Monday, June 6, 2011

Carrot Cake Smoothie

 The more I cultivate my consciousness, the more I clarify my intentions in life, and get real with myself about the value I bring to my life and others... the more I start to question if maybe I need to be on a different path? I feel like I got on this path for all the right reasons, but at some point I needed to course correct, and instead I plowed through. I'm in a good place, in so many regards, except I'm far from living my soul purpose. I have not yet entirely defined what that even means to me, but I know its a journey that will start with the first step. Lately, I've been standing still. This summer, I hope to devote time and energy to developing my meditation and yoga practices, and continuing to cultivate the power that is already inside of me. Soul purpose... I'm coming for you!

I'm not quite sure what path I will end up on, or what exactly I will create in my life, but rest-assured this is a topic that I will need to revisit once I start taking those baby steps. Any feedback, advice, support, and motivation in this area would be greatly appreciated! (I know I haven't really divulged the entirety of this feeling, but I hope I've said enough for you to sort of understand my struggle)

Now that I've shared a snippet of what I'm feeling with my journey to live my soul purpose, I'm going to move on to some feel-good food. Ever since we got our Vita-mix a couple years ago, most of the veggies I eat end up in liquid form. Thanks to the Vita-mix, rarely does a veggie go bad in my refrigerator. A word of caution for anyone contemplating getting one, as I can only see one draw-back to being a Vita-mix owner: this blender will make your compost pile shrink exponentially! 

Today's veggie of choice: the carrot. 

I usually buy carrots in bulk. They seem to last a good long while, and are versatile enough to go in just about anything (by anything, I mean stir-fry because that has been my meal of choice lately. I'm working my way out of a culinary slump). I saw this carrot-cake smoothie recipe over at Lexie's Kitchen and noticing I already had all  most of the ingredients (avoiding another trip to the local co-op! score! I swear, its embarrassing how often I'm there sometimes), thought I would give it a try. Any smoothie that has the word "cake" in it is likely to be a winner! 

Carrot Cake Smoothie
Adapted from Lexie's Kitchen

gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free

1 raw carrot (if not using a power blender, chop it up)
1 handful walnuts
1 can full-fat coconut milk minus the cream (see note)*
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice
8-10 drops vanilla-creme stevia (or substitute with your favorite sweetener)
1 cup ice-cubes (more or less)

Blend all ingredients in your smoother. 
 *note: For the coconut milk, I technically used coconut water. I opened a full-fat can of coconut milk and scooped off the solid part, the coconut cream, to save for another recipe. I used the rest of the liquid in the can for the smoothie, with about 2 tablespoons of the cream. 

This recipe was included in Slightly Indulgent Tuesday. 

 Do you have any advice about finding your path, finding your soul purpose, or increasing your impact on the world?

Whats your favorite veggie to put in the blender?


  1. I keep seeing carrot cake smoothies around but I have yet to try one! I'm diggin' your recipe. I think I'm going to try it out for breakfast tomorrow morning. :-) I'm glad we're facebook friends now! I was just totally lurking all your photos. You're so incredibly beautiful. I know we'd be such good friends in real life. I have a strong feeling we'll meet someday! :-)

  2. Yes! :) They're so good, its nice to switch it up from the green smoothies! I think I'd put a little vanilla in it next time, so if you try it that way let me know how it is!

  3. Yum! I love carrot cake, so I can only imagine how tasty this is! Do you think it would still work if one substituted another non-dairy milk for the coconut milk?

  4. this sounds great I usually just stick spinach and kale in the blender I love the idea of carrots though!

  5. WithoutAdornment: Yes, I think any milk substitute would work great! I would normally have used nut-milk, but I was out and I like that coconut helps with improving immune function, gut health, metabolism, and digestion.

    Simply Kate: The more veggies the better! :)

  6. yum this looks great! a cake in a glass!

  7. Yay Ellie, thanks for stopping by!!! I just checked out your blog, GREAT looking muffin recipes! :)

  8. Yummm! Carrot cake is my weakness!

    Annnd so many girls posted wiaw early so I tossed it up 2 hours early ;) itll be up allll day tomorrow for ya! Mwah!

  9. Alright, well I'm all set and ready for tomorrow's WIAW!

  10. oh myyyyy this looks so decadent! coconut milk in smoothies makes it incredibly smooth and thick, I just love it! I have a hard time using up a whole can, so smoothies that use it are always a great idea.