Gingerbread Smoothie – Gluten-free + Vegan

by tastyyummies

Gingerbread Smoothie (Gluten-free + Vegan)

With the lack of time to play in the kitchen right now, I am certainly feeling the loss of certain seasonal flavors and tastes that are quintessential holiday treats for me. So, I have been getting creative when the time allows and enjoying the flavors of the season, however I can.

I had dreams of creating grain-free gingerbread cookies this year, but there just hasn’t been the time to experiment and play, so instead I created a simple and super tasty gingerbread smoothie to celebrate all of those same flavors, but without all of the mixing, cutting out and baking! It turned out great. The aroma from this simple treat alone is enough to satisfy that holiday hankering for those cute little cut out dudes.

Plus, you get to really enjoy some health benefits with this smoothie. Blackstrap molasses is just one type of molasses, the dark liquid byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar. Blackstrap is my molasses as choice because of the variety of great nutritional benefits that comes with it. Blackstrap molasses is a sweetener that is actually good for you. Unlike refined white sugar and corn syrup, which are stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates, or artificial sweeteners like saccharine or aspartame, which not only provide no useful nutrients but have been shown to cause health problems in sensitive individuals, blackstrap molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals that promote your health. Blackstrap molasses has a low glycemic index. Plus, because of its high iron content, many use blackstrap molasses to holistically overcome anemia. Blackstrap molasses is also a great source for calcium and magnesium. Potassium is another mineral abundant in blackstrap molasses, and the list goes on and on.

If you find the bittersweet flavor from the molasses to be a bit pungent, (which can often times happen to those who have taste buds conditioned for years by sugar and artificial sweeteners) or find it lacking as a sweetener, add a bit of additional sweetener of your choice, maple syrup, honey, etc. I personally felt like it didn’t need to be any sweeter. It was just perfect.

I also couldn’t help but think about how delicious this smoothie would be with a shot of some spiced rum or a good bourbon. Is it bad that’s where my mind goes right now?

If you are looking for a couple other creative gingerbread recipes, check out my recipes for Gingerbread Granola (gluten-free + vegan) and Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins with Dried Cranberries (gluten-free + vegan).

Have you been enjoying the flavors of the season? What’s your favorite holiday treat?

Gingerbread Smoothie (Gluten-free + Vegan)

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1 Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa December 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

This looks delicious Beth! I’d happily drink any type of cookie in smoothie form. A guilt-free indulgence! This would also make a great after dinner drink with a splash of rum :)

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2 tastyyummies December 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Thanks Alyssa! Glad I am not the only one that was thinking about how yummy it would be with rum :)

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3 Brittani December 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

Just made this for breakfast and it’s so good! I love the little bit of bite the molasses gives. THanks!

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4 tastyyummies December 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Awesome Brittani, I am so glad you enjoyed it. I too LOVE that unique flavor from molasses, just tastes like the holidays to me :)
Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

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5 Shirley @ gfe December 23, 2012 at 12:22 am

Beth, this recipe is pure brilliance! Even if one had time to bake gingerbread men (with all that entails), I think there’d still be room on the weekly holiday menu for this smoothie. ;-) I’ve shared it over at All Gluten-Free Desserts … All the Time. So glad you are letting me share your photos and links there! :-)

Merry Christmas, dear!
Shirley

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6 Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic January 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I pinned this around the holidays and just now had a chance to make it…wowee! This smoothie is JUST like gingerbread. All the flavors, none too overwhelming. I was thinking I might need to add some dates for some extra sweetness but no need at all. Perfect as is. Briliant idea–thank you!

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7 sheri December 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Hi Beth, I made this last nite for the first time and doubled the recipe so I could share it with my neighbors. It was so delicious and satisfying! I can’t wait to make it again. Even though it’s 20 degrees out…still love it. I wonder if we could do a warm version of this by heating in a pot on the stove without the ice of course…something to think about. Thanks for sharing!

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8 Klara Groene January 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

Wow thanks for the smoothie recipi. Keep up the good work. Mine was definitely more of a guacamole color, but yummy nonetheless. Loved it!

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9 Mo March 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

Hello! My almost 4 yr old requested a gingerbread smoothie today, so I searched online and came across your recipe! Wow! Incredible! It tastes just like a gingerbread cookie! My son loved it! Thanks! :-)

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