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Gingerbread-Breakfast-SmoothieDon’t let the cooler temperatures stop you from enjoying those delicious smoothies! This vegan gingerbread breakfast smoothie is warmed up on the stovetop to create a creamy and comforting drink that’s packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre, and plant based protein. It makes a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack!

How do we feel about molasses?

Love it? Hate it? Can’t figure out what to do with the bottle of it that’s been hanging out in the pantry for the past 1.5 years? The one that you can’t even pry the cap off of because the molasses solidified around the opening and turned into the equivalent of super glue?

Mmm hmm.

Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s back there peeking out from behind the brown sugar and honey, reminiscing about that one day long ago when it was able to lend its robust flavour to that lone batch of gingerbread cookies you made for your office’s ugly sweater Christmas party; patiently waiting for a chance to get back in your good graces.

Sound familiar? Yup...

I happen to love molasses, but even so, I found myself having to dig it out from the back of my pantry and run it under hot water so that I could get the lid unstuck. Poor, neglected thing. And it’s a shame, too! Because… molasses? That dark sticky goo that inspired the phrase “slow as molasses” and flooded the city of Boston in 1919? It’s actually pretty darn good for us.

Not only does molasses contain minerals like manganese, copper, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and selenium, but it’s also an extremely concentrated source of iron, with just 2 tablespoons containing 30% of our recommended daily allowance. That’s awesome news! Especially for vegans, vegetarians, and us ladies, who need a little extra iron once a month… if you know what I mean ?

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