I’m definitely a Fall kind of girl – I’ll take chilly nights on the couch snuggling with cats and a big cup of apple cider over flip flops and sunny beach adventures any day!
I know. To some of you that probably sounds horrendous, but I can’t deny what is written in my heart…which leads me to this smoothie recipe.
One of my all-time favorite memories of Fall is stopping at our local orchard in Langhorne, PA – Styer’s – for those caramel-dipped apples on a stick. Smothered in sweet caramel and sprinkled with chopped peanuts, they could turn my frown upside down in three minutes flat!
So, when I started brainstorming Fall recipes for the blog, these obviously came to mind.
I challenged myself to recreate them in a new, healthy, “grown up” way – that is, if there IS such a thing as a “grown up” because I’m not entirely convinced. 😉
Enter, the Caramel Apple Smoothie. YES.
It’s quick, delicious, and something you can easily grab on your way out the door in the morning for a nutritious and quite drool-worthy breakfast or snack!
And guess what? There’s no need for super-sugary caramel sauce when you have dates! They provide a rich, creamy caramel flavor and texture that will have you hooked for life. Look no further, friends. Dates are the answer. 😉
If you give this recipe a go, I’d LOVE to hear about it! Leave a comment below or shoot us an email.
It is definitely becoming a morning staple in our house, and I hope it will leave you as excited for this kickass season as I am (or at least dreading it a little less 😉 ).
Yield: 1 - 2 servings (depending on how big you like your smoothies)
This is a great smoothie for Fall and reminds me of those caramel apples we used to love as kids! I recommend using green apples, but red should work beautifully as well. If you have a juicer in your house, use it! This smoothie is great either way, but nothing beats fresh-from-the-juicer apple juice. 🙂
10 minPrep Time:
10 minTotal Time:
- 1 cup green apple juice (or throw 4 large green apples in your juicer)
- 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
- 3 - 5 pitted dates (I used 4.)
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup ice
- Add your pitted dates and a Tbsp or two of water to your blender and blend until a smooth paste forms.
- Add remaining ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon or cinnamon stick and enjoy!