This easy Carrot Smoothie is bursting with freshness—and vitamin C. It is made with carrots, mango, and orange and is such a nice breakfast or snack component!

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Carrot Smoothie

Toddler smoothies are one of my go-tos for offering lots of produce in a way that’s (sometimes!) more acceptable for kids. This flavor combo has been a recent favorite—it’s so bright and fresh. And it’s a really fun way to mix up our usual smoothie combinations.

I love how carrot, mango, and citrus taste together—and provide a big dose of vitamins that sort of taste like a Creamsicle popsicle.

There are a few variations for making this smoothie recipe, so know you can adjust it for fresh or frozen fruit.

(You may also like my Yogurt Pouches recipe, Blueberry Popsicles, and Banana Smoothie with Yogurt.)

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Ingredients

To make this carrot smoothie recipe you need to have the following ingredients on hand and ready to go.

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  • Carrot: You can start with fresh whole carrots, grated carrot, or leftover plain cooked carrots.
  • Clementine or orange: Carrot pairs really nicely with citrus, so I like to add fresh citrus here.
  • Frozen mango: This provides the creaminess in the smoothie and adds natural sweetness to the flavor.
  • Milk: I prefer to use nondairy milk in this recipe since we’re adding acidic citrus. If you make this with dairy milk, it may separate.
  • Optional: hemp seeds, almond butter, yogurt

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at how to make this carrot smoothie recipe. Scroll down to the end of this post for the full recipe.

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  1. Peel the clementine and grate the carrot.
  2. Add to the blender with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Blend very smooth, starting on low and working up to high.
  4. Serve cold.

TIP: This makes 1-2 servings, depending on who’s drinking it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you blend raw carrots?

Yes, as long as you have a high powered blender (like a Vitamix or Blendtec, for example) you can blend raw carrots. You may need to blend a little longer than usual.

I prefer to add grated raw carrots as they blend more easily and help the final texture be very smooth.

Can you taste carrots in smoothies?

It depends on the recipe, but in this one, the flavor of the carrots blends in with the citrus and the mango.

Do you peel carrots in smoothies?

I typically trim off the ends and peel them to ensure they are nice and clean before grating and adding to a blender.

What is the best way to serve this to a toddler?

We like to use our Squeasy Gear reusable pouch or a small open cup with a straw when offering smoothies to little kids.

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How to Store

Store leftover carrot smoothie in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Stir or shake before serving.

Best Tips for Success

  • I like to use grated carrots in this since they are easier to blend very smooth. You can use chopped carrots, but let the blender run until smooth.
  • If you are making this and you aren’t sure if your blender is high-powered enough, you may want to soak the grated carrots in hot water for a few minutes, then drain them before adding to the blender. This will soften them and make them blend more easily.
  • To make this super creamy, add the optional yogurt.
  • Serve in small open cups or a reusable pouch for babies and toddlers.
  • If serving this for a meal, add a muffin for kids, toast, cereal for kids, eggs, Oatmeal Cups, or another favorite food to round it out.
  • You can use a small orange in place of a clementine if desired.
  • I prefer nondairy milk, as it is less likely to separate if the smoothie sits at all. Find my guide to Milk for toddlers.
  • My Favorite Smoothie Cups may help, too.

I’d love to know if you try this recipe, so please comment and leave a rating below!

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Favorite Carrot Smoothie

Bursting with vitamin C from citrus, mango, and carrots, this carrot smoothie is a delicious way to offer veggies to the kids. (The key to this smoothie is blending it super smooth, so don't be afraid to let the blender run for 30-60 seconds!)
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 335kcal
Servings 1

Ingredients

Carrot Smoothie

  • 1 cup milk (I prefer nondairy milk here)
  • cup frozen mango cubes
  • ½ cup cooked and cooled carrots (or finely grated fresh carrots)

Optional Add-Ins

  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 small peeled clementine
  • ¼ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
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Instructions

  • Add the milk, mango, and carrots to a blender. Add any optional ingredients.
  • Place the top on the blender. Starting on low and working up to high, blend until very smooth or for 30-60 seconds.
  • Serve cold.

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Notes

  • I like to use either fully cooked, plain, cooled carrots OR grated carrots in this since they are easier to blend very smooth. 
  • If you aren’t sure if your blender is high-powered enough to blend raw carrots, you may want to soak the grated carrots in hot water for a few minutes, then drain them before adding to the blender. This will soften them and help them blend more easily.
  • To make this super creamy, add the optional yogurt.
  • Serve in small open cups or a reusable pouch for babies and toddlers.
  • If serving this for a meal, add a muffin, toast, cereal, eggs, or another fave food to round it out.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal, Carbohydrates: 58g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 196mg, Potassium: 1140mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 48g, Vitamin A: 23564IU, Vitamin C: 104mg, Calcium: 358mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published in January 2021.

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  1. 5 stars
    My gosh. Delicious. I was skeptical. No need. Perfect flavour combo and everyone in the family from the 18 monthers through to the grandmother loved it! Double it, because you’ll be kicking yourself you didn’t get a whole shake (a shot glass ain’t enough!).

  2. 5 stars
    We added the clementine and Greek yogurt. Delicious. Great way to use up that extra carrot and clementine laying around.

  3. The grocery store delivery just gave me tangerines instead of clementines. I know tangerines are tougher and tarter. Would they still work in this recipe? Would they blend smoothly for a 9 mo to try this? Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    Love the idea of using carrot in a smoothie! I used carrot and mango but used a few frozen strawberries instead of clementine – love the slightly sweet flavor the strawberry added. I used plain Kefir as the milk and a few tablespoons of water to help blend it all (my blender’s not the strongest.) pre-shredded the carrots in a food processor. It was delicious!! My 2.5 year old and I loved it. We tried it with both a spoon and straw, great both ways.