Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie

A delicious carrot smoothie packed with carrot juice, a frozen banana and protein powder. This combo tastes like liquid carrot cake!

If you do a quick search for “carrot cake” on my blog, you’ll see that I am a full blown carrot cake lover! I’ve made carrot cake baked oatmeal, carrot cake bars, carrot cake breakfast cookies and more… I’ve been on a serious smoothie kick lately so set out to create a carrot cake smoothie because who doesn’t want to eat carrot cake in all forms?!

Two mason jar mugs filled with carrot cake smoothie with stainless steel straws.

When I stumbled across 100% carrot juice in the store, I knew it would be the perfect base for my carrot cake smoothie. If you’ve never tried carrot juice, don’t let that scare or intimidate you! The juice has a hint of earthiness, but it’s quite sweet and paired with a few other simple ingredients, it tastes delicious in smoothies.

Ingredients to make carrot cake protein smoothie separated out on a table: carrot juice, protein powder, almond milk, cinnamon and sliced frozen banana.

Carrot Cake Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 100% carrot juice – I used Bolthouse Farms but if you can’t find any, I’m sharing two options below!
  • banana
  • almond milk  – I prefer unsweetened vanilla almond milk but feel free to use any milk of your choice.
  • vanilla protein powder
  • cinnamon
  • ice

Ingredients for a carrot cake protein smoothie in a blender before blending-- banana, carrot juice, protein powder and cinnamon

Blended carrot cake protein smoothie in a blender.

What If You Don’t Have Carrot Juice?

If you don’t have carrot juice on hand or can’t find it in your local store, you can still make this smoothie. If you have a juicer you can make your own fresh carrot juice, which is so delicious. I love my Hurom slow juicer for this! Another option is to use a high speed blender (like a Vitamix) to process the carrots. That said if you choose to use your blender, the carrots will turn into a puree rather than juice. Your smoothie will be quite thick and you’ll likely need more milk to thin it out.

Bird's eye photo of two mason jar mugs filled with carrot cake smoothie and topped with chopped walnuts.

Carrot Smoothie Health Benefits

Have your (carrot) cake and eat it too! This smoothie is packed with healthy ingredients. Let’s walk through them!

Carrots – Besides being delicious, carrots are packed with amazing nutrients as well! They’re high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamin K and potassium. They have shown to help with heart and eye health as well as digestion. (Source)

Banana – Bananas are another top health food – packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants. They have also shown to help with heart health. (Source)

Almond milk – Almond milk is low in calories, naturally high in vitamin E and is often fortified with calcium and vitamin D. It is not a great source of protein which is why I like to add protein powder to my smoothies to make them a complete meal or snack. (Source)

Protein powder – Every protein powder is different but here is a round of my favorites! Adding protein powder to a smoothie helps to keep you full and satisfied for hours.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon is basically the OG superfood. It’s loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to improve blood sugar issues and to reduce heart disease risk factors. (Source)

Two mason jar mugs full of carrot cake protein smoothies and topped with chopped walnuts and a banana slice on the rim.

Here Are More Smoothie Recipes You Might Enjoy:

If you make this carrot smoothie please be sure to leave a comment and star rating down below letting me know how it turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers. 

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Two mason jar mugs filled with carrot cake smoothie with stainless steel straws.

Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

A delicious carrot smoothie packed with carrot juice, a frozen banana and protein powder. This combo tastes like liquid carrot cake!


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a high powdered blender and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional splash of milk or carrot juice.

Notes

  • I used store-bought carrot juice in the recipe, but feel free to make your own fresh carrot juice as well. See my notes above.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 207
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 17g

Keywords: carrot smoothie

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  1. Although I feel that it didn’t taste like carrot cake to me, I will say that, with added sweetener (stevia), it tasted closer to a dreamsicle. I only had plain protein powder, so added a couple of capfuls of pure vanilla to compensate. Next, I think I’ll include a tiny bit of fresh-squeezed juice from an orange, and things will be just so! Thanks for sharing the recipe. And yes, it does have a beautiful color!

  2. Wow! What an amazing yummy smoothie. I am newer to making my own smoothies and this is such a delicious and simple recipe. I love drinking this refreshing smoothie after a workout or to kick start my day!

  3. I’ve made this twice now and can’t rave enough about it! I do like carrot juice and might increase the amount called for. For those who are not carrot juice fans, I would tell you that this has more of a vanilla-banana-cinnamon flavor overall. It has a beautiful color and I got several inquiries of, “Ohh! What is THAT? Looks delicious??” The cinnamon is the crowning touch! Can I give it 10 stars?

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Paula!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie. Thank you so much for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s so helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

  4. Really enjoyed the Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie – I added some oats, and turmeric (as I did not have cinnamon on hand) – delicious and a meal in itself!

    • Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Rose. I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie! Thanks for trying it and for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

  5. I don’t know how you did it. I was skeptical at first, but curiosity and having most of the ingredients on hand led me forward…so glad I tried it. It’s surprisingly good!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Jeanette!! I’m so glad you tried this smoothie and enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  6. I tried this today and my children even attacked it! I didnt have banana so I added ice for more of a protien shake vs. smoothie and I added nutmeg and a few walnuts too! Fabulous!! This is going in the rotation!!

  7. I have been looking for a new smoothie recipe! This recipe makes a very tasty smoothie that is good for you too! I highly recommend!

  8. Absolutely delish. I used my juicer to make the carrot juice and it was just scrumptious. Even my toddler drank it up!

  9. Just made this a few moments ago using froz. banana + pear. Cut back powder to 1/4 scoop & added 2 Tbsp.buffalo yogurt. Also added in my vitamin drops. omegas, etc. Soooo delicious and definitely a keeper. Back to my smoothie now 😊

  10. I just made this smoothie and I absolutely love, love, love it! I made my own carrot juice, left out the protein powder and added a leaf of kale. You would never know there was kale in this decadent smoothie. It really did taste like a carrot cake. My 23 month old son loved it too! Thank you for the recipe.

    • Thanks for the specific post.

      What i do in the mornings is that i take carrots , spinach , beetroot (not much), one orange, one apple, a little Ginger and a lil mint and take out the juice out of them. This gives me 2 beer- mugs of juice. In one of them i add 1 scoop of Protein Powder. And i have 3 Egg Whites with it. Is it ok for someone who wants to build muscle?

  11. Wow! This was so yummy. I’ve never really like carrot juice but thought I’d give it a try and this was very good. Didn’t have protein powder so I added a tablespoon of plain yogurt instead.

  12. I stumbled upon this recipe last weekend and love carrot cake but had never used carrot juice in a smoothie. It is DIVINE! It is a perfect breakfast food and so very filling. I use the unsweetened almond milk/coconut blend and it really makes me thing I’m drinking a piece of my favorite cake. Thanks!

  13. Wow, I was just looking up smoothies and I read this. I work at Bolthouse Farms I can buy the stuff by the cases! I am going to try this! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Why have the protein powder? I’m not trying to be a smartA** . I just don’t understand why a person wouldn’t get their protein from some other food?

    Thank you.

  15. I’ve been making this smoothie for the past couple of weeks… today I accidentally switched the measurements for the carrot juice and milk…. mmmmm very very good, i definitely recommend 3/4 carrot juice and 1/2 milk, add in a little bit of allspice with the cinnamon, yum yum! 🙂 thank you for posting this recipe 🙂

  16. Just made this delicious smoothie. I had all the ingredients except for the carrot juice; not to hinder me in any way, I just made my own using my Vita-Mix, then proceeded to follow the instructions. I will definitely add this to my smoothie recipes on file. It would be interesting to know the nutritional values if that would be at all possible.

    • Hi Elizabeth. Thank you for making the smoothie. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      I used myfitnesspal.com to calculate the nutritional info. Here are the stats (I used Sun Warrior Classic vanilla brown rice protein powder): Calories: 248 / Carbs: 42 grams / Fat: 2 grams / Protein: 18 grams / Sugar: 23 grams

  17. Where are the nutritional values of these smoothie?I would like to know how many calories,fat Protein and carbs I am consuming.

    • Hi Brian. Thanks for your comment. I used myfitnesspal.com to calculate the nutritional info. Here are the stats (I used Sun Warrior Classic vanilla brown rice protein powder): Calories: 248 / Carbs: 42 grams / Fat: 2 grams / Protein: 18 grams / Sugar: 23 grams

  18. I’m kind of new to the game. Is there any way we can use carrots instead of carrot juice for this? This sounds so yummy and I never seem to have any juice on hand but I always have carrots especially baby carrots. Thanks for the help.

  19. I am sorry for asking, but I have never seen carrot juice. Could I somehow just use carrots for this? does anyone have help for me? will be grateful. Many thanks.

    • Hi Edith —

      If you have a high-powered blender you could easily use carrots instead of carrot juice. Or alternatively, if you have a juicer, you could juice regular carrots and make your own juice to use in the smoothie! Hope this helps.

  20. Just made this after my morning run. Delicious and creamy! I love to have a protein shake after exercising and this is a great change from the fruit or chocolate ones I usually make. Thanks for the great protein smoothie!

  21. I found this recipe on Pinterest and just so happen to have everything on hand. (Except the protein powder) I added a little vanilla extract and nutmeg too. It is sooo yummy!! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  22. This looks incredible, and what a great way to curb carrot cake cravings. (alliteration not actually intended there) – what a unique recipe, thanks for posting this!

  23. What a beautiful smoothie!! I must admit that a carrot cake smoothie doesn’t sound all that appealing to me… but, I’ll try almost anything once! It’s just so pretty…. and it will give me an excuse to break out my carrots and juicer for fresh juice!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, totally going to “pin” it and try it out!

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