|Apple Pie Smoothie Two Ways|
This is what you make when you want your pie, but not the fat or empty calories! You may remember when I turned Blueberry Cobbler into a smoothie! Well, I’ve been feeling inspired since then to turn every one of my favorite desserts into a healthy smoothie!
I first developed this as a green smoothie…and it was incredible! I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Then I figured, there may be some of you out there who might find the green unappealing. So, I’m including the non-green version! I have to say, if you make this smoothie both ways and taste test, you’ll see what I mean when I say, “You’ll never, ever taste the green!” And honestly, my whole family actually prefers the green version! Give it a try and let me know which you like best!
Apple Pie Smoothie Two Ways
about 6 ice cubes
1 organic apple, washed, quartered and cored (leave the skin on)
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 C. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 t. cinnamon (I use Saigon cinnamon, see Notes)
1 t. ground flaxseed (optional)
1 T. chopped walnuts (optional)
1 -2 large handfuls of spinach (just for the green version)
stevia, if desired
Put all ingredients, except for the stevia (and except for the spinach if you are going non-green), into the blender. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Give it a taste to check the sweetness and add the stevia accordingly.
Serves 2 small servings or 1 large serving.
- I experimented with adding about a quarter cup of oats to this smoothie. It was OK, but adds a chewiness to it. Go ahead and add it if you think you’d like that. I prefer the ground flax. It adds a nice nuttiness, extra fiber and omegas without changing the texture.
- If you are using plain almond milk, you may want to add 1/2 t. of vanilla extract.
- I use Saigon cinnamon in this recipe. You can use any cinnamon you have. I like the Saigon cinnamon because it has a much bolder flavor that I really like!
- Don’t add stevia until you’ve blended the smoothie and given it a taste. Depending on the sweetness of your apple and banana, you may not need it at all. I used it on my third test and it was way too sweet!