesn’t have a name!

What should we call him?
(It’s a boy- so male or unisex names only in the comments please)

9 Comments

  1. lisalambert38 - Mumdadplus4.co.uk
    April 14, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Mr Green

  2. April 14, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    How about you call your bunny Arthur? R for rabbit = Arthur rabbit x

  3. April 14, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Wow not that looks delicious. I’m a huge fan of carrot cake so can imagine this healthy alternative would be amazing too

  4. April 15, 2017 / 10:54 am

    You hooked me in with the cannelloni beans! The cute green bunny helped too. I think you should call him Grasshopper! What an interesting combination of ingredients–this I can’t wait to try.

  5. April 15, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Hmm not sure how I feel as this as im not a fan of carrot cake, but seeing it as a smoothie, it looks incredible.

  6. April 16, 2017 / 8:47 am

    That looks so tasty! I have ‘fuzzhop’ in my head for the bunny, I have no idea why! 🙂

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