I love this time of year.
September and October are my favorite weather months, and I love the changing colors of the leaves on the trees here on the East Coast.
As fall comes and winter follows, a lot of us will be changing up our diets a bit to reflect the change in seasons. We’ll be adding in more warming, grounding foods like soups, stews, and chilis. We’ll be incorporating more herbs and spices in our meals. We’ll focus on flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Why not start the season off with one of everyone’s favorites…apple pie!
I have to admit – I’m more of a crisp/crumble girl than a pie person. But I know apple pie is one of those comfort foods that makes a lot of people very happy, so today’s recipe is my best attempt at recreating it…smoothie style!
In this recipe, I used avocado for creaminess (you won’t even taste it!), an apple and a date for sweetness, and cinnamon and nutmeg for a punch of flavor. The hint of lemon juice adds a bit of tartness to this recipe, which you could probably recreate by just using a Granny Smith apple instead of the Gala apple that I used. You can add spinach to create a Green Apple Smoothie, if you’d like. It’s a great way to get in an extra dose of veggies.
Because of the apple and the oats, this recipe isn’t as silky smooth as some other smoothies, but the flavors are on point. My friend Kat taste tested it for me before I finalized it and she said she was a bit skeptical of the combo of ingredients…but it turned out great!
Cinnamon Apple Smoothie
As fall foods make their way into our kitchens and bellies, let's celebrate all of the flavors of fall with this seasonal smoothie!
- 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 medium apple cored and quartered
- 1 Medjool date pit removed
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch sea salt
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats gluten-free
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 avocado flesh
- 2 scoops unflavored protein powder Vital Proteins and Tonic are my fave brands
- 1 cup ice cubes
Blend all ingredients except ice cubes in a high speed blender until evenly combined. Add ice and blend until smooth.
Add 1 cup of baby spinach for a "green apple" smoothie.