This Healthy Caramel Apple Pie Smoothie is dairy-free and sweetened with sugar naturally occurring in dates and just a splash of apple cider. It’s packed with real apples and spice flavors reminiscent of fall. This post may contain affiliate links.
A few weekends ago, I did what every other fall-obsessed gal in New England does: I went apple picking. I often bash southeastern Connecticut for its crazy traffic and high housing costs (both of which are true), but I tend to quiet down come September when the leaves transform to impossible shades of crimson, burnt orange, and mustard yellow.
I absolutely love fall in New England and it’s impossible not to smile at not only the vibrant colors, but the scent of firewood in the slightly chilly air and the downright cozy feeling of the season. Another thing that doesn’t hurt: the presence of more apple orchards than I can count on both hands.
Most orchards are at least a 45 minute to 1 hour drive from where I currently live on the coast, but the trip is more than worth it to me. I go every single year! This time, I visited a new-to-me venue: Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard in Easton, CT. If you’re looking for a rustic, working farm with pick-your-own apples and delicious apple cider donuts, this is the place to add to your to-do-list for next fall (pick your own is over for this year). The apples were relatively reasonable at $1.60/lb + $1 per bag, too!
With approximately 8 pounds of apples in my possession, I set to work making an apple bucket list, if you will. On mine: freshly baked apple pie bars (these from Ina Garten look fabulous), apple pie oatmeal, apple crisp, apple muffins, and an apple smoothie. Freshly sliced apples with peanut butter have happened pretty often, too.
Today I’m checking off the smoothie portion of my to-do list with these Healthy Caramel Apple Pie Smoothies. After my husband and I downed an entire apple crumb pie over the course of a week (#noregrets), I was craving something a bit lighter that still involved all of the festive flavors of the season. These dairy-free smoothies made with real apples fit the bill: they’re sweetened with the sugar naturally occurring in dates + just a splash of apple cider and are wonderfully spicy and festive. The dates taste just like real caramel! Plus, the collagen power contains protein and is thought to strengthen the hair, bones, and skin, and connective tissues—but feel free to omit it or substitute your favorite type of protein powder. Win-win.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup apple cider
- ½ cup apple, diced
- 2 dates, roughly chopped
- ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons collagen
- 5-7 ice cubes
- Dice the apple and finely chop the dates.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
If you don't have apple pie spice on hand, I recommend subbing ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg or ground ginger.
If you're not a fan of collagen powder, feel free to substitute your favorite protein powder or omit it altogether.
Apple juice may be subbed for apple cider.
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