gingerbread smoothie

Gingerbread in a glass!

This smoothie uses molasses similar to classic gingerbread.  Yes, molasses is sugar, but unlike processed white sugar it contains essential vitamins and minerals.  Blackstrap molasses lends a robust, sweet flavor which is very distinct.  It is an excellent source of iron and vitamin B6.  Molasses is often recommended to vegetarian pregnant women who are deficient in iron.

I added a scoop of vegan chocolate protein powder to this smoothie, but you do not have to.  If you want a “chocolate gingerbread smoothie,” add a teaspoon of cocoa powder or raw cacao powder.

gingerbread smoothie ~vegan, dairy free~

Gingerbread Smoothie

1 cup almond or soy milk

1 frozen banana

1-2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cloves

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

1 teaspoon cocoa powder or cacao powder (optional)

-Blend and Enjoy!