It’s time to get into the holiday spirit, and what better, healthier way than with a gingerbread smoothie? Since I’m living in a tropical country, this is an even more attractive option since it’s nice and cold now that it’s hot hot hot in the daytime. A little bit of dried figs, mixed spice and molasses takes a typical smoothie to absolute, Christmas season deliciousness.
I used dried figs because they somehow remind me of the season. The ones pictured here are dried Black Mission figs, which I found at the supermarket under the brand “Selected Foods”. They’re selling these big bags of American dried figs right now, but they were really pricey and I don’t think I could get through those big bags. I think organic (unsulphured) dried apricots will also work. These are the dark brown ones, not the bright orange ones which to me taste horrible. My guess is it’s the sulphur, which is not so great for you anyway.
Blackstrap molasses are a main ingredient in gingerbread and are a by-product of sugar manufacturing, and is extremely dense in minerals. You name it, it has it: calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and selenium. It has a lower glycaemic index score than sugar and is therefore suitable for diabetics. It is a sweet product, but it’s got a strong I-guess-you-can-only-describe-it-as-bitter note. You only need a little and it goes a long way. It’s great to take daily with warm water too, instead of honey which is actually higher on the glycaemic index scale. Start with a small amount, maybe ½ a teaspoon, then work your way up to 1 to 2 tablespoons. I need to be far more disciplined in taking molasses… But with this smoothie, I think I’ll be a good girl this Christmas season.
I add almond butter for even more richness and also it gives it just a little bit of a cookie flavor. Almonds are a source of really-good-for-you fats that are associated with lowering your risk of heart disease. I’m obsessed with Earth Benefit’s nut butters. They’re a local, artisan brand that lovingly makes nut butters from scratch. Right now I have their amazing 3 Seed Almond Butter in my fridge, delivering what is really a quadruple whammy of almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds and sesame seeds in a nifty little jar. I love supporting local, artisan producers who put their heart and soul into their products, and Andrea is no exception.
- 1 banana, frozen
- 4 dried figs, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon almond butter
- 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
- ½ teaspoon mixed spice
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Enjoy! xx, Bee