Whether in the form of a cake or cookies, nothing quite compares to the warm and spicy aroma of freshly baked gingerbread. This smoothie delivers all of gingerbread’s spicy comfort in only five minutes. The kefir gives a good dose of probiotics to keep your tummy happy, and the pumpkin purée and rolled oats provide fibre to keep you feeling satisfied and away from the gingerbread men.
If you don’t have any pumpkin purée on hand, try substituting the same amount of sweet potato or butternut squash purée.
Start by making vanilla whipped topping. Drain and reserve liquid from can of chickpeas. Save chickpeas for another use. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) chickpea liquid to bowl of stand mixer along with cream of tartar. Whip on medium speed until firm peaks form, about 5 minutes. Drizzle in vanilla and maple syrup, and continue to whip until mixture reaches firm peak stage again, about another minute. Refrigerate while making smoothie.
To make gingerbread smoothie, place all ingredients in blender and combine until smooth and creamy.
To serve, divide smoothie among serving glasses and top with generous dollop of vanilla whipped topping. Garnish with sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired, and serve immediately.
This recipe is part of the ’Tis the Season for Smoothies collection.
This vegan take on classic shepherd’s pie is jam-packed with bold and rich flavours that will ensure no one will miss the meat. While a great source of fibre, lentils also contain the highest amount of folate out of all plant-based foods. Oven ready If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, you’ll need to transfer cooked lentil filling to a baking dish before topping with mashed sweet potatoes and baking.
Cauliflower has been having a moment lately, and this salad proves exactly why. Tender caramelized cauliflower is crowned in a glorious sweet and savoury crumble that will ensure it a place on your table all month long. Of all tree nuts, pecans have the highest concentration of flavonoids, which offer beneficial anti-inflammatory effects, and they also protect your cells from oxidative damage. Crumble perfection This crumble topping is too good not to use it on other preparations. Sprinkle over a carrot ribbon salad to add some extra pizzazz, use as a glorious garnish on a soup or stew, or consider generously spooning over your next vegetable “steak” to add some delicious textural variation.
This gloriously comforting dish gets its creamy lusciousness from a can of white beans. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand instead of broccoli. Pass the pasta Instead of regular pasta, consider serving this sauce over zucchini noodles, carrot noodles, or cooked spaghetti squash.
This nut-free take on classic queso dip is everything you want and more. Paired with chips, crackers, or crudités, this creamy, zesty, smoky, and oh-so-satisfying dip is easy enough to whip up for a cozy snack or as an appetizer for company. Go nuts! If you’re okay to eat nuts, try substituting sunflower seeds with 1 cup (250 mL) raw cashews.