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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    83 comments
    1. Kat
      July 18, 2020 AT 11:38 am

      Seriously, SO yummy! Thanks for sharing!🥰

    2. Christian
      July 10, 2020 AT 11:34 am

      I LOVED this smoothie so much. I was getting bored of the same old chocolate/PB smoothies I was making and this was the perfect change up. Really tastes like a slice of carrot cake!!!! LOVE ALL YOUR SMOOTHIE RECIPES

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 10, 2020 AT 8:02 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Christian! I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Gina
      June 27, 2020 AT 12:51 pm

      Even my boyfriend who is super picky about smoothies loves this one! Who doesn’t want carrot cake for breakfast? I didn’t have vanilla protein powder or almond milk so I used some coconut oil and raw honey to add some sweetness to the unflavored protein powder and oat milk. Worked brilliantly!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 29, 2020 AT 1:36 am

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Gina!! So glad this smoothie was a hit. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    4. Amelia
      June 1, 2020 AT 3:02 pm

      This is AMAZING! I used angel cake protein powder and it turned out absolutely delicious. I was skeptical with the carrots but this smoothie is so sweet and delicious. Will make this a thousand times more! Great healthy staple in my life

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 2, 2020 AT 5:17 pm

        Ahh yay! That makes me so happy to hear, Amelia! I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate you. 🙂

    5. Sonya
      May 30, 2020 AT 12:26 pm

      I have to admit I didn’t expect this shake to be delicious but I tried it because so many of your recipes are. I’m so glad I did!!! This is my first homemade protein shake and I love it. Thank you!!

    6. Richard Mendoza
      May 24, 2020 AT 3:57 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 25, 2020 AT 11:28 pm

        Thanks for trying this smoothie, Richard! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

    7. Alyss
      May 23, 2020 AT 10:16 am

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 25, 2020 AT 11:48 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Alyssa! Thanks for giving it a try and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. 🙂

    8. Amber
      May 21, 2020 AT 11:17 am

      Sooo yummy!!!

    9. Paula Zugmaier
      May 19, 2020 AT 10:43 am

      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?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 19, 2020 AT 6:35 pm

        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

    10. Rose
      May 18, 2020 AT 4:31 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 18, 2020 AT 10:50 pm

        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!

    11. Jeanette
      May 18, 2020 AT 10:51 am

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 18, 2020 AT 10:53 pm

        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

    12. SACHA R GARCIA
      May 16, 2020 AT 10:48 am

      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!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2020 AT 11:00 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad this smoothie was a hit, Sacha. Thanks for sharing the subs you made and for coming back to leave a star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    13. Beth
      May 15, 2020 AT 4:41 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2020 AT 11:06 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Beth! Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    14. Melissa Reinhardt
      May 1, 2020 AT 10:57 am

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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 1, 2020 AT 5:00 pm

        Ahh yay! I’m so glad this smoothie was a hit! Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it.

    15. janet
      October 16, 2019 AT 1:58 pm

      So delicous! My new favorite smoothie

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 16, 2019 AT 5:06 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this smoothie recipe, Janet! Thank you for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me!

    16. Lynn
      July 8, 2019 AT 3:25 pm

      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 😊

    17. Holly
      January 19, 2016 AT 12:37 pm

      I have a banana allergy. I’m thinking of adding avocado instead, do you have any suggestions to replace the banana?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2016 AT 9:35 pm

        Hey Holly! I think avocado or frozen mango would work well instead of the banana. Let me know how it turns out.

    18. Cici
      August 16, 2015 AT 3:43 pm

      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.

      1. RRS
        December 18, 2015 AT 12:26 am

        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?

      2. Brittany Mullins
        August 16, 2015 AT 3:58 pm

        Hooray! Thank you so much for coming back to comment and let me know that you liked it! Love the addition of kale. 🙂

    19. Annette
      April 1, 2015 AT 6:43 pm

      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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 1, 2015 AT 9:36 pm

        Yay! So glad you liked it, Annette. 🙂

    20. Valerie
      July 12, 2014 AT 4:46 pm

      I added pecans and it was so delicious! I will definitely be adding this to my repertoire of smoothie recipes!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 12, 2014 AT 9:32 pm

        So glad you enjoyed it, Valerie!

    21. Angela
      April 7, 2014 AT 1:02 pm

      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!

    22. Teri
      March 11, 2014 AT 12:19 pm

      This sounds divine, look yummy yummy will be making this for sure.

    23. Amy U
      March 8, 2014 AT 3:01 pm

      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!

    24. KJ
      February 18, 2014 AT 9:31 pm

      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.

      1. Ann
        January 18, 2015 AT 8:41 am

        I had this smoothie today for breakfast…. Yum yum!! I didn’t have the protein powder so I used hemp instead with a couple drops of vanilla. DELISH !!!

        1. Brittany Mullins
          January 18, 2015 AT 8:54 am

          Hooray! So glad you liked it, Ann.

      2. Angela
        April 7, 2014 AT 1:04 pm

        KJ, For me, adding the protein to this makes it a complete meal. It just ups the nutritional value for people who want more protein in their diets.

    25. Amanda K
      February 14, 2014 AT 8:50 am

      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 🙂

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