This Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie Tastes Like Fall

This apple pie smoothie is delicious, decadent, and decidedly good for you, thanks to superfoods like cinnamon and maca and the healthy fat and protein of cashews.

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A Healthy Alternative to Apple Pie

This apple pie smoothie is the way I keep my smoothie habit alive as we transition to cooler weather. It's cold yet cozy, thanks to apple pie spices like cinnamon and nutmeg; it's creamy yet vibrant, thanks to the marriage of soaked cashews and sweet-tart apple. I bumped up the nutritional value with maca powder -- its maple-y flavor is a wonderful complement to the dessert-themed snack.

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Secret Ingredient: Soaked Cashews

The spices are an obvious nod to fall, but the ingredient that makes this smoothie special is the soaked cashews. You see, a magical thing happens when you let cashews hang out in water for a few hours before blending. They whir up into a creamy, almost sweet, mousse-like wonder. As the base for a smoothie, it adds a surprising decadence considering the humble snack from whence it came. This recipe teams up with fresh apple and a handful of spices to achieve the flavor profile and comfort of fall's favorite pie.

Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

1/4 cup raw cashews
1 medium apple, quartered and cored
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon maca (optional)
1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder or hydrolyzed collagen (optional, for extra protein)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup water, plus more for soaking
Handful of ice

Place the cashews in a small bowl and cover by an inch of water. Soak 4 hours or overnight.

Drain the water from the cashews. Place soaked cashews in a blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately.

Serves 1

The Final Recipe

Welcome fall with a toast to healthy decadence. Cheers!

Easy Indulgence: Classic Apple Crisp

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