apple pie spinach smoothie

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 in Food

There are a lot of really great green smoothie recipes out there. And because so many people are doing so many great things with the spinach smoothie, I hadn’t really planned on adding to that pile of recipes.

That is until this past weekend. When I had a Eur-freakin-eka moment. Apple pie. Green smoothie. Go.

I caught a nasty little cold bug this past week and my sure-fire cold-shortening method is to eat clean and green. One way I make sure to do that? Pack in lots of vitamins and minerals thanks to green smoothies. I’ve tried a million different formulas for green smoothies and they almost always turn out delicious. Usually I toss in some almond milk, spinach (although I’ve been known to use kale, too), some berries, a banana and call it a day. But for some reason, this past weekend, the half-gallon of apple cider in our fridge kept calling out to me.

The great thing about the apple pie part of this smoothie (which is made up of cider, apple sauce and a pinch of cinnamon) is that it completely and totally covers the taste of the spinach part of the smoothie. I know people say that all the time about green smoothies—I promise you can’t taste the 6 pounds of kale!—but more often than not, you still can. No matter how much you blend or try to cover it up with strawberries, that earthy green taste still seems to be there. But not in this one. Nope. Not a bit. It just tastes like you’re drinking a freaking apple pie. And I don’t care who you are—that, my friends, is awesome.

Thanks to a bucketload of these smoothies, a whole ton of water and a few nights of melatonin-fueled sleep, I’m feeling much, much better. An apple pie smoothie a day keeps the doctor away!

Apple Pie Spinach Smoothie

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: None

Makes: 1 large smoothie


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond, soy or rice milk
  • 1/2 cup 100% apple cider
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium banana
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • A few ice cubes


  1. In the carafe of a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend on high until very smooth (it takes my blender 3-4 minutes to get there). Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
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What’s your favorite green smoothie combo? What about your favorite home remedy for a cold?



  1. Perfect timing! I’m sitting here feeling miserable and full of cold! I’ll have to set myself up with one of these for tomorrow morning! My strategy for colds is lots of Vit C, healthy food, pills when I need them and as much sleep as I can get.

  2. Ohhh this looks like a good one to share with the kids! Thanks!

  3. Amazing!!!! I love the colours in these photos.

  4. The photos are gorgeous as usual. I do green smoothies pretty much every day, yep yep! My fave is almond milk/spinach/vanilla protein powder/1 T almond butter. I’m crushing on this apple pie idea, tho, yum! Glad you’re feeling better, too. :)

  5. This looks divine! I’m sharing it with my fiance right away :) He’s a smooth(ie) operator..

  6. I usually think green smoothies look so gross, but yours looks delicious! I think I just associate the green with green apples. Totally a mind game. :)

  7. Aaah, so festive! I thought about doing a pumpkin green smoothie the other day but decided that the color scheme would just be too awful :)

  8. Hello. I just did this smoothie and it was great.
    From Canada, I am wishing you a good day.

  9. Hi
    I’m allergic to bananas … any suggestions for what I could put in instead of the banana?
    thanks AJ

    • Hmmm, you could skip the bananas all together and just add a little bit of sweetener (like honey or maple syrup). The banana is really there just to sweeten the smoothie.

  10. So glad I found this! You just combined two of my FAVORITE things. Cassie, you’re my new hero. And your hair and glasses are super cute. Just thought I should mention since it’s my first time here. x

  11. I spy a jug of Huber Farm apple cider! Hands down best cider ever made.

  12. Are you using a regular blender? And it’s handling the ice ok? I was wondering because I don’t have a VitaMix or Blend Tec, just a blender by Cuisnart and a Juicer by the Juiceman.

    • I am using a regular KitchenAid blender. I can’t afford those fancy things! :P And yes, it does ice just fine.

  13. Yum, just my kind of winter drink :)

  14. This was awesome!

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