I tend to think of Apple Pie as the perfect dessert anytime of year–autumn, summer and beyond. What could be better than a big slice during the holidays or enjoying it with a scoop of ice cream at a summer picnic?But what about Apple Pie when you’re trying to eat healthy? Sounds impossible right? With this Green Apple Pie Smoothie, I can assure you that it’s not!This amazingly tasty smoothie has a secret ingredient that makes it not only more delicious but also that much better for you–Apple Sencha Green Tea! Adding tea to a smoothie is always a great idea, and this is especially true when it comes to green tea, which is full of metabolism boosting EGCG.For sustained energy and extra fiber, I add some rolled oats to the blend. Freshly brewed green tea is used to hydrate and soften the oats before this oatmeal is thrown into the blender with the rest of the ingredients.Whether you enjoy this for breakfast, as a midday snack or as a dessert swap-out, Green Apple Pie Smoothies are the solution to those year-round, nagging pie cravings. Whip one up when you want to enjoy a extra slice of good nutrition.This post is sponsored by Yamamotoyama. Their delicately fruity Apple Green Tea is laced with rose petals and one of my favorites among all apple flavored teas. It only comes in loose-leaf pyramid tea bag form–definitely worth checking out if you love apples and green tea!
Green Apple Pie Smoothie
Makes 1 large smoothie.
1 apple green tea bag (I used Yamamotoyama’s Apple Green Tea)
3/4 cup hot water @175 degrees F
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 green apple, core removed
1/2 banana, peeled and frozen
1 cup spinach
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp flax meal
1 tsp apple pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Steep the tea for 3 minutes. Add the oatmeal to the hot steep, then let the mixture come to room temperature. You can also do this step the night before you plan on making the smoothie.
2. Mix all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a large glass and enjoy!