5 ingredients and 5 minutes are all you need to whip up this thick and creamy carrot cake oatmeal smoothie bowl. Loaded with nutrition, it's the perfect veggie smoothie (but thicker!) for babies, kids, and adults!
What is a smoothie bowl?
It's basically a thicker and creamier version of smoothies - a super fun and delicious way to enjoy your smoothie with a spoon instead of drinking it through a straw.
While smoothies you can gulp down in seconds, smoothie bowls take a bit more time to enjoy and feel like an actual meal with different flavors and textures.
In my personal opinion, the most exciting part is the toppings! Add whatever you fancy, like nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, etc.
Depending on your choice of ingredients, these thick, creamy, soft-serve-like bowls can be enjoyed as a snack, a quick meal, or even as a nutritious dessert!
How to Make a Thick Smoothie Bowl
You can basically transform your favorite smoothies by using less base liquid and/or adding a thickener like oats, nuts, avocado, chia seeds, frozen fruits, etc.
You can always add more liquid so it's best to start with less and add more as necessary.
What Makes this Veggie Smoothie Perfect for Babies and Kids?
Some of the questions I get asked quite frequently are: how do you serve carrots to babies? What are some baby veggie smoothies for babies/kids? What are some easy and healthy breakfast and snack ideas?
Enter this carrot oatmeal smoothie bowl!
- It's a fun and delicious way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables to their diet along with other essential nutrients like healthy fats, protein, iron, calcium, vitamin D.
- It is sure to keep them fuller for longer and prevent hangry meltdowns. Those are never fun!
- For babies, I recommend using breastmilk/formula, or full-fat coconut milk.
- If your child is underweight or ill, this is a great way to boost their caloric intake as well as keep them hydrated.
- Here's how to prepare carrots for babies
- As for toppings, it's such an awesome way to get your little one(s) involved! Have several options and let them decide what toppings they want to decorate their bowls with.
- Thanks to its thick consistency, this bowl will be perfect for texture exposure as well as spoon practice.
I do want to mention that you don't want to go overboard with the toppings, especially for babies. It can be too filling for their tiny tummies.
Related - 12 BEST vegetables for smoothies
Other Baby and Kid-Friendly Smoothies
While I've provided you with a recipe here, what I'd LOVE to be able to do is help you whip up ANY well-balanced, delicious smoothie or smoothie bowl that you and your child can enjoy together.
In my e-cookbook, Veggie-Centered Delights, I give you the formula that lists the amounts for each component/ingredient (protein/fat, veggies, liquids, seasonings, etc.) to add to your blender.
This allows you to use whatever ingredients you have on hand, saving you time and money. You'll be able to come up with endless unique flavor combinations without spending hours searching for recipes.
You can read more about the cookbook here as well as testimonials from other moms.
Other Baby-Friendly Carrot Recipes
- Carrot Cake Blender Muffins
- Egg-Free Carrot Lentil Bars
- 3 Ingredient Banana Cookies
- One Pot Chicken and Carrot Couscous
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Carrot Cake Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl
- ½ cup (78g) frozen pineapple
- 1 cup (100g) carrots , peeled and shredded
- ⅓ cup (35g) rolled oats
- ½- ⅔ cup milk of choice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- coconut, carrots, chia or hemp seeds, walnuts (finely chopped or ground for babies)
- Blend everything together, starting with ½ cup of milk, in a blender until creamy and smooth.
- If consistency is too thick for your liking, add more milk. If too thin, add more frozen pineapple.
- Pour into a bowl, add any of the suggested toppings. Grab a spoon and enjoy!