This naturally sweetened carrot and banana smoothie features five simple ingredients: carrots, banana, yogurt, milk, and cinnamon. It’s packed with goodness and is the perfect pre-workout smoothie, snack dessert or even breakfast!
Like my Beetroot and Banana Smoothie; this flavor combination is a bit unconventional, but I swear: IT’S DELICIOUS. It kind of tastes like a carrot cake smoothie! This smoothie is perfect as a snack or dessert if you like something fruity post-dinner and it can even be enjoyed for breakfast or lunch if you add some collagen or protein powder. This carrot and banana smoothie contains 2 of your 5-a-day, it’s high in protein (without protein powder), vitamins, minerals and nutrients to aid a healthy lifestyle! It’s sure to leave you feeling great!
why you’ll love this carrot smoothie recipe:
- 5 ingredients: you only need five ingredients to whip up this smoothie
- It’s a great way to get in extra antioxidants.
- 3 of your 5-a-day: get 3 of your 5-a-day in one smoothie!
- A perfect pre-workout smoothie: contains ingredients to aid your workout
- No sugar added: the natural sweetness comes from the beetroot and banana
- Well balanced: contains great easy digesting carbs, 16g of protein and a good dose of healthy fats.
- Add extra protein: make this carrot smoothie more filling by adding protein powder or collagen
I’ve listed the five ingredients below, as well as some substitutions just below this section. To see the measurements and full recipe, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this page!
Carrots: Provide essential vitamins such as beta-carotene, vitamin K, and potassium. Their natural sweetness enhances the flavor without the need for added sugars. They’re rich in dietary fiber, and contribute to a sense of fullness and support digestion.
Banana: Bananas pack a punch of easily digestible carbs and natural sugars for a quick energy boost. With a good dose of potassium, bananas can prevent cramps and keep everything running smoothly.
Greek Yoghurt: Adds a creamy texture and tangy flavor. The protein in Greek yogurt helps promote a feeling of fullness, making it a satisfying ingredient for those looking to enhance satiety. Additionally, Greek yogurt is a good source of probiotics, which can support gut health.
Milk: It’s got a mix of fast-acting whey and slow-digesting casein proteins that help muscles during and after your workout. Plus, the natural carbs in milk give you a quick energy boost. And don’t forget the bonus of nutrients like calcium and vitamins that support bone health and overall energy.
Cinnamon: It contains antioxidants that may help fight inflammation, and it has been linked to potential improvements in blood sugar control and heart health. It also adds a delicious flavor to the smoothie, making it reminiscent of a carrot cake.
- Bananas: If you don’t like bananas, I would recommend an apple or a pear.
- Greek Yoghurt: You can use any yoghurt here, I just like Greek Yoghurt because of it’s incredible qualities. For a vegan carrot and banana smoothie you can use coconut, soy or almond yoghurt.
- Milk: You can use regular cow’s milk for an extra protein boost or use any plant-based dairy alternatives if you need a dairy-free or vegan beetroot smoothie. If you don’t have milk, you can use juice or water.
- Cinnamon: If you don’t have cinnamon, you can skip this ingredient.
All you really need to make this carrot and banana smoothie is:
- A high-speed blender
- Digital food scales
- A glass (optional – you can drink it out of the blender if you want. I won’t judge you.)
how to make a carrot banana smoothie
This smoothie is super duper easy to make, but I’ve highlighted the steps down below and have also filmed a recipe for you to follow along with!
Add all ingredients to your high-speed blender. If you want to make this smoothie higher in protein, you can add in some collagen or protein powder. You can peel your carrot if you want.
Blend until smooth. Add more milk or water if you prefer a thinner smoothie.
Pour the smoothie into your glass (or don’t) and enjoy it as a pre-workout smoothie, snack, or dessert!
extra tips for making the best smoothie:
- For a thick smoothie: Use frozen fruits and vegetables.
- Add some ice cubes to make your smoothie ice cold!
- Add a scoop of vanilla collagen or protein powder to add protein and make a more filling smoothie.
- If you do seed cycling, you can add your seeds to your smoothie!
- Consider preparing individual smoothie packs with the measured ingredients (excluding the liquid) and freezing them. When ready to enjoy, simply blend the frozen pack with your milk of choice for a quick and convenient treat.
- You can also add a spoon of nut butter for extra protein and healthy fats.
serving and storing your smoothie
- Enjoy Immediately: For the freshest taste and optimal texture, savor your Carrot and Banana Smoothie immediately after blending.
- Garnish (Optional): Kick things up a notch by garnishing your smoothie with some desiccated coconut or chia seeds.
- Refrigeration: If you have any leftover smoothie, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s best consumed within 24 hours to retain its freshness and nutritional quality.
- Prevent Separation: Shake or stir the smoothie before drinking if any separation occurs during storage. This helps redistribute the ingredients and maintain a consistent flavor.
- Freezing: If you want to prep smoothie portions in advance, you can freeze them in ice cube trays. Pop the frozen cubes into a blender when you’re ready to enjoy, adding a splash of liquid to achieve the desired consistency.
Should I use raw or cooked carrot?
Both raw and cooked carrot can be used for the smoothie, and the choice depends on your personal preference and the texture you desire in your drink. Note that by cooking the beetroot, some of the nutrients may be lost. If you choose to use raw carrot, make sure to peel and chop it into smaller pieces before blending to ensure a smooth texture. For cooked carrot, ensure it has cooled before adding it to the blender.
How can I increase the protein in a smoothie?
To increase the protein content in your Carrot Banana Smoothie, consider adding protein powder, chia seeds, flaxseeds, or hemp hearts. Experiment with different combinations to find the perfect protein-boosting additions that complement the flavors of your smoothie.
Is it okay to prepare the ingredients the night before and blend them in the morning?
Certainly! You can absolutely prepare the ingredients for your Carrot Banana Smoothie the night before. Simply chop and measure the ingredients, refrigerate them, and blend everything fresh in the morning. This time-saving approach allows for a quick and convenient start to your day without compromising the freshness and nutritional benefits of the smoothie.
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Carrot and Banana Smoothie
- 1 large carrot around 130g
- 1 medium banana around 100g
- 1/2 cup greek yoghurt 120g
- 1/2 cup milk 125g
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Peel carrot (optional) and banana.
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!