Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie

Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie//The Spicy RDAs promised…

A delicious spiced carrot cake smoothie!

Thick and creamy, and delicately spiced with good-for-you turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon, this smoothie is redolescent of my second favorite cake {after German Chocolate}, Carrot Cake with pineapple, coconut, pecans, and, yes, carrots.

Thought I was going to make it with kale did you??? 🙂

The inspiration for this smoothie, came shortly after making Sylvie’s  Ginger Turmeric Spiced Spring Carrot Soup.  A must make~truly divine!

Her soup got me thinking about how perfectly suited turmeric and carrots are for each other, both falling on the gorgeous orange-gold-yellow color spectrum.

You know, that same color spectrum in food that literally brings a gorgeous glow to your skin, sans sun.

Read more: The Secret to Glowing Skin? Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

That alone makes me want to drink a carrot cake smoothie everyday 🙂

Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie//The Spicy RD

Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie
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Serves: 2 servings
  • 1 cup sliced carrots, cooked or raw
  • 1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup ice
  • optional, 2-3 teaspoons maple syrup or other "sweetener" of choice to taste
  • 1 teaspoon each, divided, unsweetened shredded coconut and finely chopped pecans
  1. Place carrots, pineapple, coconut milk, pineapple juice, spices and ice in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Taste, and add sweetener if desired.
  2. Pour in to two glasses, then sprinkle coconut and pecans on top for garnish.
I experimented with both raw and cooked carrots, and preferred the cooked which gave the smoothie a creamier texture, although the raw carrots worked well too. To cook carrots, steam or pop in to the microwave for ~3 minutes.
Use fresh, not from concentrate pineapple juice, such as Lakewood, if possible.
I used Nature Value "light" coconut milk, which has no gums or additives, and comes in a BPA free can.

Nutrition Notes:

  • Naturally gluten-free and vegan.
  • The carrots are rich in vitamin A from beta carotene, vitamin K, fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, and the fresh pineapple provides vitamin C & manganese, plus bromelain which help fight inflammation.
  • Turmeric is bring studied for it’s potential anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antioxidant effects; Cinnamon may improve fasting blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes; and Ginger is being studied for its anti-inflammatory, and it has been found to be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting associated with surgery, pregnancy, and motion sickness.


Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie//The Spicy RDAre you a fan of carrot cake?  What’s your latest favorite smoothie combination?  Did you think I was going to put kale in this recipe too???

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  1. This sounds great! Turmeric & carrots are a great combo! And I love the color! I usually put greens in my smoothies, so they are never pretty! 🙂

  2. That sounds seriously amazing, and you know I’m obviously a fan of turmeric and carrots. 😉

  3. Sounds great. My mom is a huge fan of carrot cake, so this of course made me think of her. It’s pretty high on my list too, so I may have to try this 🙂

  4. What a beautiful way to start the day! This nutrition-packed smoothie looks like a glorious sunrise 😀 When I am not stuffing kale in things I am whacking in turmeric (and black pepper). What are we like? Also, I love the styling. Very professional.

  5. This is definitely pin-worthy!!! YUM! I’m trying this pronto (I just said to myself yesterday that I need to find some good new smoothie ideas!)

  6. wow great sounding recipes and I look forward to trying the!! BUT where did you get thos fantastic glasses??

    • Thanks so much Robyn and so glad you asked about the glasses, because they are some of my favorites. Unfortunately, I bought these glasses about 10 years ago at the Neiman Marcus/Horchow Outlet is Dallas. Usually, they sit on my bathroom counter holding toothbrushes, but I thought they would be perfect for this smoothie 🙂

  7. Carrot cake in smoothie form?! I am so on board with that. 😀

  8. oh this is fun 🙂 love the use of turmeric they add this to drinks in India

  9. Absolutely adorable!!

  10. Oh heavens, this looks AMAZING! I love smoothies but I’ve never seen a version with flavors quite like this – must try ASAP! =)

  11. What a fun recipe idea, and I love your addition of turmeric to your recipe! Yum:-) Hugs, Terra

  12. It is smoothie season in my house and this one is getting added to the lineup. I have made my own frothy teas with turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger for the winter, but never thought about using them in a summer smoothie!

  13. Thank you for a great recipe. I’ve made this smoothie twice this week and it’s sublime!

  14. great recipe love the spice and pineapple


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