Warm Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

Winter is not a time of year when a cold smoothie will hit the spot. Tea, hot chocolate and hot cider are the comforting choices. Smoothies, however, do not have to be ice cold. Recently, I tried this delectable warm smoothie recipe found on Clean Cuisine.

Warm Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

I like smoothies to be simple. So instead of heating the ingredients in the microwave, I just put on my kettle while preparing the apples and poured steaming hot water into my Vitamix blender along with the cooler ingredients. Once blended the smoothie was nice and warm but not too hot. Here it is garnished and ready to enjoy on a cool March afternoon. I wished I had some cinnamon sticks to complete the garnishing. Yummy!

Ingredients

This is a doubled version of the original recipe. It makes one large mug as shown above.

2 apples, cored and cut into large chunks (leave the skin on)
1/2 cup black or yellow raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
2 – 4 tbs raw pecans
1 1/2 cups steaming hot water

Directions

Using non-glass blender, puree apples, raisins, cinnamon and pecans with one cup of the water. Add in remaining 1/2 cup of water, blending a little at a time, until preferred consistency is reached. Garnish as desired and serve.

Caution!

Use only non-glass blender containers designed for warm liquids such as those made by Vitamix. DO NOT try this in a glass blender as it could explode and cause serious injury.

If using a Vitamix you can opt to blend the mixture for 5 – 6 minutes which will warm the ingredients via friction. This is the standard method for making soups in this machine so it should work for warm smoothies too.

This smoothie is delicious! No sugar needed! A great breakfast appetizer or mid-afternoon treat. I did not have any raisins on hand so used dried black currants instead. My results were darker than the picture shown on Clean Cuisine. Perhaps their more yellow smoothie was from choosing yellow raisins instead of black. I used pecans, as called for, though walnuts would be another good choice. – Robin

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