Carrot Apple Smoothie with Ginger

A zippy Carrot Apple Smoothie with a touch of ginger and lemon for extra zing. This easy vegan recipe takes just a few minutes to whip up in your blender and will load you up with antioxidants and healthy plant-based fiber and protein.

two glasses of carrot apple smoothie on a grey background garnished with apple slices

Folks, can we talk about juice?

I’m straight up not into juice. Sure I’ll have a splash now and then to flavour my water, but I’m not a drinker of juice and I’m certainly not a juicer. I know that there are plenty of benefits to a veggie-loaded juice, where you’ll get loads of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in a little glass of juice, which is just great.

Buuuuuuuut, friends, have you ever cleaned out the inside of a juicer? I have, during a short stint working in an ill-fated juice bar and hippy shop 20-ish years ago, and, you guys, you throw away So. Much. Fiber.

Fiber is the cleaning crew for our digestive tracts. It keeps us regular, it helps keep our blood sugar in check, and it helps lower our blood cholesterol levels. Throwing that away? It makes me sad.

While I appreciate that juice can be dang tasty and it does have its benefits (we’re talking veggie juice here, not fruit juice) I’m firmly on team smoothie. But! We can agree to disagree!

There’s a middle ground, and that is the magic that I like to refer to as blended juice, or a veggie-forward non-creamy water-blended smoothie, like this Carrot Apple Smoothie with Ginger and Lemon.

carrots, cinnamon, apples, ginger, hemp seeds, and lemons on a grey background

Here’s what we’ve got going on in this Carrot Apple Smoothie:

  • Carrots! Can’t make a carrot smoothie without carrots!
  • Apples! Ditto for apples.
  • Ginger – I like a big old chunk, but you do you.
  • Lemon – this totally depends on your pucker factor, but a half to a whole lemon will do.
  • Hemp seeds – because I gotta sneak some protein in there
  • Ice cubes – to make it blend up nice and smooth
  • Water – just because, okay?

carrot smoothie in a blender

How do you make this carrot apple smoothie?

Guys, are you ready for this?

Step 1: Put the stuff into your blender

Step 2: Blend it.

You’re done!

I don’t think my blender will blend whole carrots / apples.

Listen, I don’t have a super fancy blender (I have this one, though I would looooooove to upgrade to this one!) and mine does just fine with the apples and carrots.

But if you’re worried that your blender is on the flimsy side, I recommend chopping or grating the carrots and apple before they go in, then it’ll blend up no problem.

I prefer a creamier smoothie.

Feel free to use a non-dairy milk in place of the water!

Do I have to include hemp seeds?

Nope, they’re totally optional. But the smoothie won’t have nearly as much protein without them.

Can I make this smoothie in advance?

I recommend you drink this one pretty much immediately, but if you do want to store it in the fridge for a day or so, give it a good shake or mix before drinking.

two carrot smoothies in clear glasses, an apple, and a white tea towel on a grey background

Hey Nutrition Lady, what’s the deal with ginger?

What isn’t the deal with ginger, friends? Ginger is a concentrated source of active ingredients, and you don’t need to consume very much to reap all of the great benefits.

To start with, ginger can be very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It can help with the elimination of gas, but also helps to relax and sooth the intestinal tract.

It has antioxidant effects, can inhibit inflammatory compounds, and can also have direct anti-inflammatory effects.

Ginger is very effective in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness, and has been found to be safe and effective in the treatment of morning sickness during pregnancy.

Ginger extracts have also been shown to have anti-tumor effects on cells. Gingerols, the main active components in ginger, powerful antioxidants, and the compounds responsible for its distinctive flavour, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells.

In addition to it’s immune boosting powers, ginger can help promote healthy sweating, which can be helpful during colds and flus. Go ginger!

carrot apple ginger smoothie with a red apple on a grey background

Other tasty smoothies you might enjoy:

Mango Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie
Berry Fennel Smoothie
Cucumber Mint Slushie
Date Almond Smoothie
Chia Fresca

carrot apple ginger smoothie with a red apple on a grey background
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Carrot Apple Smoothie with Ginger

A zippy Carrot Apple Smoothie with a touch of ginger and lemon for extra zing. This easy vegan recipe takes just a few minutes to whip up in your blender and will load you up with antioxidants and healthy plant-based fiber. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword smoothie
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 348kcal
Author Katie Trant


  • 2 medium carrots scrubbed and peeled if desired, cut into chunks
  • 1 large apple cored and sliced into quarters
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger A chunk about the size of your thumb
  • 1/2 - 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups cold water


  • Place all ingredients into the jar of a blender with one cup water.
  • Blend on high speed until smooth.
  • Add more water to thin smoothie if desired.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Nutrition values are an estimate only


Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 629mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 20660IU | Vitamin C: 17.4mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 4.8mg
Mango Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
This Mango Matcha Green Tea Smoothie is the perfect thing to get your day started! Made with banana, frozen broccoli, mango, and plant-based milk, this vegan matcha smoothie is loaded with green goodness, antioxidants for a healthy morning breakfast recipe.
Check out this recipe
matcha green tea smoothies on a grey surface with a cut mango and matcha powder
Chocolate Black Bean Smoothie
A rich and creamy healthy chocolate smoothie loaded with protein thanks to a secret ingredient that you totally can't taste - beans! 
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Chia Fresca
Make Chia Fresca at home! This quick and easy recipe is the perfect healthy hydration drink. Made with just chia seeds, lime juice, honey, and a pinch of salt, it's a natural energy drink you can pull off in a matter of minutes. 
Check out this recipe
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Date Almond Smoothie
This creamy dreamy smoothie is thick and luscious like a milkshake, yet totally plant-based and packed with veggies. Naturally sweetened with frozen banana and dates, nutty and delicious, this is just the thing when you want something sweet but healthy. 
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This recipe was originally published September, 2014. It was retested, rephotographed, and updated on September 25, 2018.


  1. Janette Purdham says

    I’ve made this a few times now and love it but do make with variations. I really like it with pear instead of apple, but good with both. Way more creamy with oat milk added and my favourite but each variation works so good depending on what you’re feeling like/how filling you need it to be.
    Thanks for the recipe as previously I only ever made berry smoothies

  2. Emily says

    This really hit the spot! I love how the hemp seeds make the smoothie a little creamy without needing to add milk. I did use half of a very large apple and only one carrot and it made plenty for me. I also subbed in frozen strawberries when I ran out of apples and that worked too (although your original version is the best)!

  3. Melissa m. says

    This smoothie is incredible!! Yum yum yum! I didnโ€™t have ice cubes or cold water, so I used frozen raspberries and cold guava juice. More fibre, but also more sugar… will be better prepared next time!!

  4. joanna says

    Hi Katy, Where do all the calories come from – it looks like a pretty low calorie recipe to me – where are they all hidden. I

    • Katie Trant says

      Hi Joanna, the hemp seeds add quite a few calories to this smoothie, along with healthy fat and protein. If you leave them out you’ll get a much lighter smoothie in the calorie sense, but one not nearly as satiating.

  5. Maki says

    This sounds delicious ๐Ÿ™‚
    Would flax be an appropriate substitute? I don’t have hemp but a Bulk Barn just opened nearby so I can be convinced to go buy some.

    I have a Cuisinart single serve smoothie maker. It comes w/ 3 smoothie cups w/ lids & a small blender attachment. I use the single-serve cups so I don’t have extra items to wash.

    My usual smoothie is vegetarian/plant-based protein powder, greens superfood powder (helps w/ anxiety), inositol powder (helps w/ anxiety also), frozen berries/non-citrus fruit & water. If I get sick w/ the flu or cold, I double the greens powder & I notice that my symptoms go away for several hours.

        • Katie Trant says

          You certainly can! It won’t be exactly the same – because chia and hemp are not the same – but I think the end result will still be good. There aren’t enough seeds in this smoothie for a swap to drastically alter the results. If you try it, let us know how it turns out with chia!

  6. Isra says

    Just tried this and the proportions make a LOT more than one serving, this made around 6 glasses. I accidentally added too much ginger so it just had a really bad taste. Couldn’t even taste the cinnamon. I suggest cutting down the ingredients by at least two and adding lots of water to be able to get it down. Unfortunately, this was one of those things that are super healthy but just won’t taste good enough to get you to put down something as good as fries. for example. So if you’re looking to make healthy recipes that taste good like I was, this isn’t one to try.

  7. sera says

    Just tried this smoothie and found it to be incredibly sour from the lemon. I cant taste anything but lemon. I tried adding in yogurt and honey but now I can only taste honey and lemon. Not a fan. P.S Didnt add in the flax seeds , dont know if that makes a difference?

  8. Chantelle says

    Hey, this smoothie looks a zillion times better than the juice version! Definitely would be a great way to get the blood flowing on these cold winter mornings ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Trang says

    You visited my blog this morning and then I saw this recipe when I was going through the Tastespotting submission queue, I thought it looked familiar! he he … It’s up on the front page now ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Katie Trant says

      Oh wow, are you tasked with the arduous job of going through the submission queue? You must look at so many photos! Thanks for letting me know the photo is up ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Julia says

    YES, PUH-lease!!! I absolutely love ginger smoothies, and the apple/carrot combo is such a winning favorite. This is definitely the perfect cold remedy – I’m amazed at how well food can heal the mind, body and soul! Now I’m inspired to do some preventative maintenance and ward off any looming colds with this smoothie! xo

    • Katie Trant says

      You’re right, food is amazing for it’s ability to heal. We lost sight of that for a while, but it’s good that we’re shifting back to that perspective. Ginger for the win!

  11. Kathleen@hapanom says

    I have a smoothie nearly every morning, so I always love a great new recipe! This sounds super delicious! I can’t wait to try!

  12. Jenny @ BAKE says

    I had never thought of adding carrots to a smoothie (I’m team smoothie too!) I am so excited at the idea of recreating some of my favourite juices in smoothie form. This one in particular is sure to send any seasonal colds I am bound to pick up packing!

    • Katie Trant says

      I start most mornings with a smoothie as well. Usually a green one, but it’s nice to mix things up from time to time, and yes, that carrot-apple-ginger combo is just so good!

  13. Deena kakaya says

    Wow, go ginger indeed! Fortunately it tastes good too, I enjoy the warmth it fuels in the cooler weather. My mum makes a tonic with whole spices, millet flour, jaggery and ginger to fight a cold but I’m not so much a fan of millet flour. I will be trying your portable and sunny coloured juice out, particularly as I like the balance with a carrot and apple- lovely pairing x

    • Katie Trant says

      Millet flour in a drink? I’m not sure I’d be fond of that either. I’ve used it in baking before, but it isn’t something I rushed back to. And yes, isn’t ginger lovely? It’s always nice to find something that’s nutritious AND delicious!

    • Katie Trant says

      It is a beast indeed. I’m sometimes envious of the power behind a Vitamix (or similar) but mine was a birthday gift from the husband and he was so proud of it I didn’t have the heart to tell him it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. But, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at what it can handle. Like I said, grating the apple and carrots is an option too if your blender isn’t a beast!


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