I love creating new smoothies, but, to be honest, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with my blender for years. You may remember how I’ve had to fight with it to get a nice, thick smoothie. The other issue was my blender’s inability to process harder, more dense ingredients and give me a smooth and silky end result.
I’ve actually been making this carrot cake smoothie for over a year now. The problem was, I had to not only break out my blender, but the juicer as well. My old blender couldn’t process the carrots enough to give me a palatable smoothie, so I’d juice the carrots first, then use the blender to create the smoothie. Whew. If that wasn’t enough, I’d spend another fifteen to twenty minutes cleaning up. Not worth it.
It was time to try out something new. I’ve heard great things about Blendtec blenders and decided I needed to test one out and see if it could actually make a difference in creating a silkier smoothie. I’m beyond thrilled to be working with Blendtec to demonstrate how this delicious smoothie can be made in one step, with one appliance.
My first experience using my Blendtec was…amusing. I may have squealed and my mouth may have dropped…and yes, I did jump a bit that first time. I had no idea just how powerful the motor was or how smart the blender was! From the moment I plugged it in and turned it on, I was impressed. The control panel lights up and has smart settings to do the job for you. Hit the smoothie setting and it starts out slow, speeds up a bit, then gives the smoothie a quick blast at the end to create a perfect, silky texture. All I can say is, it makes my old blender look like a huge wimp. Sorry, old blender.
You can probably guess the verdict on how this smoothie turned out in a Blendtec. Pretty much perfect. The texture was so surprisingly smooth and it really does taste like carrot cake! The Greek yogurt provides a slight tang that mimics a cream cheese icing and with the blend of spices, walnuts, carrots and coconut, it’s basically a dessert in a glass. Except, this dessert is packed with fiber, potassium and Vitamins A, C and D! What I love, love, love about being able to finally process any vegetable or fruit right in the blender is being able to retain all of that fiber and nutrients from my produce. I love juicing, just because I think juices taste great and add nice variety to my diet, but blended veggies and fruits are simply ideal.
I’ve spent a lot of time experimenting with my Blendtec making drinks, soups, nut butters and even healthy ice cream with frozen fruit. I can’t wait to share those recipes with you! In the meantime, Blendtec was kind enough to provide an extra Designer 675 Blender and a Twister Jar set for one of my lucky readers! Take a peek below to enter! Good luck!
- ¾ cup milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- ¼ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey or pure maple syrup or 3 pitted dates
- 3 medium carrots, trimmed, peeled and cut into chunks
- ½ frozen banana
- ⅛ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- shredded coconut for serving
- Add the ingredients into your blender in the order given. Process on the “smoothie” setting, or on high until blended smooth.
Disclosure: Blendtec provided me with a Designer 675 blender and Twister Jar to review and one of each to giveaway.