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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Apple Pie Smoothie (gluten-free, vegan, raw, ACD)


This month's SOS Kitchen Challenge features the noble apple, one of my favorite fruits. After gazing upon the pile of apples sitting on my kitchen counter this morning, I was inspired to create a smoothie that tastes like apple pie. 

Now, it's been a long time since I've actually eaten apple pie, at least 3 years. No kidding. But this tastes like what I remember apple pie to be like - sweet, tart, cinnamony. And don't be alarmed by the vegetables hiding below the surface of this smoothie, they are barely noticeable.  It is perfect for breakfasts, snacks, or a healthful dessert.  And so easy to make! WAY easier to make than apple pie.

If you're feeling inspired by apples, you should participate in this month's SOS Kitchen Challenge! Be sure to check out the Linky showing all the submissions thus far at the bottom of this post, and enter yours before the end of the month.  My co-host Ricki (from Diet, Dessert, and Dogs) and I will post a recap at the end of the month to highlight all the great apple lovin' ideas. 


Apple Pie Smoothie

Yield: about 3 1/2 cups, 1-2 servings

the chia seed helps to thicken the smoothie and give a nice texture. if you do not have it, substitute with ground flax seed, or omit entirely and just add slightly less water. 

1 apple
2 small carrots
1 small zucchini
juice of 1 small lemon
8-10 drops stevia liquid (plain or English Toffee flavor), to taste
optional: 1-2 Tbsp natural sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, yacon syrup, etc...
cinnamon, to taste
1 Tbsp sesame tahini (or other seed/nut butter)
1 Tbsp finely ground chia seed

Coarsely chop the apple, carrot, and zucchini and place in  blender with remaining ingredients and about 1/2-1 cup of water. Blend on high until totally smooth, adding more water as necessary. 

Serve with a dusting of cinnamon and a slice of apple. 


This Month's SOS Kitchen Challenge Submissions      


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Reader Comments (5)

How delicious this looks and easy too :) Everytime I come to your site I learn something new and find out something tastey that for the most part I can have , everything you do brings such comfort and joy to me .I do not know how to express to you what all your hard work and writing does for me . It keeps me going in a way that helps me SO much . So thank you and big bear hugs to you from me XO . I am trying to come up with a good apple recipe to post before the end of the month .BYE

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

What a different way of blending various flavors.....good stuff :)

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegha


September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

I bet that's delicious! Love the addition of tahini, too. :) You are so creative!!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

I made this smoothie, but for some reason it was not that good. I did not enjoy it but perhaps I added too much of one ingrediant or another.

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChista
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