The Christmas tree is up and decorated and I'm feeling very accomplished! It doesn't take much these days but I did check a lot off my to-do list this week.
With Vienna in half-time daycare, I only have a limited amount of time to get my work-related stuff done (which some weeks means I work at night), but starting this week, we have a babysitter for V three afternoons per week just for December.
That's why you're reading a second blog post from me this week (woohoo!) and why you're about to get the recipe for this amazing Gingerbread Dessert Smoothie! If you didn't see my Sweet Potato Brown Rice Pudding I posted yesterday - OMG, you must check it out!
Vienna and I made this wonderful dessert smoothie together. She was finger painting with the molasses on the kitchen counter as you can see from this photo.
I have so many cute photos from this little photoshoot. We created this recipe for a Facebook LIVE I did with Genuine Health which you can watch here. We had very little time to create and shoot this recipe because we just got behind on our to-do list, but I was so pleased with the photos that I had to share!
Being in the kitchen with Vienna is pure JOY for my heart.
She was home from school when we created this recipe because she had the stomach flu Tuesday night. It came in as fast as it left and she's happy as a peach today. What a curious little monkey!
In this photo, she really wanted to pour the smoothie and kept saying "mama, I DO THIS". That's her favourite thing to say lately. Whether it's putting on her coat or shoes, or peeling an orange...she says: "mama, I DO THIS", hehehe!
As I'm sure you can guess, Vienna LOVED this dessert smoothie. I mean really, how could you not? If you like the taste of gingerbread, you'll love this smoothie.
Whether you're a parent or not, you'll appreciate that this smoothie is full of goodness too. I used Genuine Health's Fermented Organic Gut Superfoods which is safe for kids, pregnant and breastfeeding mamas too. It is packed with 22 superfoods that help to nourish the gut and provide the perfect environment for the good bacteria to thrive.
You'll find this amazing superfood in my Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies too.
A question I keep getting asked at public lectures is "what's the difference between Greens+ and this product"? Here is your answer my friends!
This recipe includes whole food nourishing ingredients you may already have in your kitchen like molasses, ginger, bananas, cinnamon and coconut milk.
I know you're probably wondering where I got those mugs from because that was the most popular question on my instagram when I posted about it. They are as old as me, which for the record is #almost40 :) They are vintage! I'm guessing my mom probably got them at Kmart or something. Sorry friends, I know that store doesn't exist and The Muppets is no longer on television.
Regardless, here's my Gingerbread Dessert Smoothie!
Serves 2. If you want to make this a breakfast smoothie or power it up, simply add 1 scoop of your favourite protein powder. I like to use Genuine Health's Fermented Vegan Proteins+.
If it's not creamy enough, add half an avocado.
*If you use nut milk from a carton or tetra-pak just keep in mind it probably won't be as creamy as using full fat canned coconut milk.
I really like serving this in shot glasses.
It is creamy, rich and naturally sweet and yep, it tastes like gingerbread!
Remember to post your creations on social media and tag me @joyoushealth #joyoushealth if you end up making it!
What is your favourite holiday recipe to create?
Have a joyous holiday season!