So when you see “Gingersnap Smoothie,” you are probably already thinking this one of those decadent “smoothies” that is one blurred line away from really being a dessert. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re wrong! As smoothies go, this one has plenty of redeeming nutritional qualities: you get calcium and vitamin D in the almond milk, iron and magnesium in the molasses, vitamins A and C and fiber in the sweet potato . . .
Wait, what? Sweet potato? In a smoothie?
Fooled you, didn’t I? You would never guess that it’s lurking in there.
This is exactly the point of the “Not Your Typical Smoothie” theme for this week’s Williams-Sonoma Smoothie Week. When they contacted me to challenge me to come up with a smoothie containing an unusual ingredient or technique, I didn’t hesitate to accept. (By the way, if you are looking to get a new blender to make some smoothies, check out their selection here!)
Think about it, a smoothie is a perfect place to sneak in all kinds of healthy things to serve to an unsuspecting kid or spouse. I’ve been making smoothies with baby spinach, kale, and fruit for a couple years and Mr. Spice loves them, whereas if I serve vegetables with dinner, he might only take a token amount. In fact, the other day I threw in some carrots into our smoothie and he never knew!
One ingredient that I wish I could put into my smoothies is banana, but unfortunately I’m allergic to them. Because of this, my smoothies sometimes lack that “thickness” that a banana provides. But now that I’ve crossed the line and tried adding a sweet potato, I think I could easily substitute it for a banana in a smoothie recipe. Now I’ve got some new smoothie combinations to play with!
What “secret” ingredient do you put in your smoothies?
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
pinch ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. molasses
1-2 gingersnap cookies (optional, but recommended)
Place all ingredients in blender, blend until smoothie reaches your desired consistency.