This keto carrot cake smoothie recipe is a quick and easy filling breakfast or snack between meals which tastes like dessert! Made with carrots, almond butter, and coconut milk, this low carb smoothie is thick, creamy and perfect to enjoy like a smoothie bowl! Dairy free, nut-free and sugar free!
Keto Carrot Smoothie
Growing up enjoying fruit-filled smoothies, I never would have thought them suitable on a keto diet.
However, through trial and error, I’ve come to find you can easily recreate thick, creamy and filling low carb smoothies, which taste amazing and keep you satisfied for hours.
Recently, my cravings have been for something cold, creamy and quick, so smoothies were my go-to.
ARE CARROTS KETO FRIENDLY?
It’s often assumed that any carb-heavy fruit or vegetable is strictly forbidden on a ketogenic diet, but I beg to differ- When used in small amounts, they can easily be included, as long as you don’t go overboard.
I often get asked if carrots are good for a keto diet or if they are considered low carb.
Carrots are a nutritional powerhouse, providing tons of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. However, when following a keto diet, carrots should not be eaten in huge amounts. They are, at the end of the day, still primarily carbohydrates (and natural sugars).
To still obtain the carrot flavor without going overboard in the carbs department, this recipe only used half a medium carrot, which yields a mere 1.5 grams in net carbs!
Taste-wise, this smoothie tastes like a delicious carrot cake, loaded with a sweet carrot flavor, with a hint of cinnamon.
Texture-wise, it ticks all the smoothie boxes- It’s so thick and so creamy, it’s almost like a thickshake!
To make this keto carrot cake smoothie, you only need SIX ingredients-
- Shredded carrots
- Almond butter
- Coconut milk
- Coconut yogurt
- cinnamon and nutmeg
- Liquid Stevia
ALMOND BUTTER AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Adding almond butter to the smoothie helps keep you fuller for longer, along with a richer flavor. It isn’t overpowering and blends well with the other ingredients.
HOW TO MAKE THIS SMOOTHIE NUT-FREE
It will still taste delicious and creamy, and suitable for those with allergies!
BEST KETO YOGURT
Adding yogurt to the smoothie gives it a creamy flavor, and helps thicken the smoothie.
Coconut yogurt is a fantastic keto approved yogurt, which also is vegan-friendly and dairy-free. Aim for an unsweetened kind, to avoid added sugars.
HOW TO MAKE A THICK AND CREAMY SMOOTHIE
Personally, I prefer my smoothie to be super thick and creamy. In the past, I’d use frozen fruit to yield that consistency, however, to keep it keto friendly and low carb, we will use something else- Ice!
Contrary to popular belief, blending ice in your smoothie will make it extra thick and creamy. The key is to use minimal liquids (the minimal amount of coconut milk).
HOW TO MAKE A SMOOTHIE BOWL
Are you a fan of enjoying your smoothie in a bowl? That works with this carrot cake smoothie!
Simply stop blending when the ice has just been blended, and transfer to a bowl.
Keto Carrot Cake Smoothie (Paleo, Vegan)
- Add all your ingredients, except for your ice, in a high-speed blender or food processor. Pulse/blend until just combined.
- Add your ice and blend until desired consistency is achieved.
- Pour into two tall glasses or two large bowls and enjoy!