Iron Woman Gingerbread Smoothie

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 1, 2011


Before I became a vegan, I never really put much thought into getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals. When I was struggling with an eating disorder, I would restrict my calories to an unhealthy level, exercise intensely 7 days a week, and eat mostly processed ‘fat-free’ foods. When my body couldn’t take the starvation any longer, I binged on sugary processed junk food, often consuming 2,000-2,500 calories in a single sitting. Round and round the emotional rollercoaster went for years.

Not surprisingly, aside from being miserable, I also suffered from vitamin deficiencies, including low iron levels. Deep down I was concerned that I was harming my body, but I was so caught in the disorder I didn’t feel like I could change. I also felt like being a certain size or weight was much more important than being healthy.

IMG_0649-2Boy, how things can change.

Slowly but surely I turned a new page in my life, by renewing my focus on my health and decreasing my focus on my weight. I took all that negative energy and flipped it into something positive.

These days I don’t care much about calories, but I do care about eating quality food and getting proper nutrients.

These days I don’t care about the number on the scale, but I do want to feel in shape and fit into my clothes.

These days I don’t care if something is fat-free, sugar-free, or low-carb, but I do care if it makes me feel good when I eat it.

These days I don’t care if every day is the picture of perfect health, but I do strive for an overall balance in the “big picture”.

These days, I’m a whole lot happier than I used to be.

And those vitamin levels? Right where they should be.



Iron Woman Gingerbread Smoothie

As women, we’re about twice as likely to suffer from iron deficiency as compared to men. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you’re even more likely to suffer from an iron deficiency at some point in your life, especially because plant-based sources of iron are more difficult to absorb than animal-based sources. This gingerbread smoothie is packed with blackstrap molasses which is a wonderful vegan source of iron. One tablespoon has 3.5 mg of iron and I like to sneak in two tablespoons into this smoothie. Add in some chia seeds and you will up your iron even more. Just be sure to take iron-rich foods with Vitamin C to help increase the iron’s absorption.

Adapted from my Gingerbread Vegan Overnight Oats.


  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I use Vanilla Almond Milk)
  • 1-2 tbsp blackstrap molasses (I use 2, but add to taste as it’s strong)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (also high in iron!)
  • 2 ice cubes
  • Peanut Butter Graham crackers + coconut, for garnish (optional)


Place all ingredients except for molasses into the blender and blend until smooth. Now add the molasses, a bit at a time, to taste. You may find that you only want 1 tbsp of molasses or maybe 2 tbsp if you like the flavour like I do. Serves 1.


Blackstrap molasses is one of my favourite vegan iron sources! And so fitting for September 1st.


In two tablespoons of molasses you get a powerhouse of iron and other nutrients:

  • 7 mg of iron
  • Approx 350 mg calcium (more than a glass of cow’s milk!)
  • Over 1000 mg potassium
  • As well as Vitamin B6, magnesium, copper and more


For more info about molasses, check out World’s Healthiest Foods.

I LOVE this smoothie. It tasted like a big bowl of gingerbread, much like my Gingerbread Vegan Overnight Oats.


Be sure to enjoy this smoothie (and other iron rich foods) with Vitamin C to help the iron absorb and also avoid consuming it with caffeine which decreases the absorption. Other iron-rich foods include whole grains, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, dried herbs, lentils, cooked spinach, tofu, beans, dried apricots, cocoa powder, etc. It is generally recommended that adult females need between 15-18 mg of Iron per day, but everyone’s needs will differ depending on activity level, menstruation, and other factors.


I told Eric how much iron was in this smoothie and he said, “That’s good, but does it taste like motor oil?”

I almost spit the smoothie across the room from laughing. Oh brother.

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Jen @ September 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

Wow, looks amazing! Not at all like motor oil. ;) I love anything with molasses.


Amy @ The Whole Sweet Scoop September 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

Your post-ED attitute toward your body and health is really wonderful. If only every woman had your point of view. It’s so great that you were able to overcome your ED and get your life back on track!


Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) September 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

Congrats to the winner :)

Today I decided to start living healthier (the past month has been horrible… lots of fast food, pizzas, etc!) and I had a green monster for the first time in months! It felt so great to know I was doing something so good for my body!

When I was driving to work I realized that I didn’t weigh myself or take measurements this morning (so I can *track* how I’m doing week to week) and then I thought to myself… Maybe it’s better if I don’t? Maybe I should track how I’m doing instead by how I feel in my clothes, how my energy levels feel, how I’m sleeping at night… I want to look good and feel great but I don’t think a number needs to be a focal point this time around.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

That sounds wonderful :)


Lili September 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

I made molasses bread last night. Now I feel slightly less guilty about that second slice. :)


Estela @ Weekly Bite September 1, 2011 at 9:37 am

Sounds delicious! Very fall like :)


Jenna | The Paleo Project September 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

Congrats Danielle! Such an awesome give away! I like that this is a grain-free, dairy-free gingerbread recipe I can probably eat! Mmmm…


Ashley September 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

Yummy! I love how on all Canadian products there is the English version but also the French translation. Looks so fancy. :)


Mara September 1, 2011 at 9:43 am

Perfect timing! I just got test results indicating my iron is low (hair falling out, lathargic…) so I’ve started on the iron supplements. Cannot wait to try this one after work tonight! BTW, picked up some Daiya cheese yesterday for the first time and just about devoured the entire bag just eating the shreds on their own, heehee!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

Hope this helps with your iron!

Oh yes, I remember the day I discovered Daiya…mmm


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

I didn’t realize blacstrap molasses had that much iron. Maybe that will spur me to use the bottle sitting in my pantry for a year + now! I’ve always had lower iron levels so this is a good smoothie for me!


Liz @ IHeartVegetables September 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

That looks SO yummy!!! I haven’t had gingerbread in forever!


Nicole September 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

It’s truly this statement: “These days I don’t care much about calories, but I do care about eating quality food and getting proper nutrients” that we all should aim for!


Cristina September 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

so funny that you post the ‘random number generator’…we believe you, we believe you! generous girl! :D


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 10:10 am

Funny you mention that because I didn’t post it a couple times and someone got mad at me saying it wasn’t a random selection.


Sarah September 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

Congrats to the winner!
The smoothie sounds yummy…I’ll probably save it for closer to Christmas :)
Your attitude about food and health is such an inspiration to me!


Jen September 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

I love the taste of blackstrap molasses! I used to drizzle it over oatmeal. This is the perfect fall smoothie. You’re making me want to open up that box of gluten-free ginger snaps that’s been sitting in my cupboard forever.


Faith @ For the Health of It September 1, 2011 at 9:51 am

I never knew that molasses was that high in iron! I also have low iron levels (I have a feeling I jacked them up pretty badly during my own eating disordered days), so I will be looking for molasses at Whole Foods to try to boost those levels closer to normal! It’s amazing that even more than a year after getting things back on track, I still see some of the negative effects of the awful things I put my body through. It makes me so scared for the other women in the same position, and for those who suffered from more severe disorders than I did!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

I’m happy that you are in a better place now. It does take time to heal for sure. All the best!


Shanna, Like Banana September 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

That picture of you is beyond beautiful!


Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes September 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

I love molasses, it really is a sugar super food!
Your smoothie looks amazing, gingerbread is soo yummy!


Holly @ The Runny Egg September 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

Angela I’m so glad you are in such a good place! I too try to eat foods that help me look and feel my best. And I feel my best when I include some desserts, hurray!

This looks delicious — I love gingerbread and since it is so hot outside I just love having smoothies!


Emma September 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

This is wonderful, Angela. You are an inspiration. I actually realized about a month ago that I have an iron deficiancy. My mom has me taking iron supplements, but I would rather be getting my iron from natural sources. This looks so good, I’m making this today!


Sonia (the Mexigarian) September 1, 2011 at 9:59 am

Still struggling with not counting calories. I ended up adding up my meals in my head on my drive in to work and freaked out a little.

The smoothie sounds so delicious. Like Fall. There is a change in the air, a nestling of the soul when autumn comes around. Gingerbread is a part of that soulfood. I think you just made a soulfood smoothie :)


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

I love your philosophy on eating – I’m a big fan of the “if it feels good, do it” mindset. No need to track everything that goes in my mouth. If it’s good and fuels my body, I’m happy!

Can’t wait to try this gingerbread – blackstrap is a staple for me with it’s iron content.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

I NEED to get me some molasses!!! It’s been in so many recipes that I’ve come across lately but i never think to pick any up when I’m out grocery shopping. Great post as always today Ange. It’s amazing how far you’ve come, what being vegan appears to have taught you, and how you perspective is so much healthier today. *Smoothie cheers* to that! :)


Samantha September 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

OH man that sounds so yummy! We had our first big late summer storm last night so I am in the perfect mood for some fall harvest flavors! (Not ready to totally give up all the tomatoes and basil I have been eating yet though)


Misty September 1, 2011 at 10:02 am

Good morning! So this friend of mine told me about a cute little website and last ngiht I tried their “Peanut Stew” it was okay – but i think you should check it out and make it better!!! It needs an ohsheglows spin on it!!! :)


Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 1, 2011 at 10:02 am

I’ll definitely have to try this out! I absolutely love gingerbread and I have an iron deficiency! So this is perfect!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

This smoothie came at the perfect time! My younger sister and mother are both very low in iron! We have bought that exact blackstrap molasses and are looking for more uses for it! I cannot wait to share this smoothie recipe with them! PS- Couldn’t you also add a little spinach to it as well? I have read somewhere that spinach was high in iron too….I am sure you couldn’t taste it or anything :)


Amanda September 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

Thanks Angela! I’ve got this rare blood disease (chronic anemia) so I’m always looking for high iron foods. This is a recipe I can add to my high in iron list. So happy! Gonna make it tomorrow morning straight away!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet September 1, 2011 at 10:10 am

I love this post! You really are such a great role model.

My iron levels are always low so I love that you posted this recipe.


Cait's Plate September 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

Oh my – something that looks that good AND is good for you!? This is a total win.


Rachel September 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

I found your blog about 3 months ago and LOVE IT! I was searching for healthy, iron rich foods that would fuel long runs etc.. and came across your Green Monster. Now, I check your site daily and have made Vegan Oats a breakfast ritual. I am really into your carrot cake shake with groats; love groats! :)

Thanks for sharing another great recipe rich in iron! I am appreciative of new food ideas with iron and protien! You have not only helped energize my jogs but have inspired me as well….many thanks!



Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

Thank you Rachel!


Heather @ Get Haalthy with Heather September 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

This looks delicious! I’d totally throw in some pumpkin purée.. Not only for good taste but it would add tHe vitamin c needed for absorption! Double wammo.


Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

this recipe looks like a bowl full of fall and I’m all for that.


Ashley September 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

Awesome informative post girl! Our minds were in the same place yesterday, cracking out the “fall” breakfast!


Noelle September 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

This is wonderful! I too have been slipping on the molasses because of the iron. I am a TAD anemic so I have been trying to make iron rich foods. Yummy recipe!


tanna September 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

“Slowly but surely I turned a new page in my life, by renewing my focus on my health and decreasing my focus on my weight. I took all that negative energy and flipped it into something positive.”

I just love that thought! Shared your website with several friends today. Thanks so much.



Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

Thank you Tanna :)


Moni'sMeals September 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

The title says it all! My type of meal hands down and I just love molasses. I make a molasses granola that cant be beat!

“Does it taste like Motor Oil” Haha. :)

Congrats to the winner!


Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 1, 2011 at 10:44 am

I had no idea that molasses was such a good source of iron. Plus, I LOVE gingerbread! Can’t wait to make this :)


Mary September 1, 2011 at 10:45 am

Sounds delicious! This would be great for fall.


Andrea B. @ Vegvacious September 1, 2011 at 10:48 am

Gingerbread smoothies are the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of September! Hopefully this weekend will bring some warm sunny mornings so I can enjoy one of these on my deck! I didn’t know about blackstrap molasses containing so much iron – I’m still learning something new everyday :-D


Krysten September 1, 2011 at 11:00 am

sounds tasty! and i totally understand where your coming from, looking back, I can’t believe what I used to do to myself. Now I eat super healthy- by choice. Cause I know how much it means to me. I almost take it personally. Eating healthy- and basically vegan are my life, after my father passed away- I’ve taken the extra step- everyday, to research and keep my knowledge growing- on every aspect of nutrition and health. My family eats terrible, were from the south after all- but now that I’ve moved on with my own life and grown as an individual- these are my morals- and I appreciate you being there for the first step, when I researched green smoothies-

I’ve stuck with your blog ever since. I love knowing that others know, it’s possible.
best wishes


Danielle September 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

I’m the winner! Thank you Angela! Your blog is great and well worth the daily visit even without the bonus :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm



jenny September 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

Love it! Just got back from a run and wanting something different. I have all these ingredients! You ROCK Angela!


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite September 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

What a great idea! I never thought to add molasses…this will be perfect for the fall!


kelly September 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

happy anniversary (a day late)! i’ve been reading your blog for years now, and i never knew when your anniversary was (or i just didn’t remember). anyway, i just got engaged, and we are getting married a year from today. i hope that my fiance and i can be as happy as you and eric. you are such a role model to me, i constantly think that i want to be you when i grow up (i am 22, but i still think of myself as a kid). reading about your struggles and recovery with your ED makes me think that one day i might be able to overcome mine as well. thanks for all the encouraging posts that you make, they really do help.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Congrats on your engagement Kelly! Thanks for your positive feedback. Goodluck with your journey.


Bev Weidner September 1, 2011 at 11:11 am


I could doggy paddle through that. YUM.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

omg I just got the most hilarious mental image of that!


Lola September 1, 2011 at 11:15 am

How much oats do you put into this recipe? I’ve never made overnight oats before, but this recipe totally speaks to me! I LOVE black strap molasses and I’ve been craving molasses cookies lately so this might curb that craving!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

This is a smoothie, but I do have an overnight oats gingerbread too! :)


Lola September 1, 2011 at 11:22 am

Wait!! NO OATS!! It’s a smoothie. The bowl threw me off! :)


Amber K September 1, 2011 at 11:22 am

I never would have thought to add molasses to a smoothie! What an awesome idea! Although I would definitely want to start out with just a bit, because I’m not sure if I could handle 2 tbsp at once!


Rachel September 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

This smoothie looks great! I’ve struggled with anemia this past year, so I’m always looking for ways to sneak in non-heme iron… I never would’ve thought to add molasses to a smoothie!


[email protected] September 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

I definitely need to try this smoothie! My iron levels are low, so this is perfect. I really liked your encouraging thoughts too!


Alexis (hummusapien) September 1, 2011 at 11:27 am

Happy anniversary!! You two are adorable :) you have totally inspired me to go buy molasses and make this smoothie! Love your creations!!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

I always forget about molasses as a great source of iron and calcium. I try to pay attention to my intake of both of those nutrients so I should really try to use it more! Gingerbread flavoured breakfasts are a great idea for that. :D


Cait @ Cait hates Cake September 1, 2011 at 11:32 am

I had NO idea that molasses was actually good for you. Thanks for enlightening me!


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove September 1, 2011 at 11:44 am

Never would have thought that molasses would have a ton of iron in it!


Alex @ Raw Recovery September 1, 2011 at 11:46 am

Just as someone recovering from an eating disorder, posting the number of calories you used to restrict to can be EXTREMELY triggering for those still suffering. It makes it feel like a competition to see who can restrict the most. Just something to be aware of.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for your feedback Alex, I didn’t think of that but I’ll remove it.


Alex @ Raw Recovery September 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Thank you for being so receptive


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm

No problem Alex, thanks!


MindyG September 1, 2011 at 11:46 am

I kept thinking… this would be sooooo good with some pumpkin added!! Does pumpkin have vitamin c? I thought it would because of the orange color, and then realized I was confusing vita c with betacarotene. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

its very high in vitamin A, and has a bit of Vitamin C too


Nicole @ giraffelegs September 1, 2011 at 11:46 am

ohhh super intrigued by this gingerbread smoothie!


Rebecca September 1, 2011 at 11:55 am

Yum, so good to know about molasses and iron! This is a great fall smoothie. And I bet if you added some SPINACH you could up the iron even more! ;)


Cyndi September 1, 2011 at 11:57 am

Love this post, thanks for the reminder of what’s important!


Nikita September 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I’ve struggled a lot with anemia. I even made my mom anemic when she was pregnant with me!
Now I make sure to consume lots of spinach, lentils, garbanzos, and whole grains. I don’t usually have much a problem any more unless I give blood more than a couple times a year.


Laura September 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm

This smoothie has me thinkin of christmas time!
i love gingerbread, all the better in drinkabe form :)
I can relate with what you put your body through, and am trying to get to that healthy happy place as well. You give me hope that I can reach it!


Sam September 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I never would have thought to put molasses in a smoothie but this is genius! I know i need more iron, and I have the exact same molasses in my fridge right now. I think this smoothie will be entering my life! It helps that it looks delicious too!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit September 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I gotta say, love the recipe… but I’m in complete denial that Fall is coming. So, I’ve tagged this post for later. I can’t come to terms with gingerbread yet :'(


[email protected] KatieDid September 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

who knew something so sweet and tasty was beneficial for your health! You could even throw some spinach in there if you wanted a super iron woman smoothie!


Beach Bum Beauty September 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I learn something new every day, was never sure what to do with molasses and it just sits in my cupboard gathering dust. This is a winter warmer. oops, did I just say the W word? *runs and hides*


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} September 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

This is a fabulous idea! I always forget about my blackstrap molasses as a great source of iron. I’ll be making this smoothie very soon. :-)


Carrie September 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Great suggestions for using molasses. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Another good source of iron is using cast iron pots and pans for cooking. With a little care these are fantastically non-stick and so nice to cook with.


Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life September 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

This looks like a msut make asap recipe! I love all things gingerbread!!! Just in time for a crisp fall morning!!! Thanks for sharing!


[email protected] September 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I’ve seen many smoothies and o-oats combos but this one seems quite special! I’m very tempted to try and especially with adding some yummy crystalized ginger!


Jess September 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I can’t wait to try this! Molasses is one of my favorite ways to sneak in iron—it makes everything taste so rich and delicious : )


lynn @ the actor's diet September 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

loooove molasses. i don’t have it at home but now i’m thinking i should!


Jennifer September 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I’m always running low on iron too… I think its genetic! definitely going to make this one.. it looks divine! perfect for the first day of september! :)


Brittany @ Runwithbritt September 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Nothing says back to school and it’s almost Christmas like Gingerbread! I can’t wait to make this!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I JUST POSTED a comment on another blog about blackstrap molasses and how it’s amazing for iron levels. Between beets (nature’s queen of iron) and blackstrap and dark leafy greens, I never took one iron pill while pregnant, thank goodness b/c they are not fun.

I love this smoothie and love your story and how far you’ve come!!! I posted yesterday, Diet vs. Exercise and fleshed out some of my own thoughts on things, including almost exactly this “These days I don’t care if something is fat-free, sugar-free, or low-carb, but I do care if it makes me feel good when I eat it.”-

Amen girl :)


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh September 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Yes please!! I am so ready for Fall/the holidays it’s not funny and gingerbread is one of my favorites. The smell alone is heaven but put heaven in a bowl and that = a happy belly!


Nichole September 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

This looks awesome, and I can’t wait to try it. I know it sounds weird, but I’m obsessed with molasses because it’s such a sneaky, tasty, healthy ingredient. I’m thinking I might try this with my vanilla coconut milk!


Jessica September 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm

yay for fall flavors!! Woo-hoo!


erika September 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Sounds great and am going to try it but what did you pair it with as far as vitamin c foods, maybe the receipe can call for some pumpkin seeds so people don’t skip the pairing of foods.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I just take a vitamin C tablet usually (unless im eating something rich in vit C)


Laura September 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Hey Angela,

As someone who is working towards recovery from an eating disorder, I was wondering if you have any strategies for the day after over-eating, to prevent getting sucked into the binge-purge cycle. My bingeing has reduced a lot, but once in a while it happens and it’s difficult for me not to turn to my old friend, restriction, the next day. Anything that’s worked for you?


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Hey Laura! Great question. I wrote a post on this a while back that you may be interested in:


Meredith September 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm

This looks sooo yummy! I love blackstrap molasses – I’m currently out, must restock!


Geosomin September 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I LOVE gingerbread. This looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to have one!


[email protected] September 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Yayyyy I’m so thankful you’re doing better Angela! I agree that even though we shouldn’t be obsessive or frustrated if nutrition, etc. doesn’t go perfectly, we should still work on it while LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE. True that. :)


Karen Bowers September 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

This was tasty! Thanks!


Kristy H September 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Thanks for this great post. Its exactly what i needed to read as i have been stupidly dieting for a couple of weeks and restricting my food intake too much. Finally I have had enough, screw it! its not worth being tired, grumpy and hungry all day. Im about to make a chocolate cake batter smoothie for breakfast so thanks for the inspiration and making a differance to so many peoples lives and attitudes towards food and health.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I’m so glad to hear that Kristy. All the best :)


Audrey September 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I’m always looking for ways to get a little boost of vegan iron! I do remember reading, though, that iron can somehow bind to calcium and inhibit its absorption, so while this smoothie is a great source of iron, it’s not necessarily high in calcium. I believe a similar thing occurs with spinach and calcium, which is why it is recommended to not eat your main calcium sources at a meal that includes spinach. Just some food for thought. :) I’m not a dietician, though, so I could be way off. This info just comes from stuff I’ve read.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I’ve read something to that effect as well! Although I’m not positive how much is not absorbed. It would be interesting to find out!


Megan September 2, 2011 at 9:01 am

Spinach has compounds in it called oxalates, which bind to iron and calcium, therefore reducing the absorption of both minerals in our bodies. So although spinach is often touted as a great source of iron, we really won’t be absorbing very much iron when we eat it (I’ve read as little as 10%). Of course, it still has lots of other vitamins/phytonutrients in it. Other green veggies like kale, bok choy, and broccoli are good sources of iron and calcium without oxalates.
Hope that helps! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011 at 9:05 am

Thanks Megan!


Magen September 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm

This was the absolute BEST way to end a long bike ride. Thanks!


Nicole September 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm

You had me at Gingerbread :)!! Love your blog and have just recently started to follow you here…great recipes and so helpful for those of us (me) looking to try vegan recipes.
Thanks so much for sharing!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Thank you Nicole…enjoy!


Sky September 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Perfect timing! I was just looking for a new breakfast smoothie for tomorrow. I tried making a chai flavoured one this morning but it wasn’t so great. I have a feeling your recipe will be much much better. I’m trying it in the morning for sure.

I am very much like you when it comes to the health thing. I also suffered from an eating disorder when I was younger. There were times when all I ate was diet coke and the occasional white dinner roll for days on end. I used to joke that my body was probably 97% aspartame and the rest water. I am so glad I got out of that kind of thinking. I also feel a LOT better these days than I ever did before. Thanks for being an inspiration for me every day. I always look forward to your posts and your fabulous recipes.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Oh man you reminded me of my aspartame days…I used to eat an INSANE amount of that stuff. Crystal light anyone?


Sophie September 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Inspiring post and recipe!


Claudia September 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Angela I love the way you were able to shift your thinking! I can somewhat relate… for a while I would restrict my calorie intake and exercise A LOT, then I’d break down a few times a week and just eat a bunch of sweets. my calcium levels plummeted and with all the running I was doing, I got a stress fracture. I still have weeks when I restrict my calories too much but I’m working on it, and I make sure to get plenty of calcium now


kaila @ healthy helper! September 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Ginger bread is my FAVORITE flavor of anything ever!!!! Ahhh! I can’t wait to try this!!! It looks INCREDIBLE!!!!


Kathy September 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

LOL at Eric’s response! Haha!!
At the beginning of the post, I love the ‘these days’ sentences that you wrote/typed. It’s inspiring, really.
I’m not too sure if I had an eating disorder but during that dark period of my life, where I would just lie in bed and think and stare at my calorie counter (some days, I would eat less than 800 calories!), I knew I wasn’t getting the right amount of vitamins or calcium or iron (something very important in a woman’s diet) & yet I didn’t even care. I would lean towards processed food because they had nutrition facts. Now, I’m wayyy different!
Maybe change isn’t so bad after all ;)


Luv What You Do September 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm

What a fabulously written post. No matter where we’ve come from, we can relate to your thougths on finding a healthy balance. It is amazing when we find that moment of clarity, and even more incredible to think how far we’ve come.

Love gingerbread and need the iron. What a great fall smoothie!


Casey Thomas September 2, 2011 at 1:35 am

I adore ginger and love it in everything! Salads, smoothies, puddings, cooked veggies, soups…mmm! Thanks for sharing :)


Rachel September 2, 2011 at 1:58 am

My favorite mineral rich food is raisins!

Per 1/4 C:
17.76 mg Calcium
11.96 mg Magnesium
35.16 mg Phosphorus
272.24 mg Potassium
0.75 mg iron



Amanda September 2, 2011 at 1:59 am

Just had this smoothie for breakfast. It is absolutely amazing! Loved every zip of it :D My baby loved it as well!


Jess September 2, 2011 at 1:59 am

WOW!! YUMMY! Just made it for breakfast. I don’t have chia seeds over here so I sub’ed ground flax. You have amazing recipes and advice; thank you!


Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 2, 2011 at 5:47 am

I’ve had a jar of molasses for ages with no idea what to do with it – thanks for the inspiration! :)


[email protected] September 2, 2011 at 6:39 am

Thanks for sharing your story, it’s amazing how much things can change (for the better). I’m glad you’re happier now!

This smoothie sounds and looks awesome. I put blackstrap molasses in my oatmeal on occasion, but I never though of it in smoothies!!


Katrina September 2, 2011 at 6:46 am

This sounds lovely! Great recipe :)


Sarah September 2, 2011 at 6:54 am

Oh my goodness this looks amazing! I’m going to get some blackstrap molasses tonight. I’ve been meaning to get it anyways… and now I have a perfect reason!


Amanda September 2, 2011 at 7:42 am

I wish I didn’t already eat breakfast so I could turn this into an oatmeal recipe! Can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow! Oatmeal never gets old!


LizAshlee September 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

Gingerbread..yum! I am going to have to get molasses next grocery trip for sure..great time of year to start enjoying it in recipes!! :)

Happy Friday!


Jessica Long September 2, 2011 at 8:19 am

The smoothie looks wonderful! I love molasses :) I too struggled with an eating disorder before I was vegan. Your ‘these days’ sentiments reflect very much how I feel now. Thank you for putting my thoughts into words!


Sara September 2, 2011 at 8:54 am

I have been putting molasses in everything. I can’t understand how there are people that don’t like it!


Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner September 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

Gingerbread!!!!!! As a Smoothie?! Angela, you are so amazing. :)


Amy September 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

As soon as I read this I knew I had to make it asap. Because I read it AFTER breakfast I knew I had to wait until today to make it. Man, I’m patient :) It was worth the wait! It is SOOOOOOOOO flippin delicious! oh my gosh, it’s just fantastic! It’s like a gingerbread cookie in a bowl! It’s actually still warm here in Victoria, BC but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying fall/winter flavours! You are such an inspiration Angela, and your blog has been (an will continue to be) my go-to blog for quite some time. I always look forward to cozying up in the morning with some breakfast and tea to read your blog! It always makes my day :)


Jenny$1983 September 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Oh my…

I cannot wait to try this, I can’t thank you enough for this recipe!

PS I plugged this into MyFitnessPal and it calculates that this ridiculously delicious recipe, which I would drink regardless, contains at least 44% of my daily RDA of iron: you genius, Angela! :)


Rebecca September 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

This was great! and now I am thinking maybe an iron blizzard ?!


Manderley September 3, 2011 at 3:33 am

I’m glad you left those days of disorder. No doubt you will become more mature. Sometimes women have insisted too much on a figure and an ideal weight and it comes to frustrate a lot, but we must accept we are.
This recipe should be rich.


Marian September 3, 2011 at 6:15 am

I’m glad that you wrote this since I just began taking iron pills (again) this week. I’d always rather get my iron from food rather than the pills since they’re so rough on the system. Looking forward to trying this, and increasing the other iron rich foods that you mentioned. Thanks Angela!



VEgirl September 3, 2011 at 11:12 am

I had similar “non-concerns” when it came to vitamins when I was in the depths of disordered eating. Losing my tummy and calories was all that mattered.

Luckily, I LOVE molasses! I use it like some people use chocolate syrup at times!


Kari September 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Made this into a “gingerbread latte” this week, skipping the frozen banana, chia, and ice…adding a splash of coffee from the french press.


Andrea September 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I don’t comment very often…
But I’m one of those people that almost *stalks* your blog. I keep coming back to look at the same recipe, even if I’m not going to make it. I love your web layout, the way you word things, the amazing recipes, and the gorgeous photography.

You really are an inspiration when it comes to healthy eating and excercising! I’m working on becoming a RD, so eating and making healthy food comes very easily – but it’s the excercise that doesn’t. To motivate myself, I read blogs – yours and gracefulfitness are my favorites. (Another motivation is to eat superfoods and then tell mysely “now you have to use these and work out!)

Oh, and I am SO going to make this for breakfast tomorrow.


Andrea September 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

*myself, not ‘msely’


Sonnet September 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I had no idea that molasses is a great source of iron! I’ve been vegan for years and am excited to finally get off of the iron pills prescribed by my doc! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

Also, I’m a huge fan of your blog and love the new header! (although I will miss the old one with the gorgeous pic of you!)


Sandi September 5, 2011 at 3:04 am

I absolutely LOVE this one! I can only make for myself since my husband isn’t a gingerbread fan, but I almost got up in the middle of the night to ‘sample’ it while the chia seeds did their magic.
Thank you for such a creative way to enjoy breakfast!


Sandi September 5, 2011 at 3:09 am

Oh crap, I put this on the wrong recipe, I meant the VOO…and now I have to make this smoothie to see if I like it as much as the VOO…sorry. Any smoothies for ‘wtf I’m I doing?” symptoms?


Jill September 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Im currently on a liquid diet because of recent oral surgery and this smoothie has made my tastebuds day!!! Thank you :) mmmmmmm


lea September 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm

tried a version of this smoothie this a.m. in my brand spankin’ new 32 oz vitamix container.
used regular almond milk and added extra vanilla
used honey instead of molasses (will use molasses next time, I just didn’t have any)
added a handful of spinach (to make up for some of the lost iron)
Really good and I will make it again


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2011 at 7:38 am

Glad you liked it and congrats on your new vitamix!


Lea September 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Now…….on to the roasted tomato basil pesto… it tastes as good as it reads……..


Ana September 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

This do sound extremely delicious and most certainly have a hint of fall in them!
I am not ready to give up summer yet, I love summertime and don’t want to see it go, but I am definitely going to make this smoothie sometime soon!!


Emilia @ Namaste Gurl September 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I recently learned *how* good for you blackstrap molasses is and have been all over it… super high in iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium! I love making a gingerbread pumpkin smoothie- tastes like fall :)
Will be trying this !


Magda September 7, 2011 at 12:14 am

Awesome :D I’ve actually been seen eating my blackstrap molasses straight out of the jar and I totally don’t understand that some people hate it. I made a cross between the smoothie and overnight oats, with LOTS of cinnamon, ginger and cardamon. I think I could have the same thing for lunch and dinner. And snacks. For a week or so :D Thanks so much for the recipe.


Tanya September 8, 2011 at 7:01 am

Thank you so much for posting this. It was a wonderful mix up to the beginning of my day. I usually have a fruit and vegetable smoothie in the morning. Now I have a different variety. Plus, what woman doesn’t need iron? =]


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011 at 7:51 am

Glad you enjoyed it Tanya!


Grace September 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Sounds interesting . . . I did put molasses on my grocery list so I’ll have to try it.


Elesha @ SkinnyfatGirls.Com September 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Wow, this recipe sounds fantastic! I totally relate to your story about having an unhealthy relationship with food. I’ve recently shed 20 pounds by simply eating right and stopping the obsession! When my food philosophy changed and I stopped dieting/binging/dieting/binging, the weight just came off. I can’t wait to try this! I’m always looking for new ways to add nutrients to my diet. I stick kale and carrots into absolutely everything! Keep up the awesome work :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 9, 2011 at 9:17 am

Thank you Elesha! All the best to you :)


Annette Gleason September 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

I made it this morning, SO good! Thanks also for the resource about molasses and iron for vegans, its always fun for me to buy a new ingredient =)


Lori September 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Thank you for this smoothie recipe! I know I’m iron deficient and need it desperately, but sometimes I’m not in the mood for a green one. I added two tablespoons of pumpkin puree to the recipe and it was perfect.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm

mm good idea!


Marianne September 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Just to add to the whole complexity of getting enough vitamins/minerals and absorbing them properly – try not to load up all of your iron intake into one meal, as you will actually decrease your body’s absorption efficiency (which is true for pretty much any mineral or vitamin). If your body thinks it has a huge supply, it doesn’t feel the need to absorb everything (and we are never 100% efficient anyways). Iron also competes with other minerals like calcium, zinc, and magnesium for absorption. It’s more something to keep in mind than stress about micromanaging – if you spread out your healthy eats throughout the day, you’ll probably get what you need.


Justeen @ Blissful Baking September 28, 2011 at 7:32 am

I had this smoothie for breakfast this morning! LOVED the gingerbread flavor. I had a small glass of orange juice (to help with absorption), then I promptly drank a cup of coffee. Oops! I guess they cancel each other out? :)


Taylor August 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

I loved this! I am definitely going to be incorporating more molasses into my meals for the great health benefits. You also inspired me to try making gingerbread oats! I just used the same spices and molasses in my morning oats with a few other additions and it is delicious! :)


Melanie W. September 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Just made the Gingerbread Smoothie after a long day at work…Yum!
I substituted a few pieces of crystalized ginger for the powdered ginger.
I have been addicted to your blog for several months now. Whenever I need to try something new, I turn to Oh She Glows.
Keep those good recipes coming!


spaceranger September 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm

My on-the-verge-of-anemic pregnant self had one of these this morning. Yum!


Kim October 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I must say this is one of the best smoothies I have ever had. I was out of chia seeds so I could not add, I added the 2 T Molasses and I also added a tsp of cashew butter. Excellent. This is my new dessert for the season.


Sophie October 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

HOLY CRAP! SHE IS BEAUTIFUL! (that’s is the first thing i thought when i saw the picture of you smiling)

on another note, this sounds amazing! i just got my wisdom teeth extracted so i’ve been searching for more smoothies that will help me get the nutrients i need. i’m so glad i discovered your website (i think it was through the Katie from the Chocolate Covered Diet).


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

You are so sweet! I hope you enjoy the smoothie :)


Corrinne February 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm

This is delicious! I made this smoothie without the graham crackers (but now that I have seen that recipe I will be adding it next time—they look so yummy) and I used 2 tbsp molasses from the get go. Wow, really tasty! I love it! Thank you.


Kate March 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm

This was so delish! I used 1Tblspn of Molasses:) LOVE this blog, I cook from it all the time.


Angela (Oh She Glows) March 21, 2013 at 7:35 am

Thank you Kate, I appreciate it!


Jaime Brault September 2, 2013 at 6:56 am

Just tried this! YUM! I added a handful of spinach. And drank it with a few strawberries on the side (which I think are high in C, right?). Anyway, I really enjoy your website and recipes. Thank you :)



Emma (This Kind Choice) September 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm

This is the first time I have truly enjoyed blackstrap molasses! The ginger and cinnamon make such a wonderful pairing, and it really does taste like gingerbread. I’ve now used these flavours in porridge (oatmeal) and it was pretty tasty too. Thanks!


Shireen September 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm

This was AMAZING! My daughter and I both have colds right now and this hit the spot for us! I will definitely be making it again. Thank you for posting!


Amy September 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

I must admit I was a bit skeptical about this smoothie (molasses in a smoothie?!) but wow this is now one of my favorite go to smoothies! I make this smoothie about 3 times a week and sometimes I add a small half tsp. of cacao and it is pure heaven.

Went to the store tonight and picked up a few mandarins to add to my smoothie fix next week :)

I’ve been enjoying your blog for a few years and your recipes never let me down!


cindy October 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Just stumbled onto your websites when I was looking for a pumpkin seed recipe. Love it and llook forward to trying the gingerbread smoothie. Going out now to buy mollases!. Will be checking often for more goodies!


Livegreeandgreen December 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

This looks so delicious!! I’m going to make this for my family at christmas. Better have a test run tonight though!:) I’m a nurse and I was super impressed you suggested to have vitamin c with iron to increase absorption. Great tips that most people don’t know. Excellent cook and smart too, love your blog!


Nicole August 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Yummy :) :) :)
I made this for breakfast and just finished it. I added some almond butter and reduced the milk so it would be more like a soft serve. MMmm gingerbread soft serve for breakfast :) I never knew that molasses was full of iron until I read this post and this smoothie is such an amazing creation to get iron! Plus I can eat gingerbread spiced things all year. It’s my third time using this recipe. Thank you!


Erin August 28, 2014 at 7:54 pm

oops, just noticed your comment after I posted mine. Sorry. Guess I should have said “didn’t see many that mentioned making it.” :-)


Erin August 28, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I just made this for my afternoon snack. I blended it exactly as described, poured it into a glass and sucked it down with a straw. SO DELICIOUS, OMG!

I wanted to comment because I skimmed through the comments and didn’t see any that mentioned how the smoothie came out for them. So, I thought I’d weigh in.

People, do NOT modify this. I was tempted (because that’s what I do), but I didn’t, and it came out just perfect. Better tasting and MUCH healthier than anything at Starbucks. Thank you Angela. This will be my new post-workout drink. It’s absolutely delicious. I even saved a bit for the hubby, but I am regretting that now, lol.


Kristina September 4, 2014 at 2:52 pm

My favorite fall smoothie! Sometimes I add a scoop of Garden of Life Vanilla Chai protein powder. Delicious either way :)


Dar September 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

When I saw your picture, my first thought was “Wow, she really does glow!” You are very beautiful, btw. I have been making this as my iron level is very low due to absorption issues in my colon. I knew molasses was high in iron but I never knew what to do with molasses outside of making molasses cookies. Thanks for the recipe. I really enjoy it. I just want to point out that your recommended dose of iron for women is for women who have not reached menopause. When menstruation stops, iron requirements decrease. I am curious, is there a reason the molasses is not put in the blender with the other ingredients?


Bianca October 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Hello – would you mind if I featured your smoothie bowl in a smoothie bowl round-up? I wanted to ask before I uploaded your image and linked back to your site. I love your recipes! Thanks for your response in advance!


Ingrid November 4, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Wow – just made this – it’s intense, but great. Not being a ‘fall-themed-drink’ enthusiast I never knew how much a drink could taste like gingerbread! I think I’ll be incorporating some molasses into green smoothies from now on…thanks for the unusual recipe. I’ll try the VOO next!


Lisa January 11, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Hi, this recipe looks wonderful. I am vegan and unfortunately despise bananas unless cooked in bread (weird taste buds I know) is there any thing else that would work in this recipe as I feel I could do with an iron boost & this sounds delicious! :-) thankyou


Isabella Andersen September 27, 2015 at 2:14 pm

I just saw a recipe for gingerbread granola, and it made me think of this smoothie. I haven’t had it in years, but I’m going to go out and pick up some molasses so I can make it! I used to drink this smoothie every day, and I loved it. It’s also good with cold coffee for those of us who enjoy that sort of thing. ;)


Jennykins November 7, 2015 at 1:53 pm

WOW, I just made this smoothie and it is so freakin’ good! It never occurred to me to add molasses to a smoothie. I added a couple Tbsp. of pumpkin puree, spirulina powder, turmeric, blueberries, and some vitamin C powder for good measure…seriously the most curiously delectable smoothie I’ve had in a long time. Thank you Angela! I adore your blog and your recipes.


Emma December 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm

love this article.
here is a great Gingerbread Smoothie recipe a found. It tastes better than the cookie plus its healthy


Erin Overzet April 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm

Craving my great grandmas ginger snap cookies tonight…found this recipe.

Room temperature banana -> added 4 ice cubes instead.
1/2 tbsp Blackstrap.

Paired it with a fresh quartered orange.

Pure delight!
Thank you so much for nailing this, as it’s now in my dessert recipe rotation.


Angela Liddon April 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

So glad this recipe satisfied your ginger snap craving, Erin! :)


Alyssa April 22, 2016 at 9:38 pm

Made this tonight for dessert, and topped it off with some shredded coconut, cacao nibs, walnuts, and dried cranberries – totally delicious!


Karen Campbell July 2, 2016 at 7:50 am

I’ve had severe iron deficiency anemia for over a year….and doctors have been unable to find a reason. I’ve been poked, scanned, probed…..even bone marrow tested. I believe the cause was from years of stress, which depleted my body. I had 17 blood transfusions, then the specialist gave me 4 iron infusions. That boosted my haemoglobin tremendously, but it has slowly dropped over the following months. While waiting for another infusion, I discovered your iron woman smoothie recipe and started drinking it every day, for about 2 weeks now. I’ve just had my blood tested and my haemoglobin is up 6 points! I’m ecstatic! Food truly is medicine…..thank you. xo


Mary March 3, 2017 at 11:18 am

This is one of the best smoothies I have ever tasted. It is a tad high in sugar (which is one of the reasons it tastes so good!) but it is so worth it. I feel as though I am drinking a piece of ginger bread. It is definitely going to be my go to smoothie when I need a treat!


Alkina January 22, 2018 at 3:55 pm

It was like drinking a liquefied dessert! Thanks!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 23, 2018 at 8:17 am

So happy you enjoyed it Alkina!


Sarat September 30, 2018 at 12:40 am

Yum, thanks for this perfect fall smoothie recipe. I came across it while looking for a blackstrap molasses smoothie and I’m enjoying it so much I’ve made it 3 mornings in a row! I noticed that you mention that vitamin C aids in iron absorption, so I decided to add 1/2 an apple, which should hopefully help with that. It goes really well!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 30, 2018 at 6:09 am

Hey Serat, that’s a great idea about adding some apple…perfect for this time of year. Thanks for your review!


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