Satisfy your sweet tooth the healthy way with this delightfully creamy gingerbread smoothie. It gets that classic flavour from a mixture of spices and blackstrap molasses. Plus it's packed with veggies and fibre as well as healthy fats and protein for a super satisfying start to your day!
I have done many different iterations of this shake and love it every time. See notes below for some options to customize it to your liking!
For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:
1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup canned organic full-fat coconut milk*
1/2 frozen banana plus a handful of steamed-then-frozen cauliflower*
4 Tbsp gluten-free shelled hemp seeds
1/3 cup raw walnut pieces (pre-soaked if needed for better digestion)
2 pitted Medjool dates
2 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 to 1 tsp ground cinnamon, adjust to taste
1/2 tsp ground ginger
pinch or two each of ground nutmeg and allspice
Extra Creamy: For an extra creamy and satisfying smoothie, replace the almond milk with additional full-fat coconut milk.
More or Less Carb: I love adding veggies to my shakes and cauliflower is a great mild-tasting option. It brings minimal sugar but loads of vitamins & minerals, fibre, antioxidants, and extra creaminess, too! For a low-carb version, use all cauli, omit the dates and add stevia to taste. Alternatively, if you are craving an extra sweet treat, you can omit the cauli and use additional banana instead.
Nut-free: Finally, this smoothie is great nut-free. Use all coconut milk (or other nut-free milk) and omit the walnuts.
This recipe was originally published on December 21, 2017. It was updated December 13, 2018.