This Turmeric Morning Glory Smoothie tastes a lot like carrot cake, and has quickly become a breakfast favorite!
I’ve been mixing up my smoothies quite a bit lately, and it’s been lots of fun! The idea for this one is based off some rather unhealthy morning glory muffins I used to make. (You can find my healthy remake with these Paleo Morning Glory Muffins recipe.)
They had the best warm cinnamon-y flavor, sort of reminiscent of carrot cake, (which I know have a recipe for this Healthier Carrot Sheet Cake). And I thought those flavors would make for an awesome smoothie, especially when I’m craving something sweet in the morning.
So I went to experimenting a bit, and in no time at all this lightly spiced, creamy – dreamy smoothie became my new breakfast. I’ve also been playing around with adding boosting/superfood ingredients. So turmeric seemed like a good place to start with this sunny yellow smoothie.
I added just a hint so it wouldn’t be bitter, but feel free to add to your taste. I also included some walnuts in there for healthy fats, and some optional collagen for protein and general healthy benefits.
All in all, it turned out to be a powerhouse of a smoothie, with all my favorite flavors. What’s more, this smoothie is packed with fruits and veggies and no processed ingredients.
Tips for how to make this Turmeric Morning Glory Smoothie:
And if you want to step up your smoothie boosters game even more, you can always try a sprinkle of bee pollen over the top.
Since this smoothie does have carrots in it, a high powered blender will give you the best smoothest texture.
This smoothie is best consumed right away because I’ve found the flavors don’t sit well over time. Something about the carrots and banana together shouldn’t sit in the fridge for hours much less days.
And finally for a presentation tip! To get the swirling pattern along the sides, add a few streaks of coconut milk down the sides of your jars/glasses. Then after you fill the glasses with smoothie, use a toothpick to swirl the coconut milk around the sides of the glasses.
I never bother with that kind of presentation on a normal day. But it’s fun to do for brunches/bridal/baby showers, and Mother’s Day. I guess for pretty much any kind of day where you want things to look a little more special.Print
Turmeric Morning Glory Smoothie
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 6 cups or 48 ounces 1x
- 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks, 8 ounces
- 1 small slice fresh ginger, 1/8 ounce
- 2 bananas, peeled, fresh or frozen
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1” chunks, 6 ounces
- 1/2 cup coconut milk from the can
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 Teaspoon ground turmeric, or to your taste
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Optional: collagen powder or vegan protein powder for vegan, and a sprinkling of bee pollen, (omit for vegan)
Small Single Serving Version: 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks, 2 ounces 1 very small, thin slice of ginger 1/2 banana, peeled, fresh or frozen 1/2 carrot, peeled and cut into 1″ chunks, 1 1/2 ounces 2 Tablespoons coconut milk from the can 1/4 cup coconut water 1/8 Teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 Teaspoon ground turmeric, or to your taste 1 Tablespoon raw walnuts 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup ice cubes Optional: collagen powder or vegan protein powder for vegan, and a sprinkling of bee pollen, (omit for vegan)
- Place all the ingredients into a high powered blender in the order listed.
- Secure the lid and blend starting on low speed, and working up to high.
- Blend until it’s completely smooth, and serve immediately.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blending
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Turmeric Smoothie, Morning Glory Smoothie, Pineapple Smoothie, Carrot Cake Smoothie
29 thoughts on “Turmeric Morning Glory Smoothie”
Feeling like I need to add this to my morning routine.
I sure hope you enjoy it!
If I don’t have a high powered blended, should I use cooked carrots or does that degrade the recipe somehow?
There are a couple options if you don’t have a high powered blender. First up you can blend the raw carrots with the liquid until it’s as fine as possible but it still may be a little gritty. You can also use cooked carrots although I can’t vouch for the change in flavor. Nutritionally speaking you just get different nutrients with cooked carrots versus raw. I hope this helps and be sure to let me know what you try and how it goes!
I wonder about the lack of pepper which helps your body to derive maximum benefit from the turmeric. I am going to try this it looks so good. On another subject your site made me so home sick! I grew up in the Bitterroot Valley I have lived away from Montana for 46 years and I miss it more than words can express. Appreciate the beauty for me , I’m stuck in Gallup NM.
You are definitely right about the pepper, I left it out because I don’t really enjoy it in a sweet smoothie recipe like this, but you could definitely add some! Also always awesome to say hi to a fellow Montanan, and we definitely do our best to enjoy all this area has to offer!
What nut can I use instead of walnuts? They tend to upset my stomach but I want to get the same benefits and similar taste.
I don’t know which nuts would have the same benefits as walnuts, but you could try pecans here because I think it would be a good flavor match!
Oh my gosh so delicious! I’m making it again today!!
So glad to hear you enjoyed it! 🙂
That’s a great tip about the banana and carrots not marrying well after even just a few hours – even more reason to have this fresh! Thank you.
Banana can be strange like that, but smoothies are always best fresh anyways!
That looks gorgeous. Love a new smoothie recipe for my breakfast !
Thanks so much!
Stunning! That spread of ingredients just warms my bones. This is sunshine in a cup.
It’s definitely cozy for a smoothie!
Carrots and bee pollen and pineapple, oh my! I love this!! Beautiful and so appealing!
Thanks so much! 🙂
That looks refreshing! I know my girls would love the color and that pineapple flavor! Yum!
The golden color is definitely fun!
I can’t get over this bright beautiful color, and the combo of turmeric and pineapples sounds amazing. This is definitely my kinda smoothie!
Trying to focus on the recipe but your photos are so dang beautiful Kari! YUM!
Thanks so much, I really appreciate it!
Oh boy, I love the hue, and so many goodies blended in!! What a great non-traditional smoothie!
Thank you, I absolutely love this one!
So much golden goodness in one glass. This is TOTALLY my kind of smoothie. YUM!!
Thanks so much!
Thanks so much for writing, I ended up adding an extra recipe for just 1 serving, so I hope that helps!