Carrot Smoothie

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Enjoy the flavors of mango, bananas, and orange juice in this easy, vibrant Carrot Smoothie. It’s packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins, and it’s ready to sip in 2 minutes with just 5 ingredients.

A glass of carrot smoothie next to a mango, carrots, and a banana.


 

Shortly after I got my blender, I was paging through the accompanying cookbook and saw a recipe for carrot juice. How bad could it be, right? It’s just carrots and water, whizzed up into a healthy drink.

Guess what it tasted like? Carrots and water. Yeah. Shocking, I know, but it was not nearly as tasty as I thought it would be. This got me thinking, though, “Is there a way to drink carrot juice that wasn’t quite so, well, off-putting?”

I let my mind wander while I scouted through my refrigerator and pantry when it hit me: mangos would taste great with carrots. I paired those two with bananas for creaminess and orange juice for a sweet-tart mixer and the result is a healthy smoothie recipe my picky eater kids and I can totally agree on.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for carrot smoothies.

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Ingredient notes

  • Carrots: To substitute fresh carrots and/or fresh mango (peeled and chopped), add ½ cup ice or more to the blender.
  • Mango: Similar to an avocado or a peach, a ripe mango will give slightly when you squeeze it. It should smell fruity at the stem when ripe, too.
  • Protein powder: You can use either Greek yogurt or protein powder in this smoothie. (Use vegan protein powder to make a dairy-free smoothie.) Protein powder is never a one-size-fits-all solution, but I wrote extensively about the Best Protein Powders for Smoothies because it’s something I care about. If you don’t currently have a favorite, you might be able to find one in the list.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In the bottom of a blender, add orange juice, banana, mango, and carrots.
Carrot smoothie ingredients in a blender.
  1. Blend until smooth and serve.
Carrot smoothie ingredients in a blender.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.  
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying.
  • Flax, hemp, or chia seeds: Add 2 tablespoons of flax seeds, hemp seeds, or chia seeds for an extra boost of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. You can soak the chia seeds in water for 5 to 10 minutes if desired, but it’s not required. Bob’s Red Mill is my favorite brand for these.
  • More mix-ins: Fresh ginger, a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg, or a splash of your favorite regular or dairy-free milk, like almond milk, work perfectly in this gluten-free smoothie.
  • Beet Smoothie: This raw Beet Smoothie is sweetened with plenty of icy strawberries so you can enjoy all the beet benefits without the raw root taste. Add your favorite protein powder or Greek yogurt and a squirt of honey for a smoothie almost too pretty to drink.
  • Caribbean Passion Smoothie: This Jamba Juice copycat is sweet, refreshing, and easy to make at home. It tastes EXACTLY like the real thing!
  • Mango Smoothie: This simple smoothie is flavored with mangoes and bananas with Greek yogurt for protein and milk for creaminess. 
  • Peach Smoothie: Packed with protein and vitamins, this Peach Smoothie is a nourishing breakfast or snack idea anytime.
  • Peanut Butter Smoothie: Even with a no-sugar peanut butter, this 4-ingredient protein-packed Peanut Butter Smoothie recipe tastes sweet and light while keeping you full.
  • Spinach Smoothie: Fresh spinach, banana, pineapple, and yogurt make for a super simple, totally delicious way to eat more greens.
  • Strawberry Smoothie: This 3-ingredient recipe is packed with protein and low-sugar berries for a quick and easy breakfast or snack anytime.
  • Strawberry Citrus Ginger Smoothie: Quench your thirst with this refreshing and fruity treat perfect for crushing your sweet cravings.
A glass of carrot smoothie next to a mango, carrots, and a banana.

Frequently Asked Questions

My blender always struggles with smoothies. How can I process smoothies easier?

If you don’t have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, your blender may find frozen fruit and ice challenging. Especially if you notice that your blender errs on the weak side, but really a best practice for all smoothie-makers, start by adding the liquid portion of the recipe, then add the frozen fruit and ice on top. Or let the fruit thaw a bit before blending. Check out my guide to the best blenders.

What is the key to a thick smoothie texture?

If you enjoy your smoothies on the thicker side, try using a frozen banana. If you prefer a juicer, straw-sippable smoothie, blend in fresh fruit and veggies.

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A glass of carrot smoothie next to a mango, carrots, and a banana.

Carrot Smoothie

Enjoy the flavors of mango, bananas, and orange juice in this easy, vibrant Carrot Smoothie. It's packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins, and it's ready to sip in 2 minutes with just 5 ingredients.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 serving (2 cups)
Course Drinks, Smoothies
Cuisine American
Calories 488
4.98 from 42 votes

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In the bottom of a blender, add orange juice, banana, carrots, mango, and protein powder or Greek yogurt. Blend until smooth.

Notes

  1. Carrots: To substitute fresh carrots and/or fresh mango (peeled and chopped), add ½ cup ice or more to the blender.
  2. Mango: Similar to an avocado or a peach, a ripe mango will give slightly when you squeeze it. It should smell fruity at the stem when ripe, too.
  3. Protein powder: Use either your favorite vanilla protein powder or ½ cup Greek yogurt.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes about 2 cups of smoothie, enough for 1 serving.  
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so shake or stir to combine before enjoying.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 cupsCalories: 488kcalCarbohydrates: 93gProtein: 31gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 1695mgFiber: 10gSugar: 66gVitamin A: 23821IUVitamin C: 202mgCalcium: 192mgIron: 3mg
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  1. Let me begin by saying that I LOVE your recipes. In the latest one I’m reading, the Carrot Smoothy, when you mention substituting fresh carrots, are the fresh carrots raw or cooked?

    I love carrots, and drink a lot of the Bolthouse Farms Organic Carrot Juice. I’m eager to try your smoothy.

    Thanks so much!
    Pam

    1. Hi Pam! You’re so welcome! The carrots for the recipe are the raw frozen type, but you can substitute fresh carrots and/or fresh raw mango (peeled and chopped) instead and add ½ cup ice. I hope you love it! Please write if you have anymore questions. – Meggan

    1. Hi Beth, that’s a really great idea. I have a learned a lot more about smoothies recently and a lot of them are straight-up sugar bombs. You do really need Greek yogurt or protein powder or something in there to make it a complete meal vs. a fruity snack. Good call. Thank you for your comment. -Meggan

  2. I juiced my carrots 🥕 first because my blender isn’t that smooth lol. Everything else I did as per the recipe and in my opinion it’s a smoother smoothie especially with a grainy vegetable like carrot.

  3. This was great! It got my toddler to happily ingest a vegetable – yay! Will be making again.5 stars

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