This Creamy Jamaican-Inspired Vegan Carrot Juice recipe is a healthy take on the delicious traditional Jamaican Carrot Juice which includes bold flavors and is beautifully textured. This Vegan Carrot Juice boasts it’s creaminess, thickness, and generous play on spices and freshly grated carrot flavor along with a secret thickener that brings it to life—-cashews. The perfect drink to enjoy with your entire family. All vegan ingredients. Gluten-free.
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”?
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 cashews as the creaminess factor is the secret sauce to it all.
Yes, that’s right—-cashews. If I’m honest, I use cashews A LOT in my recipes, especially in my vegan recipes. When soaked and blended, it adds a nice creamy texture to anything. It did the same for this carrot juice.
If you’ve been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you know that I’ve been tossing in a few Drink recipes here and there, however, my mission is to create more healthy options for those of you who enjoy a good glass of something refreshing.
While I’ve enjoyed making Milkshakes (especially during the Summer), I do pride myself in making flavorful drinks that have a ton of nutritional value.
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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.
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.
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 3-4 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.
Is it Necessary to Soak Cashews?
Yes! To ensure that cashews are soft enough to fully blend and create the desired creaminess, it’s super important to soak them. If you aren’t able to soak them overnight, you can do a fast soak: simply cover cashews with boiling water and let sit for 30 minutes, drain, + rinse.
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.
Can I Use Something Else to Make this Creamy?
Yes! If you aren’t into cashews or are allergic to nuts in general, you can always make this carrot juice thick + creamy by using canned coconut cream. I love using the Thai Kitchen brand. If using the canned coconut milk, be sure to refrigerate overnight to make it thick.
This Best Homemade Jamaican Jerk Chicken Pizza is one of the best versions of taking a traditional staple—-jerk chicken and using it to re-create something phenomenal. It comes based in a spicy-sweet BBQ jerk sauce and loaded with mozzarella cheese, bell peppers, onions, kale, jerk chicken, and scotch bonnet pepper (for an extra kick of heat).
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