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Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie + Giveaway

 Hodgson Mill - Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie

I have never understood how people could have smoothies as a meal.  To me, they’ve always been a snack; maybe a part of breakfast –but not the whole thing. But I do appreciate how many awesome, nutritious foods you can pack into a smoothie, so I’ve been trying to turn over a new leaf.  I’ve tried a few, and though the all-fruit ones don’t grab me, I read somewhere that there are smoothies out there that taste like cake. THAT got my attention.

As a lifelong baker (and smoothie skeptic), this smooth and creamy cake-flavored smoothie is an easy transition for my taste buds into this brave new world of smoothies, and it keeps me satisfied if I drink it for a meal. It has carrots, dates, pineapple, and coconut milk, and it gets extra heft and creaminess from Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Quick Rolled Oats and extra good stuff from Hodgson Mill Flax Chia Blend.

If you’ve never added oats to a smoothie, you’re in for a treat. These quick rolled oats are milled so finely that I have had no trouble adding them straight to the blender without cooking first, and they give a slight creaminess to the finished product. The Flax Chia blend also thickens it slightly, and adds just a faint nutty taste in the background.

 Ready to start? Come, gaze into my blender . . .

Dates make the sweet base of this smoothie. Sometimes they can harden when stored, so soaking them in warm water and blending them into a paste before adding the other ingredients ensures they’re completely smooth.

 

After blending the dates, I layered all the rest of the ingredients—cooked carrots, Quick Rolled Oats, Flax Chia Blend, spices, coconut milk and almond milk (or another milk of your choice), and last of all the frozen pineapple chunks—and my blender was good to go. Every blender is different, so you may need to add a few ingredients at a time and blend as you go if you think yours will struggle. As you can see above, the liquid covers more than half of the solid ingredients—that’s a good sign that your ratios are right on and your smoothie will be drinkable, not just spoonable like ice cream. (Unless you like that.)

 

Pulse and blend until all the liquid is swirling easily throughout the blender for at least 5 seconds. Again, every blender is different, so you’ll have to use your judgment, but it may take 30-90 seconds or more.  Try not to overmix, because the frozen pineapple will melt.

 Now is your chance to taste the smoothie, and if you’d like it thinner and more pourable, add a little more milk of your choice and blend again. Repeat until it’s the right consistency for you. You’ll need to add just a little liquid at a time and blend, because it’s easy to make it thinner, but it can be hard to thicken it up again.

That’s it. Now I see the appeal –quick, flavorful, and packed with nutrition powerhouses like dates, carrots, flax, and chia seed. I love the comforting taste of carrots and spices balanced with the sweet tang of pineapple, and the creamy texture from the oats and coconut milk. If I didn’t know it was so good for me, I’d think it was a shake! How could I not love starting my day like this?

 What do you think? Are smoothies part of your routine, or are you a skeptic? If you love smoothies, do you have a favorite flavor combination? (I’m looking for recommendations!)

Since this is a new product for us, we're also hosting a Giveaway! Check out the widget below. One way to win would be to leave a comment below, telling us your favorite smoothie flavor, or what you would make with Hodgson Mill Flax Chia Blend if you win. Good luck!

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Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dates chopped and pitted (about 5-6)
  • 1 cup carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Quick Rolled Oats
  • 2 Tbsp. Hodgson Mill Flax Chia Blend
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups milk (I used almond, use your preference)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks, frozen if desired
  • pinch salt

Instructions

Soak dates in 2-3 Tbsp. warm water at least 20 minutes, or overnight. Simmer chopped carrots in 1 cup water covered over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, until tender enough to spear with a fork. Let cool completely, about 20-30 minutes (you can do this step ahead of time, and even freeze the cooked carrots ahead of time if you like a very frosty smoothie).

 Add soaked dates and their water to blender. Blend until you have a smooth date paste. If your blender has trouble getting to all the date pieces, add 1/4-1/2 cup of the milk so that the blades are surrounded by liquid, and scrape sides down with a spatula. When dates are completely smooth, add the rest of the ingredients (cooked carrots (I include the water that they simmered in), frozen pineapple, Quick Rolled Oats, Flax Chia Blend, spices, vanilla, pineapple juice, almond milk, and coconut milk) and blend until completely smooth and the entire smoothie is swirling smoothly inside the blender for at least 5 seconds. Test by tasting a spoonful, and if you would like a thinner smoothie, add more milk by 1/4 cup increments, blending and tasting again after each addition until it reaches desired consistency.

 Pour and serve immediately. It may be refrigerated for 24 hours, but the texture will change slightly and it may become thicker.

Notes

If desired, you may replace oats with more Flax Chia Blend – use a total of ¼ cup. If you would like a slightly sweeter smoothie, try adding 1-2 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey.

Servings

Makes 2 servings

Inspired by The Spicy RD

You can find Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie and other recipes from Hodgson Mill by visiting the Recipes page.


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Avatar  Janet last monthReply

I have only had fruit smoothies, strawberry Mango or peach. I'm a carrot cake fan, I would try it with Hodgson Mill CHIA Blend.

Avatar  Tandi Cortez-Rios 2 months agoReply

The carrot cake smoothie sounds delicious! I'd definitely make that first!

Avatar  Ara 2 months agoReply

I'd definitely make the carrot cake smoothie! My husband and I love carrot cake, we had it for our wedding cake, I'd love a healthier substitution:)

Avatar  Fiona N 2 months agoReply

I really want to try the carrot smoothies with chia! It looks so delicious!! Thank You for the chance

Avatar  ashley kirchner 2 months agoReply

pumpkin sounds amazing!

Avatar  Michelle Starr 2 months agoReply

Carrot smoothie!

Avatar  Michelle Starr 2 months agoReply

This looks so yummy!

Avatar  kara kjellman 2 months agoReply

I would make a pineapple smoothie!

Avatar  Holly E 2 months agoReply

I would add it to my breakfast smoothie

Avatar  Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard 2 months agoReply

would put it in a mango smoothie

Avatar  Angela P 2 months agoReply

I adore carrot cake so this recipe is a must try for me. I would also use this in a peanut butter, banana and yogurt wrap.

Avatar  Alisha 2 months agoReply

This would be a great change to my post workout smoothie! Can't wait to try it!

Avatar  Mippy/Sabrina 2 months agoReply

I would looove to make the Hodgson Mill Flax Chia Blend recipe above. A Spiced CArrot Cake Smoothie sounds delicious. I in fact just had a smoothie earlier a Berry Smoothie. I wonder if mixing in the Hodgson Mill Flax Chia Blend would taste well in that mix? I would recommend the recipe I used. It's from a company's website so shoot me an email if you'd like the link or let me know if you create one with berries! :D

Avatar  Camilla @ Culinary Adventures 2 months agoReply

I just made a 50-50 chia pudding that would translate well into a smoothie format: orange juice + coconut milk

Avatar  Dandi D 2 months agoReply

My favorite smoothie flavor is spinach, vanilla and strawberry. This flax chia would definitely work with it!

Avatar  wen budro 2 months agoReply

I would use it in oatmeal or porridge. I make an orange-pineapple-banana smoothie that could use this.

Avatar  Jennifer Hirsch 2 months agoReply

I would use it in oatmeal although if I had a decent blender, I would love to use it for smoothies.

Avatar  Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet 2 months agoReply

I love this idea! Great way to start the day!

Avatar  Bonnie K. 2 months agoReply

I love carrot cake; so, this recipe sounds wonderful. Another way to use the flax chia blend would be in a berry smoothie.

Avatar  Bonnie K. 2 months agoReply

I love carrot cake; so, this recipe sounds wonderful. Another way to use the flax chia blend would be in a berry smoothie.

Avatar  Rhonda 2 months agoReply

I would make a peach mango smoothy with the Chia Blend. That would be such a refreshing Summer time drink. Yum!

Avatar  andrea amy 2 months agoReply

Your smoothie sounds interesting, not sure if I would make that or not as I'm not really a fan of carrot cake, but I would love to try adding this to a berry smoothie, or even into cupcakes or muffins, or gravies and sauces.

Avatar  Nancy 2 months agoReply

The Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie looks simple and delicious! I'd like to try it!

Avatar  Trish 2 months agoReply

I would love to try this recipe for Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie! I just bought a brand new industrial blender that I need to try out more smoothies with. :)

Avatar  Claire 2 months agoReply

I think this sounds amazing! I'd love to try this smoothie recipe.

Avatar  Madeline 2 months agoReply

I like a smoothie with cocoa powder, spinach, bananas, and a bit of avocado.

Avatar  Erin 2 months agoReply

That sounds super interesting! I've never had avocado in a smoothie, but I've had it in a chocolate mousse - yum!

Avatar  Mary Zelli 2 months agoReply

I'd add it to my fruit and Greek yogurt. Would be delicious.

Avatar  Yolanda 2 months agoReply

I would use this new blend in my homemade fresh tomato, roasted garlic and tomato pasta sauce ......delicious and healthy! The kids love it!

Avatar  Erin 2 months agoReply

I hadn't thought of adding it to a savory sauce, Yolanda, but I think that's a great idea!

Avatar  Rachel 2 months agoReply

I like to make a strawberry, banana and raspberry smoothies.

Avatar  abby 2 months agoReply

I would use chia and flax seed to make a sweet quick bread & up the health quotient on it!

Avatar  Maryann D. 2 months agoReply

I would use chia and flax seed to make a coconut, pineapple, peanut butter protein smoothie.

Avatar  Janet 2 months agoReply

I love a pineapple mango smoothie

Avatar  Shiyoko 2 months agoReply

I would make a yummy mango and pineapple smoothie with this chia and flax seed blend. I love exotic fruits and this would add the wonderful flavor!

Avatar  Erin 2 months agoReply

Janet and Shiyoko - I'm going to have to go find some frozen mango and pineapple chunks now. That sounds terrific.

Avatar  Becky 2 months agoReply

This Flax Chia Blend could also be used in Overnight Oatmeal as well as bread and cake recipes.

Avatar  Ilsa 2 months agoReply

The recipe sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it. I also make my own breads. I'm definitely planning to add the flax chia blend to my current recipe.

Avatar  Susan C 2 months agoReply

I think this sounds amazing! I'd love to try this smoothie recipe.

Avatar  Cindy Kane 2 months agoReply

This looks great, and I'd use flax to any fruit smoothie for a boost of omega 3s.

Avatar  Kathy T 2 months agoReply

I'll try flax and chia in a smoothie with blueberries, banana, and spinach.

Avatar  Nancy 2 months agoReply

I use flax and chia in my oatmeal, but I have never seen them in a blend before. Right now with all the fresh blueberries, that the current favorite smoothie.

Avatar  cyndi br 2 months agoReply

Favorite smoothie would be blueberry smoothies

Avatar  jacquie 2 months agoReply

i haven't ever made a smoothie - in fact have never had one - so no favorites.

Avatar  mlaw 2 months agoReply

This sounds so good. I like to use Chia in oatmeal also.

Avatar  Joanna 2 months agoReply

That smoothie looks delicious. I'll definitely be trying it. Thanks for the recipe.

Avatar  tara pittman 2 months agoReply

I love chia in my oatmeal and smoothies.

Avatar  Loraine Ellis 2 months agoReply

I would make something with chocolate and bananas

Avatar  Alice 2 months agoReply

I love the combination of honeydew melon and spinach in a smoothie. Such a beautiful color as well as good for you!

Avatar  Erin 2 months agoReply

Hi Alice, that sounds so interesting! I don't know if I've ever had a smoothie with melon, but now I'm going to have to try and figure that out. Thanks!

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