More Power Gingerbread Smoothie

I must’ve had this smoothie at least 8-9 times over the course of the last 2 weeks. Funny that I should say this, right after I mentioned in my previous post that I tend to get bored after eating the same thing 2-3 days in a row…

You see, I was trying to create the PERFECT gingerbread smoothie, so I kept trying different combinations. Alas, none of them seemed to do the trick.

One of my biggest issues was with bananas. I found that, no matter how much ginger or spices I added, the taste of the banana would always come back on top and frankly, I didn’t really want to taste it at all, or at least, only very little.

I tried not using any, but then the texture suffered big time. You know how I like my smoothies to be thick and chewable. They HAVE to have some texture to them, and a bit of a crunch, too.

More Power Gingerbread Smoothie | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Lucky for me, I stumbled upon a blog post where the author* would peel her bananas and cut tear them into 4 pieces before to put them in the freezer, so they would always be readily available to make smoothies. Hmpft. Why hadn’t I thought of that? I’ve always put mine in the freezer whole, with peel and all, so I’d have to thaw them before to use them. Not very convienient for smoothie making. Plus, their flavor is even stronger when they’re thawed like that.

Anyway, this, to me, was a true revelation. Bananas, when frozen that way not only give you a crazy thick and creamy, close to frozen consistency, but their flavor also seems to really mellow out.

Then, the fact that I had leftover cooked white beans came into play… had to throw some in there. Hello chewability! :)

A few days later, I discovered and got completely, totally hooked on this cereal… it was only a matter of time before it became the crunch to my gingerbread smoothie. (Disclaimer: I didn’t get paid to say that. I’m just expressing my personal opinion here! And I bet if you’ve ever tried it, you know exactly what I am talking about!)

The final and probably most important piece of the puzzle in the success of this smoothie was probably the fact that I came to the conclusion that ground ginger just wasn’t cutting it. I switched to fresh and EUREKA!

More Power Gingerbread Smoothie | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

I had finally created my perfect gingerbread smoothie!

This is now my ultimate favorite smoothie ever. I can’t seem to get enough of it and always look forward to breakfast when I know that it’s on the menu.

I think that means I’ve finally found the winning combination.

Hope it’s a winner for you as well.

More Power Gingerbread Smoothie

Yield: Serves 1

More Power Gingerbread Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup cooked navy beans
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 35g fresh ginger, chopped (no need to peel, just remove dry parts)
  • ¼ cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup unsweetened soy milk
  • ½ scoop (2 tbsp) vanilla flavored whey protein powder
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp black strap molasses
  • 2 tbsp flaked cereal (I used Heritage Flakes by Nature's Path)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients, except flaked cereal, to your food processor and process until smooth. Add cereal, pulse 2-3 times and transfer to serving glass.
  2. Garnish with a handful of crushed cereal, if desired.
http://thehealthyfoodie.com/gingerbread-smoothie/

*My most sincere apologies to the author of that post. I do remember commenting on it, but can’t seem to recall which blog it was on. Please, if you are the author, let me know so that I can link back to you! After all, you sort of saved the day, here! ;)

More Power Gingerbread Smoothie | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

More Power Gingerbread Smoothie | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

More Power Gingerbread Smoothie | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

More Power Gingerbread Smoothie | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

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Comments

  1. says

    This literally looks like the perfect gingerbread smoothie and the absolute effort you went to to get it perfect seems well worth it! It sounds divine.

  2. says

    I saw the pictures of this on flickr and couldn’t wait until you posted the recipe! It looks awesome and when I saw that you had white beans in it I was impressed with your creativity as always! Can’t wait to try this!

    • says

      Thank you Mellissa. I never knew that people looked at my pictures in that way on flickr. I use it mainly as a way to make my albums fully portable (since I don’t have a laptop) and thought I might as well let people look at them… But I never thought that people would actually look forward to the recipes. That’s just cool! :) Glad you liked that one, and thanks for your nice comment re my creativity. You just made my day! :D

  3. Kalyn says

    Hey love. Great recette, however soy (in all forms) depetes the body of zinc and Trypsin (your bodies natural cancer-fighting enzyme), plus adding additional, unneeded and often detrimental hormones to your body (given that they are already in our water, etc., we don’t need anymore) Try almond, rice or hemp milk!

    Oh and p.s. Blackstrap molasses is sooooooo good!!!!

  4. says

    I love beans in almost anything and have tried them in pancakes, brownies, cookies, cakes, and of course in many savory dishes but I haven’t tried them in a smoothie! AWESOME! Plus I adore ginger! Home run Sonia! : )

  5. says

    This looks amazing, especially as I am a molasses fiend! Bring on the gingerbread! I will probably add some spinach to this since I can’t seem to resist thrown green, leafy things in my blender.

  6. says

    this looks amazing, just what i need to kickstart my day. I think I can have this smoothie all week long too without getting tired of it.

  7. says

    This gingerbread smoothie is looking awesome and i guess tastes wonderful. really interesting recipe i found at xialou’s space and simply loved it… !

  8. Alex says

    I LOVE this smoothie (I’m having one right now :). I’ve been doing variations on it for the past few weeks, using whatever compatible bits I can find in my pantry. Frozen bananas are fantastic, but the addition of the white beans is great. Lately, I have been putting in pumpkin, too, which is sooo good. It gives a silky texture to the smoothie, sort of like banana, and it goes perfectly with the ginger, molasses and cinnamon. Not to mention, it gives a great smack of vitamins and fibre.

    • says

      Too funny Alex, I just did a pumpkin pie smoothie this week-end that is fairly similar to what you describe! You are so right about pumpkin giving smoothies a super silky texture. Glad you enjoyed the white beans in your smoothies too! I think they are a great addition!

      Thank you for your awesome feedback, I always appreciate that! :)

  9. Joann says

    I was unsure about beans in a smoothie but I just made this today and it was so good! I had to use regular milk and chocolate soy powder in place of the vanilla whey but it was still delicious! I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the tip about freezing the banana too! I have been doing that for my other smoothies since I stumbled upon this post on Pinterest last week.

    • says

      I hear you Joann. I was very unsure about it too, until I gave it a try. I really love the texture that it adds. Really glad you liked it too. And now you got me all curious. Chocolate must be VERY good in that smoothie. Too bad I don’t have any beans ready in the fridge, I’d give it a try right this morning. Guess what though? I’ll definitely get some beans going. :)

  10. Joann says

    I love it with the chocolate! You’ve also inspired me to start cooking my own beans. They were the one thing I was still using cans for because I didn’t want to go through the hassle of cooking them but I use the soak overnight method and it’s really not that bad. Thanks for the inspiration! So glad I found your blog through Pinterest!

    • says

      YAY! Glad to hear, Joan. Home cooked beans are so much better. Not at all mushy like most canned ones. At least, you can keep a certain “crunch” to them, which I really like. I’m really glad you found my blog too! :D

  11. proodance says

    I made this today and it was great. When I first saw the recipe white beans among the ingredients seemed a little weird for me but the result was really delicious. Maybe the amount of ginger was a bit too much for me (it was a bit hot for my throat :-))

  12. Kari says

    This looks just amazing. I am also wondering how you make the recipe a separate part of your blog that you can just print that and not the rest? I love this.

    • says

      Glad you like this, Kari! Just print on the little printer icon at the top right corner of the recipe to print only the recipe.

      Hope you like the actual smoothie if you decide to give it a try! Make sure you let me know how it turned out for you! :)

  13. Cheri says

    Just found your blog tonight and I am interested to try some of your recipes. I have also found myself inspired to start cooking my beans instead of using the cans. Thanks for this healthy change for my family. I also like to use alot of pumpkin in my cooking and what I have been doing the past few falls is cooking a few pumpkins from the garden and then freezing it by serving size. I like to bake pumpkin breads, muffins, and soups all year long and will maybe try some in a smoothie which I hadn’t really thought of.

    • says

      Oh, I love pumpkin too, Cheri. I just started using fresh pumpkin last fall and love it even more since. And you grow your own pumpkins? Oh my! They must take up so much room in the garden! I love your idea of cooking and freezing by portions. I might very well do that too, when they are come in season again. Thanks for the tip! :)

  14. Ruth says

    Looks yummy! I am sick with mono, looking for liquid form yummy food lol do you think black beans would change the flavor much? I don’t care about color…just worried flavor may be altered.

  15. Cathy says

    Hi,
    Just wanted to let you know I am sharing your wonderful recipe tomorrow in my Gluten-Free Recipe RoundUp with a link back to your original post!
    Have a terrific weekend!
    Cathy from APeekIntoMyParadise.com

    • says

      That’s awful nice of you, Cathy, thank you. However, note that the recipe as written is not gluten free. The addition of the cereal flakes introduces gluten. If one wanted to keep it gluten free, they’d have to leave these out! :)

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