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Healthy Chia Gingerbread Smoothie

It’s almost Christmas! This is the second biggest meal of the year for us, the first being Thanksgiving. For me, it involves planning a big menu, a huge shop, and cooking for days. But all that work means the meals leading up to Christmas dinner are quite simple. That is more true with breakfast, which I sometimes even skip. Then I stumbled upon this Healthy Chia Gingerbread Smoothie and I knew my breakfastless pre-Christmas days were over. It’s so perfect for the season, plus it’s a much-needed healthy option to get me ready for a huge meal. Let’s find out if it lives up to its name!

Indulge in this Healthy Chia Gingerbread Smoothie for breakfast. This energizing, protein-rich smoothie has all your favourite gingerbread flavours.

Recipe Author: Elaine at Flavour and Savour
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The Ingredients

I had a bit of shopping to do for this recipe since all I had on hand were the spices and chia seeds. My regular grocery store had everything except the hemp hearts, which I ordered online for about $8.

There were a couple of ingredients that listed options, and I chose what I like. Namely, I opted for unsweetened almond, but I think sweetened almond milk would work too (this smoothie isn’t super sweet). And I have never tried milk kefir, so I opted for tried and true Greek yogurt.

There were a couple of things I wasn’t sure about, so I guessed. The dates I chose didn’t specify they were Medjool dates, so I just crossed my fingers and hoped they would work.

I’m not the molasses I used was cooking molasses (a blend of blackstrap and fancy molasses), so I also crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. It was labeled ‘unsulphured’ and I think it did the job.

Healthy Chia Gingerbread Smoothie Ingredients
Banana, ginger, Greek yogurt, almond milk, hemp hearts, chia seeds, cardamom, ground cloves, cinnamon, molasses, and dates

The Process

So, it’s a smoothie, and making it was exactly what I thought it would be. I just chucked everything into my blender as I prepped and measured. Then blended until smooth.

It took me six minutes to get everything mixed up. Next time (there will be a next time!) I think I will forgo the fresh ginger and use ground ginger. Grating the ginger was a bit frustrating for me so early in the morning. Otherwise, things went very smoothly (pun intended!).

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I'm happy to say that the Healthy Chia Gingerbread Smoothie lives up to its name. This is the perfect Chirstiamstime breakfast! It was just like sipping a gingerbread cookie. There was plenty of spice with just enough sweetness, and it was a satisfying way to start the day that I felt good about. Making it even better was the quick and simple preparation--just put everything into a blender and push a button. It's almost as easy as cereal!
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