Now that the weather has turned a bit chilly, you might be craving something warm and sweet for breakfast. If so, why not try a Hot Cinnamon Apple Smoothie?
If you happen to have my most recent superfood cookbook, you know I make a lot of “blender foods”—which of course include lots of smoothies! I just love the whole concept of putting all sorts of good-for-you ingredients into a blender, pressing a switch and presto!—a delicious, nutritious and easy-to-transport breakfast (or snack) is made in minutes.
But, when the weather gets a little cooler, I realize the sound of an ice cream cold smoothie isn’t nearly as appealing as it might otherwise be in the warmer summer months. But that doesn’t mean you need to resort to coffee cake for breakfast! Luckily, apples are the perfect seasonal fruit to enjoy warm and blended into a smoothie that tastes a whole lot like apple pie.
If you have kids, I promise the Hot Cinnamon Apple Smoothie recipe will be a hit! In fact, the first time I made it for my son (in the photo below), he asked for it for breakfast four straight days in a row!
Don’t Forget the Addition of the Superfood Spice (Cinnamon)
The fragrant cinnamon is added to my apple smoothie recipe not only for the significant role it plays in boosting flavor, but also for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Like other spices, cinnamon offers a wide variety of disease-fighting phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti-aging benefits. If you have read our Clean Cuisine book, you know all about the many benefits associated with boosting your intake of phytonutrients (you can read more about the benefits of phytonutrients HERE). Well, it turns out, cinnamon contains a variety of super powerful phytonutrients, including the class similar to those found in grapes, berries, cocoa and green tea.
The special type of phytonutrients found in cinnamon have an amazing ability to stabilize blood sugar levels, prevent fat-storing insulin spikes, protect the body from damaging free-radicals, and, most amazingly, actually have the ability to “turn on genes” within our body that produce highly protective anti-inflammatory substances. And if all that isn’t enough to make you want to start putting cinnamon on everything you eat, did you know cinnamon can even boost the appearance of your skin and help protect against premature sun damage?
But, you can’t just sprinkle on a teeny-tiny dash of cinnamon, you need to get a “therapeutic” dosage—at least 1/4 teaspoon or so—in order to really get the benefits. The apple smoothie recipe has 1/2 teaspoon, so it is definitely enough to make a difference.
Ok, on with the recipe…
Hot Cinnamon Apple Smoothie
- 1 organic apple, cored and cut into large chunks (leave the skin on)
- 1/4 cup black or yellow raisins
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons raw pecans
- Place the apple chunks, raisins, cinnamon, and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan and heat over medium high for about 6 minutes, or until water boils and apples soften. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the apples cool for 2 to 3 minutes (see warning below)
- Add the apple-raisin mixture to a high-speed blender. Add the pecans and ¾ cup warm water. Process on high for 1 minute, until smooth and creamy. Pour into a coffee mug and drink warm.
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P.S. If you love the Hot Cinnamon Apple Smoothie, be sure to check out the Warm Banana Smoothie too!