Apple Pie Almond Butter Smoothie

Apple pie almond butter smoothies are not made out of pie…but they sure are tasty!

Apple Pie Smoothie with Almond Butter

We’re one week into October, and you know what that means. Holiday season is upon us! Have you already started telling yourself you’re going to implement all food self-control tactics starting rightnow and hold strong through the holiday season so that you don’t end up un-writing all the holiday wrongdoings via an Epic Cleanse of January 2015?

Are you going to limit yourself to a reasonable amount of Halloween candy, not gorg yourself on pumpkin pie, avoid any sort of gathering that may involve Christmas cookies, and not drink a single drop of alcohol forever and ever amen?

Yeah, me neither.

Howeves, you know what they say, folks: all things in moderation, and a healthy smoothie that tastes like pie is the type of moderation I can accept. Like mocktails, mock pie smoothies are always welcome in my book (Pumpkin Spice Smoothie, anyone??). Plus, it’s always nice to enjoy a flavorful treat-of-a-beverage that is nothing but great for your bodacious bod.

Apple Pie Almond Butter Smoothie

The first time I made a smoothie with apples, I thought for sure it would turn out grainy with an unappetizing texture. In fact, it took me a long time to even try adding an apple to my smoothie, because I figured the whole thing would be ruined. Such is not the case!  The apple creates a sweet, voluminous, filling smoothie. Blending up a granny smith with cinnamon, almond milk, banana, rolled oats, a drizzle of pure maple syrup, and a dollop of almond butter results in a creamy fall treat.

Speaking of almond butter…this stuff is rad:

Apple Pie Almond Butter Smoothie

Ever since I made the Grain Free Almond Butter Pumpkin Bars I showed you a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been hooked on adding almond butter to all my fall treats. I used Barney Butter’s Cocoa + Coconut Almond Butter in this smoothie, and it added such a nice creamy flavor and texture. By itself, the almond butter has a subtle coconut flavor, and isn’t too sweet the way a lot of flavored nut butters are.

Does this apple pie almond butter smoothie taste like a slice of apple pie in a glass? Noitdoesnot.  BUT, short of putting an actual piece of pie in a blender along with a scoop of ice cream, it comes close enough for comfort. Plus, your bodacious bod will thank you for filling it with healthful things, not pie-y things.

Getchyo self some!

Apple Pie Almond Butter Smoothie

Apple Pie Almond Butter Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 large smoothie
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana peeled and frozen
  • 1 large granny smith apple cored and chopped*
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats**
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch allspice
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Butter***
  • 3 to 4 large ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe Notes

*I left the apple peel on, but you can also peel the apple **Use gluten-free oats if you're gluten intolerant **I used Barney Butter’s Cocoa + Coconut almond butter

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    1. Julia Post author

      Awww dang bananas cramping your smoothie style. I’ve actually seen a few Apple Pie Smoothie recipes lately that don’t use a banana at all and they still look mighty tasty. Betcha could omit the naner altogether! <3

    1. Julia Post author

      Ahhhhhh naaaah you’ve gotta try the almond butter smoothie. It makes for a nice creamy flavor/texture. Lemme know if you give ‘er a go!

  1. Elaine @Flavour&Savour

    So easy, so fresh and “clean”, but what I really want to thank you for is including the reminder about your grain-free pumpkin bars. Definitely going to make these for the weekend! It’s Canadian Thanksgiving here on Sunday and these will fit right in!

    1. Julia Post author

      Heck yeah! Definitely hop on the pumpkin bars – they’re THEBEST pumpkin treat I ever did make (shhhh…don’t tell my other pumpkin recipes I said that..but seriously, they’re amazeballs). Let me know when you try them!

  2. Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}

    OK, it’s seriously like you’re working your way through MY list of all the things I’ve been meaning to make for the blog! But making them much better than I would, with faaar more delicious-looking photos. That almond butter looks beyond creamy. This will be breakfast in my house very soon!

    1. Julia Post author

      You’d LOVE Barney Butter’s almond butter, Erica! I definitely recommend you try it. No draining or stirring involved..it’s super thick and creamy, just like peanut butter. I loves. I loves it so much, I can barely stand it 😉 xoxo

    1. Julia Post author

      Haha! So happy to hear you’re interested in the smoothie. I like to enjoy it as a snack in the middle of the day – it’s such a great pick-me-up! Let me know if you end up giving it a shot!

  3. Courtney @ The Fig Tree

    Sounds like a great breakfast smoothie perfect for this time of year. I used to make an apple pie type smoothie with apple juice. I like that you added actual apple to bump up the fibre. And the almond butter was a great idea for extra flavour and protein. I’m going to make this tomorrow morning 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Glad to hear it, Courtney! Let me know how you like it! I used to love putting apple juice in smoothies and haven’t done that for quite some time…I’m thinking I need to re-visit this old fave!

  4. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    I’ve never thought to put almond butter in my smoothies! This smoothie sounds incredible – and if you’re selling me something that tastes like apple pie, but will keep my hips happy, I’m 100% in!

  5. Joanne

    If almond butter was just a teensy bit more affordable, I would totally put it in ALL THE THINGS. Starting with this smoothie. Heck, for this smoothie it’s worth the splurge.

    1. Julia Post author

      Oh girl, unhealthy crap (read: delicious) food is all a part of the travel experience…and travelling in Europe?! Oh my gosh, eat it all, love, eat it alllll!! There’s always time to detox in January 😉 xoxo

    1. Julia Post author

      Wahoo! I’m so glad you made the smoothie, Jerry! It’s definitely a filling meal-in-a-glass kind of smoothie. Thanks for letting me know you made and enjoyed it. Have a great weekend!! 😀

  6. Megan Ware

    Yesss- a break from pumpkin but still seasonal. Gonna be all up in this recipe for breakfast tomorrow, with a little Tera’s bourbon vanilla protein powder.

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