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Carrot Cake Green Monster

Sick of green monsters yet, are ya?  Well, if you need to switch it up (and if you are anything like me, and you like your breakfasts to taste like dessert), than boy have I got the recipe for you.

But first I want to show you what we got in our CSA box number six this week (get ready, it’s a good one):

So yes, I see some more carrot cake green monsters in my future.¬† And speaking of them, here’s the recipe!

Carrot Cake Green Monster (Carrot Cake Green Monster Printable Card)

  • 2 small carrots and their greens, or one large carrot and its greens, or spinach to substitute for carrot greens
  • 1 ripe banana (mine was frozen)
  • 1/2 C skim milk, 1/2 C water (or 1 C skim milk, or 1 C water…)
  • 1/8 C old-fashioned dry oats
  • 1 T hemp powder (optional, obvy)
  • 1 T Carnation instant breakfast (I started using these up to get rid of them, and now I actually like a little in my green monsters–you could also use protein powder, or just skip it)
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Layer the way we always do: liquids, oatmeal, and powders on the bottom, then leafy greens/carrots, then bananas and ice cubes on top.  The heavy stuff on top helps weigh the leaves into the blender mechanism.  Blend away until smooth.

Top with a sprinkle of extra cinnamon, and indulge yourself.  Cake.  For breakfast.  Drinkable cake.

It really does taste a lot like carrot cake!¬† Fritz requested to have one of these, and it was a nice change from peanut butter (but don’t worry, peanut butter green monster–you’ll always be my number one).

And yes, carrot greens are edible!¬† Some people are allergic to them, but if you aren’t, then try ‘em.¬† They taste a little like carrot-y parsley, and definitely make the carrot cake green monster more carrot cake-y.¬† If you go to a farmer’s market, you can usually find carrots with their greens.

I also have been eating¬†them in salads–just be sure to chop them finely to avoid any unpleasant throat scratching from their weird shape (just like curly kale or parsley).

So how’s studying going?¬† Pretty well.¬† Henry finds it to be pretty boring, though, and is falling asleep all over the place:

You know it’s sad when I’d rather watch my cat fall asleep than study.¬† But don’t worry, he’s not sleeping all the time.¬† Still plenty of time for this:

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  1. katshealthcorner

    Oh my gosh. Henry is such the artist! He makes that box worth so much more! ;) Haha, he is such a cutie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Carrot Cake Smoothie? With greens in it? I’m in!

  2. Holly

    I want a cat. I want to move to a house with a garden just so I can have a cat! I am so jealous… ps, recipe looks good to!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      having a cat has definitely enriched my life 10fold at least…even though he’s annoying and wakes us up at 5:30 every morning, it’s worth it ’cause he makes us laugh throughout the entire day. and then that cuddle before bed. sigh.

  3. tharrie

    What about somr catnip-monster for mr.Henry….very clear to ALL of us that he is NOT included in the index of your recipes!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      i DO have a patch of catnip I planted outside…but the lawn guys keep mowing over it!! now they are the ones who dont care about Henry :)

  4. anjobanjo22

    Wow…I think I may have to be a little braver than usual to try this one…but I wouldn’t mind that. :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      trust me, this goes down pretty easy as far as green smoothies are concerned :)

  5. 7978moments

    so cute!!!!!!

  6. Nicole

    I actually just started drinking green monsters… And already, I’m in love! :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I’m also in love–when I don’t have one, I crave it!

  7. Angela

    haha that last pic is priceless!!

    Love carrot cake smoothies. I’ve made some without greens and they are a gorgeous orange colour. So good! Coconut milk is really good in them too.

  8. Jess

    That looks delicious! I’m definitely going to have to try making one very soon!

  9. helen

    Could I just ask you something..maybe it’s stupid but i’ll ask anyway hehe :) Why do you have your bananas frozen? Is it to cool down the drink or is there something else to it??

    p.s. loooooove your green monsters, just made one a minute ago!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      to make it cold and so I always have bananas around that are ripe enough–I let the bananas ripen a LOT, then peel them and freeze them all!

  10. Katherine @ Green Thickies

    Thank you so much for this gorgeous recipe. I loved it so much I turned it into a Green Thickie and featured it as my Green Smoothie of the week (and linked back to you).

    Your photos are great too and your cat is very cute!

    You can find my Green Thickie Healthy Carrot Cake Smoothie here: http://www.greenthickies.com/healthy-carrot-cake-smoothie-dessert-thickie

    Many thanks


  11. Lacie

    I just found your blog and made this smoothie this morning. It was amazing! I skipped the hemp and carnation and made it with a cup of greek yogurt (sweetened with stevia) instead for 24 grams of protein. It still worked great and tasted delicious, if you are looking for a protein boost. Thanks so much for the fabulous recipe! I am totally coming back this weekend to try your pumpkin pie and banana bread green monsters!

  12. Kelley

    Thank you for this! it really is like dessert in a cup. I’m crazy about it and I’m not sure if I will be able to go back to my regular green monsters after having this!

  13. Nancy

    This smoothie is AMAZING–it has become my go-to green smoothie. Plus it’s a dessert, I love the cinnamon! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  14. Melissa

    This might be the first I’ve ever commented on something but I have to write this. I’ve been slowly introducing smoothies into my diet, but they were all fruit versions. I tried this one tonight to get my veggies in and it was awesome! I was skeptical, but you can’t really taste the veggies at all. Even my fiance, a Moroccan, always meat and potatoes kind of guy liked it, I had to steal it back from him after giving it to him to taste. Will definitely be making this often!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      glad you liked it!

  15. Melissa B.

    Omigosh this is so clever!!!! I just made one of these and it is absolutely delicious :)

  16. Veena

    This is my first green smoothy. What do I do with the carrots? Do I put them on top of the bananas?

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