Since I’ve been feeling better, I’ve been back in the kitchen experimenting with recipes. My most recent hit was this vegan, gluten-free carrot cake muffin topped with creamy cashew icing. If you haven’t already tried it, you totally should!
It’s been a while since I posted a new smoothie recipe, but since I was already tinkering with the ingredient profile for carrot cake, I thought I’d try coming up with a carrot cake smoothie.
Some recipes come together easily, and after one or two attempts, it ends up tasting good. This smoothie took about six attempts before I came up with something that I really liked! I have to give a shout out to my friend, Kat Downs, who writes the awesome blog, Crunchy Kat, for being willing to be a recipe tester for me! She will be featured in my next blog post, so I’m really excited for you guys to meet her.
In the meantime, give this tasty carrot cake smoothie recipe a try. You might be surprised to find that it contains a secret ingredient you won’t even taste that will give you an extra serving of vegetables. When I think of upgrading what I eat, this is one of the easiest ways to do it!
Vegan Carrot Cake Smoothie
If you like all the flavors of carrot cake as much as I do, you're going to love this creamy, dreamy smoothie!
- 1/2 cup carrots peeled and chopped
- 1/2 zucchini peeled and chopped
- 2 tablespoons raw cashews
- 1 Medjool date pit removed
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 piece frozen or fresh pineapple Trust me, this makes a difference!
- 1 frozen banana
Add all ingredients through almond milk to the blender and blend until smooth.
Add frozen fruit and blend until creamy.
For some reason, I find that the smoothie turns out a bit creamier when you combine all ingredients besides the frozen fruit FIRST and then add it, but you can totally just blend everything at once. That's just my preference 🙂