Apple pie almond butter smoothies are not made out of pie…but they sure are tasty!
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.
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:
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
- 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
Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.
*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