Apple Pie Smoothie

Thanks, everyone, for your great comments on yesterday’s post!  Honestly, I hadn’t thought that the “beeteroni” (thanks, Leah) was as far “out there” as it turned out to be, but am glad you liked the idea.  This ACD really does spark some unusual culinary adventures!

[Quick housekeeping note before today’s post: I’ve been working on updating the blog and finally added a “Press” page with links to the blog and cookbook, for those who are interested in such stuff (see Ricki keep interrupting the hosts on Rogers’ daytime TV show!).  I’ll also be adding a candida-related page (with more info about my diet, treatments, resources, etc) in the next few weeks, and will be updating my blogroll.  If I already read your blog and it’s not on the list, or if you’ve got a blog that relates to one of the topics on my “Blogs I Read” page, please let me know with an email at dietdessertdogsATgmailDOTcom.  Thanks!  :)  Okay, now on to the blog post. . .]

Do you love a challenge?

As a kid, I’d welcome almost any dare and embrace fresh challenges with gusto. Whenever the teacher solicited a volunteer to work out a problem on the blackboard (nerd alert! nerd alert!), I was the first to shoot my hand in the air. One time, my 3rd grade class was given a punishment to write a 200-word essay because two boys had been chattering incessantly at the back of the class (thanks, Norman and Sheldon).  To eight year-old me, this presented a fun opportunity.  I worked and re-worked my writing, counting articles and changing verb tenses until I achieved exactly 200 words.  (Of course, my teacher didn’t notice, but at least it made the assignment more interesting).  The next year, after my parents brought home a cocker spaniel, I spent every day after school with him for a month, a pile of dog biscuits by my side, enunciating an elongated “rrrrrroooolllllll” over and over ad nauseum until he finally picked up on the command (thanks, Sweeny).

Later on, once anxiety and insecurity hit in my teens and 20s, everything shifted.  In those days, I preferred the anonymity of introversion, backing away from challenges as steadfastly as Salinger backed away from publicity. More than once, anxiety prevented me from accepting a promotion, leaping at an opportunity, or trying a new activity.  Challenges passed me by like “Out of Service” subway trains gliding through the station.

And these days?  Happily, I’ve settled somewhere between the two extremes (thanks, therapy).

So when I received an email from Elizabeth of Don’t White Sugar Coat It telling me about her (along with 4 other bloggers’) Super Breakfast Bowl Challenge, I knew I had to join in.  The challenge asks you to use one of five atypical ingredients in a breakfast dish (and we all know how much I love atypical ingredients!), then send the recipe to the group as an entry for the event (and to possibly win some prizes). This week’s ingredient is avocado.

As it turned out, I’d just had a huge glass of a new apple-based smoothie I concocted this very morning! While most smoothies contain some variation on banana and/or berries, the only fruits I’m allowed to consume at the moment (thanks,  ACD) are apples, pears and berries, and berries had featured prominently in one too many breakfast drink already. So–what the heck–I threw an apple into a smoothie.  And some green stuff.  And ended up with a green smoothie that tastes like apple!

This baby is what Angela at Oh She Glows would call a “Green Monster” (courtesy of leafy greens and avocado). Nothing monstrous in this glass, however. It’s very creamy–velvety, even–with a slight sweetness and pronounced apple-cinnamon flavor; the greens aren’t detectable.  Apples provide soluble fiber (to keep those cholesterol levels healthy), avocado contributes heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, cinnamon stabilized blood sugar levels, pumpkin seeds offer immune-boosting zinc, and green leafys add, well, pretty much everything (but mostly some great minerals).  With its additional boost of protein powder, this smoothie truly is a complete meal.

It’s also perfect for the breakfast bowl challenge.  Thanks, Elizabeth!

If you’d like to join the challenge, head on over to Elizabeth’s blog (or any of the four others).  And I’d love to hear about your favorite smoothie combinations as well–please feel free to mention them in the comments. :)

Apple Pie Smoothie

The ingredients in this smoothie are very flexible–liquid, you might say–so feel free to substitute your own favorite fruit or greens for those in the recipe.

1 medium apple (I like Gala, Crispin, Pink Lady), cored and cut in chunks (no need to peel if you have a strong blender)

1/3 to 1/2 of one medium cucumber, peeled and cut in chunks

large handful of spinach, kale, lettuce, or other mild leafy green

1/2 medium avocado

2 Tbsp (30 ml) raw pumpkin seeds or walnuts

1-2 tsp (5-10 ml) cinnamon, to your taste (I like a lot of cinnamon)

1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) ground ginger

10-15 drops stevia liquid or 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) agave nectar or maple syrup

1 cup (240 ml) plain or vanilla soy, almond or rice milk, very cold

1 scoop of your favorite protein powder, plain or vanilla (I used SunWarrior)

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until perfectly smooth (you can use a regular blender, but will likely have to blend in batches, or else use a bit more liquid).  The smoothie will be very thick (I like to eat it with a spoon as a pseudo “pudding”), but if you like it thinner, add more milk or water until desired consistency is reached.  Consume immediately. Makes one massive or two regular servings.  And it really tastes like apple!

Note:  made this way, the smoothie isn’t extremely cold.  If you prefer a chilled smoothie, ensure that your apple and cucumber are refrigerated before using, or add a few ice cubes to the mix when blending.

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  1. It does indeed look like a thick, creamy pudding – and, judging from the ingredients list, it must be a very delicious one! Way to go and get your day off to a good start!

  2. i’d like to try this. Anything with avocado is yummay!! but i’m no big fan of smoothies…but i DO like cinnamon…hmm…i’m 50/50 on this.
    now where did i put that blender ;)

  3. this looks so good! i had tried leaving comments earlier, but they didn’t show. basically, i raved about how awesome this looks and how I want to try it, but without the apple…so it would really just be a green smoothie with spices :) but still delicious, I bet. what do I like in smoothies…I like kabocha squash in smoothies, I like beets in smoothies, I like matcha in smoothies, or sometimes a little lemon-flavored cod liver oil, or sometimes coconut butter, or raw cashews. I always throw in vitamin C crystals. I’ve been known to throw fennel in the blender. and raw zucchini makes a regular appearnace, for creaminess. oh, who am I kidding, I’ll blend anything. ;)

  4. It never ceases to amaze me how much avocados thicken a smoothie – no wonder you eat it like pudding – makes me feel I am not adventurous enough in the smoothie department – but I think my lack of a blender is a limitation – nevertheless I do love this sound of this

    I love your press page – that is so impressive – and so interesting to see where you are being featured (thanks for the link)

    Even more I love your green specked plate – it is gorgeous

    • Johanna,
      Yep, gotta love those avos! And a blender really does help. :) Thanks for the comment re: the press page, too! It was fun to put together. (And re: the plate–Pier One Imports!) ;)

  5. OOOOOOOO!!! this looks amazing!!!! you are a culinary genius! thank you so much for entering the challenge!

  6. A lovely healthy breakfast smoothie!! yeah!

  7. No better way to start the morning! This sounds delicious!

  8. I am having such a love affair with smoothies lately!! Well, since I got my Vitamix! This one looks amazing!

  9. Apple pie smoothie! Who ever would have thought? You, my dear, are a genius.

  10. Ricki, this smoothie looks heavenly!! Positively brilliant! I’m currently a bit obsessed with green breakfast smoothies, too, so I absolutely can’t wait to fix your recipe! Thank you!!

  11. Ricki, this sounds awesome! I love apple pie AND smoothies, and have always fancied making my own. Thanks for doing the hard work ;-)

  12. I’ve been doing a lot of smoothies lately, banana being my favorite for creaminess even when paired with kale. But for ACD, avocado is a great idea. Have you seen the book Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko? Love it!

  13. I just love the idea of an apple pie smoothie! It sound too incredible.

  14. Ricki,
    What type of blender would you recommend? Whenever I put greens into my smoothies, I end up with little green bits – not so appetizing. I need to replace my blender and am hoping there’s something a little more affordable than the Vitamix out there that’ll get me nice green smoothies…

    • Katrin,
      I do use a VitaMix now, but I had a regular Osterizer ($39 at our local Canadian Tire store) for years, and it worked just fine when I made green smoothies. I did find, however, with the conventional blender you should always use “lighter” leaves, such as romaine lettuce or spinach; the tougher ones like kale or collards were too fibrous to get blended up smoothly enough (you might try par-boiling them first–but I suppose that would negate the speed and ease of a raw green smoothie!).

      Iris,
      Yes, it does reproduce the creamy, thick texture of banana (without the banana flavor, of course). I think I’ll try that visualization technique. . . there must be something that will work! ;)

      Voracious Vegan,
      You don’t really taste the pumpkin seeds that much in this, but I love the added zinc and immune-boosting properties. :)

  15. I like the idea of the avocado in that. I was making green smoothies with apples and I didn’t like the texture without the banana. Maybe the avocado will work…

    As for cravings, I wish I was better at resisting them. My therapist always had me visualize them as waves that crest before they (temporarily) dissipate. So sometimes I just try to remind myself that it will pass and that the idea that it’s going to kill me is completely in my head. :)

  16. Mmmm! I love it! And I adore the addition of pumpkin seeds. I throw them in everything but I’ve never thought to put them in my smoothie. Thanks!

  17. That’s so funny about challenges…your school journey sounds much like mine. I was just telling my husband this morning how much time I spent as a kid perfecting the silliest things like juggling, yoyo, and shuffling a deck of cards. Apparently I thought these were valuable skills at the time. Ultra-nerd alert on my part!

  18. Yum on that smoothie! :)

  19. Sometimes I wonder if we were somehow separated at birth, or share a brain, or something bizarre like that. I’ve been making smoothie and juices like crazy lately, and this sounds beyond perfect! Adding it to my list of blends to try… Very, very soon!

  20. i was totally the same way, Ricki. when i was little my parents could not keep me from playing in the creek (looking for crayfish and frogs) and climbing up trees, i would pick up snakes, wrecklessly ride my bike on dirt trails to try and beat the boys in our neighborhood, i learned dance and archery and always loved a good challenge. but when i went to college i became rather introverted and stuck with what was then suddenly comfortable and what was safe to me – and anxiety, i had tons of that as well. ugh. i don’t know what caused it, but it happened – and it wasn’t fun, but like you i’ve found a good medium and balance these days. three weeks ago i worked up the courage to try a zoomba class (a dance type class) my gym offers; i was so nervous (trying something new and trying it without a buddy – it scared me!), but i went & had an absolute blast! i have gone back twice already! makes me happyfaced, for sure!

    things that also make me happyfaced: smooooothies. your idea to blend up an apple is briliant! i never would have given it any thought, it’s so awesome! apples ‘n cinnamon is one tasty combination; i love all that greens and avocado have to offer, too. we have vega (chocolate flavor) in the house in the way of protein type stuff, but i think i have some hemp protein powder somewhere in the freezer (if i don’t i’ll just leave it out). i’m gonna check ’cause i need to make your smoothie!

    • jessy,

      Wow, you were much more adventurous than I was as a kid! (though apparently I was quite the tomboy until I hit around 6 years old). ;) I haven’t even heard of zoomba (isn’t that a robotic thing that sweeps your floors for you??), so must look into it. So glad you took the chance and enjoyed yourself!

  21. You know how I love a green smoothie!

  22. I love green smoothies! I make one at least once a week. I can’t wait to try this one! Looks yummy!

  23. I love green monster smoothies and love this concoction of yours! I’ve yet to try avocado in a smoothie but should do that soon. It will be hard to resist just eating the avocado plain though.

  24. Wow, this looks delicious! Thanks for submitting it! :)

  25. I don’t know what avocado and apple taste like together.. but it’s neat to see a green little smoothie! YUM! I’m sure you can’t taste it. I like the cinnamon in this.

    -Molly

  26. I’m sharing a link to this on my green smoothie post. thanks for a great find

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