Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie
Start your morning off right with this delicious apple smoothie that tastes like apple pie! It’s perfect for fall, holidays, or for a sweet morning treat.
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Apple Smoothie-Like Apple Pie!
I know it’s Valentine’s Day, and I had grand plans to create and share some delectable, healthy chocolate and fruit concoction, but alas, I fell ill again (seriously, when will this flu season be over?). I ended up spending the better part of five days in bed sleeping and binge watching Grimm on Amazon Prime… so you’ll just have to wait until later for that chocolatey goodness and instead enjoy this super easy, healthy, totally delicious Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie!
As you likely know, desserts and breakfast foods constitute the best and most important food categories, which clearly makes brunch—an epic combination of breakfast, dessert, and cocktails— the perfect meal. Unfortunately, things like work and pesky everyday responsibilities interfere with my dreams of daily, laid-back brunching, so quick and easy on-the-go smoothies dominate our weekdays. Still, I don’t let that deter me from enjoying my breakfasts; instead, I use it as an opportunity to find and create delicious and healthy smoothies that still prove totally brunch-worthy!
This apple smoothie blends sweet and tart apple flavors with warm, fall spices and rich, buttery pecans for that fresh-baked apple pie flavor. Soft medjool dates lend just a hint of sweetness and light, caramel goodness. The added almond milk keeps the texture smooth and creamy, and tossing some ice in the mix just keeps things cool. While you can certainly use whatever apples you have on hand, I definitely suggest you try this with both sweeter fuji or gala apples alongside tart green granny smiths for the perfect balance in this apple smoothie!
If, like us, you find that mornings tend, at least occasionally, towards chaos, you can easily prep this smoothie the night before. Just chop and add ingredients to your blender, and leave it all covered in the fridge overnight. In fact, if your dates need some softening (or if your blender doesn’t have quite as much oomph as the high powered guys), toss the dates in the bottom of the blender overnight, and the almond milk poured on top will soak into them and help them blend more smoothly the next morning! (Side note, if you’re searching for a stronger blender, we absolutely adore and highly recommend the Vitamix; we use if for everything from smoothies, soups, and sauces to batters, nut butters, and easy dairy free ice creams like this Lychee Cherry Blender Ice Cream. It’s freakin fantastic!).
- 2 small sweeter apples (fuji, gala, etc.)
- 1 small granny smith apple
- 1 1/2 C unsweetened plain almond milk
- 1/4 C chopped pecans (toasted or raw)
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- pinch sea salt
- 4 ice cubes
- Blend on high until smooth
- If the texture seems a bit grainy (usually due to larger apples), add some extra almond milk to smooth it back out!
So go ahead, enjoy your dessert in a glass for breakfast, and carry a bit of that relaxy brunchy spirit with you all day long! If you need another handy dessert-for-breakfast style smoothie, check out our sinfully rich Mayan Mocha Smoothie. Oh, and if you’ve got extra apples oh hand, you should absolutely try the Green Apples with Peanut Butter & Honey Dip recipe in our 9 Easy Healthy Snacks; it might just become your next favorite afternoon snack!
Do you have a favorite dessert smoothie or a favorite dessert you think we should turn into a smoothie? Let me know in the comments! Make sure to subscribe to Our Sweetly Spiced Life by submitting your email over on the sidebar, and we’ll send you tasty, healthy recipes and awesome DIYs for your house straight to your inbox!