Simple Carrot Juice – a healthy and tasty combination of sweet carrot juice, spicy ginger, and tart apple that will have your body (and your taste buds) thanking you.
This recipe for homemade Carrot Juice will have you wanting more. It is so fresh and delicious that you’ll never buy store-bought carrot juice again. It combines sweet carrots and apples, spicy ginger, and celery for a nutritious combination that can’t be beaten!
For those of you who already own a juicer, feel free to use the Jump To Recipe Button above to get the recipe. If you don’t have a juicer, then start here.
Your Juicing Machine Matters!
A good juicer is essential for making fresh carrot juice at home. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good quality juicer. My first juicer was a Hamilton Beach Big Mouth juicer that I bought at Walmart for less than $70. It came with a pretty good warranty, so I thought, “Why not?”
I used it for several months making ginger green juice for my husband after he had been diagnosed with cancer. I still have that juicer and won’t be getting rid of it anytime soon.
At TJ Maxx, I spotted a Breville Juice Fountain and could not pass it up – now I have two juicers. One thing I noticed about the Breville is that the pulp seems drier than what I was getting in the Hamilton Beach. That means that it is extracting more juice.
If you’re looking for a juicer that you’ll be using primarily with root-type vegetables, like carrots, for under $150, I’d definitely go with the Breville!
Why You Should Make This Simple Carrot Juice Recipe
- It’s packed with health benefits! It’s a delicious way to start your morning.
- It’s low in calories.
- This carrot juice recipe is simple to follow and only requires four ingredients (that you probably already have)
Ingredients in Homemade Carrot Juice
Let’s take a deeper look at what is in my recipe for carrot juice.
- Carrots. Carrots are full of phytonutrients, carotenoids (beta carotene), phenolics (antioxidant, antimutagenic and antitumor activities), vitamin K and potassium. Look for organic 5-pound bags. They cost anywhere from $4 – $6 per bag. If you start juicing a lot, you might want to invest in a 25-pound bag of organic carrots. (The larger bag costs about $20 at my local Publix, making it a great value.)
- Apple. The old wife’s tale about “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” might actually have a bit of truth to it. Apples are a good source of Vitamins C, E, K, as well as riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B-6. Apples also have anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, the minerals calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
- Ginger. The ginger root has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. It’s known to help ease nausea, morning sickness, irritable bowel syndrome, and is used also for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Celery. While celery might seem like an insignificant plant, its juice contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, electrolytes, water and smaller amounts of other vitamins and minerals.
I typically use fresh celery when I make my juice, but in this post and in the video I add some celery juice that I had already bottled.
Equipment Needed to Make Carrot Juice
- Jars for storage
How To Make the Best Carrot Juice
Step 1: Scrub carrots and ginger. Rinse apples and celery. If any item is too large to fit in the mouth of the juicer, cut it down in size.
Step 2: Place the ingredients in the juicer per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 3: Pour prepared juice into jar(s) and refrigerate.
Step 4: Consume within 3-4 days.
One of the reasons that homemade juice is better than store-bought is because it is fresh. There is no telling how long it has been since the store-bought carrot juice was made. Plus, store-bought juice is usually pasteurized. While that is typically a very good thing, for juicing it kills some of the nutrients.
Typically, store-bought carrot juice is what I would consider one note. It’s made with just carrots. While carrots are great, carrot juice alone is not, in my opinion. However, when you add a little ginger, apple, and some celery, you end up with a nutritious, delicious beverage that you really can feel good about drinking.
While you are foregoing the fiber by extracting the juice from the pulp, the juice is still full of vitamins and minerals. (On a side note, if you are really creative, you will find uses for that pulp, like perhaps a raw carrot cake.)
Storing Homemade Carrot Apple Ginger Juice
This yummy, nutritious carrot juice will last for 3-4 days if stored in the fridge in a sealed jar. For maximum freshness, you won’t want to freeze this juice.
What to Pair with Homemade Carrot Juice
If you’re wanting to pair this juice with a breakfast dish, it makes a great combination with turkey, bacon, and eggs. The foods will give you a savory taste that matches perfectly with the sweet taste of the apple and carrot in the juice. This is a healthy, filling breakfast that will keep you full until lunch!
Want to drink your carrot juice at lunchtime? Pair it with a kale salad. Because of the sweetness of the juice, you won’t want any dressing on your salad. I like to top mine with chopped nuts, dried fruit, and protein to keep me going through the rest of the afternoon. It will give you just the boost that you need!
Homemade Carrot Juice FAQ’s
Do I HAVE to have a juicer?
Yes, for this carrot juice recipe, you’ll need a juicer. Luckily, these are not very expensive and are easy to find! You’ll love this juice so much that you will find yourself using your juicer very often. It’s worth the investment!
Can I add milk to my carrot juice?
Sure, if you really want to, but I don’t recommend it. The way the recipe is written, the juice is already delicious and vegan-friendly.
If you want your carrot juice to be more filling, feel free to add in any type of milk that you prefer. You won’t want to start with too much. Taste it as you go to see what your preference is.
Can I use bottled apple juice instead of juicing my own apples?
You can, but keep in mind that freshly juiced apples will have a fresher taste, and will be packed with nutrients. Also, store-bought apple juice is usually loaded with refined sugar taking away some of the health aspects of this recipe.
If you think that you’ll make this juice more than once, or want some fresh apple juice on hand, just juice your apples in advance and store the juice in a jar in the fridge. Then, when you’re ready to make your carrot juice, you can just pour it right in.
Can I use a blender instead?
For this recipe, you’ll want to use a juicer. If you use a blender, it’s more of a smoothie texture, and just won’t be the same due to the pulp. If you have a cheesecloth you can use a blender and pour everything in your cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice.
Be sure to come back and let me know how your fresh carrot juice with apple, celery, and ginger turned out!
- 5 pounds carrots
- 1 apple
- 2-3 celery stalks
- 1-2 inch ginger
- Scrub carrots and ginger. Rinse apple and celery. If any item is too large to fit in the mouth of the juicer, cut it down in size.
- Place the ingredients in the juicer per manufacturer’s instructions.
- Pour prepared juice into jar(s) and refrigerate.
- Consume within 3-4 days.
There is a book called Curing Cancer with Carrots that is available on Amazon.com. It’s the story of how Ann Cameron’s stage 4 colon cancer was cured – she credits it to her drinking 40-ounces of carrot juice every day.
I won’t promise that this juice will cure anything, but it is definitely delicious. I hope you enjoy the recipe!