Preparing for the holidays and keeping up with work have gotten the best of me. How do the days get away from us so quickly? I start each day with a completely unrealistic list of “To Do’s” then feel surprisingly baffled by how they didn’t all get done. Sigh.

If you’re feeling the same way…first, I’m sending you virtual hugs…second, this Gingerbread Smoothie may be exactly what you need. My apologies to all of the gingerbread men of the world, but really guys, I have no time to make you right now and truly, this smoothie is kind of filling that void. It tastes just like a spicy, sweet gingerbread cookie and yet, I feel completely guiltless drinking this…and right now, I don’t need any more hangups!

Here’s to a quick zip of the blender and time to get all of your “To Do’s” done. Well, mostly.

Gingerbread Smoothie
Serves: 1
 
This simple smoothie tastes exactly like a spicy gingerbread cookie, but without an overload of sugar and fat. Naturally vegan.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup ice cubes
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (see Notes)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • crystallized ginger for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients, except the crystallized ginger, in your blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.
Notes
I love buying lots of fresh ginger when it's looking wonderful in the store. I peel the outer layer and freeze it whole in a zipper bag. It grates really nicely when frozen.

This smoothie comes in well under 150 calories per serving. Whoohoo!

Try adding some vodka to this to create a great frozen holiday cocktail! About 1.5 to 2 ounces per serving would be perfect. Cheers!

If you love ginger as much as I do, take a peek at some of these great recipes…
Ginger Lemon Tea
Cranberry and Orange Zest Pop Tarts with Ginger Glaze from Dolly and Oatmeal
Salty Maple Squash with Ginger Scallion Rice and Turmeric Brussels Slaw from The First Mess

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