Warm Apple Pie Smoothie

December 19, 2013

Warm Apple Pie Smoothie
In the summer I easily get excited about cooling drinks such as smoothies or juices. But in the winter - especially when it’s snowing outside - I crave hot drinks that will warm me up from the inside out.
However, I find it hard to come up with anything more than a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa. I mean, you can call them Mochas, Lattes or Macchiatos...it’s still coffee with some add-ons.
Don’t get me wrong, coffee (or tea) is awesome, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a little.
And I’m not talking about getting your booze on.
In that case there’s a variety of hot drinks to choose from: Hot spiced wine, eggnog with a dash of brandy or hot buttered rum. But as much as the idea of getting wasted in the morning is tempting, that’s not really how I roll.
So...back to square one?
No, not that fast.
How about a warm smoothie?
Don’t turn up your nose just yet; not before you’ve heard it all.
Warm Apple Pie Smoothie
I came up with this recipe as I was IMing with my friend Anthony (aka Cooney) the other day.
He said (well, more like he typed), he'd whipped up a rad smoothie in the morning using nothing but apples, ginger, honey and fresh mint. Easy, healthy, good.
Then it dawned on me, I should make a warm apple pie smoothie.
A smoothie that tastes like warm apple pie, without the hassle of making the pie.
A thick, creamy, nutritious warm smoothie, perfect for a cold winter morning.
And if you’re into Christmas Carols - just like Cooney - you can sing “Oh the weather outside is frightful / But the fire is so delightful, And since we've no place to go / Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snoooooow!” while you enjoy it.
Warm Apple Pie Smoothie
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Ingredients
Serves 1

1 apple, cored and cut into chunks (peeled if you don’t have a high-powered blender)
½ cup / 120 ml water (for a creamier smoothie you can use yogurt)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or raw organic honey)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg
A pinch of allspice

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Directions

Combine apple, water, vanilla, maple syrup and spices in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a mug and microwave on high for about 2 minutes.
Sprinkle with cinnamon, and if you’re feeling particularly daring, add a bit of whipped cream on top. Serve!

Nutrition facts

The smoothie yields 124 calories, 0 grams of fat, 32 grams of carbs and 0 grams of protein.

21 comments :

  1. Looks like something I'd love to try. Thank you for sharing!!

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  2. Yum this sounds great, I am definitely going to be making a warm smoothie the cold ones are not my friend this time of year!

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    1. Can't wait to hear all about your warm smoothies Tam!

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  3. This sounds amazing! I love hot apple cider, so this is right up my alley.

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  4. Glad you liked it pal, and so proud you published it here, hope everyone can enjoy this!
    Happy holidays :-)

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    1. Great recipe man, everybody seems to love it. We might to come up with new ideas soon!

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  5. I love anything apple! I bet a spoonful of peanut butter would work great in this as well.

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    1. Oh yeah, PB would definitely be a great add-on. You know what? I'll try tomorrow morning!

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  6. Kudos to your friend Anthony for inspiring you with this recipe. Sounds amazing!

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  7. Your friend "Cooney" and you are a couple of geniuses!
    What a great idea this is Mike! Any chance of inventing an apple cider smoothie?

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    1. Apple cider smoothie...I might need a bit of time to work on that. I'll let you know as soon as I come up with something. ;-)

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  8. Great idea! I was on board as soon as I saw 'apple'!

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    1. Thanks Nicole, I'm as well a big fan of apples!

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  9. How did I ever miss this? How incredibly brilliant.

    I want that for breakfast on Christmas morning, with a shot of JD in it! Hey, on Christmas morning, it's allowed to have booze for breakfast. ONLY on that day. :)

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  10. i'm pretty sure this is called "applesauce" but +1 for the creative name haha

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  11. I got into the coffee habit but lately the caffeine hasn't been agreeing with me. Some mornings I really want a hot drink but the other usual options are either too full of sugar or just unappealing to me. I'm going to definitely try this, just need to get some vanilla. So the one your friend made with the ginger and mint, do you think that would be good warm? I have all those ingredients on hand. Also, any particular variety of apple that you recommend?

    Anyway, thanks for sharing the recipe. I'm glad I found your blog.

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    1. I used Pink Lady, my favorite variety.
      The smoothie my friend Anthony made was definitely cold, but you can still try popping it in the microwave. Lemme know the outcome!

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  12. I make this always in winter, didn't know, I was making a warm "smoothie". It's delicious. Just don't make it in microwave (don't like microwaves) I cook it.

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