Carrot cake in smoothie form! This healthy smoothie happens to be vegan and sugar-free.
I have many obsessions – baking, crosswords, hot chocolates, purchasing cookbooks… and the list goes on. While I move on from some of my obsessions (there was a time long ago when I ate chicken nuggets with reckless abandon), some of them are still with me today (I still enjoy old episodes of The Simpsons).
One of my newer obsessions is carrot cake. Not just the cake itself (which is pretty amazing), but making tons of things ‘carrot cake flavoured’. Regardless of whether it’s baked oatmeal, muffins, pancakes or anything else – if it exists, it can be carrot caked.
See that cookie next to the smoothie? Yep, it’s a carrot cake cookie.
Side Note: If you wanted the recipe for the cookies, it will be in my eBook ‘Cookies for Breakfast’ (which is still a work in progress). The cookies are completely vegan and flour-less (but contain plenty of oats).
Looking at these photos, I can’t help but notice the ridiculousness of that straw. It’s like a skyscraper’s coming out of my smoothie.
Note to self: Buy smaller straws.
If (like me) you don’t have a juicer, then you’re in luck! Rather than using carrot juice, I decided to simply grate the carrots and blend them in.
Speaking of myself, if you’re like me and (understandably) hate cleaning blenders, then I highly recommend buying an immersion blender. They’re so much easier to clean!
In the recipe I’ve suggested a few optional extras. While I thoroughly enjoyed the smoothie without any extras, some yogurt or nut butter (I recommend almond butter) would make it creamier and more cake batter-esque.
And if you’re someone who can’t make a smoothie without adding protein powder, spirulina, goji berries, coconut oil… or whatever else it is that people add to smoothies, then by all means, through them in. As you may have guessed, I’m not into too many unusual (well, unusual to me) things into my smoothies, but I’m not one to judge.
Also, I do enjoy adding spinach to smoothies. The cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg should cover any spinachy taste. However, expect the smoothie to turn a really gross color.
Oh, and did I mention that The Breakfast Drama Queen has a Facebook page?
- 2 carrots, peeled and grated
- 1 green apple, chopped and frozen
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup milk of choice
- Optional extras: Yogurt, nut butter, crazy superfoods
- Toppings: Shredded coconut, walnuts, raisins, etc.
- In a blender, combine the grated carrots, apple, pineapple, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla extract, milk and any optional extras. Blend until smooth.
- Divide the smoothie between two tall glasses. Sprinkle over toppings of choice and enjoy!