Best Apple Pie Smoothie (vegan + paleo)

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Sweet and spiced apple pie is the coziest way to start your morning! This Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie tastes just like a slice of your favorite dessert, but it’s filled with nutrients. Apples and dates add perfect sweetness, vanilla and cinnamon are here for spiced comfort, and almonds and oats (plus a secret hidden veggie!) make it creamy and delicious.

Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie

I am a year-round smoothie kind of girl.  My morning just feels incomplete if I don’t start it with a nutrient-packed smoothie! They’re just so easy and refreshing. Even in the winter you’ll find me cozied up with a warm blanket, a big sweatshirt, a warm cup of tea in one hand…and a smoothie in the other! This Apple Pie Smoothie has all the classic flavor of decadent apple pie but in smoothie form…and best of all, no baking required!  It is slightly sweet from the apple and Medjool dates with dessert-worthy flavor notes from vanilla, cinnamon and ginger.

Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe
Apple Pie Smoothie Ingredients

Apple Pie Smoothie Ingredients

Let’s talk ingredients! This list of ingredients is really easy to keep on hand. Apples and plant milks last a long time in the refrigerator, dates, almonds, and oats are all easily stored in the pantry, and I always have a bag of riced cauliflower in the freezer! I love how easy it is to blend up this favorite any time.

  • Sweet Red Apple – Keep the skin on; it’s the most important part!  Kids don’t always love eating the apple skin so this smoothie is a great way to make sure they get all the fiber and nutrient-rich benefits the apple skin offers.
  • Dates – I use pitted Medjool dates for all-natural sweetener that also adds fiber to this drink.
  • Almonds – Raw, unsalted, blanched, slivered almonds are a staple in my pantry. They add plant-based protein and the perfect sweet creaminess!
  • Spices – Use a pinch of cinnamon or apple pie spice if you have it on hand!
  • Frozen riced cauliflower – My smoothie secret ingredient! You’d never guess you’re getting veggies in, too. You don’t taste any cauliflower flavor, but it adds creamy texture and tons of nutrients.
  • Oats – Use gluten-free oats to add whole grains, soluble fiber, and healthful fats! You can swap for more almonds if you’re totally grain-free.
  • Plain plant milk – Use any kind you prefer! I usually use Homemade Almond Milk, Cashew Milk, or Oat Milk.
  • Optional additions – Ginger root with the skin removed adds some exciting spice, and/or chia seeds will get you extra fiber, nutrients and thickness!
How to Make an Apple Pie Smoothie
Smoothie with Apples

All About Apples

I’ve been loving this smoothie because it is simple, decadent and refreshing.  Plus, this time of year an apple a day doesn’t seem like a bad idea! Apples are chock-full of disease-fighting nutrients and health benefits in addition to being affordable, portable, and delicious. They’re high in hydrating water content. low in calories, and full of fiber. Apples have immunity-boosting vitamin C as well! I wrote an article about the health benefits of apples in The Washington Post a couple years ago if you want to know even more about apples.

Apple Pie Flavored Smoothie

All About Dates

If you’re hoping to reduce the refined sugar in your diet, dates are your best friend! These juicy little wonders have a naturally sweet, caramelly flavor that is so delicious by itself (or made into Date Paste!), but it works even better when used in recipes as a sweetener. They’re naturally dehydrated and come from a date palm tree. They contain loads of fiber which aids in weight loss, digestion and heart health.  Dates are fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free while also containing nutritious vitamins and minerals including zinc, copper, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, iron and vitamin K. Dates also have more potassium (weight-for-weight) than bananas. Amazing!

Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie

Frozen Riced Cauliflower in Smoothies

Hear me out: frozen riced cauliflower is an absolute all-star secret agent in smoothies! It has NO detectable taste, but it adds a luscious creaminess to your smoothies, not to mention all the health benefits. Cauliflower is incredibly low in calories while also offering dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid.

Creamy Vegan Apple Smoothie

Fresh Ginger in Smoothies

I have been craving ginger in the mornings, especially when I wake up feeling nauseous (migraine problems!). One morning on a whim I threw a bit of fresh ginger root in this recipe and loved how it turned out! It makes the smoothie slightly spicy but didn’t overpower it at all, especially since it’s balanced with the sweetness of the dates and apple. 

Apple Pie Smoothie Toppings

Fun Apple Pie Smoothie Toppings

On a quick morning, I love that I can blend and go with a smoothie like this one. If I’m slowing things down a bit, though, I love to create something that feels a little more intentional! It changes the whole tone and feeling of my morning. Here are a few little upgrades to make your smoothie feel extra special:

Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie

Smoothies are such an easy way to get in loads of nutrients and I just can’t seem to stop making them! If you love smoothies, or WANT to love smoothies, I’ve created a cookbook filled with favorites that you can’t find on the blog. It’s called Rock Your Blender and it’s available as an instant e-download or a print book on Amazon!

Easy Apple Pie Smoothie

This smoothie is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, and peanut-free.  If you give it a try, please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on Instagram so I can see your apple pie smoothie creations. You can also leave a review below, which is SO helpful to me and encourages others to enjoy this smoothie, too!

Easy Apple Pie Smoothie
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Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie

Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 23 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Sweet and spiced apple pie is the coziest way to start your morning! This Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie tastes just like a slice of your favorite dessert, but it’s filled with nutrients. Apples and dates add perfect sweetness, vanilla and cinnamon are here for spiced comfort, and almonds and oats (plus a secret hidden veggie!) make it creamy and delicious.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1 cup unsweetened, plain plant-milk (I typically use almond milk)
  • 1 large red sweet apple, stem and core removed (leave the skin on*), cut into chunks
  • 5 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted raw blanched slivered almonds (not sliced almonds)
  • 2 tablespoons gluten free oats (if grain-free add more blanched slivered almonds here)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or apple pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1-inch ginger root, skin removed
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon chia seeds (adds protein, healthy fats, fiber and nutrients)
  • 2 cups crushed ice

Garnish Ideas


Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth and creamy. Use the blender‘s tamper or plunger to help it along in the beginning.
  2. Taste and adjust as needed. Sometimes I add more ice for a thicker smoothie or more milk to thin it out if needed. Add more dates for a sweeter smoothie or more cinnamon to boost the flavor.
  3. Pour into 2 large glasses or 3 smaller glasses.  Serve immediately. Garnish with Sautéed Apples, Vegan Caramel Sauce, Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream and Quick and Easy Homemade Cinnamon-Vanilla Granola (vegan, gluten-free and refined-sugar free)

Notes

* Most of the fiber in apples comes from the skin and the pulp. When you remove the skin, you remove about half the fiber. A medium apple with skin contains 3.3 grams of fiber, whereas a medium without skin has only 1.7 grams. Applesauce and apple juice contain even less. Dietary fiber is important for weight management, because it keeps you fuller longer. Dietary fiber from fruit, as part of an overall healthful diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and might lower the risk of heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Plus, fiber aids in proper bowel function and helps to reduce constipation. An apple’s skin is also incredibly nutrient-rich. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, apples are loaded with the powerful antioxidant quercetin, which is found predominantly in the apple skin. Quercetin is a phytochemical with anti-inflammatory and heart-protecting qualities, and may reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells.

  • Category: Breakfast or Snack
  • Method: Blender

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6 Comments

  1. Megan Ho

    where do you get your cute glassware?

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      From all different shops and sometimes online… many of them on this site are from Anthropologie or Target. This one pictured in this post was actually one I admired at a local restaurant and the restaurant gave it to me for free! Let me know if you want a link to a specific one on the site and I’ll get it to you.

      Reply
  2. Rebecca Jones

    Made this smoothie this morning and it is absolutely delicious and filling.






    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! I’m so happy to hear you loved it! It is one of my favorites!

      Reply
  3. Joan

    I would like the nutritional information on this delicious smoothie

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      Hi, Joan – I’m actually working on adding nutritional info to all recipes across my site over the next couple of weeks so stay tuned please and check back soon! Best Regards,
      Elaine

      Reply

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