Gingerbread Smoothie (Protein Shake Recipe)
I love my Spinach Smoothies, you know that…
But I also love to switch it up with seasonal flavors!
I ran out of my molasses from last year, then I heard about blackstrap molasses – have you guys heard of it? It actually has a lot of health benefits: Iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium, and even more.
It has a more pungent taste, but since I love the taste of molasses, it was perfect.
WHAT IS GINGERBREAD SMOOTHIE?
Smoothies are quick, easy, healthful, and portable, and there’s no reason they should be limited to the summer months. Now that autumn has here, I’m incorporating delightful autumn tastes (like pumpkin! and gingerbread!) into smoothies.
This is the smoothie to make if you want to feel warm and fuzzy and taste like it’s Christmastime. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this comfort food, but as far as smoothies go, it’s as cozy as they get.
This is a milk-based smoothie, so it’s quite creamy. I prefer unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any milk you choose. The characteristic gingerbread flavors are enhanced by ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, and a splash of maple syrup or molasses sweetens it slightly.
I also add an apple to this smoothie, which may sound strange, but it works perfectly! The apple adds a subtle flavor that wonderfully complements the toasty spices.
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THE PERFECT CLEANING SMOOTHIE
Christmas was over two weeks ago, and we’re already well into the new year, but I’m not quite ready to bid farewell to that magical time of year when eating cookies for breakfast is socially acceptable.
Unfortunately, I need to get a hold on my sweet desire before it gets out of hand, so I took matters into my own hands and prepared a healthy gingerbread smoothie with all of the spicy sweet flavor of my favorite cookies.
It was love at first sip for me, and I’ve been drinking them for the past week. They’re utterly addicting, and they’re equally good for breakfast as they are for dessert. (I’d make another batch right now if I wasn’t completely out of bananas.)
These gingerbread smoothies are made with a lot of molasses, which gives them a complex flavor, and a lot of fresh ginger, which gives them a spicy bite.
Banana and Greek yogurt thicken them up nicely, and there’s just enough ice to give them a milkshake-like texture without making them excessively cold. You can add a handful of baby spinach if you must, but I believe these gingerbread smoothies are great exactly the way they are.
HOW TO MAKE GINGERBREAD SMOOTHIE?
It couldn’t be easier to make a nutritious gingerbread smoothie. All you need is a blender (I couldn’t live without my Vitamix, which you can get on Amazon or Vitamix.com)–add the ingredients, spin it up, and you’re done!
Even better, this smoothie contains only five ingredients:
- Gingerbread Spices: Of course! What good is a gingerbread smoothie if it doesn’t have gingerbread spices? For this step, you have two options: utilize a pre-made spice blend (I prefer Primal Palate’s Gingersnap) or prepare your own gingerbread spice blend. So, what spices are in gingerbread? It’s usually made up of equal parts ginger, cinnamon, and allspice, with a dash of nutmeg and cloves thrown in for good measure. A pinch of black pepper is sometimes added, but it is entirely optional. I used fresh ginger in this smoothie because I made it myself, but you can use ground or dried ginger as well.
- Frozen Banana: To make this gingerbread smoothie extremely creamy without adding yogurt or dairy (both of which are difficult to digest and have a boatload of other health problems), I rely on frozen bananas, which also make the smoothie naturally sweet and chilly without diluting it with ice cubes.
- Non-Dairy Liquid: For best health, I usually use non-dairy liquid in my smoothies–in this case, almond milk, but any non-dairy milk will suffice: coconut milk, cashew milk, pecan milk. However, I would stick to nut milks and avoid using water. This smoothie needs to be very creamy and tasty!
- Flax seeds or chia seeds: I always add flax seeds or chia seeds to my smoothies, and you could use either in this recipe. Because of their high fiber level, they’re great for digestion, and they’re high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation, among other things.
- Molasses: As previously said, molasses is the crucial component that lends this smoothie its gingerbread flavor. Isn’t that a word? Even better, molasses is loaded with health advantages. Examine it out!
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MOLASSES HEALTH BENEFITS AND NUTRITION
Molasses is a strange byproduct of the sugar cane refining process, and it appears to be a member of the refined sugar family. But it doesn’t work!
In fact, unlike refined sugar, which has no nutritional value, blackstrap molasses not only has the lowest sugar level of any sugar cane product, but it is also overflowing with nourishment. (source)
Blackstrap molasses, considered a superfood, is high in vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, potassium, and selenium.
It can even naturally reduce PMS symptoms, promote bone health, treat ADHD symptoms, and improve skin health. Molasses has a moderate glycemic index, which means it is digested more slowly, which helps regulate blood sugar levels, making it an excellent sweetener choice for anyone with diabetes, insulin resistance, or blood sugar concerns. I told you it was a healthy gingerbread smoothie, didn’t I?
GINGERBREAD SMOOTHIE RECIPE
Some of you may want to additional sweetener though if it’s to intense. I used it in this Gingerbread Smoothie and it was incredibly good. Not too sweet, not too bitter. The perfect smoothie for fall or winter!Print
Gingerbread Smoothie (Protein Shake Recipe)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minute
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 Cup 1x
A nutritious Gingerbread Smoothie bursting with traditional gingerbread taste. For the holiday season, make a quick and easy breakfast, snack, or dessert.
- 1 generous cup milk, I use unsweetened almond milk
- 1 small chilled apple, chopped (use a sweet variety, or swap for a small frozen banana)
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- cloves pinch ground
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or molasses, or more to taste
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder or ⅓ cup vanilla yogurt
- 1-2 cups ice
- Whipped cream or crumbled gingersnaps, optional garnishes
- In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
This recipe is extremely flexible, so change the ingredients to your liking.
- Category: Drink
- Method: None
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 160kcal
- Sugar: 25g
- Sodium: 343mg
- Fat: 3g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 33g
- Fiber: 6g
- Protein: 3g
- Cholesterol: 2mg
Keywords: drinks, smoothie, Gingerbread Smoothie, protein shake
Frequently Asked Questions
What should not be included in a smoothie?
The reality is that the beneficial advantages of your smoothie are determined by what you put into it, and there are three items that you should not include: milk, sugar, and ice
Is it possible to add raw ginger in a smoothie?
Ginger root is a superb herb with numerous potential health advantages and applications, including the usage of ginger in smoothies. … Raw ginger, cooked or dried ginger, shredded ginger, grated or whole ginger, pickled or fermented ginger, and many more are examples.
Can you taste ginger in smoothies?
Tossing fresh ginger root into your blender will not only ruin the taste of your smoothie, but potentially break your blender, too. The ginger root will not blend properly, leaving you with weird chunks throughout your smoothie.
What makes a smoothie unhealthy?
Smoothies’ biggest pitfall is their propensity to contain large quantities of added sugar. Added sugar reduces the nutrient density of smoothies. Furthermore, routinely consuming too much added sugar may increase your risk of chronic ailments like heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease.
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