I made this apple pie protein smoothie the other day and it was super simple and reminiscent of a sweet slice of apple pie with ice cream. Seemed like a good way to start the day to me!
Running out of bananas is sometimes a good thing because it had me scouring the fridge in search of a replacement. I’m a huge fan of Trader Joe’s Big and Chunky Applesauce, it has one of the best consistencies mixing bigger chunks of sweet apple with regular applesauce and no added sugar! Then I decided to take the ‘apple pie’ theme all the way home and add a little pie spice in the form of pumpkin pie spice.
While I don’t use a protein supplement everyday, I do like having one of my favorite options around when I’m going for super quick and filling smoothie. My 2 favorite brands are Sun Warrior and PlantFusion, they are both tasty options for a vegan or plant-based protein blend. Sun Warrior is a little gritty but honestly it’s a protein powder and it’s never bothered me. I also like PlantFusion and to date I’ve only tried their chocolate flavor, which quickly became a favorite. Either of these plant proteins are great for taking on vacation with a blender cup.
Sun Warrior has only 84 calories per scoop and a nice 16g of protein boasting a complete amino acid profile. PlantFusion has 130 calories per scoop but clocks in at a whopping 21g protein per serving. Both carry the simplest and cleanest ingredient list you might ever see on a protein powder. No scary ‘Franken’ ingredients from either of these companies and they stay away from GMOs too.
Thumbs up for easy grab and go smoothies!
Apple Pie Protein Smoothie
- almond milk
- 1/2 cup pure apple sauce
- scoop of vanilla protein powder (I like Sun Warrior or PlantFusion)
- couple dashes of pumpkin pie spice (a blend of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)
- Add almond milk leaving about 2" to a large personal blender container. Add remaining ingredients and blend baby blend.
What’s your favorite ‘out of bananas’ replacement for smoothies?