Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie46
I promised it, and here it is. My vegan gluten free “apple pie in a glass”. I don’t really know how to do this apple smoothie justice, except to say that it is absolutely scrumdidiliumptious! For those of you with a greater articulacy, and more clarity of expression, you might be able to accurately find real words out of the dictionary that adequately prepare the palate for this taste sensation.
But today, I must resort to fictional words in fantasy movies, where anything is possible. Actually, perhaps I should take some words from the famous Mary Poppins, and tell you, that, in my opinion, this vegan smoothie is “practically perfect in every way”. And I don’t think I will be needing to eat humble pie. This apple pie smoothie is absolutely fantastic! This blend captures everything I love about a great piece of apple pie – the creamy, buttery apples with just a hint of sweetness, and cinnamon. Who doesn’t love a hot slice of steaming apple pie on a cold Winter’s night? But just like my “pumpkin pie in a glass”, this smoothie satisfies the need for a slice of apple pie, without having to bake.
Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t like sugary, sickly-sweet, syrupy apple pies. I have always thought it detracted from the natural beauty and sweetness of the apple. So, in the spirit of replicating my perfect bite of apple pie, I have held back on the sweetener in order to let these apples shine.
The raw cashew milk adds that much needed hint of a nutty pastry flavour, and the cinnamon and vanilla perfect the blend. I was craving a piece of apple pie a few months ago, and not wanting to pull out my baking plates, I remembered my pumpkin pie smoothie, and looked to my blender (my Vitamix) for inspiration. This apple pie smoothie bore some pretty sweet fruit. I quickly stewed some apples in a saucepan for 5 minutes with some filtered water. But you could easily throw in some unsweetened organic applesauce.
If you are looking for great Vitamix recipes and blender recipes you just can't beat this apple smoothie. It is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free and refined sugar free. Blend up this treat and let me know, “How do you like them apples”? Now Mary – if only I could learn how to pull everything else I need out of that magic carpet bag!
Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie
- 2 cups home made raw cashew milk
- 1 overfilled cup of stewed organic apples or unsweetened pure organic applesauce
- 3 Tbsp agave or 1/3 cup raw pitted dates
- 2 tsp natural alcohol free vanilla extract or 1 tsp regular extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Throw everything in your blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree until smooth and creamy.
- Add in some more sweetener to taste if you like. ENJOY!
- Serves 2.
Piggy Cooking Tips
selecting and storing raw cashews
“Raw” cashews are widely available in pre-packaged bags as well as bulk bins. Always purchase from a supplier where there is a high turnover to ensure freshness and quality. Look for plump cashews that are uniform in colour. Avoid the limp and shrivelled ones. Cashews should smell nutty and sweet. If they have a sharp or bitter smell they have gone rancid. To preserve the precious oils, store cashews in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to six months. Always soak cashews before using to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.