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Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

April 27, 2022
This creamy Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice has the perfect amount of sweetness and warmness from delicious spices.

Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

This Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice recipe is a healthier take on the traditional Jamaican Carrot Juice which includes bold flavors and comes beautifully textured. This vegan and dairy-free version boasts it’s creaminess, smoothness, and generous play on spices and freshly grated carrot flavor that brings drinking homemade juice to life. The perfect drink to enjoy with your entire family. All vegan and gluten-free ingredients.

Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

When it comes to paying homage to my Jamaican roots, I truly get excited to create healthier versions of the foods I grew up eating all the time. This Creamy Jamaican-Inspired Vegan Carrot Juice is one of the most common staples with any Jamaican household and is often enjoyed during Sunday meals each week!

While some recipes are just better in their traditional version, many can be greatly transformed into Vegan recipes that would leave you feeling like, “is this really vegan”? Yes, I’m serious!

If you don’t believe me, try these Spicy Jamaican Vegan Patties or this Vegan Jamaican Power Bowl —- both are absolutely amazing!

How to Make this Carrot Juice Super Creamy.

When it comes to traditional Jamaican Carrot Juice, the creaminess is often created by the Irish Moss and Guinness and  Condensed Milk that is added to the mix. However, since most of those ingredients aren’t vegan-friendly in their essence, therefore, using a dairy-free version of sweetened condensed milk along with full-fat coconut cream to aide in the creaminess factor is the secret sauce to it all. My favorite brand of dairy-free condensed milk is from Edward & Son’s Let’s Do Organic

Originally, I used cashews for a nice creaminess, however, it compromised the velvety texture that often comes with traditional Jamaican carrot juice, therefore, I chose to go down a different route this time.

Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

Ingredients for Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

The ingredients for this recipe couldn’t be easier to find. Here’s what you need:

  • Carrots. I always use organic carrots.
  • Water.
  • Spices. I love adding warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to my juices and dishes.
  • Whole cloves. This is optional, but I love boiling these with the carrots for extra flavor.
  • Maple syrup. Use the pure stuff for the best flavor. 
  • Vanilla extract. If you want a more savory flavor for your juice, you can omit the vanilla. 
  • Full-fat coconut cream or milk. Works to add creaminess to this juice. If using the canned coconut milk, be sure to refrigerate overnight to make it thick. 
  • Dairy-free sweetened condensed milk. Works to add creaminess to this juice and acts as an additional sweetener.

Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

5 Reasons Why You’ll Love This Carrot Juice!

  • It’s Vegan + GF
  • Super easy to make and quick (plus, no crazy clean-up! Can we say–Everything in one blender?)
  • Bold spice + rum (optional) flavors adds a beautiful taste to the cooler months
  • Full of carrot flavor + so creamy! (The best reason!)
  • Perfect for any day or season!

Why Carrots Anyway? Health Benefits?

More importantly, did you know that carrots are super beneficial? They are awesome sources of beta-carotene, fiber, Vitamin-K, Potassium, and antioxidants.

In addition, if you’re someone who is thinking about making ‘weight loss’ one of your New Year goals, then carrots are just the thing for you! They are weight-loss friendly and have been linked to reduce cholesterol and of course as most of are aware—THEY REALLY DO IMPROVE EYE HEALTH!

Among other great benefits, carrots also help to lower Blood Sugar levels and are great sources of fiber as previously mentioned, and feed the good bacteria in our guts, which aides better digestion.

Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

LOOKING FOR A HEALTHIER SWEETENER OPTION?

The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.

Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

Common FAQs for Carrot Juice.

How Do I Store Leftovers? Can I Freeze It?

OK, so like most other drinks, you can store leftover Carrot Juice in an airtight jar or covered jug for up to a week—-although I usually consume my batches within 2-3 days. When it comes to freezing, you can store it in an airtight jar or container for up to 3 months. Once ready to use, simply thaw it out overnight in the refrigerator and enjoy.

Can I Add Additional Ingredients?

Absolutely! You can add additional spices such as turmeric for added health benefits. In addition, you can either use actual alcohol or rum for a buzz or Holiday gathering feel. To sweeten, you can choose to add dates for a healthier option, if preferred. 

Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

Can I Use Something Else to Make this Creamy?

Yes! If you are into cashews and aren’t allergic to nuts in general, you can always make this carrot juice thick + creamy by using soaked cashews. I would suggest substituting the canned coconut cream or milk with the soaked cashews, about 1/2 cup to ensure that the thickness is just right.

Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

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Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

Traditional Vegan Jamaican Carrot Juice

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Serves: 6 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. organic carrots, peeled + chopped
  • 1 (4 oz.) ginger root, peeled + chopped
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 1 (7 oz.) can Dairy-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut cream or milk (See Notes!)
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice

OPTIONAL:

  • rum, optional

Instructions

BOIL THE CARROTS:

  • In a large pot, add chopped carrots and whole cloves and fill with water until carrots are fully covered. Bring to a boil and let cook for 10-15 minutes or until carrots are tender. Remove from heat, drain (discard cloves), and let cool completely.

BLEND INGREDIENTS:

  • Next, add all ingredients (including cooled carrots) to a high-powered blender and blend on medium-high speed for about 30-45 SECONDS. NOTE: Do not over-blend; Adjust sweetness as needed.
  • Once done, slowly strain (using a cheesecloth or strainer) juice into a pitcher, squeezing the carrot pulp to ensure that all juice is extracted. NOTE: You may have to repeat this process until all carrot juice has been fully strained by re-pouring juice on top of pulp to extract more juice, if needed.
  • Stir and add in rum (if using) at this point and serve.
  • Sip and Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: When properly stored in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed pitcher or mason jar, carrot juice lasts for up to 1 week, at best. Usually, I like to consume my batch within the first 2-3 days.
SWEETENER: Add additional maple syrup for a sweeter juice, if desired. 
 

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  1. This juice recipe is so gorgeous, and I bet adding the cashew cream makes the juice luscious and more nutritious than just using the carrots alone. In Mexico, we only have it with a few drops of lemon juice but now I need to try the Jamaican way with ginger.

    • Thanks so much, Adriana! The Cashew Cream definitely adds a nice texture to this drink and of course nutritional value! Haha. But adding drops of lemon juice sounds amazing! I need to try that!

    • Yes, I love for these types of drinks to have a creaminess to them for sure! I do hope that you get a chance to give it a try! 🙂

    • Haha. Yes! I don’t think that people realize that you can create a “Cashew Cream” to thicken a lot of dishes, especially juices AND it tastes great!