A creamy healthy smoothie that tastes like a gingerbread cookie! No fruit added, so this smoothie is low in sugar and high in protein. Perfect start to your day.
I'm about to let you in on a life-changing secret. A smoothie hack that is about to change everything you thought you knew about smoothies.
Are you ready?
Smoothies do not need fruit to be delicious.
I am in love with smoothies, they are fast, nutrient dense, and a healthy eating staple in my life. Over the years I have probably made hundreds of different recipes and experimented with more ingredients than I care to share. I have had many smoothie failures through the years. Dedicated to always playing around and finding the perfect combination of superfoods and deliciousness.
For some of my clients, starting the day with fruit is not supportive. They find it stimulates their appetite in a negative way and the smoothie ends up leaving them more hungry than before they ate it. I've had the same experience. Some smoothies leave me hungry and craving sweets, which is definitely not the goal. Even the highly praised green smoothie variety is oftentimes a smoothie with a little bit of greens and a whole lot of fruit. Which is certainly delicious, but not always what I am looking for.
So I had this idea to create a no fruit smoothie. A no fruit smoothie that was still delicious, rich and creamy. I tested for months until I got it just right. Until I discovered the best smoothie secret ever.
What is The Best Smoothie Secret Ever?
Cauliflower. Frozen Cauliflower.
I discovered that frozen cauliflower is the PERFECT base for smoothies. It is neutral and creamy and loaded with nutrients.
The smoothie does like not taste cauliflower. That is a true statement. All you taste is creamy goodness.
So when I was thinking about creating a gingerbread smoothie (gingerbread is my all time favorite cookie) I knew the base had to be cauliflower.
Nope, I think we've all had enough banana smoothies to last a lifetime (disclaimer: I love banana based smoothies, and will still create banana-tastic smoothie recipes).
Cauliflower, tahini, molasses, and warming spices blended together to create a super yummy healthy treat. I added a lot of warming spices to make this a smoothie that you can enjoy in chilly weather.
Fresh ginger, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon are the spice stars of this healthy gingerbread smoothie. When you add spices that are by nature warming it helps to mitigate the cooling effect of a smoothie (or cold drink)
How Healthy is This Gingerbread Smoothie?
Sooooo healthy! This smoothie really packs a nutritional punch. Here are the deets:
- Blackstrap Molasses has the lowest sugar content of any sugar cane product. It is an excellent source of iron, calcium, and magnesium.
- This smoothie contains 6g of dietary fiber. I suggest 30g/day for clients for overall health the SAD breakfast contains 0-1 g. 6g of fiber for breakfast, thank you cauliflower, is an excellent start!
- The tahini (sesame seed paste) provides an excellent balance of protein
- Additionally loaded with vitamin C, calcium, and phosphorus
A creamy gingerbread smoothie with the perfect amount of spice. The only smoothie recipe you need all winter long.
The Best Blender for Smoothies:
I am asked all the time which blender I prefer for smoothies. I am a die hard Vitamix fan (affiliate link). I received my first Vitamix 5 years ago for Christmas and have used it nearly every day since. Vitamix is one of the best kitchen tool investments (IMHO). Vitamix now sells a less expensive version, which I haven't personally tried but have heard amazing reviews!
Healthy (No Fruit) Gingerbread Smoothie
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth
- Serve with an extra drizzle of molasses if you'd like
- You can find frozen cauliflower at most markets
- If you don't have a high speed blender try using frozen riced cauliflower (it's easier to break down than florets)
- I add a pinch of stevia to mine to add a hint of sweetness, but you can eliminate that entirely
- You may need more or less liquid depending on your thickness preference, 1 cup of almond milk makes a fairly thick smoothie
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