Creamy Roasted Carrot Coconut Shakes – Vegan

by Marla on February 27, 2012 · 50 comments

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Carrot milk shake recipe in vintage glass, with raisins and walnuts.

A funny thing happened yesterday. I mentioned to my husband that people are crazy for all kinds of smoothies and shakes. I also said that I didn’t share the passion. As a great husband who is always honest and forthcoming he responded back “Are you nuts? You have at least one shake per day, usually more like two.” Thanks my dear, I now stand corrected. The guy is right. It is usually my homemade Frappuccino or a version of that. I have been wanting to capture the flavors of carrot cake in a glass. Happily with this recipe I have.

Sure there is no cake in here, but the flavors of this homemade classic dessert are brought to life in a creamy, dreamy, health filled shake.

Let’s dig into an icy treat together, shall we?

Fresh bunch of carrots with green tops on rustic farm table.

Get your hands on the freshest bunch of carrots you can find, and don’t forget to roast them first. That makes all the difference in the world. Roasting them with some coconut oil and spices brings out the most delicious flavor in this shake. A mixture of coconut milk and almond milk add to the perfect creamy blend.

Coffee and chocolate are usually the stars in my shakes. It is nice to have a twist. This shake tastes like melted coconut carrot ice cream. With little hits of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger everything comes together nicely. It is also a great option for those on gluten free, vegan and grain free diets.

Shredded carrots, toasted walnuts and cinnamon sticks on vintage flour sack.

Freeze your coconut carrot shake and add it to your lunchbox. By the time lunch or snack time rolls around you have a healthy treat at the ready. Much better then diving into the office lunch room or vending machine.

I love texture with my shake. Some chew and bite. If you do too then top yours with chopped toasted nuts (I love walnuts), shredded coconut, raisins, flaxseed or graham cracker crumbles (find gluten free versions for intolerances.) I styled ours with some curly cue carrot slices to. Kinda weird, but fun. You might need a fork with these!

Carrot milk shake recipe in vintage glass, with raisins and walnuts, cinnamon stick.

This shake has become a new favorite in our house and I will be blending them up all the time!

Carrot milk shake recipe in tall vintage glass, purple straw and cinnamon stick.

What is your favorite creamy ~ dreamy shake? A frozen treat you can’t wait to get your hands on each day?

Creamy Coconut Carrot Shake – Vegan

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: two 9 ounce shakes

Creamy Coconut Carrot Shake – Vegan


    Roasted Carrots
  • a bunch of large Carrots, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon melted [unrefined Coconut Oil|
  • dash of ground Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg
  • pinch of fine Sea Salt
  • Shake
  • 8 ounces unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 ounces unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 2 ounces (60 grams) roasted Carrots
  • Vanilla Stevia Drops to taste (I like 1 dropper full)
  • 4 ounces Ice
  • Optional Toppings
  • Whipped Cream
  • unsweetened shredded Coconut
  • toasted, chopped Nuts
  • ground Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger
  • Carrots
  • Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
  • Graham Cracker Crumbles
  • ground Flaxseed


    Roast Carrots
  • Pre heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix spices into melted coconut oil. Toss and coat carrots in oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Roast on a baking sheet for 25 - 45 minuted depending upon the size of your carrots. Flip once during baking time. They should be soft and slightly browned when done.
  • Shake
  • Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender. Add a splash of water or additional almond milk if needed to blend. Serve with any desired toppings.

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa February 27, 2012 at 6:42 am

What an awesome shake! It must taste wonderful.




2 HeatherChristo February 27, 2012 at 6:56 am

How do you think of this stuff Marla!? I am always amazed at the new ways that you combine such beautiful healthy ingredients!


3 Katie {} February 27, 2012 at 7:04 am

Whoa marla! This sounds so unique and SO good! i love how you roast the carrots first! Brilliant!


4 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 27, 2012 at 7:11 am

Oh wow, these flavor combos! Wonderful shake recipe, Marla. This looks so wholesome and full of good-for-you nutrients. Delicious!


5 Cookbook Queen February 27, 2012 at 7:13 am

Carrot cake in a glass that is HEALTHY?!?! Where has this been all my life? love!!!!


6 Esi February 27, 2012 at 7:30 am

Ooh, love that you roasted the carrots. I could go for this right now


7 Maria February 27, 2012 at 8:15 am

Love this shake! Great flavors!


8 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

Gorgeous milkshake, both colors, flavors, photography. Loving the green surface those carrots int he opening shot are laid across…beautiful! I need to shop where you’re shopping!


9 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 27, 2012 at 9:10 am

You had me at “Cream Roasted Carrot” yum! Miss you!


10 Amanda February 27, 2012 at 9:12 am

Oh yum, that is one seriously fabulous looking shake, Marla!! :) Gorgeous!


11 Erin @ Brownie Bites February 27, 2012 at 9:15 am

I LOVE shakes and smoothies! I don’t think I’ve ever tried one with carrot, though I am a huge carrot cake fan. Yumm. I bet this would be right up my alley.


12 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 27, 2012 at 9:22 am

Oh, it looks good! Never thought of a carrot smoothie. Looks wonderful and your pictures are so pretty!


13 susan February 27, 2012 at 10:32 am

carrot cake in a glass, I like it, Marla!


14 Marina@cowboycountryvegetarian February 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Was there a message somewhere that Monday is a shake day and I missed it?! A lot of shakes-smoothies I see today, which is great! This looks wonderful! How did you make your carrot slices? I love this shake, fork or spoon, it looks delicious! I am sure roasted carrots add an interesting flavor to it. Well done!


15 Marla February 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Marina, it must be shake day! I made those curly cue carrot slices with this awesome OXO GoodGrips Lemon Zester. Glad to hear you are good for the fork or the spoon 😉


16 Kristina Vanni February 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm

This shake sounds fulfilling and a nice healthy way to incorporate a great mix of flavors. Great idea to add such textural toppings!


17 Marla February 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Kristina, the texture gives these shakes more kick & energetic ingredients. A happy way to get through the day :)


18 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free February 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Whoa. Never thought of carrots in smoothie—sounds like a heck of a good carrot cake!


19 Marla February 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Alex, you simply gotta try the roasted carrot thing. It’ll hook ya!


20 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather February 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Roasting is just what these carrots needed, sounds delish Marla!! I love how your hubs correctly you, too funny :)


21 Jeanette February 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm

What a creative shake recipe Marla, and those toppings look like fun.


22 EA-The Spicy RD February 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm

What a fabulous shake! I’ve never thought to add roasted veggies to my smoothies, but this is going to the top of my smoothie/shake list to make!


23 Donna February 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

To have “carrot” and “shake” in the same recipe title – very impressive!


24 MikeVFMK February 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Marla! This looks outstanding! I’m so intrigued, and that doesn’t happen as often as it should. Plus, killer photographs!! Love this recipe.


25 Marla February 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Thanks Mike. Coming from an amazing photographer like you ~ this means so very much! Intrigue is a great thing indeed!


26 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] February 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Thank you for posting this recipe. I have been looking for a way to enjoy carrot cake without the guilt!


27 Alyssa (Down_To_Earth) February 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

This smoothie is very exciting to me. The furthest I’ve ever gone with veggies my my smoothies is spinach, but carrots are bold! This sounds like such a treat and looks so tasty. I cannot wait to try it!


28 Marla February 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Alyssa, the carrots pair so nicely with the coconut and almond milk. I do hope you have the opportunity to try it!


29 Jennifer (Delicieux) February 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

What a fantastic looking shake!! I would never in a million years think to make a shake from roasted carrots, but now that I’ve seen it it does make sense given the beautiful sweetness of carrots. What a brilliant idea!


30 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

This looks so good, Marla!! I bet my kids would love it too.


31 Angie February 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

Love these! How creative!


32 Andrea February 28, 2012 at 11:31 am

I love Angela’s recipe for a carrot cake smoothie, so I think I would love this one too! I’ve never roasted carrots before (gasp!) so I am intrigued! Definately going on my to make list :)


33 Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau February 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

This is creative comfort in a glass. I’m all over it 😉


34 Marla February 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Sally, love it : a perfect description!


35 Kelly Lester (EasyLunchboxes) February 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Omg this looks amazing. Totally drooling now Marla!


36 Amanda February 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

What a cool shake! (ha, get it?) You have the best ideas… this is such an awesome flavor combination! Beautiful pics too!


37 Marla February 29, 2012 at 5:29 am

Amanda ~ too cool, yes! Silly you 😉


38 Kiran @ February 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm

That looks so drool-worthy, Marla! I love a good smoothie/shakes for breakfast or snacks. I think this qualifies as a “gourmet” shake recipe for sure :)


39 Marla February 29, 2012 at 5:27 am

Kiran, yup I would agree ~ it is a bit more gourmet than most 😉


40 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 28, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Outstanding! Carrot cake in a glass is brilliant.


41 Diane February 29, 2012 at 12:26 am

Mmmmmm this looks really mouth watering, I am off to the kitchen to make one. Thanks Dciane


42 Cara February 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I think we share part of the brain – I’ve been dealing with a roasted carrot smoothie on the brain, I just haven’t had a chance to make it yet. I can’t wait! Your version sounds incredible :)


43 Marla February 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Hi Cara! We do tend to think along the same lines when it comes to this kinda thing. I am happy you are into the roasted carrot shake thing too ~ enjoy girl! Can’t wait to hear about your version :)


44 Joanne March 1, 2012 at 5:34 am

i totally say things like that all the time! Like, whenever I tell my roommates that I don’t eat much gluten – false. But I’m really convinced that I don’t. It makes no sense.

These shakes sound amazing! Pinned.


45 bridget {bake at 350} March 1, 2012 at 6:24 am

“tastes like melted coconut carrot ice cream”…count me IN!!!


46 Krista March 3, 2012 at 6:05 am

This looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I love the flavor combination!


47 Sofia January 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Looks delicious, and easy although the roasting of the carrots takes a little time…


48 Marla January 7, 2013 at 3:16 am

Sofia, you are correct ~ roasting the carrots does take a bit of time but so worth it! At least not active time so you can run around doing other things. I recommend making a large batch at one go so you can enjoy shakes and recipes with those carrots for a few days.


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