Growing up in an Indian household, fresh ginger was always available in our kitchen. It’s a rhizome I’m perfectly familiar with and one that I use often in my cooking. Even if it weren’t for its many health benefits, I would still love ginger for its fresh, pungent flavor. It’s that sharp, spicy flavor that steals the show in this sweet ginger smoothie.
Though this is a cold drink, I think it’s the perfect wintertime beverage. It’s made with spices that warm the body: ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It’s also sweetened naturally, with a ripe banana and a few soaked medjool dates. You can enjoy this beverage for breakfast, though truthfully it tastes more like dessert. It’s sweet, spicy, different and delicious. The ingredients make for unique combination – it’s probably unlike most smoothies you’ve tried before.
A tip for grating ginger – I keep peeled ginger in my freezer and the use a microplane to grate it right into the blender. It’s faster and easier than grating fresh ginger.
- 1 cup cashew milk
- ½ inch knob ginger, grated
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1 frozen ripe banana
- 3 medjool dates, pit removed, soaked in hot water for a few minutes
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
I keep peeled frozen ginger in the freezer. It’s much easier to grate when frozen, though fresh is also fine.
For more smoothie recipes, check out: