Aly Lewis, RHN

Dairy-Free Gingerbread Smoothie

It’s always a challenge to find something quick and easy to eat on days where I’m getting home from work and then immediately turning around and rushing off to school. Smoothies are a great option, but now that it’s winter time I haven’t felt so keen on my typical berry-banana smoothie concoctions. After doing some recipe testing on the weekend, I had a bunch of random ingredients in the fridge, plus I had Christmas on the brain. As a result I started throwing ingredients into my blender to create what undoubtedly smelled and tasted just like Christmas.

I couldn’t decide what the exact flavour was – it was kind of pumpkin pie-esque (but there was no pumpkin in it), and it also tasted a tad like eggnog. I passed the smoothie around to my peeps at school where they smelled and tasted it, and the general consensus was that I had created a dairy-free gingerbread smoothie!

It was deeeelish! It’s totally dairy-free as I used full fat coconut milk with the cream as the base along with the spiciness of a strong chai tea brew for extra flavour. I added chia for fiber, omega 3’s, protein, and to help thicken the smoothie. I also added organic blackstrap molasses for that true gingerbready taste, and the added benefit of iron, magnesium and calcium. The fat in the coconut milk is nice and satiating – it kept my tummy from rumbling all through my 3.5 hour class.

Needless to say, I couldn’t let this smoothie recipe go un-shared. This time of year you should probably easily have all the ingredients on hand, and if not – well it’s a smoothie so improvise away. You really can’t go wrong here 🙂

If you give this a try I’d love to hear how you liked it! Did you change it up? Leave a comment below! 

Dairy-Free Gingerbread Smoothie


Dairy-Free Gingerbread Smoothie
Serves 2
Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
493 calories
30 g
0 g
43 g
5 g
37 g
452 g
38 g
14 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 493
Calories from Fat 357
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g
Saturated Fat 37g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 38mg
Total Carbohydrates 30g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 14g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 teaspoon chai tea
  2. 1/2 cup boiling water
  3. 1 can full fat coconut milk with cream
  4. frozen ripe banana
  5. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1 tbsp chia seeds + warm water
  7. 1 tbsp organic bootstrap molasses
  8. 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  9. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  10. 1 pinch of ground cloves
  11. ice
  1. Add the chai tea to the boiling water and steep for 6-8 minutes, making a strong, concentrated chai tea brew.
  2. While the tea is steeping, mix the chia seeds with some warm water and set aside for 1-3 minutes, allowing the chia seeds to soak and become gelatinous.
  3. Throw all remaining ingredients into a blender, adding chia seeds when ready. When the tea is done steeping, add ice cubes to the brew to chill and dilute it before adding to the blender. I did this step to avoid heating up the smoothie too much with just the hot, concentrated chai tea - you can skip this step if you prefer a stronger chai flavour, and don't mind your smoothie being a bit warmer.
  4. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, ensuring everything is incorporated and smooth. Add more ice to reach your desired thickness.
  5. Serve immediately and relish the flavours of the holidays
Aly Lewis, R.H.N.

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