By Cassie Johnston
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There are a lot of really great green smoothie recipes out there. And because so many people are doing so many great things with the spinach smoothie, I hadn’t really planned on adding to that pile of recipes. That is until this past weekend. When I had a Eur-freakin-eka moment. Apple pie. Green smoothie. Go.
I’ve tried a million different formulas for green smoothies and they almost always turn out delicious. Usually I toss in some kind of dairy-free milk (I’m digging coconut milk right now), spinach (although I’ve been known to use kale, too), some berries, a banana and call it a day. But for some reason, this past weekend, the half-gallon of apple cider in our fridge kept calling out to me.
The great thing about the apple pie part of this smoothie (which is made up of cider, apple sauce and a pinch of cinnamon) is that it completely and totally covers the taste of the spinach part of the smoothie.
I know people say that all the time about green smoothies—I promise you can’t taste the six pounds of kale!—but more often than not, you still can. No matter how much you blend or try to cover it up with strawberries, that earthy green taste still seems to be there. But not in this one. Nope. Not a bit. It just tastes like you’re drinking a freaking apple pie. And I don’t care who you are—that, my friends, is awesome.
I highly recommend using a high-powered blender for this recipe. If you really want a dreamy-creamy smoothie, you’ll need the extra umph to get your spinach chopped. I recently invested in a Vitamix, it’s PURE LOVE. Seriously. It’s amazing. Before I joined the Church of the Vitamix, I had a Ninja blender for years that worked really well, too (and for about 1/4 of the price).
You can keep this smoothie completely dairy-free by swapping in coconut, almond, or soy yogurt for the Greek yogurt. And if you’re a banana-hater? Leave out the banana, and instead sub in a cup of drained canned pears. They add sweetness and a smooth texture to the smoothie, without overpowering the apple pie flavor.
If you want even MORE smoothie recipes, I highly recommend checking out my 8 Staple Smoothies You Should Know How to Make post. And then, make sure to sign up to receive your totally free eCookbook—13 Simple Smoothies.
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This Apple Pie Spinach Smoothie offers all the delectable flavors of apple pie in a nourishing, drinkable form! You won’t taste the spinach at all.
Combine all ingredients in the carafe of a blender and blend on high until smooth. Taste and blend in more cinnamon if desired. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
If you love cinnamon, sprinkle a little more on top of the smoothie to serve.
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Perfect timing! I’m sitting here feeling miserable and full of cold! I’ll have to set myself up with one of these for tomorrow morning! My strategy for colds is lots of Vit C, healthy food, pills when I need them and as much sleep as I can get.
Ohhh this looks like a good one to share with the kids! Thanks!
Amazing!!!! I love the colours in these photos.
The photos are gorgeous as usual. I do green smoothies pretty much every day, yep yep! My fave is almond milk/spinach/vanilla protein powder/1 T almond butter. I’m crushing on this apple pie idea, tho, yum! Glad you’re feeling better, too. :)
This looks divine! I’m sharing it with my fiance right away :) He’s a smooth(ie) operator..
I usually think green smoothies look so gross, but yours looks delicious! I think I just associate the green with green apples. Totally a mind game. :)
Aaah, so festive! I thought about doing a pumpkin green smoothie the other day but decided that the color scheme would just be too awful :)
Hello. I just did this smoothie and it was great.
From Canada, I am wishing you a good day.
I’m allergic to bananas … any suggestions for what I could put in instead of the banana?
Hmmm, you could skip the bananas all together and just add a little bit of sweetener (like honey or maple syrup). The banana is really there just to sweeten the smoothie.
So glad I found this! You just combined two of my FAVORITE things. Cassie, you’re my new hero. And your hair and glasses are super cute. Just thought I should mention since it’s my first time here. x
I spy a jug of Huber Farm apple cider! Hands down best cider ever made.
Are you using a regular blender? And it’s handling the ice ok? I was wondering because I don’t have a VitaMix or Blend Tec, just a blender by Cuisnart and a Juicer by the Juiceman.
I am using a regular KitchenAid blender. I can’t afford those fancy things! :P And yes, it does ice just fine.
Yum, just my kind of winter drink :)
This was awesome!
I have a home daycare and the children always ask for a ”green” smoothie, which is spinach, banana, mango, pineapple and a little water. They love it and I do too.
Just tried this today, it is definitely my NEW favorite green smoothie! Just found your site, and I LOVE it too :)
I love the color of that smoothie, surely tastes as good as it looks!
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