This Christmas, make this healthy gingerbread smoothie recipe–a festive holiday drink that's vegan, gluten-free, Paleo-friendly and absolutely delicious! Made with molasses, this guilt-free gingerbread smoothie will put you in the holiday spirit, without any refined sugar. All you need is a blender and five simple ingredients, and your breakfasts just got a whole lot better.
UPDATE: This post was originally published in December 2016.
November is nearly upon us! If you're looking for a healthy way to get into the holiday spirit, I'd like to introduce you to your new favorite Christmas drink: the Gingerbread Smoothie.
This is no ordinary gingerbread smoothie though–despite its extreme deliciousness and general festive feels, this is a healthy gingerbread smoothie made without any refined sugar!
And yet, it's perfectly sweetened and bursting with all our favorite winter spices that signal to our brains that it's the holiday season and we feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
I'm talking about ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and, of course, blackstrap molasses, the key ingredient that makes something taste like gingerbread.
Seriously, I stuck my pinky into the jar and took a little taste of the molasses by itself (no judgment!), and I was instantly transported to my parent's kitchen table where we decorated gingerbread houses and listened to Christmas music by the fire.
Just add some fuzzy socks and plaid flannel, and honestly, the holidays don't look so different around here today.
Oh and did I mention that this healthy gingerbread smoothie is also vegan, gluten-free and Paleo-friendly? Oh yeah!
See how I did it below:
How To Make A Gingerbread Smoothie
Making a healthy gingerbread smoothie couldn't be easier. All you need is a blender (I can't live without my Vitamix – order on Amazon or on Vitamix.com)–add the ingredients, give it a whirl and you're done!
Even better: there are just five ingredients in this smoothie:
- Gingerbread Spices: Duh! What would a gingerbread smoothie be without gingerbread spices? You've got two options for this part: you can use a pre-made spice blend (I recommend Primal Palate's Gingersnap) or you can make your own gingerbread spice blend. So what are the spices in gingerbread? Typically, it's equal parts ginger, cinnamon, and allspice, with a little nutmeg and some cloves. Sometimes people add a pinch of black pepper, but that's optional. Since I made my own for this smoothie, I used fresh ginger, but you can absolutely use ground, dried ginger, too.
- Frozen Banana: To make this gingerbread smoothie extra creamy, without using yogurt or dairy (which are tough on digestion and have a slew of other health risks), I rely on frozen bananas, which also make the smoothie naturally sweet and cold without watering it down with ice cubes.
- Non-Dairy Liquid: I always use non-dairy liquid in my smoothies for optimal health–in this case, I went for almond milk, but truly any non-dairy milk would do: coconut milk, cashew milk, pecan milk. I'd definitely stay in the nut milk family though, and don't use water. You want this smoothie to be extra creamy and delicious!
- Flax Seeds: I always add flax seeds or chia seeds to my smoothies, and you could use either for this recipe. Their incredibly high fiber content means they're super powerful for helping with digestion issues, plus they’re full of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation, among other benefits.
- Molasses: As mentioned above, molasses is the key ingredient that gives this smoothie its gingerbready-ness. That's a word right? Even better: molasses has tons of health benefits. Take a look!
Molasses Health Benefits + Nutrition
So molasses is kind of crazy–it's a byproduct of sugar cane’s refining process, which sounds like it would fit into the refined sugar family. But it doesn't!
And in fact, blackstrap molasses not only has the lowest sugar content of any sugar cane product, but it's also bursting with nutrition, unlike refined sugar, which has zero nutritional value. (source)
Blackstrap molasses, often thought of as a superfood, contains tons of vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, potassium and selenium.
It even has the power to naturally relieve PMS symptoms, improve bone health, treat symptoms of ADHD and boost skin health. (source)
It's also a wonderful sweetener choice for anyone with diabetes, insulin resistance or blood sugar issues, as molasses has a moderate glycemic index, meaning it is digested more slowly, which helps stabilize blood sugar.
See, I told you this was a healthy gingerbread smoothie! Cheers to that 🙂
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Healthy Gingerbread Smoothie Recipe
- Combine all ingredients into a large, high-powered blender (I recommend Vitamix) and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Serve and enjoy!
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced (can also use ground ginger)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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