Gingerbread Shake

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Just because we came up with a delicious 3-minute Gingerbread Shake that literally tastes like Christmas in glass, doesn’t mean that you should skip the whole holiday baking bonanza and just drink this shake everyday for the next three weeks. It really doesn’t. Don’t even start thinking about it. Actually, it is perhaps better if you forgot about this shake already.

Damn, now you are thinking about trying it? No no, you shouldn’t. It doesn’t taste like Christmas at all. And it’s definitely not Santa approved. He prefers that you save the spices for the gingerbread cookie dough that needs to sit in the fridge for 24 hours, sticks to the rolling pin and makes your kitchen look like a war zone.

Move on with your life. The 3-minute gingerbread shake was never here. Go ahead and bake cookies instead.

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Still reading? Well if you made it this far we might as well tell you that the shake is inspired by a date shake that we tried in Marrakech (Elsa was obsessed with it), but we gave our version a Christmas spin. It is a shake rather than a smoothie, but if you prefer it a bit thicker and more nourishing, you can always add a banana.

Side note. We haven’t received any snow yet, so we used powdered sugar to style these photos. We had a box of sugar that has been in our pantry for ages. I’m glad it finally proved itself useful.

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Gingerbread Spiced Shake
Makes around 5 cups / 1 1/4 liter

We have written instructions on how to make the almond milk yourself, but you can also use store bought. In that case, you should skip the first step in the instructions. The ice is important because it makes the shake frothy, so you don’t want to skip that!

1 cup raw almonds + 4 cups water OR 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 pinch coarse sea salt
8 fresh dates or soaked dried dates, pitted
1 tsp ground cinnamon + more for serving
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground clove
4-6 ice cubes

1. Soak the almonds overnight (8-12 hours), peel off the skin if you prefer. Place peeled almonds and water in a high-speed blender and mix until smooth.
2. Add sea salt, dates, spices and ice cubes and mix again. Pour immediately in glasses, dust with ground cinnamon and serve.

Tip: Skip the ice cubes and gently heat the blended mixture in a sauce pan, and you have yourself a warming christmas drink.

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Ps. For your information, we have actually managed to drink this shake and come up with a few new Christmas recipes at the same time. So stay tuned.

53 Comments

  • What a sweet post :) Love the sound of this, I shall most definitely be making it. Makes me miss Marrakech too! Heidi xo
  • Absolutely gorgeous and what a great idea...does it feel grainy? X
  • Love your spicy sense of humor...! Simple recipes are my favorite ones... thanks!
  • This was so delicious, Christmas in a glass! We're looking forward to trying it warm next time. Thank you for coming up with the loveliest recipes. We've made so many now and all have tasted so good. xxx
  • I make a variation on this with carrots and coconut milk! I call it my Bunny brew. Big love to you guys from Denver. We have enough snow right now to share :)
  • Amazing how you used sugar as a substitute for snow, I didn't even realise!! The shake was relish, and it does of course remind so much of ginger bread! Thank you for your always inspiring recipes and photos! Looking forward to the upcoming ones! Xxx
  • Yum! I made a version of this over the weekend with warmed up homemade almond milk and stevia instead of dates :) Thanks for the spice reminder, so nice to warm up in the cold :) ~M
  • Jordan
    Thank y'all for this recipe! I added just a hint of molasses to it. My husband and I loved it so much it is now our go to holiday drink.
  • Totally going to have to try a variation of this! Sounds and looks awesome!
  • Amélie
    I did it this Sunday morning and found it insanely good (even though I replace the figs with dates, and added a tiny bit of maple sirup)!Thanks!;)
  • Didn't have enough almonds so I used coconut milk and some almonds, and added a bit of maca and some drops of maple syrup to substitute for the dates I also didn't have. It was lovely! Thank you for the idea, cheers!
  • Looks divine! Thanks so much for the inspiration—cannot wait to give it a whirl.
  • Perfect start of the day - thankyou!
  • Hi David, Luise and Elsa - what a beautiful and delicious sounding shake! this probably beats trying to find a recipe for gluten-free, vegan gingerbread:)
  • MMM! What a creative way to have your gingerbread and drink it too! ;)
  • Very cute post. I can't wait to try it out! This morning I made maple-ginger pancakes and I think that this shake would be a perfect compliment! Thanks for sharing :)
  • Laurencia
    Love your blog and gorgeous recipe book. Thank you for inspiring me in the kitchen. Quick question regarding gingerbread shake. When I make fresh almond mylk I strain the pulp but there's no mention of this step in your recipe?
  • Ohh it must taste delicious! I love gingerbread and can't wait to try this shake. Photos are stunning. :) Merry Christmas for you and best wishes from Poland.
  • Yummm!!!! This holiday shake looks absolutely delicious… I love incorporating spices into drinks.. Can't wait to try it! Looking forward to more Christmas recipes here on GKS :)

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