Fellow foodies, I have found an awesome calendar! National Food Holidays! I’m fairly certain it’s American, rather than British, but I fail to see why it can’t cross the international waters and be used here to? Because any calendar that encourages days filled with things like rocky road (June 2nd) and oatmeal cookie’s (April 30th) is worth using in my book! And, following the sweet theme, one of the first things I discovered after the aforementioned two, and after I had celebrated them in due fashion, was National Apple Pie day.
I’m not even joking – apple pie day. It seemed only fitting to whip up something to celebrate! And well – smoothie bowls are a current obsession of mine, if I get to eat breakfast at home rather than at my desk, so it seemed natural to share my recipe for a vegan apple pie smoothie bowl with you all!
My apple addiction
To be fair, pretty much any words could of followed the word ‘apple’ when I saw it in the calendar, because I’m a bit obsessed with apples. If I don’t eat (at least) one a day I get cranky. I’m addicted! And oh, you don’t want to see the pure devastated disappointment shown on my face after biting into one that’s a bit soft, or a bit fluffy. I take it as a personal insult! My favourite apples are Pink Lady’s – or Cripps Pink, which are basically the same, but cheaper. But I also love a Jazz or Fuji apples too! <3
But, that said, I do I love a good slice of apple pie, especially if it’s drowning in (vegan) vanilla custard! And although I’d love to say here that I love most fruit pies, to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever had anything more adventurous than an apple and blackberry, or maybe an apple and rhubarb pie.
In the dessert pie world, I’ve had lemon meringue – I love those too, but they’re so rare! I think they’re out of food-fashion at the moment. I think that’s about it. I had a pizza called a pie in New York, but that wasn’t sweet. Or a pie like these are thinking. Are there other “must try” pies? Do you have a favourite pie? Let me know below! I’m really quite interested in other types of pie… although I known Pecan Pie exists, but alas I’ll never be able to have it, since I’m allergic to pecans (sigh). What’s pumpkin pie like? I keep wanting to try making one, but I’m afraid I won’t like it after it’s made!
But, back to apple pie, I knew I needed a way to incorporate it into something easier, quicker and more healthy than an actual apple pie. For me, it’s the flavours that I love most about apple pie – the sweet apples, gorgeous cinnamon, perhaps a hint of nutmeg all combined into a bite. I’ve experimented it before in the form of an apple pie smoothie – but this time I wanted something I could savour and enjoy as a meal, was vegan from the start, and that would have more nutrients from hidden veggies, so… the vegan apple pie smoothie bowl was born!
By the way, if you don’t have spinach, you could substitute kale instead – just remember to remove all the stalks. Or you could leave it out completely, it won’t look as green, but the taste won’t be affected. It’s basically there for the micronutrients and the colour… mostly the colour, who am I kidding? Likewise you could omit the vanilla protein powder if you don’t have any – just add a little more vanilla extract instead to ensure you don’t lose out on the flavour.
Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl
Luci Rebecca, Made by Luci
- Prep: 5 minutes
- Total: 5 minutes
- Serves 1
- Calories 215
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp (~30g) vanilla soy yogurt
- 1 tbsp SF vanilla syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp (~5g) vanilla protein powder
- 3/4 - 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 30g baby spinach
- 2 small apples, roughly cored & chopped
- 1/2 small avocado (~45g, I used a frozen one)
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth!
- Top with whatever you have to hand, or enjoy "naked".