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Vegan Sunflower Butter Carrot Smoothie

Anyone who has read my post on Go Raw L.I.F.E. Center knows how much I love their Sunbutter Smoothies (www.thefussyfork.com/go-raw-life-center/).  I could drink one every day.  In fact, while I was on the Go Raw six day meal plan that is exactly what I did.  I have missed them.  Last week when I was grocery shopping, I saw sunflower butter on sale.  It made me wonder if I could re-create this delicious smoothie in my own kitchen.


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I assembled the required ingredients in my basket on faith.  After all, who would guess that carrot juice and cacao powder would compliment each other?


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If you’ve never seen sunflower butter, it can be found on Amazon!

Smoothies taste best cold.  The easiest way to chill a smoothie is of course to add ice.  However, this also has the undesired effect of diluting the smoothie.  Enter frozen bananas.

If you are new to freezing bananas (it is a great way to save those bananas that are on the brink of becoming over ripe!), simply follow these steps:

(1) Unpeel the bananas.  It is extremely difficult to take the peel off of a frozen banana.

(2) Break the banana in half.  Whole, frozen bananas can be unwieldy.

(3) Store bananas in a Ziploc bag.  They will keep indefinitely.


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I won’t say that the compilation of ingredients in my blender looked pretty (or that my blender couldn’t use a good scrubbing!) but that is often the case with smoothies.  The final product is more than the sum of its parts.


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The resulting rich and sweet smoothie is decadent with a milkshake like consistency.  Quite simply, this is the best smoothie I have ever made.  I hope you enjoy it as much I have!


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Vegan Sunflower Butter Carrot Smoothie
Serves: 2
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1.5 cups carrot juice
  • ½ cup sunflower butter
  • 4 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 3 medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and pulse until smooth
  2. Enjoy immediately (or pour leftovers in glass and store in refrigerator)