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Gingerbread Shake

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.


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.


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.


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.


  1. Fabienne
    Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 13:44 | #

    That’ll be gingerbread shakes from tomorrow till the 31st of december…or januari or march or july ;)

  2. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 14:17 | #

    Now this is the best use of powdered sugar I’ve seen! hah. genius. These shots are gorgeous.

    I love when smoothies start with a base of homemade almond milk. I’ll be making this tomorrow morning for a special weekend treat. :)

  3. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 14:26 | #

    This is literally my idea of heaven. I know what I’m having for brunch this weekend. And love the powdered sugar snow…

  4. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 14:47 | #

    I am loving Fall/winter smoothies this year. Herbs for the summer and spices for winter. Smoothies all year! This looks amazing!

  5. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 14:55 | #

    Oh, I’ll bake cookies and have with this shake. Starting today and continuing up until Christmas.

  6. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 15:03 | #

    Well this is a shake I would gladly drink! I love the powdered sugar snow although I prefer the real one. We here in Finland are lucky enough to have “the real stuff” already. It makes everything look so much more comfy!

  7. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 15:09 | #

    I love how you’ve incorporated refined white sugar into one of your recipes…as snow! beautiful pics, as always :-)

  8. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 15:41 | #

    This shake truly looks perfect! LOVE it!

  9. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 16:27 | #

    These photos are outstanding, beautifully captured. Great recipe as well! Have you ever thought of creating a tips & tricks guide for photography? I’m sure it would be very well received.

  10. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 16:58 | #

    Ha! I love the irony + the sugar dusting, I was wondering what it was and actually guessed on powdered sugar, looks lovely might need to try that as well :) One gingerbread shake coming up – pretty sure I have a man who is up for shake & cookies at once! Merry Christmas to you guys!

  11. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 17:17 | #

    gaaawd. looks amazing!

  12. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 18:36 | #

    I love that you gave option of making Gingerbread shake cold or hot – great idea! The snow looks perfect – gorgeous pictures as always! Now, I am waiting for more christmas recipes from you guys – your pictures are making festival season more festive for me:)

  13. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 20:23 | #

    Perfect use for that powdered sugar :) Can’t wait to fix one of these up.

  14. Posted 6 Dec ’13 at 21:32 | #

    This sounds delicious!!

  15. Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 00:18 | #

    This sounds absolutely to die for. Thanks for the delicious and festive recipe!

  16. Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 02:22 | #

    All of my favorites spices in one gorgeous shake, I NEED to make this tomorrow morning, I know two little ones who will be happy to try it too.
    What a clever idea to use powdered sugar as snow, it sure makes the photos festive and bright!

  17. pretzel
    Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 03:28 | #

    Do you think I could substitute grated ginger for ground? If so, how much do you recommend?

  18. Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 08:21 | #

    Great idea! We will try it today!

  19. Gala
    Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 12:22 | #

    Can I please ask where do you buy your dates?
    I just moved to Stockholm and haven’t found a place for good dates yet… I eat mostly raw so I need them! :)
    Would really appreciate it a lot.
    Thank you!

    • Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 13:59 | #

      Hi Gala, you can actually find fresh dates in most larger supermarkets in Sweden. They are usually packaged in rectangular boxes and sold in the fruit department for about 30kr for 500g. You can also find a variety of dates at “Pieras Livs” at Hötorgshallen
      Good luck!

  20. Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 15:08 | #

    With overnight guests arriving today, I now know what I’m going to serve them for breakfast. Thanks for this “new” shake idea.

  21. Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 15:57 | #

    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 :)

  22. Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 17:34 | #

    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.

  23. Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 18:32 | #

    Sounds awesome! Going to pin for later! And, your site is gorgeous!

  24. Laurencia
    Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 19:11 | #

    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?

  25. Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 21:09 | #

    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 :)

  26. Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 22:30 | #

    MMM! What a creative way to have your gingerbread and drink it too! ;)

  27. Posted 7 Dec ’13 at 22:35 | #

    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:)

  28. Posted 8 Dec ’13 at 09:18 | #

    Perfect start of the day – thankyou!

  29. Posted 8 Dec ’13 at 11:18 | #

    Looks divine! Thanks so much for the inspiration—cannot wait to give it a whirl.

  30. Posted 8 Dec ’13 at 16:13 | #

    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!

  31. Amélie
    Posted 8 Dec ’13 at 18:28 | #

    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!;)

  32. Posted 9 Dec ’13 at 17:32 | #

    Totally going to have to try a variation of this! Sounds and looks awesome!

  33. Jordan
    Posted 9 Dec ’13 at 21:05 | #

    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.

  34. Posted 9 Dec ’13 at 23:15 | #

    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 :)


  35. Posted 10 Dec ’13 at 11:17 | #

    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!


  36. Posted 10 Dec ’13 at 21:11 | #

    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 :)

  37. Posted 10 Dec ’13 at 22:18 | #

    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.

  38. Posted 11 Dec ’13 at 12:18 | #

    Love your spicy sense of humor…!
    Simple recipes are my favorite ones… thanks!

  39. Posted 11 Dec ’13 at 18:33 | #

    Absolutely gorgeous and what a great idea…does it feel grainy? X

  40. Posted 12 Dec ’13 at 05:25 | #

    What a sweet post :) Love the sound of this, I shall most definitely be making it. Makes me miss Marrakech too!
    Heidi xo

  41. Fanny
    Posted 13 Dec ’13 at 19:38 | #

    Oh my god that’s delicious. And what better day to make it than the evening of Lucia. Now I sink back in my sofa and…. bliss… Thank you, thank you!

  42. Kimberly
    Posted 13 Dec ’13 at 20:08 | #

    My bf is alergic to almonds but I want to try the recipr can I sub it for something else? Ideas?:) thanks:)

  43. Posted 15 Dec ’13 at 11:08 | #

    Apologies for posting a second time on this delicious recipe, but I’ve just used the leftovers to make my porridge. It makes for a very festive bowl of porridge…..mmmmm xx

  44. Posted 17 Dec ’13 at 07:12 | #

    Thank you so much for this amazing looking recipe! I love healthy recipes and I will look forward to trying it out and sharing it with my followers at TianaGustafson.com. As Arnold says “I’ll be back” :) Thanks again!

  45. Posted 22 Dec ’13 at 17:40 | #

    Sounds delicious. Nice with a little slug of brandy i bet :)

  46. Jenny
    Posted 27 Jan ’14 at 02:29 | #

    Just made this again! Absolutely delicious!

  47. emanuela
    Posted 27 May ’14 at 21:28 | #

    this stuff is delicious!

  48. Posted 30 Jul ’14 at 02:36 | #

    A wonderful flavor sensation – easy too. I made a few substitutions but overall it turned out great.

  49. Marie-France
    Posted 9 Jan ’15 at 16:45 | #

    Got the warm version of it: awesome! Thank you for sharing this soooo tasty recipe.

  50. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 02:13 | #

    Your photos are so beautifully stunning. Even though it’s June, this shake is really making me wish for Christmas! :)

  51. Tammy
    Posted 1 Dec ’15 at 01:41 | #

    I made your Gingerbread Shake today and we loved it! Keep the wonderful recipes coming, I love your food blog!

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