A lot of people who consume the Standard American Diet believe that if they switch to a healthier diet, they’ll have to give up on all the favorite foods. Someone needs to tell them that you can imitate a lot of the sweet comfort food flavors with smoothies!
For instance, the apple pie smoothie recipe I’m about to share is reminiscent of the flavor combinations in an – you guessed it – apple pie. Of course, the smoothie doesn’t have a crust, and doesn’t taste exactly like the filling.
But it comes darn close.
Here’s the recipe.
Apple Pie Smoothie
- 1 apple, cored and cut up
- 4 pitted dates (2 if you’re using Medjool dates)
- 1 cup liquid (water, dairy milk, plant-based milk)
- ¼ cup almonds or cashews (depending on the consistency/nutrition you desire; if you use water for the base, cashews provide a creamier consistency)*
- ¼ tsp allspice or cinnamon
A note about the apples: If you’re going to use a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix, you don’t need to peel the fruit. Also, if you want a thicker, colder smoothie, freeze the apple chunks ahead of time. If you’re using a run-of-the-mill blender, let them soften for ten minutes before trying to blend them. A high-powered blender, on the other hand, can easily pulverize frozen-solid fruit.
You may add a handful of small ice cubes to the mix if you don’t want to – or forgot to – freeze the apples.
*If you’re trying to lose weight and are using some kind of milk as a base, omit the nuts.
#1. Pour the liquid into the blender container.
#2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the container.
#3. Blend on high.
#4. If you’re going to add ice, I recommend blending everything else for ten seconds first, then adding the ice cubes.
#5. Pour into a large glass or pint jar, and drink slowly so your body has a chance to assimilate as much of the nutrition as possible.
That’s it! Simple, isn’t it? Simple, yet delicious, nutritious, and satisfying. Getting healthy never tasted so good. 😉