Recently, I was brainstorming different ways to use up a giant bag of carrots I bought when my daughter asked for a milkshake. In India, sometimes they make milky chai teas with vegetables, so I thought – why not try that for a milkshake?! This carrot milkshake is surprisingly delicious, with a natural sweetness and perfect milkshake texture without any sugar!
Most people would call this a smoothie – and they’re probably right. There’s no ice cream or frozen yogurt in this recipe, but something about calling it a carrot milkshake makes it that much more exciting to kids (and grown-ups)! My kids were begging for these for a week, and I was thrilled – it’s super easy to make a big batch of them and each serving has a cup of milk, an entire carrot, and a banana so they can feel “treated” while I secretly know that they are getting a good dose of health. (Kind of like my black bean brownies and lentil chocolate chip cookies – sneaky, yet delicious.)
This carrot milkshake is made by boiling the milk with the carrots, and then adding the vanilla before setting the whole thing to cool in the fridge. You could probably make this recipe warm, but we were going for a chilly ice cream-like milkshake!
Once the milk mixture is cooled, you’re going to blend it with a banana to really thicken it up. I peeled my banana and stuck it in the freezer until the milk mixture cooled down – but you can use a room temperature banana.
Here’s your free printable recipe for this carrot milkshake:
- 2 cups milk
- 1 large carrot
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 banana
- 1 Tablespoon honey or maple syrup, optional
- Thinly slice your carrots - use a mandolin if you have one.
- Place the carrots and milk in a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes.
- Pour the milk and carrots into the blender and place in the fridge for up to an hour.
- Peel a banana and place it in a bowl or bag in the freezer while the milk mixture is cooling.
- Once the milk mixture is cold enough to be a pleasant drinking temperature, add the banana and puree until the carrots are completely blended in and the milkshake has a frothy texture, about 1 minute.
- Pour into serving glasses and enjoy immediately.
What do you think? Would you give this carrot milkshake a try? What’s your favourite way to sneak vegetables into your kids’ snacks?