If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you might have seen several gingerbread-themed breakfasts – from pancakes to porridge, and now a smoothie bowl in between! Or, if you’re a regular visitor here, you might have got a hint of my love for eating gingerbread flavours from my gingerbread oatmeal post.
Well, the gingerbread love isn’t reserved just for oats, I’m afraid (spicy sweet stuff, that’s my thing, apparently). Don’t get me wrong, I love my oats. But I also love smoothies – especially as the weather gets warmer, and if I can eat out them out of a bowl, topped with even more goodies! I’ve also been known to make gingerbread-flavoured pancakes….
But back to the smoothie bowl recipe, before I end up talking about pancakes for hours… I know what you’re thinking. A smoothie bowl? Why in a bowl? Now, granted, a gingerbread smoothie doesn’t have to be eaten out of a bowl – you could add a little extra liquid and drink it from a glass in the more conventional manor too – but I love sitting down for a meal, and if it’s in a bowl I don’t have much choice. There’s something far too transient about eating whilst standing up that really bugs me – just ask my OH. Even when we’re out and about and just want to grab a quick lunch, I have to be able to sit down! And, sometimes I require a table too. I’m pretty much always of the mindset that food should be savoured – if only very briefly.
I love to adding chopped strawberries and various seeds to my gingerbread smoothie bowls – sunflower seeds and hemp seeds are my current favourites, with a delightfully naughty drizzle of either maple syrup, or chocolate sauce. Or, for something so naughty but so guilt free, I also have some Zero-Cal chocolate fudge syrup from The Protein Works: that is pretty epic on top of one of these (not sponsored – just a recommendation from my taste buds to yours)!
Gingerbread Smoothie Bowl (Vegan)
- 1 cup unsweeetened almond milk
- 2 tsp molasses
- ¾ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 frozen banana ~100g, chopped
- 1 tbsp oats ~5g
- 50 g cooked sweet potato peeled
- Add everything to a blender, and blend away until smooth.
- Top with anything you fancy - I like to add a bit of crunch with nuts or seeds, and some fresh fruit.