Carob Smoothie

Carob Smoothie

This rich and creamy vegan carob smoothie recipe is made with ripe bananas, almond milk, mint and carob powder. This no-chocolate chocolate smoothie is a dairy-free delight for chocolate lovers and perfect for breakfast, post-workout, or whenever you need a healthy and delicious pick-me-up!

Type: smoothie

Cuisine: American

Keywords: carob, smoothie, breakfast, snack, chocolate

Recipe Yield: 1

Calories: 362

Preparation Time: 5

Total Time: 5

Recipe Ingredients:

  • banana
  • almond milk
  • carob powder
  • almond butter
  • mint leaves
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • ice cubes

Recipe Instructions: Peel the ripe banana and break it into chunks. In a blender, combine the banana chunks, almond milk, carob powder, almond butter, mint, maple syrup (or pitted Medjool dates), and vanilla extract. Add the ice cubes to the blender. Blend the ingredients on high speed until smooth and creamy. If the consistency is too thick, you can add more almond milk to thin it out. Once blended to your desired consistency, taste the smoothie and adjust the sweetness or carob flavor if needed. Add more carob powder for a stronger chocolate-like taste or more maple syrup for added sweetness. Pour the smoothie into a serving glass and enjoy immediately.

Editor's Rating:
5

This rich and creamy vegan carob smoothie recipe is made with ripe bananas, almond milk, mint and carob powder. This no-chocolate chocolate smoothie is a dairy-free delight for chocolate lovers and perfect for breakfast, post-workout, or whenever you need a healthy and delicious pick-me-up!

⭐️ Why You Should Try This Carob Smoothie

  • Chocolatey without cacao powder. It’s packed with chocolate flavor without tasting too bitter! And this smoothie is chocolatey without cacao powder, caffeine or theobromine, so you can enjoy it anytime.
  • Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, as a pre-or post-workout snack, or as a dessert option. It’s a versatile smoothie recipe that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
  • This chocolate carob smoothie is rich, thick, and creamy
  • You can make this carob smoothie with maple syrup or Medjool dates to keep it naturally sweet without refined sugars, making it a healthier option than most chocolate shakes.
  • This carob smoothie recipe is super easy to customize by adding extra ingredients like chia seeds, coconut milk, or protein powder.

❓ What is carob powder?

Carob powder is a naturally sweet and chocolate-like powder derived from the carob tree pods (Ceratonia siliqua). It’s a great alternative to cocoa powder, without the caffeine buzz, and with less fat.

The flavor is kind of sweet and earthy, like chocolate but milder. Plus, it contains fiber, antioxidants, and minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium. You can use carob powder in smoothies, desserts, and baked goodies for a tasty and wholesome twist.

Ingredients for a carob smoothie on a white plate in several small bowls with descriptive labels.

🍫 Ingredient Notes

This carob smoothie is made in 5 minutes with 6 simple ingredients. Here is what you will need:

  • Ripe Banana — Provides natural sweetness and creaminess to the smoothie. 
  • Almond Milk – This plant-based milk adds a subtle nutty flavor and creamy texture to the smoothie. 
  • Carob Powder – A chocolate substitute with a naturally sweet flavor: chocolate without chocolate.
  • Mint – Fresh mint pairs well with carob, adding a refreshing twist to the smoothie.
  • Almond Butter – Adds a nutty taste and enhances the creaminess of the smoothie. 
  • Maple Syrup (or Medjool Dates) – Natural sweeteners that provide a caramel-like flavor, such as dates or maple syrup, are great for this smoothie recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract – Enhances the flavor of the smoothie, adding a hint of warmth and sweetness.
  • Ice Cubes – Helps to thicken the smoothie and create a refreshing and chilled texture.

πŸ§‹ Substitutions and Add-Ins

Here are a few suggestions for additional ingredients you can consider adding:

  • Coconut Milk – Substitute almond milk with creamy coconut milk. This will add a rich and tropical flavor to your smoothie.
  • Chia Seeds – Add chia seeds for an extra nutritional boost. Chia seeds are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids and provide a delightful texture to the smoothie.
  • Nut Butter Variation – Experiment with different kinds of nut butters like peanut butter, cashew butter, or hazelnut butter instead of almond butter. 
  • Cinnamon or Cardamom – Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon or cardamom powder in the blender to add some warmth to your smoothie.
  • Frozen Berries – Add a handful of frozen berries such as strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries to add a fruity flavor to your smoothie. 
  • Add extras – Adding extras like a handful of spinach or kale for added nutrients and a scoop of protein powder for an extra protein boost.

πŸ₯£ How to Make This Carob Smoothie

Step 1- Gather all the ingredients.
You will need a ripe banana, almond milk (or any plant-based milk of your choice), carob powder, almond butter, Medjool dates or maple syrup, fresh mint, vanilla extract, and ice cubes.

Step 2- Prepare the banana.
Peel the ripe banana and break it into chunks for easier blending.

Step 3 -Blend the ingredients.
In a blender, combine the banana chunks, almond milk, carob powder, almond butter, maple syrup, mint and vanilla extract.

Step 4 -Add ice cubes.
Place one cup of ice cubes into the blender.

Step 5- Blend until smooth.
Start blending on high speed until all the ingredients are well combined, and the smoothie reaches a creamy consistency. If it’s too thick, you can add more almond milk gradually to achieve the desired thickness.

Step 6 – Taste and adjust.
Take a moment to taste the smoothie and adjust the sweetness or carob flavor if needed. You can add more carob powder for a stronger chocolate taste or more sweetener if you wish. Pour the carob smoothie into a glass and serve it immediately.

Make sure to check the recipe card for the full recipe with the exact quantities and information on all the ingredients.

πŸ“” Tips

Here are some tips to help you make the most of your vegan carob smoothie:

Use ripe bananas – Choose bananas that are fully ripe with brown spots on the skin. Ripe bananas are sweeter and provide a smoother texture to the smoothie.

Adjust consistency – If you prefer a thicker smoothie, add more ice cubes or use frozen banana chunks. For a thinner consistency, add a little more almond milk.

Ice cubes last – This order optimizes blending for a delicious carob smoothie, preventing clumps and ensuring a smooth texture.

Chill ingredients beforehand – For an extra refreshing smoothie, chill the almond milk and banana chunks in the refrigerator.

Two carob smoothies on a white backdrop decorated with a mint leave.

πŸ’¬ FAQ

Can I use cocoa powder instead of carob powder?
Yes, you can substitute carob powder with cocoa powder if you prefer a more traditional chocolate flavor. Keep in mind that cocoa powder may have a stronger and slightly bitter taste compared to carob powder, so you may need to adjust the sweetness accordingly.

Can I make the smoothie ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator?
While it’s best to consume the smoothie immediately to enjoy its freshness and optimal taste, you can refrigerate it for up to 24 hours. The ingredients may separate, so shake it briefly before serving.

Can I freeze this smoothie?
Yes, you can pour the smoothie into popsicle molds or an ice cube tray and freeze it to create refreshing carob smoothie popsicles or cubes. Simple blend with a bit of plant-based to create a super speedy smoothie.

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Brown carob smoothie on a white plate decorated with a mint leave.

Carob Smoothie

  • Author: Bianca
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: smoothie
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This rich and creamy vegan carob smoothie recipe is made with ripe bananas, almond milk, mint and carob powder. This no-chocolate chocolate smoothie is a dairy-free delight for chocolate lovers and perfect for breakfast, post-workout, or whenever you need a healthy and delicious pick-me-up!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup (240 ml) almond milk (or any plant-based milk of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • a few fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional, for added sweetness) or 2-3 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Peel the ripe banana and break it into chunks.
  2. In a blender, combine the banana chunks, almond milk, carob powder, almond butter, mint, maple syrup (or pitted Medjool dates), and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the ice cubes to the blender.
  4. Blend the ingredients on high speed until smooth and creamy. If the consistency is too thick, you can add more almond milk to thin it out.
  5. Once blended to your desired consistency, taste the smoothie and adjust the sweetness or carob flavor if needed. Add more carob powder for a stronger chocolate-like taste or more maple syrup for added sweetness.
  6. Pour the smoothie into a serving glass and enjoy immediately.

Notes

  • Use high-quality carob powder for the best flavor. Adjust the amount based on your preference for a stronger or milder chocolate-like taste.
  • Feel free to substitute almond milk with other plant-based milk alternatives, such as soy milk, oat milk, or coconut milk, based on your taste preferences.
  • Add ice cubes last to achieve the desired thickness and temperature. You can also use frozen banana chunks for a creamier texture.
  • Customize your smoothie with chia seeds, coconut flakes, or a scoop of plant-based protein powder for added nutrition and texture.
  • Enjoy the smoothie immediately after blending for the best taste and texture.
  • This carob smoothie can be kept in the fridge for 24 hours. But separation may occur, so it’s recommended to give it a good stir or shake before consuming.
  • If mint is not your thing, you can omit it.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 362
  • Sugar: 27.9g
  • Fat: 12.3g
  • Trans Fat: 9.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 58.7g

Keywords: carob, smoothie, breakfast, snack, chocolate

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