Season’s Best: Raw Apple Pie Smoothie

by Gena on September 26, 2012

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My two favorite fruits are apples and bananas. This qualifies me either as charmingly traditional, or as downright boring. In the foodie realm, I’m pretty sure it’s the latter.

But what can I say? I love bananas, and I love apples. If I had to choose, though, apples would come out on top. I await the start of every fall season with excitement, and bite into my first honeycrisp or gala with glee. I use apples in salads, in soups, in warm morning oats. And now, I’ve officially put apples in a smoothie, too.

I’ve never had much luck with apple smoothies. They tend to be too watery and “fluffy” for me; this doesn’t actually have to be a bad thing (Kristen’s fluffy green smoothie is terrific), but I really do love a thick, creamy smoothie, especially in the morning. Which is how this smoothie came about. And the lesson? When in doubt, add nuts/nut butter.

You can use most any kinds of nuts in this recipe. I used cashews, which I think are best for super creamy texture and neutral taste. That said, walnuts would be great here, as would brazil nuts, almonds, or pumpkin seeds. Hemp seeds will be wonderfully nutritious, but they can have a very distinctive taste (and there’s already hemp protein in this smoothie). No matter what, you’ll find that this smoothie is rich enough to masquerade as a dessert shake! A dessert shake, that is, that’s enriched with satiating fats, fiber, and heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and protein from the hemp. Yum.

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Apple Pie Smoothie (raw, vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Serves 1-2

2 apples
1 frozen banana
1/4 (heaping) cup cashews
3 tbsp hemp protein
2 pitted dates
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 tsp apple pie spice
A couple of ice cubes

Blend all ingredients together in a blender on high. Add more almond milk if needed! Sprinkle with apple pie spice, and serve.

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Delicious! The raw cashews I used in this recipe were courtesy of the folks at Navitas, once again. It’s not the prettiest smoothie ever, but I bet a handful of spinach (a great, optional add-on) would add a pretty green hue.

I’m happy you all enjoyed yesterday’s toasted chickpeas (and salads thereto!). Tomorrow, a hearty legume dish that Chloe inspired while I was visiting in New Orleans (even if she didn’t realize she was inspiring it at the time!). It happens to make some great leftovers, so stay tuned for it!

xo

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 26, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Oh yum. Apple pie in a glass.

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Good Girl Gone Green September 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Yum! I just made an apple pie smoothie last week. I am going to have to try your version as well! :)

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Karen G September 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I don’t know why, but I always seem to forget about adding an apple or two to my smoothie. Thanks for the post and recipe.

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Lisa @ The Raw Serenity September 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I made a green apple smoothie recently and thought it was fluffy!
Glad it’s not just me :)
This sounds amazing gena!

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Emilia @ Namaste Gurl September 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Tis’ the season– this ones a keeper for sure. So much that’s it’s becoming “pinned” as we speak :-)

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Heather September 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Mmm this looks outstanding Gena! I will be making it! Years ago I drank a morning smoothie every day with one apple in it. Also soaked almonds, orange, banana, spirulina, water… and more goodies. It was creamy, think, hearty, and delicious. Thanks for inspiring to add apples to smoothies again. I’m on an apple kick now that Fall has begun. Made raw caramel apple cheesecake yesterday.

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Gena September 27, 2012 at 6:13 am

Oooh. Your smoothie sounds outstanding, too. I’m heading over to check out your cheesecake!

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Heather September 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Apple cheesecake not up yet (Im always so behind in posting), but it will be soon! :) Forgot to tell you in my above comment that I made your wraps the other day. Wonderful!

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Jeremy Logsdon September 27, 2012 at 12:12 am

I think that smoothie looks delicious. My wife and our newborn son just came home from the hospital, and I am making this for her tomorrow. It looks like a tasty, fantastic way to get her some good nutrition and hydration for breast feeding!

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Janae @ Bring-Joy September 27, 2012 at 12:23 am

Aww, that is super duper sweet of you Jeremy! I’m getting a little misty-eyed thinking about how thoughtful & kind that is of you to do that for your wife. Good men (besides my husband), DO exist!

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Gena September 27, 2012 at 6:11 am

I agree! So sweet.

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Gena September 27, 2012 at 6:12 am

So sweet and thoughtful, Jeremy. Congratulations on the birth of your son!

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Janae @ Bring-Joy September 27, 2012 at 12:22 am

“When in doubt, add nuts/nut butter.” Yes!

Okay, I *just* made a smoothie with cashew butter for the first time tonight & I feel like I discovered gold. It was A-mazing. A little fat goes a long way in making things taste better, don’t you think?

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Gena September 27, 2012 at 6:12 am

I do think!

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The Osteopath September 27, 2012 at 1:26 am

What’s apple pie spice? Im thinking just a mix of cinnamon nutmeg or maybe all spice?

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Gena September 27, 2012 at 6:11 am

That would be fine: apple pie spice (and pumpkin pie spice) are both just mixtures of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and/or cloves.

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sweetenia@visioneyewear.co.uk September 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

Looks very delicious. wanna try this. Can we have chocolate flavor for this? This is a great combination when you are eating a pie or cookies :)

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Jess September 27, 2012 at 2:56 am

Ok, this seriously excites me. I am a nutrition nerd so I guess I’m allowed to be excited by a smoothie. :-) Love the way you have the apple working in the smoothie, and the lovely soft dates would just make it so super luscious. Looking forward to trying!

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Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day September 27, 2012 at 7:21 am

Yum!! I love apples and bananas too..

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Valerie September 27, 2012 at 7:42 am

It’s absolutely delicious!!!!

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Marissa September 27, 2012 at 7:56 am

With all of the fruit smoothie combinations I’ve made, I don’t think I’ve ever put apples in one. Liquid apple pie? Yes, please!

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Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie September 27, 2012 at 8:11 am

Cannot WAIT to try this, it’ll go perfectly with all of the pumpkin I plan to use in October!!!

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Amanda September 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

Do you think I would need a vitamix to make this? I have the feeling a regular blender wouldn’t get the apples to the right texture.

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Joanne April 4, 2013 at 2:37 am

I don’t have a high powered blender, I just used my food processor. What I have to do is process the ingredients in stages, first the nuts (almonds for me), then the fruit with just a little bit of liquid, then the rest of the liquid and powders.

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Carissa September 27, 2012 at 9:21 am

My favorite fruits are apples & bananas too! They’re delicious & so versatile.

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Hannah September 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

Ah! I, too, have never gone for apple smoothies, finding them too thin/grainy/fluffy, as you say. Also, bananas and apples are almost my least favourite fruits, so there’s that (except for orchard-fresh apples which I’d leap for, and honeycrisp, which I’ve just discovered here). NUTS! OF COURSE NUTS.

Nuts make the world go ’round. Well, perhaps not entirely my world, but then again I’m very single.

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan September 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

Looks a lot like my Apple Pie Smoothie in Practically Raw – I’ve never added hemp powder though; will have to try that next time. :)

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elizabeth September 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

Haven’t tried anything like this! But I’m a big fan of raw oatmeal (banana + apple + flax + spices blended in Vitamix) with raw cashew cream on top.

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Kathrin September 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

Just made this one. And it was so delicious! Thank you :)

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Lauren September 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Yum! I must make this!!

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martha schmidt September 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I may be a dummy but what exactly is in Apple pie spice mix-

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Jojoba's Witness September 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I’m curious – what kind of apples did you use? I’ve tried to add applies to green smoothies in the past and I can’t seem to nail which yummy apple variety works best.

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sophie September 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Would you have this as a breakfast or “as part of a healthy breakfast”?

I never know with smoothies! It’s making me crazy!

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Shundara September 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I am doing a smoothie challenge so I am defiantly going to give this smoothie a try…

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sarah September 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I love your chai smoothie this time of year. This reminded me that it’s time to make that too! The spice mix is just right!

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Heidi kokborg September 28, 2012 at 2:24 am

Wow! It looks so good – I definitely have to try this :)

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Amy S. September 28, 2012 at 6:10 am

Totally making this today. After a calorie-heavy day I DON’T want to repeat, I’m starting fresh with a nutrient-rich, satisfying smoothie. I lightened it up a bit by reducing the cashews to a scant 1/4 cup, and using 1 apple, one banana. I’m looking forward to a nice fall-weather-appropriate smoothie for my commute! Pumpkin is all that, but I need to change it up.

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Amy S. September 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

As an update, this one is a winner. I’ve had it twice, and I’ll have it again very soon. I made my second one with almond butter, and I loved the earthiness it brought– appropriate for autumn, I feel! Also, even with a high-powered blender, I didn’t get perfectly smooth results with the cashews, and I liked the smoother texture using the butter. Soaking obviously would remedy this, but in a hurry, the butter is great.

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Mindy September 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

I make an apple pie smoothie with spinach, bananas and apples. I don’t use any nut milk, just water or coconut water for the liquid, and to deal with the fluffy issue, I add about a half an avocado. This works as well as nut butter for me, maybe better, because I don’t have a super high power blender. The avocado blends smoothly with no graininess or grittiness, works as a good emulsifier so the smoothie is creamy and doesn’t separate, and really doesn’t have any pronounced flavor, so the apples and the spices can really shine.

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Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset September 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

OH MY. This is exquisite. You’ve done it again, my dear :)

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Pat Farrell September 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Yummm! I look forward to trying it!

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Hoshigaki September 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I’m getting a blender for myself for my birthday next month so I’m going to have to try this on my smoothie blender bender. Can’t wait!

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Tiffany @ She Loves Yoga September 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

Yum! I think I’m going to experiment with this recipe a bit since I’m sometimes sensitive to nuts. Not sure what it is, but I’ll get stomach cramps sometimes, but other times I’ll be okay.

Has anyone else experienced “on and off” sensitivity? Just wondering!

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Heather @ For the Love of Kale September 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

DELICIOUS! Mmm. I really wish that I could afford a blender of some sort! <3

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Sara October 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

My kids and I enjoyed this smoothie over the weekend- it was FANTASTIC! One of the best smoothies to pass my lips and enthusiastically 3- and 6-year-old approved!!

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Kathryn October 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Another perfect seasonal transition food. Must go get apples – juiced up the last of them last night. I love green apples in vegetable juice!

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Bailey October 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

This was so tasty! Love a new use for the many, many apples abound this time of year. But ever since I read this post I can’t get Raffi’s “Apples and Bananas” out of my head. Its maddening!

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Alex January 3, 2013 at 6:56 am

Hallo Gena,

I’ve just made it this morn, it turned out delish, but could noit resist adding spinach, thus turning it into my morning smoothie. But, it was just perfect either way! Thanks!

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