Carrot Cake Colada with Whipped Coconut Cream


My friend Caroline – who authors the lovely blog Chocolate & Carrots – is having a baby!!!

I’m so happy to celebrate this exciting news by participating in a virtual baby shower – put on by Erin from Texanerin Baking – along with a bunch of other talented bloggers.

I opted for a beverage (alcohol-free for the mom-to-be, of course) and came up with this frosty drink that combines flavors of a pina colada and carrot cake.

I know it may sound a bit strange, but trust me when I tell you that this refreshing drink is deeeeelicious!

The smoothie component of this colada is comprised of coconut milk, frozen banana, shredded carrots, and the warm spices found in carrot cake. The frozen banana gives the colada a thick consistency, but the banana flavor is out-shined by the other ingredients.

As for the whipped coconut cream, well… it’s exactly what it sounds like! Simply chill a can of full-fat coconut milk until the cream rises to the top, and whip it with a bit of vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy. Voila! Vegan whipped cream.

There may not be any chocolate involved, but I bet Caroline would enjoy this Carrot Cake Colada with Whipped Coconut Cream =).


Congratulations Caroline and Logan! 



Carrot Cake Colada with Whipped Coconut Cream

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Keywords: beverage dessert vegan coconut carrots smoothie

Ingredients (1 serving)

for one Colada (can easily be multiplied):

  • 1/2 cup chilled coconut milk beverage (from a carton, not a can), well-shaken
  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped ripe pineapple
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot (about 1 large carrot)
  • ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to taste
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Whipped Coconut Cream:

  • 1 can full fat unsweetened coconut milk, well-chilled
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp unrefined granulated sugar


Chill the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator until very cold; preferably overnight.

Open the can and scoop out the solidified layer of coconut cream on top; place in the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl). Whip coconut cream using the whisk attachment (or using an electric hand-held mixer) until soft peaks form. Whip in vanilla extract and sugar. Set aside.

Combine all ingredients for the colada in a blender and blend until well-combined. Serve in a tall glass topped with a bit of the whipped coconut cream.

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Be sure to check out all of the contributions to Caroline’s virtual baby shower by visiting these links!


Healthy Food For Living – Carrot Cake Colada

Bran Appetit – Strawberry Mint Sparkling Lemonade


Baked Bree – Pancetta and Chive Quiche

Simply Whole Kitchen – Mini Quinoa Bites with Goat Cheese Pesto


Food Doodles – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Filled Whole Wheat Cream Puffs

Kevin & Amanda – Baby Cinnamon Buns


Baked by Rachel – Mini Lemon Lime Cheesecakes

Bake Your Day- No Bake Lemon Cheesecakes with Lemon Blueberry Sauce

Eat Good 4 Life – No Bake Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes

Fearless Homemaker – Angel Food Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Cream

Itzy’s Kitchen – 10 Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keep It Sweet – Peanut Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Icing and Chocolate Ganache

Texanerin Baking – 100% Whole Grain Chocolate Carrot Cake Cupcakes

26 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Colada with Whipped Coconut Cream

  1. Aww, Lauren, you are so sweet! I am sitting here crying from all of these beautiful and thoughtful posts. I seriously need one of these coladas right now. And despite there being no chocolate, it looks simply wonderful!

    Thank you so much!!!

  2. YUM! This looks delicious! And the perfect drink for a warm spring evening. I’m so glad you participated in the shower so I could be introduced to you!

  3. O man I can’t wait to try making this at home. Only problem is it’s hard to find coconut milk here. Other then that though I’m all set.

  4. Just be careful coconut milk can sometimes contain carrageenan and this can cause lots of stomach upset. Make sure you get coconut milk without this addictive.

    1. According to a vsauce episode on youtube, if a certain amount of bananas are eaten, it is equivalent in the amount of radiation to an x-ray.

  5. Wow! This is amazing, how creative. This is something I would never thought of doing. I love unusual recipes. I am on a weight loss diet and this doesn’t even have to count as a ‘treat’, it totally fit into my calorie allowance. I use coconut oil for weight loss instead of normal oil, as it’s metabolized directly and not stored directly as fat like other oils. So I am sure coconut cream would be OK. I want to try this so bad, but I don’t have bananas. I am off to the shops now to get some! I’ll be sure to mind the radioactive ones ;) lol.
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