This carrot smoothie recipe is surprisingly delicious with a variety of fruits AND veggies. I’ll show you exactly what ingredient to use if you’re looking to take your health to the next level. Grab your blender and let’s go!

green smoothie in a glass jar with a paper straw, surrounded by fresh ingredients.
Table of Contents
  1. Health Benefits of a Carrot Smoothie
  2. Raw vs Cooked Carrots
  3. To Peel or Not to Peel
  4. Carrot Smoothie Ingredient Swaps
  5. Boosting Your Smoothie with Plant-Based Protein
  6. More Plant-Based Recipes
  7. Strawberry Carrot Smoothie Recipe

Health Benefits of a Carrot Smoothie

This carrot smoothie recipe shines most in its vitamin C and fiber content. Fiber is an underrated part of a healthy diet, so I love when one of my smoothie recipes contains a solid amount of dietary fiber.

The other big star in this carrot smoothie is vitamin C. One serving gives you over 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. So not only will this smoothie satisfy your taste buds, it will also boost your immune system naturally!

Ingredients in a carrot smoothie including pineapple, coconut water, spinach, strawberries and carrot.

Raw vs Cooked Carrots

Someone asked me whether raw or cooked carrots were more beneficial in this carrot smoothie. I laughed, thinking it was a joke… and then I actually researched it. The answer may surprise you!

According to the National Library of Medicine, cooked, pureed carrots actually released more beta-carotene than raw carrots did. So if you’d rather cook your carrots before blending, then go for it! Either way, carrots are a great, sweet veggie to add to all kinds of smoothies.

To Peel or Not to Peel

As with many fruits + veggies, the peel (or outside wrinkly part) of a carrot actually contains some of its nutrients. So I recommend leaving that carrot whole before blending. This way you can benefit from as much of that carrot as possible. If your carrots came with their leafy green tops, then you can even toss those in.

whole pineapple next to a blender container full of smoothie ingredients.

Carrot Smoothie Ingredient Swaps

If you’d told me when I started drinking smoothies that I’d be adding veggies like kale or spinach into my smoothies, I’d have told you you were crazy! Yet the more I drink smoothies with leafy greens, the more my body starts to crave other veggies and so I got creative with my blends.

Swap spinach with another leafy green. Carrot tops are perfectly edible, and would make a great swap in this smoothie!

Swap coconut water with regular water, or a brewed herbal tea.

Switch out those strawberries with another berry (raspberries would be my first choice!).

Mango is a great swap for the pineapple. While some of these swaps will lower the amount of vitamin C in this smoothie, a vitamin C smoothie cube can also be added.

fresh strawberries in a measuring cup ready to be poured into a blender container for a carrot smoothie.

Boosting Your Smoothie with Plant-Based Protein

While this carrot smoothie recipe has 4.1 grams of protein, you can boost it to 14.1 grams of protein and make it a complete meal! My homemade protein powder is 100% plant-based with 3 simple, organic ingredients: organic hemp protein, organic chia seeds, and organic flax seeds. These 3 superfoods are ground into a fine powder, and together provide healthy fats, essential amino acids, and the cleanest protein you’ll find on the market.

More Plant-Based Recipes

Here are some other ways to use up that bag of carrots in your fridge. Maybe these’ll inspire you to include a spot for carrots in your next garden!

Have you ever made a smoothie with carrots? Don’t forget to leave a comment + rating to let me know what you think of this smoothie!

blended carrot smoothie made with 100% whole food, natural ingredients.
Strawberry Carrot Smoothie Recipe
4.23 from 199 votes

Strawberry Carrot Smoothie

I know…a carrot smoothie recipe?! First time I was like, ummm…no thanks. Yet this one is so delicious with a sweet unique undertone that you’ll begin to crave.
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Beverage, Breakfast, Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • ½ cup carrot
  • ½ cup strawberries frozen
  • ½ cup pineapple frozen
  • 1 serving homemade protein powder optional

Instructions 

  • Blend spinach and coconut water together until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend again.

Notes

  • Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.
  • Can chop and steam carrots to make them easier to blend, or leave them raw.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 321mg, Potassium: 1172mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 13561IU, Vitamin C: 100mg, Calcium: 131mg, Iron: 2mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 5 stars
    Very tasty! I omitted the coconut water (I don’t like the flavor) and instead used vanilla oat milk (it’s my new favorite liquid for smoothies). I like the creaminess it gives the smoothie. Another reason I like this one is because it uses 2 veggies, but it’s still fruity/sweet. This one tasted mostly pineapple to me, I didn’t really taste the strawberry, but that was fine with me, I still liked it.

    1. I love that this one has multiple veggies in it, too! I bet this one tastes amazing as a creamy, oat milk smoothie. Great sub!

  2. Love the color of the smoothie! It looks so healthy and refreshing!

  3. 4 stars
    First time using carrot and cocnut water. Was just not sweet. However I didn’t have pineapple do that may be why. I threw in a frozen half banana and it was drinkable. I think im not a fan of coconut water. I usually do coconut or almond milks.

    1. Good instinct to add the banana! Coconut water does have a diff taste to it and the pineapple will def add that sweetness and tropical flavor. Hope you can give it another try with pineapple and let us know what you think! 🙂

  4. 4 stars
    really like the carrots in this. I used regular water instead of coconut water

  5. 4 stars
    Carrot is not my favorite ingredient in a smoothie, but I’m always willing to try it out.