Gluten-free

The unseen goodness in this carrot cake smoothie bowl

Carrot cake smoothie in a bowl

Carrot cake never appealed to me when I was younger. As a child, I wasn’t impressed by all the unseen goodness in carrots; I just couldn’t understand how a carrot could make a good cake. I grew an appreciation for it over time. And then I stopped eating dessert for awhile when I first found out I had a gluten intolerance.

Gluten-free products have come a long way in the last few years, so dessert is back on the table! And so is the clean eating life I started at that time, so dessert is a rarity, and I don’t crave it as much. But I am not one to deprive myself of things, so I do have it when I want it.

Now I’ve found a substitute for carrot cake that is healthy and tasty! The ingredients in the bowl help with skin and hair health, heart health, digestion, immunity and weight loss or maintenance. You can find the full nutrition and health benefits listed below the recipe directions.

Carrot cake smoothie bowl recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1 scoop vanilla vegan, gluten-free protein powder, I use Vega brand
  • 1 small banana
    1/2 cup ice
    2 Medjool dates pitted and shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Suggested toppings

  • 2 tablespoons of walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons of shaved coconut
  • 2 tablespoons cranberry

Directions
Add all ingredients minus toppings into a blender and puree until smooth. Add toppings and serve.

Approximate nutrition information for one serving size (Based on brands and amounts used in this recipe)

  • Calories: 526 (without toppings: 321)
  • Fat:  18g (without toppings: 2g)
  • Carbohydrates: 45g (without toppings: 39g)
  • Protein: 30g (without toppings: 27g)

Some health benefits

  • Carrots: Promote eye and heart health, better digestion and skin, and protect teeth and gums.
  • Bananas: Support digestion, weight loss and heart health, they are also good for hangovers because of the potassium to help dehydration.
  • Coconut: Supports skin and hair health, weight loss, and helps fight infections.
  • Cinnamon: Is an antioxidant, promotes heart health, boosts immunity and protects teeth and gums and freshens breath.
  • Cranberries: An anti-inflammatory, boost immunity and help with certain urinary tract infections.
  • Dates: Promote digestion and intestine health, and support weight loss and heart health.
  • Protein: Builds and repairs tissues. It also makes enzymes and hormones and is vital to building bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

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