Apple Pie Shake Recipe

I only recently stumbled across the idea of putting oatmeal into smoothies and I have to say, it totally blew my mind.  Adding a whole grain?  To a drink?  It’s more delicious than it sounds.

The first time I made this, I found out (the hard way) that my blender wasn’t quite up to the task of pureeing apple skin, and so my resulting drink was a little bit…chunky.

And it’s not like it was a crappy blender, either—it was a Kitchenaid which usually worked quite well except for sometimes when we overloaded it, or other times when I added ice to it, or that one time when I accidentally sheared off the coupling on the bottom by, um, kind of shaking the blender while it was running in an effort to, er, encourage the blender to go ahead and just blend all those chunks of frozen fruit together, dammit.

Sooo, anyway, maybe you have a not-great blender too?  Since most all blenders are kind of not-great?  Well, if your blender often leaves large hunks of frozen fruit un-pureed, or varied sizes of ice chips un-emulsified, I’m going to go ahead and recommend that you either a) not make this or b) peel your apple or c) spend your rent money on a Vitamix.

We went with option c), and oh my gosh, it has changed my life.  I put raw carrots in my smoothie now, and oranges and kale and you have no idea.  It’s amazing because you can’t even tell you’re drinking raw vegetables, it’s so smooth.  (Dear Internet: Here’s something I’d like to see: Vitamix vs. Bazooka Joe bubblegum.  Go!)

But maybe you do need to pay your rent, in which case I hope you have a rich relative who is in poor health.  Or…you could just not make this smoothie.  Or peel your apple.

Apple Pie Shake (Smoothie)
1 apple, cored and cut into chunks (and peeled if your blender can’t handle it)
1/3 cup walnuts
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
½ cup rolled oats
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
½ inch knob of fresh ginger or a few dashes ground ginger
1 cup ice cubes
½ cup to ¾ cup liquid (water, apple juice, vanilla soymilk, etc.)
sweetener (preferably maple syrup or honey or agave)

Place all ingredients except sweetener into blender and puree until smooth.  Add sweetening to taste, if needed, and blend to combine.

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