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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
* 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.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Category: Breakfast or Snack
- Method: Blender