Spiced aplle pie smoothie!
what should you do with a surplus of yogurt, a big and awkward gallon-sized jar of spiced apple cider taking up valuable refrigerator door space, and a hot 79 degree day in the middle of January?
Make apple pie smoothies of course.
Creamy and sweet with a little tang from the apple cider and the yogurt.
If you have time and you’re not in a rush to blend ‘n chug this immediately, pop one in the freezer and you’ll have apple cider frozen yogurt on your hands, which was perfect to eat while I was watching Top Chef Texas.
I have to have a snack or something to slurp while I watch that show. Watching food shows translates into wanting food.
These went down so easily, especially because we were having a little hot snap in San Diego in the middle of winter a few days ago.
Nothing like a fall-themed drink, in the middle of winter, when temps were middle-of-summer-like. A drink for all seasons.
Skylar loved these.
I loved that they used up various odds and ends in my fridge.
And that I used enough cinnamon to really taste it in the finished smoothie, which was nice because I’m a cinnamon fan and many times it just gets lost, but not in these.
-Spiced Apple Pie Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free)
1 1/2 cups apple cider or apple juice
1 cup yogurt (vanilla, plain, or apple cinnamon; use regular, vegan, soy, coconut milk, or your favorite yogurt)
1/4 cup milk or non-dairy nut milk, optional (omit for a thicker smoothie)
1 medium ripe banana (previously frozen is ideal but not required)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch nutmeg and/or cardamom, optional
sugar or sweetener (agave, stevia, maple syrup, etc.) optional and to taste
2 cups ice, optional and as necessary
Combine all ingredients, except ice, in a large blender or Vita-Mix and blend until smooth and creamy, taking care any sweetener used has dissolved and is well incorporated. If desired, pour over ice or blend ice into the smoothie noting that this will water it down a bit; if time permits refrigerating or freezing smoothie to chill is recommending.
Tips: Pour excess portion(s) into glasses and freeze ahead for later (30 seconds in the microwave is what I do to thaw in a hurry); pour excess into bowls and freeze for apple pie frozen yogurt; or pour into Popsicle molds, paper cups, or ice cube trays and freeze for homemade frozen treats.
Optional: Add 1 to 2 ounces of Rum, Vodka, Marshmallow Vodka, Apple Vodka, Apple Schnapps, Gran Marnier or similar, per smoothie portion, or to taste. Or add 1 to 2 scoops of vanilla or plain protein powder. Use caramel sauce in the mixture or drizzled over the top before drinking.