I absolutely love making my own fruit and veggie powders at home and dried carrot powder is no exception.
I think its the versatility that makes me so giddy about it.
And especially with homemade carrot powder, you can put it in just about everything to instantly boost the recipe’s nutritional profile.
I add carrot flour (which is another name for it in powdered form) to almost all my soups, stews, chili, and casseroles. It doesn’t change the taste much, and it’s a super
sneaky smart way to get more vegetables in my kids!
First, let me give you the recipe, then we’ll talk about how to use it and address some frequently asked questions.
- Prep the carrots by removing the leaves, tops and ends. Wash thoroughly and scrub off as much dirt as possible. Then, peel off the skins.
- Slice the carrots into around 1/8 thick pieces.
- Dehydrate for 6-10 hours at 125 degrees Fahrenheit in a dehydrator or oven.
- Once dried completely, let the dehydrated carrots cool in room temperature.
- Run the pieces through a food processor or high-speed blender to grind them into a fine powder.
- Store in an airtight jar away from direct light and heat.
How to Make Carrot Powder Without a Dehydrator
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can just use your oven to dry carrots as an alternative. After prepping, slice the carrots into circles, around less than a centimeter thick. Next, blanch these for two minutes.
Once done, soak the blanched carrots in a bowl of cold water with ice cubes to avoid overcooking.
Now time to put these into the oven for drying. To start, place a rack that’s covered with a cheesecloth inside a baking dish. Put the carrots on the rack with ample space in between the pieces for good air circulation.
Set the oven to around 125 degrees Fahrenheit to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. If that’s not possible, adjust it to the lowest temperature setting, perhaps, around 150 degrees Fahrenheit, then just prop the oven door open.
The drying process should take somewhere between six to eight hours. Once completely dried, take the carrots out of the oven. Let them cool in room temperature. Now, you’re ready to turn those dried carrots into powder.
Just run them through a food processor, and voila! You now have carrot powder fresh out of the food processor. Store it in an airtight glass jar away from high temperatures.
If you have some carrots that are about to go bad, read my guide for storing carrots properly.
How to Use Carrot Powder
This humble ingredient has found its way both in the culinary and beauty care world. In cosmetics, it is used as a natural colorant in soaps, scrubs and other beauty care products.
It’s included in the ingredients of some high-quality lotions, creams, ointments, massage oils, facial toners, facial masks, as well as shampoos and conditioners. For self-care weekends, you can add it in your bath bomb recipes for an instant spa-like rejuvenation at home.
Because of its high concentration of vitamins, specifically, beta-carotenes, it also aids in the treatment of various health issues such as anemia, allergies, rheumatic conditions, constipation and diarrhea. It’s also primarily beneficial for vision improvement.
Since its packed with nutrients that bring about tons of benefits for one’s health, you can regularly use carrot powder at home by adding it to soups, dips, and baked delights such as breads, cakes, cupcakes, macarons, cookies, and just about anything!
For happy, energetic and nutrient-filled mornings, add a tablespoon of carrot powder to your smoothie or include it in a pancake recipe.
Skin Benefits of Carrot Powder & How to Use It
As mentioned, carrot powder has a wide range of uses in cosmetics, and the secret lies in its skin-friendly nutrients and antioxidants including beta carotene, lycopene and lutein. These carotenoids help in keeping your skin maintain its healthy glow and complexion.
They also play a vital role in wound healing. Aside from helping your skin heal faster, these carotenoids also aid in preventing inflammation and infections. They may potentially help reduce the appearance of signs of aging too.
A lot of us are firm believers of the principle, “You are what you eat.” Our skin will reveal that healthy, young-looking, blemish-free glow if we are conscious about our diet.
That said, try to include carrot powder in the healthy foods you’re already eating. For example, you can add it in your oatmeal, smoothies, juices and soups, among many others.
You can also add it in your body scrub recipe, or make an all-natural facial mask using this as one of the ingredients. All-natural, vegan soaps and other skincare products infused with this skin-healthy ingredient are also available in the market. You can always try which works for you best.
Is Carrot Powder & Carrot Flour the Same Thing?
Pretty much yes, but carrot powder is usually made of whole dehydrated carrots while carrot flour is sometimes made out of just the carrot peels.
Carrot flour can be used as a substitute for up to ¼ cup of your wheat flour in your breads and pastries. On the other hand, you can add carrot powder to any dish, drink, or even homemade skincare products.
Well that about does it for today. Just trust me on this, once you know how to make carrot powder, you’ll add it to everything!
I’m a foodie that’s slightly obsessed with drying fruits, veggies, beans, and more – especially from my own garden! It started as a hobby but became a “must” when my family fell on hard times, and my dried food stash sustained us. Now I’m always experimenting with different techniques and recipes and sharing them here!