Fall means many things to many people, but to me it means creamy pumpkin pie made by my Aunt Donna, evening walks with John bundled in coats, gloves and scarves, lots and lots of hot tea and coffee, and of course, apples. Apples of all kinds – I don’t discriminate.
This smoothie was inspired by apple pie. Apple pie is John’s (and perhaps my )absolute favorite pie (pumpkin is a closer contender), so I wanted to try and recreate those flavors in a smoothie (since having pie for breakfast isn’t acceptable, right? Just checking….).
Sauteing the apples and adding a dash of cinnamon gave this otherwise basic smoothie the warm flavor of fall. While it’s not as decadent as pie (crust didn’t seem like an acceptable addition for breakfast) it has plenty of baked apple flavor. Topped off with a bit of granola and another slice or two of cinnamon apple and it’s positively perfect (any time of year, but especially in fall).
The above pictures are the smoothie prepared withOUT spinach (and a little banana as an experiment, which I now prefer to leave out). The one below is with spinach. If you’re trying to get more greens in your diet (and I mean come on, who isn’t?) add a handful in and it won’t affect the flavor at all – promise.
|Baked Apple Smoothie||
You could also leave your apple raw though it will take on a different flavor. still tasty no doubt, but different.
If you prefer a thicker smoothie, add more ice. If you prefer it thinner, add more water or throw your apples in while they’re still warm.