I know the go to dish for an abundance of apple is pies. You may even try your hand at apple butter. Both of which aren't exactly calorie friendly to the waistline. The conundrum of it all. But wait! I was inspired by my love of apple pie and smoothies. The two can be a match made in heaven with the right ingredients. But to keep it healthy and tasting good. Simple is always the way to go. So with a little thought I came up with what can only be described as apple pie in a glass.
A few simple ingredients and 24 hours is all you need. Oh you can do it with less time if you'd like but believe me the former is worth the wait. A good high powered blender will do the trick. I swear by my Vitamix 5200. The horsepower can do everything from making nut butters to your own flours and powdered sugar. So if it's in your budget [they have refurbished as well], grab one soon as you can.
Apple Pie Smoothie
1 apple peeled, seeded, chopped and frozen
1 frozen banana
1 cup raw almonds [soaked for 24 hours in 2 cups water]
1.5 c water
1 tbsp date nut paste
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp ground clove
1 tsp ground flax meal
1 tsp vanilla extra or 1/4 vanilla bean split and inside scraped
dash of sea salt
1 tbsp gluten free granola [for topping]
[note the soaked almonds can be replaced with 1 1/2 cup of non dairy milk if you're in a rush]
In a plastic bowl [with a lid] place almond and cover with water. Seal the container and let sit on counter overnight. In the morning drain and discard the liquid. In a blender place almonds and water until smooth. Add all the remaining ingredients in the exact order listed up until granola. Continue to blend until desired consistency. You may add more water and a few ice cubes at this point. Pour into 2 glasses and top with granola and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Drink and enjoy!
[per recipe not per serving]
[courtesy of caloriecount.com]