Carrot Cake Smoothie
I’ve been spending some time in the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi. Nairobi gets its name from the Masai phrase Enkare Nyrobi which means cool water. It perhaps was names so as its got the Nairobi River flowing through it. However, the river is no longer what I remembered it as. Its polluted and the flow has reduced due modernization. I was born and brought up in Nairobi but have been living in Mombasa for the past 35 years. Usually when hubby and I are traveling abroad, we do not bother to come into the city and prefer to catch our connecting flight. The traffic in Nairobi is a nightmare in spite of all the new highways and numerous inner roads. The new roads are not able to cope with the ever increasing number of cars on on the road. During this stay in Nairobi, we’ve been visiting several malls and other places of interests and I must admit though I’ve grown up here and have in previous years driven myself around, I’d now get lost if I had to drive.
Nairobi over the years has grown by leaps and bounds. Whenever you choose to stay you will have access to a mega or a reasonably good sized mall. Chains like Carrefour have opened up in several malls, availability of goods, be it food, clothes, gifts, electronics, etc is stupendous. Locally crafted items have become better in quality and more artisans are ready to experiments and create new souvenirs and gift items. Eating scene in Nairobi has changed drastically with so many different kinds of cuisines available.
However all this makes my heart feel really sad. Its not that I’m not happy that the progress that Kenya is making, however what makes me feel jealous, yes jealous is the fact that the rest of Kenya has forgotten that Mombasa exists. Whereas Nairobi and the surrounding towns and areas are improving, Mombasa is on the downslide at a rapid pace. Roads, rubbish collection, availability of goods, business opportunities are practically non existent. But we can only hope and pray that some development will be diverted to the coast.
Coming to today’s recipe, its after quite a while that I’m taking part in the Fantastical Food Fight. The theme for the month of March, chosen by Sarah is Carrot Cake. For this theme we could make carrot cake or use the carrot cake flavors to make something different. As I’m into smoothies for breakfast these days, I opted to prepare a smoothie. I make it a point to have some turmeric powder everyday either in my smoothie or in hot water with lemon and honey. I made the carrot cake and turmeric smoothie for the first time and loved the flavors. It tastes just like a carrot cake but without all the sugar. I added oatmeal to give it a cake like taste. I’ve added a bit more of ginger powder as I love the taste of it. Adjust the amount of spices according to your taste. What’s missing in the smoothie are some raisins, which I totally forgot to add. This smoothie was definitely so different in taste from my usual smoothie of banana and any other fruit. It was really filling as I didn’t need a snack during mid morning.
If Sarah would not have suggested this theme, I would not have bothered to prepare this smoothie as I usually don’t associate carrots with breakfast. However, this is one smoothie that one can enjoy for lunch, as a tummy filler in between meals or even as a light dinner option.
CARROT CAKE TURMERIC SMOOTHIE
1 medium carrot
2 tbsp oatmeal
2 tbsp cottage cheese(paneer), grated
1 tbsp chia seeds
¾ cup milk (any of your choice)
½ tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp ginger powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
¼ tsp nutmeg powder
1-2 tbsp honey
1 tsp grated carrot
1 tsp desiccated or fresh coconut
- Peel and cut the carrot into slices or cubes. Steam it till it becomes soft.
- Add all the ingredients for the smoothie, including the steamed carrot into a blender and process it till its smooth.
- Pour into a serving glass and leave it in the fridge to chill for 20-25 minutes.
- Sprinkle some grated carrot and coconut on top and enjoy.
- Next time I’d probably add more carrots.
- I added ½ tsp ginger powder as I love the taste of ginger. You can reduce the amount.
- I added turmeric powder to get the colour and also as I try and include turmeric in my smoothies or lemon water every morning.
- I added only 1 tbsp honey, but feel free to add any sweetener of your choice.
- Add greek yogurt or cream cheese instead of cottage cheese.
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