As a kid, many a morning I'd arrive at the breakfast table to find a happy face made of jam staring right back at me. Had it not been smeared atop a pile of cream of wheat, perhaps it would have evoked some sort of morning joy. I've always been a morning person, but it still takes me a while to work up an appetite for solid food for, especially solid food I'm not a fan of. But having something to drink, well, that isn't as much of a stretch. Smoothies really would have been the perfect breakfast for me, especially this Raspberry Gingerbread Smoothie!
This Raspberry Gingerbread Smoothie is a festive and delicious yogurt smoothie made with frozen raspberries, bananas and gingerbread flavors that tastes like gingerbread cookies. It's the perfect quick and easy Christmas smoothie or busy weekday morning breakfast! This gingerbread smoothie is popular during the holiday season, but perfect for any morning, especially on school days!
Although Mom obviously made attempt to make breakfast fun, I didn't particularly like cream of wheat. In fact, most breakfast food just didn't do it for me. I still clearly remember choking down that sad excuse for porridge, while that sinister berry face grinned mockingly back at me. A smoothie would have been perfect!
But in the 1970's the only ones drinking smoothies were body builders and maybe health food fanatics. It was not something regular people had for breakfast.
It's just as hard for me to get my kids to eat breakfast before they leave for school. I get it. And my kids love Raspberry Smoothies and adding gingerbread was a no-brainer! No longer reserved for body builders, smoothies are a great way to get a flavorful, quick and protein- packed breakfast into your kids and yourself. Plus, being a health food fanatic is no longer considered a bad thing.
Smoothies are like healthy shakes. When you give your kids this drink, they feel like they are getting a treat and you can feel good about the health benefits (I have given my kids this smoothie for dessert as well as breakfast)! These smoothie ingredients include Greek yogurt, which also has the added benefit of protein, which you need to fuel your day. So, if you're on the hunt for healthy breakfast smoothie recipes, this one is for you!
For this Christmas smoothie recipe, you'll need:
- ground ginger
- light molasses
- vanilla Greek yogurt (I use non fat)
- light coconut milk
- vanilla extract
- frozen raspberries
- milk (low-fat milk - 1 %)
- fresh raspberries (optional garnish)
- cinnamon stick (optional garnish)
*see recipe card for quantities
📖Variations & Substitutions
- Dairy-free - you could replace regular milk with almond milk, soy milk or another type of dairy-free milk and use a cultured coconut milk yogurt to replace Greek yogurt
- Molasses - you could use blackstrap molasses instead of light
- Smoothie bowl- make this into a gingerbread smoothie bowl by serving it in a bowl and adding fresh raspberries, chia seeds and/or flax seeds, shaved coconut and/or nuts on top!
Store this healthy gingerbread smoothie in the fridge in a sealed juice jug (affiliate link) I would not store it longer than a day, as the bananas tend to brown and the banana taste gets stronger.
👪 Serving size
This makes 5 (8 oz) raspberry gingerbread smoothies. If you want to increase or decrease the servings, simply click on the blue serving size in the recipe card, select the number of servings you'd like and the ingredient amounts will adjust accordingly.
💭 Top tip
Fruit smoothie recipes are also a great way to use up some of those frozen bananas. If you are anything like me, you probably have a bunch of frozen bananas, taking up prime real estate, in your freezer right now!
HERE’S A GREAT TIP: PEEL YOUR BANANAS BEFORE YOU FREEZE THEM – SAVES YOU LOTS OF HASSLE AND MINOR FROSTBITE!
If you are looking to use up even more of your frozen bananas in a healthy way, give my Coconut Lime Nice Cream (vegan) a try! No ice cream maker required (only a food processor).
The bonus is that this gingerbread smoothie recipe is also festive! I especially love this easy breakfast smoothie recipe because it's a little bit different and it's perfect for the holidays. Although it's great anytime of the year, it's December and that spells gingerbread time!
So, if you are looking for the perfect Christmas smoothie, that's quick, healthy and low-fat, then give Raspberry Gingerbread smoothie a try!
In retrospect, I should have been a lot more appreciative of my Mom's attempt to feed us a FUN & HEALTHY breakfast. I guess having my own kids, kids that don't want to eat breakfast and exercise the same lack of appreciation, is simply my karmic payback.
All the same, here's another one of my attempts to make breakfast fun
If you love gingerbread, be sure to try my Strawberry Gingerbread Pupcakes ! Your kids will love them - it's like eating healthy cupcakes for breakfast!
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📋 Raspberry Gingerbread Smoothie Recipe
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoon molasses
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅔ cup vanilla greek yogurt (non-fat)
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 2 bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- 2 cups low-fat milk (1%)
- fresh raspberries
- cinnamon stick
- Add all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth (about 1 minute). Pour into glasses.
- Garnish with fresh raspberries and cinnamon stick, if desired.