Carrot Colada

Carrot Colada Gluten Free Easily

I first shared this wonderful Carrot Colada recipe over on my friend Ricki’s blog, Ricki Heller.  I’ve been a fan of Ricki’s for years and actually got to meet her “In Real Life” last summer—a major highlight of 2013! Ricki is a genius recipe creator. You can see all her cookbooks here (even her upcoming one!). Her last one was Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free:  Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts: 100 Recipes Without Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, or Refined Sugar (which I reviewed and shared a recipe from here). It’s a bestseller, and for good reason!

Back to this Carrot Colada … I am all about simple and delicious recipes. Those recipes are the essence of my gluten free easily … aka gfe …approach, which some might call too easy or borrrring … or simply lazy. That remark resembles me! Haha!

So I like to support my propensity for simplicity with quotes like this one:

“There is great satisfaction hidden within simplicity.”

Thanks to Anthony Douglas Williams for that one, and I really think this wisdom can be true for food and life in general.

Most often, I love simple recipes that are made with real food, whole food that I have on hand. This Carrot Colada that I’m sharing today qualifies.

I don’t have a juicer because I am pretty sure that I’d consume more of the sweet juices than I’d need, but occasionally I purchase fresh carrot juice and add it to my smoothies. (And I also love it when friends with juicers come for extended visits and we juice daily!) Carrots are healthy and naturally sweet, of course, and carrot juice brings those factors plus such a lovely orange color to smoothies.

With this Carrot Colada, I added just a few other ingredients that I always have in my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. That would be bananas, coconut milk, and baby spinach.

That last one, baby spinach, might surprise you. You know that it’s great for salads and has terrific nutritional value, of course. But baby spinach also works great in blended drinks and even amazing ice cream because of its mild flavor, which is completely unnoticeable when mixed with other ingredients.

As far as the other two ingredients, I won’t tell you how many bananas are in my freezer right now. I’m a self-professed (or is it self confessed?) banana hoarder and I need to go on a banana binge soon to clear them out! Coconut milk is my favorite non-dairy milk. (I like to order Natural Value organic coconut milk because it’s gum free and BPA free, too.) Bottom line:  This Carrot Colada is so simple yet so satisfying and good for you!

Incidentally, if you’re a big fan of pineapple in your coladas—as in pina coladas—you can certainly add some to this recipe (I’d skip the rum though, especially in the a.m.—hehe!), but this Carrot Colada is plenty sweet “as is” and offers you enough of a tropical vibe with only the bananas and coconut milk.

Carrot Colada
Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
  • 2 cups carrot juice
  • 2 bananas, preferably frozen
  • 1 cup coconut milk (full fat or lite; I use canned, but you can use coconut milk in a carton)
  • 1 handful baby spinach (more or less, to taste)
  1. Add all to your Vitamix or Blendtec (or any good blender) and blend, slowly increasing from low to high, until the spinach is fully incorporated. (This will only take about a minute or so.)
  2. Serve. (I like to drink half in the morning and the other half for my afternoon snack.)
Bottoms up!

This post is linked to Raw Food Thursdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Naturally Sweet Tuesdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, and Whole Food Fridays.

Not just gf, but gfe!

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13 Responses to “Carrot Colada”

  1. Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo on May 28th, 2014 10:55 am

    What a creative way to get veggies in!

    • Shirley on May 28th, 2014 11:55 pm

      Thanks, Heather. Most of us can more easily drink veggies than we can get them all in by eating them. ;-)


  2. Tracey on May 28th, 2014 11:50 pm

    Hi, can you use fresh whole carrots (instead or juice) and blend them up in a high powered blender? what quantity would you recommend? Thanks, Tracey

    • Shirley on May 29th, 2014 12:00 am

      Hey Tracey–It takes 8 carrots to yield 1 cup of juice when juicing. This recipe calls for 2 cups of juice. Since you’re using the whole carrot, you might start out with 4 carrots and be prepared to add more carrots and more water or coconut milk to get both a carrot flavor and enough liquid. I can’t say for sure that method will work, but if you play around with amounts (and make note of them) to get the right consistency and flavor, it should. Good luck and let us know what you figure out!


      • Tracey on June 5th, 2014 8:01 am

        Hi Shirley
        I’ve finally found time to post my carrot colada experiment…..
        My final “brew” consisted of 2 whole carrots (200g), 1 cup coconut milk, 1 cup ice, and 1 frozen banana (95g). I blended the whole thing in a high powered blender.
        This version tasted pretty good, but when I did another version with 1/2c spinach added, it went a murky brown colour. Although it still tasted ‘ok’, the colour played with my mind & I won’t make it that way again.
        Cheers Tracey

        • Shirley on June 5th, 2014 9:31 pm

          Hey Tracey–Thanks for reporting back! I think that your version is less sweet than mine because you used whole carrots and ice. Mine didn’t turn too brown with the addition of spinach, but I don’t really get phased by that any more anyway. ;-) I know it can take some getting used to though, and that’s if you want to get used to it. LOL Putting a brown drink in a colored container with a cap can help. I know friends who do that with their kids. Their kids love their smoothies as long as they don’t see them. ;-)


  3. Ricki on May 29th, 2014 3:14 pm

    Loved this recipe, Shirley! Thanks again for sharing on my blog, too. :-)

    • Shirley on June 6th, 2014 12:16 pm

      Ricki–Yikes, I read your comment while on vacation and then forgot to reply later. :-( Thanks, dear! I could go for one of these right now and I was so honored to guest post on your blog! Happy Friday!


  4. Aubree Cherie @ Living Free on June 2nd, 2014 8:36 pm

    I love carrots for smoothies! This sounds like a great combination. Thanks so much for sharing it last week at Naturally Sweet Tuesdays. The link for this week is up – I hope to see you there :) ~Aubree

    • Shirley on June 6th, 2014 12:17 pm

      I’m adding Naturally Sweet Tuesdays to my calendar so *hopefully* I won’t forget to link up each week. ;-) Thanks for hosting, Aubree! Oh, and carrot juice is the naturally sweet bomb. :-)


  5. Maggie on June 3rd, 2014 11:49 am

    Yum! A refreshing virgin drink, just what I need!

    • Shirley on June 6th, 2014 12:17 pm

      Yay, healthy virgin drinks for the soon-to-be bambino! :-)


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