Carrot Cake Smoothie

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Angela Liddon runs a very popular vegan recipe blog called Oh She Glows.  This is her smoothie version of the popular dessert.  Remember, recipes for almond milk and coconut milk can also be found on this site if you don’t want to use store-bought.

1 cup almond or coconut milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. chia seeds or ground flax
1 tbsp. vanilla protein powder
Pinch of cinnamon
1 large carrot
1 large, frozen banana
2 or 3 ice cubes

Place ingredients in blender and run on High speed for 50 seconds to one minue (“Whole Juice” cycle with a Blendtec).  Garnish with cinnamon and shredded coconut.

6 comments so far. Have questions? Fire away! We can discuss it right here.
  1. Hi Blender Dude!

    I used your site a lot to read on different blender brand in order to make a choice for my new blender (I’ll finally have a Blendtec). I still have a question regarding the whole juice vs smoothie difference. When to use whole juice preset vs Smoothie preset? What would be the difference between what would be a whole juice vs a smoothie?

    Thanks a lot and hope you’ll continue your good work!
    Sandrine

    • bd

      Sandrine, I would only use the Smoothie preset for recipes out of the Blendtec recipe book that specifically call for it. It is a shorter cycle and generally uses lower speeds tailored for a few specific recipes. The Whole Juice cycle, on the other hand, is a longer cycle that incorporates a variety of speeds, including a fairly long duration on the higher ones. This cycle is more practical for most “smoothies” in my opinion, especially those calling for frozen fruit. When you are experimenting with smoothie recipes and are in doubt over which of these cycles to select, my recommendation is always Whole Juice.

  2. Hi blenderdude! I have a blender & a juicer but have been looking at the nutribullet. I’d prefer just the one appliance that can do smoothies as well as pulverise raw vegetables for juices & would like to know what you would recommend? Thanks

    • Blenderdude

      Suzie, the Nutribullet is fine for many smoothies. It has a nice following. It is not strong enough to handle large quantities of frozen fruit, however. Also, it is relatively small in size, meaning it is not the most practical option for whole fruit and vegetable juicing. If you are looking to create typical juice consistency from a blender, it will require straining the blended results through a filtration bag to trap all the fiber (pulp) that was not completely pulverized. For typical servings of whole juice, you will want a container that is large enough to hold a significant volume of these ingredients.

      The Nutribullet is relatively inexpensive and will certainly work for these tasks, but would not be my first option. If it was within my means, I would invest in a high-performance blender like those we discuss on this site.

  3. Hi BD,

    Is there a comparable substitute for banana in these recipes? I have an intolerance to them: I can eat them cooked but not raw. I get very sharp abdominal pains if I unknowingly have banana.

    Thanks for your time. Your site is great!!

    Reese

    • Blenderdude

      Reese, thanks for the nice words about the site. In this recipe the banana is as much for texture, consistency, and temperature (helps make the smoothie cold) as it is for flavor. Perhaps you could cook a batch of banana and then freeze it?

      I’ve noticed a few other similar recipes floating around the internet that don’t contain bananas. Here’s one you might try instead. Good luck!

      Recipe from Lexie’s Kitchen

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