Carrot Cake Smoothie
EVENT: FANTASTICAL FOOD FIGHT
RECIPE: CARROT CAKE SMOOTHIE
Carrot Cake Smoothie – a smoothie without the actual carrot cake but full of carrot cake flavors, healthy and filling.
Fantastical Food Fight Theme:
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 can bake a carrot cake or use the carrot cake flavors to make something different.
My Recipe: Carrot Cake Smoothie
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 smoothie with turmeric added to it 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 it were not for the theme, I don’t think I would have ever thought of preparing a smoothie with carrots as I normally don’t associate it with breakfast.
Memories – Enkare Nyrobi – Cool Water
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 named so as its got the Nairobi River flowing through it. However, the river is no longer the way I remember it. Its polluted and the flow has reduced due to 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 has changed so much.
Present Time Nairobi
Nairobi over the years has grown by leaps and bounds. Wherever 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 experiment 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 with 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.
Hubby and I went to Nairobi after having being cooped up in the house in Mombasa for over 9 months. The ride from the airport to Westlands was a shocker! All the greenery has disappeared as the Chinese are making a huge highway to connect the airport all the way to Lavington. Nairobi now appears like a concrete jungle. Nairobi is still the happening place where food and goods is concerned. Mombasa, in the meantime has become worse.
Recipes With Carrots:
- Nutritious and tasty Carrot Bliss Balls
- Tea time treat – Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
- Enjoy for breakfast, Onion and Carrot Ragi Bhakri
- Creamy and Yummy Carrot Coconut Kheer
- Serve Lentil and Carrot Kebabs as snacks or as a starter
- Carrot Nut Bread – a quick bread full of nuts, coconut and carrot puree. Ideal for breakfast or tea time.
- Try a different carrot halwa – Gajar Halwa with Orange and Saffron
- Another Breakfast or Tea time treat – Carrot and Apple Nut Bread
- Red Cabbage and Carrot Salad
- Orange Carrot Muffins – kids love this
- I love to have Carrot Orange Salad as a light meal
- My Favorite – Beetroot Carrot Salad
- Creamy Carrot Soup without the cream
- Eggless Carrot Muffins
- Apple Carrot Salad – so refreshing
Ingredients Required For Carrot Cake Smoothie:
- Carrots – peeled, chopped and steamed or roasted.
- Oats – quick cooking variety
- Cottage Cheese – paneer or can use ricotta cheese, cream cheese or yogurt
- Chia Seeds
- Milk – I have dairy milk, but feel free to use any nut milk of your choice
- Cinnamon Powder – for flavoring
- Ginger Powder – for flavouring. Can use fresh grated ginger if you like.
- Turmeric Powder – as an immunity booster
- Nutmeg Powder – for flavoring.
- Honey – or maple syrup, jaggery or coconut sugar.
- Grated Coconut – for topping
CARROT CAKE SMOOTHIE
- 3 medium carrots
- 4 tbsp oatmeal
- 4 tbsp cottage cheese paneer, grated
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 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 tbsp 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 coconut on top and enjoy.
- 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 because I have turmeric in the mornings as an immunity booster.
- I added only 1 tbsp honey, but feel free to add any sweetener of your choice.
- Add greek yogurt, ricotta cheese or cream cheese instead of cottage cheese.
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