Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot Cake Smoothie (@alyssarimmer)

Thank goodness for my BlendTec. I would never have considered throwing carrots into a blender before I picked up one of these magical machines. I know the price can throw some people off, but it seriously has changed my life. Prime example being this carrot cake smoothie.

It’s rich and creamy, and everything that a smoothie should be. A silky smooth beverage that my old blender would never have been able to create. And not to mention, it tastes like a piece of cake in a glass. Heavenly.

Carrot Cake Smoothie (@alyssarimmer)

I’m very particular about my smoothies. It’s all about texture for me. Some people like thin smoothies, that you can sip almost like a juice, but I’m the exact opposite. Call me Miss Looney-bins  but I would eat every single smoothie with a spoon, if I could. Which is just what I did with this carrot cake smoothie.

Most of the time, my smoothies are my meals. Rarely do I make smoothies as a snack, I find them too filling and would much rather make a giant glass of deliciousness than be left wanting more. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, smoothies always hit the spot, especially when I make it a point to make them feel like a real meal.

Which means it’s got to be thick, velvety and smooth. Like soft serve ice cream, only not ice cold.

Carrot Cake Smoothie (@alyssarimmer)

So, what sparked the carrot cake smoothie idea (aside from my adoration of all things involving carrot cake)? Simply put, I had carrots in my fridge, didn’t have bananas or any other soft fruit to throw into my liquid breakfast, and figured I have a super powerful blender, why wouldn’t it whip carrots into a delightful beverage? And guess what, it totally does!

Care for a slice of cake for breakfast? I think this might be my dream come true.

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 large, 2 small


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1/4 of a medium zucchini
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw (I buy this from Trader Joe's, simply use broccoli stem in its place)
  • 1/4 of a medium avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango/pineapple chunks
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Sun Warrior)
  • 1 medjool date, pitted (optional for more sweetness)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • Stevia powder to taste


  1. Add all ingredients to a high powered blender in the order listed. Blend on low for 1 minute, then turn to high for another minute, or until completely smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass, garnish with shredded carrots or a sprinkle of cinnamon, and serve.
  3. Enjoy!


gluten-free | dairy-free | refined sugar-free | vegan


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  • Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts

    Oh, yum! I like my smoothies thick, but still sippable. I love that you put broccoli slaw in this one. I often add cabbage slaw mix to my smoothies. Need to pick up some broccoli slaw. It’s not always at my store. I agree that a high-speed blender changes the game with smoothie making. I love my Vitamix, too. 😉

    Thanks for the recipe, Alyssa!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      I love adding cabbage slaw to my smoothies too! It’s a great way to add more veggies without changing the color of the smoothie itself. Whenever I add spinach and/or kale to a smoothie with berries (or carrots in this case!), I always end up with a big glass of brown :) Not super appealing, but always delicious! And doesn’t a high-speed blender just make your day? Gosh, I love mine!

  • Mila Bulic

    I am very interested in your cookbook… one question though: do many of the recipes call for special ingredients that are likely only available in the States, such as protein powders and the like? I live in the land of quinoa and I love the taste of the flour in baking, but living in a rural region in Chile means I don’t have feasible access to things like that. Also, if you use a lot of coconut flour, let me know. Yes, I have coconut but not the flour and making the flour is just entirely too laborious.

    Thank you so much!

  • Deanna

    Wow, I’d not thought of putting broccoli slaw in a smoothie before. I might have to see if I can do this in my food processor or something. I’m not sure my little mini blender will handle it.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      It’s great because it’s a veggie, but doesn’t have the dark green color that spinach and kale have, which makes smoothies like this one (or with berries) keep their gorgeous colors. Although delicious, brown smoothies (mixing greens and berries/carrots) sometimes aren’t the most appetizing things to look at… :)

  • ruthy @ omeletta

    Broccoli slaw, such an interesting addition! I’ve been lusting after a decent blender for ages (my little hand held immersion blender is starting to just not cut it anymore) and smoothies like this are exactly why. Carrot cake for breakfast, yes please. x

  • Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    Oh wow this looks incredible Alyssa. I love a thick smoothie, the thicker the better. And I love throwing everything in there. I haven’t yet added broccoli, but I thought about it earlier this week. Now I for sure need to :)

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thanks, Beth! It’s one of my new favorite recipes!

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  • Sarah

    Just made this morning. SOOOO good! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Paula S

    This took me more than 5 minutes to prepare, but it was worth it! Delicious and I used honey instead of stevia.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Glad you enjoyed it Paula! It’s awesome being able to drink your cake and actually have it be healthy 😉

  • Jane

    Wow! I never thought to put zucchini, broccoli, or cabbage in sweet smoothies. Thanks for the great ideas.

  • http://facebook Jerry DeBenedetto

    Love your recipes. I just wish you show the nutrition breakdown.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thanks for the comment Jerry and I appreciate the feedback. I don’t calculate the nutritional content for my recipes because I don’t find that many of my readers ask for it. For those that do, I direct them to the online calculators you can use by just plugging in the ingredients and everything is broken down for you. Hope that helps!

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  • Michael

    I don’t own a Blendtec and have no intentions of getting one (maybe a weddling list item someday) but in the mean time was wondering if you could offer a suggestion for making this with a regular blender. I own a food processor too so I was thinking I could just mash up the carrots in that and transfer it over. Tedious perhaps but I’d really like to try this.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Michael, there’s a few things I think you can do:

      1) try the food processor
      2) try steaming them slightly before to soften them and then blend

      Let me know what you try!! This is one of my favorite smoothies and I know you’ll love it :)