3 Delicious Recipes to Try for Your Next Apple Smoothie

September is that special month when we get to enjoy an incredibly wide variety of fruits and vegetables that have been harvested after the growing season. Apples just happen to be one of them!

You can find some of the sweetest, reddest, juiciest apples this time of year at your local farmers market or at a nearby orchard, making them perfect to add to your smoothies. Now is the time to switch from those tropical fruit and kale smoothies toward more seasonal foods to keep your energies balanced throughout the season.

Looking toward foods and flavors that say, “hey, it’s autumn!” should make a big difference in how you feel as the days grow shorter and colder. It also just gives you the opportunity to shake things up a little with more variety in your regular smoothie routine.

Check out these healthy autumn-themed apple smoothie recipes that will make you wish apple season lasted all year-round!

Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie

Want the taste of apple pie without the calories? An apple pie smoothie is the way to go. Although it won’t be piping hot with flakey crust, this smoothie has a creamy texture and just the right amount of spices added to it to really give you that fall apple pie taste!

Ingredients to blend:

  • 2 medium-sized red apples, core removed and sliced
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of ginger
  • 1/2 – 1 cup ice cubes (optional)

Caramel Apple Smoothie

Caramel Apple Smoothie

Nothing quite says autumn like caramel apples. Unfortunately for our teeth and for our waistlines, they’re not exactly the healthiest choice. For this smoothie recipe, we replace traditional caramel with a sugar-free version and use other ingredients to add to the sweetness.

Ingredients to blend:

  • 2 medium-sized red apples, core removed and sliced
  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp sugar-free caramel syrup
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 – 2 tsp sweetener (like Stevia) to taste
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1/2 – 1 cup ice cubes (optional)

Apple Pumpkin Smoothie

Apple Pumpkin Smoothie

The two smoothie recipes above are very seasonal already, but if you really want to pump up the flavor for autumn, then try adding one of the season’s other most popular foods — pumpkin, of course! In this case, canned pumpkin puree will do just dandy.

Ingredients to blend:

  • 1 medium-sized red apple, core removed and sliced
  • 1/2 large banana
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (try coconut milk yogurt, soy yogurt, or rice yogurt as a vegan alternative)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 – 1 cup ice cubes (optional)

Stick to the ingredient amounts listed above for each recipe, but feel free to play around with them after trying it once to blend your smoothie so that it tastes the way you want. You may want more sweetness, or less. You may want a creamier consistency, or a thinner consistency.

That’s the beauty of smoothies — they’re pretty hard to mess up, and you can continue to add or take away certain ingredients to make them satisfy your tastebuds!

 

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