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Monday
Jun062011

Carrot Cake Smoothie | Dairy-Free 

My husband's love for carrot cake and my son's abhorrence of most vegetables, in their natural form, inspired this smoothie.The little one in our house that eats everything just will not eat most vegetables in their natural form. That's not to say we don't to try, beg, plead. To date we've conquered his aversion to broccoli trees, green beans and cannonball peas. For the rest, well, we rely on smoothies. You can hide A LOT in them. Today I served up carrot cake in a glass. It won his "mmmmm." Will it win yours?

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Easily Sweetener-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan

Serves:  1-2
Active Time:  3 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large handful roughly chopped raw CARROT
1 small handful raw WALNUTS
2 cups non-dairy MILK (today I used unsweetened So Delicious® Coconut Milk Beverage)
1/4 teaspoon CINNAMON (or to taste)
1 tablespoon LEMON JUICE
Pinch of SALT
Sweeten to taste with your favorite SWEETENER (I use 10 drops of stevia concetrate)
1 cup ICE CUBES (or more if you like super frosty smoothies)

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender (I use a Blendtec), except ice, until super smooth. Add ice and blend until smooth.

How have you won your kids over to vegetables?

Share by leaving a comment below. We'd love to hear!?

Reader Comments (25)

I was excited to see this post and glad to know I'm not alone in having a little one that is averse to veggies. I'll take whatever tips you've got. Mine will only eat carrots and corn and on a really good day, green beans. Everything else is out. I continue to put the other veggies on his plate even if all he ends up doing is playing with them.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

Does feeding my hubby count? ;) I also loved making up a carrot cake smoothie (though I put more stuff in mine--no kids to fool at our house!). The color of your smoothie is just beautiful--and I love how the mat is refected on the glass. What a great way to start the morning.

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

That looks like carrot cake in a glass! Yum. Thanks for sharing such a quick, scrumptious looking treat. I'm off to use up the last of my carrots!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

What a creative smoothie Lexie - and so nutritious! Hope you are well :)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

Ricki, I am buzzing over to check out your recipe, pronto!

Trista, yes, we are definitely in the same boat : )

Lauren, enjoy!

And Jeanette, we are doing well. Summer is finally here and our spirits are soaring!

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

This is amazing. I'm posting a link from my site. I will definitely be trying this tomorrow. :)

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter@hilaryfleming

ps--can I use your carrot cake smoothie picture to direct people to your site?

June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter@hilaryfleming

Smoothie perfection, Lexie! Who doesn't love carrot cake? I'd like one of these right now. :-) Great photo, too, like Ricki said.

xo,
Shirley

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

This smoothie looks really delicious! I have two boys who also have an aversion to many veggies. Getting them involved in planting our own food garden has helped a bit -- somehow they're a little more willing to eat veggies they had a part in growing. We also like to bake things like zucchini and carrots into healthy muffins -- they get gobbled up that way! :)

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

This looks delicious Lexie! Think I'm going to go make it right now in fact!

Lexie,

This is perfect! I make a similar version in my house and my Little Chef loves it! :) Won't being a mom spark creativity in the kitchen?!


xo,
Gigi

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGigi

Hmm...I think you just came up with our after camp snack today!! That looks amazing! And that photo is gorgeous! I am with Ricki...I love the reflection of the mat on the glass!
xo
k

Oh Lexie! This looks really yummy! Love your photo too!

Hugs,
Megan

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan @ MAID in AK

Try giving kids a variety of natural foods at every meal. The less sweet foods they get, the more they will like vegetables.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

We are SO on the same wavelength! Last week I whipped up my own version of a carrot cake smoothie. What is neat is how different our two versions are! I love seeing different recipe takes on the same concept.

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Fleming

Good for you! I love your attitude, Alexa. Your family is lucky to have you! I had my power greens (baby chard, spinach, etc.), zucchini, celery and pear smoothie this morning, but carrots are a favorite of mine as well. I love the sweetness carrots add to smoothies. Add in walnuts and yes, carrot-cakey goodness!

But, I'm thrilled you had that link to celery root fries on this post. OMG, those look amazing and something I've never thought to do. You're brilliant, girl!

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterglutenfreeforgood

Hmmm, I might just have to try this Lex. I'll use some dates though (I just can't step on the stevia train for some reason). My kids have a select number of veggies they'll eat. It's always nice to hear you're not alone, right? xo

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Using a food processor, I finely chop up a tub of raw carrot, celery, broccoli or whatever. I sprinkle this onto everything: over the sauce on pizza crusts, in taco filling, in smoothies, into omelettes, soups, literally everything. It's so finely chopped it's completly disguised!

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFranika

These are all such great ideas! Thank you!!

Franika, that is brilliant!

Alisa, love it! It's so true ... we all get on the same wavelength at times.

I guess the pic did come out okay : ) Thanks, all for pointing out the cool reflection. Most times I point, shoot, edit and upload without stepping back to really look at the pic : )

xoLexie

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

Hi Lex, I made this today for breakfast and Ava loved it! I used the hochata recipe as a base. That is a great one too that I've been enjoying with coffee. Keep up the great posts!

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassie Q

Hey Cass, glad you tried that horchata ... I need to make some of that again. Thanks for your support sweet sis!

xoLexie

June 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

I made this this morning and Dillon and I loved it! Very yummy!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrista

My hubby wants this smoothie! He loves carrot cake and now is getting into the smoothies. Just perfect! It looks yummy.

Lexie, thanks for adding me to your blogroll! It made my day! (or year!)

Thanks again for your sharing in with my yogurt experiences! I greatly appreciate your time and kindness.

Healthy wishes,
Debbie

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

This looks DELICIOUS! I'm making this for myself. Dunno if the kids will be game, but it looks like dessert to me!

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlta

I hope you're making your own stevia concentrate? It's very easy to make and will save you hundreds of dollars of the years. We use stevia concentrate like water in my house so I have to make it. The best thing...it costs pennies to make rather then dollars. The best stevia concentrate is the one made with alcohol because the stevia is more concentrated. However, it can be made with extra stevia and cooked for longer.

July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark G

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