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Apple crumble smoothie bowl/ and smoothie

Every fall, we get that one weekend of intense heat where the leaves have changed colour, the days are shorter, but the weather feels like summer. This past weekend was definitely that type of weekend here in Quebec. It was the perfect weekend for apple picking. Notwithstanding the fact that our government asked us to not gather inside homes so as to not spread the virus. Apple picking is an outdoor activity therefore many people chose to do this.

We didn’t go apple picking but I certainly was in the fall and apple picking mood just by scrolling on social media and seeing people around me partaking in this activity. And I did get some fresh McIntosh apples at the market and wanted to do something special with them.

Shawn went for a run early on Sunday morning and he came back pretty depleted of his energy. He had given his 100% and I saw that he needed replenishment! This is where I got the idea to make an apple crumble smoothie bowl! When we run races (haven’t done that in a long time), they always give us a banana and an apple at the finish line. These are high natural sugar fruits that contain a lot of good carbs and they are ideal for quick replenishment. I also added some much needed protein and healthy fats in the form of hemp seeds and cashew butter. Last but not least, a good dose of antioxidants with delicious ground cinnamon. Antioxidants are an important part in recovering from strenuous physical activity.

More than anything, this smoothie tastes incredible!! Shawn couldn’t believe that I had not added any sugar in it!! It’s so naturally sweet!

Tristan had the drinkable one as well (with dairy milk) and he loved it! He loved the cinnamon taste. This smoothie is an absolute revelation to me! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

Drinkable smoothie

  • 1 full banana, frozen into chunks
  • 1 large McIntosh apple (or other sweet variety)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (works with dairy milk as well)
  • 1 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ to 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

 

Smoothie bowl

  • 1-2 bananas, frozen into chunks
  • 1 large McIntosh apple (or other sweet variety)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (works with dairy milk as well) + more if needed
  • 1 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp. cashew butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ to 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preparation

  • For the drinkable smoothie, put all ingredients in the food processor or high speed blender and process until smooth. Pour into a drinking cup and enjoy

 

  • For smoothie bowl version, add all ingredients (except almond milk) to high speed blender and process.  Add milk as needed starting with ¼ cup and adding more if needed.  This will depend on the size of your fruit and on the desired consistency. I ended up making my smoothie bowl pretty liquid and it was delicious. If you like a thicker texture, add less liquid.
  • Top with your favorite granola. See recipe for tahini walnut granola which goes incredibly well with this smoothie.https://khatrinutrition.com/2020/07/22/tahini-walnut-granola/
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