Caramel Apple Smoothie
Caramel Apples are so hard to eat. But Caramel Apple Smoothies? Those are so easy to drink…and make!
Do you make a fall bucket list? Every year I tell myself I’m going to do it. I’m going to make that fall bucket list of things we MUST do before the holidays. I include things like go to Apple Hill, visit a pumpkin patch, make caramel apples, and jump in the leaves.
And then life happens…
And then December 1 arrives and I’ve done none of it…
And then I feel like a total failure.
Does anyone else have this problem?
I should just stick to fall bucket lists like this one for food bloggers. All of those are just a given.
Now, if you’re a fall bucket list making person, I can guarantee you have caramel apples on there. I love caramel apples that aren’t an actual caramel apple. The real thing has just never appealed to me, but sticking caramel apple flavor into blondies, magic bars, gooey bars, cake rolls, and cinnamon rolls is something that I love to do on a regular basis.
Now I can add Caramel Apple Smoothie to that list!
I’m super excited about this caramel apple smoothie recipe, you guys. It was so darn good and it’s so much healthier than a regular caramel apple. Jordan LOVED it, which I knew she would. The recipe was created for kids like her, after all.
This fall smoothie comes from my friend Deborah Harroun’s newest book, Best 100 Smoothies for Kids. (Deborah is one of my blogging buddies over at Taste and Tell. I reviewed her Red Velvet book last spring.) It’s a book full of nutritious smoothies that taste good and have no added sugar. The book is full of delicious recipes for smoothies for any time of day: Strawberry Banana Oatmeal for breakfast, Berry Broccoli (they’ll never know) for lunch, and Creamsicle for snack. She’s even got recipes for holidays, like Carrot Cake, Gingerbread, and this Caramel Apple Smoothie.
The book is full of smoothie making tips and kid-tested recipes and we love them all!
When flipping through her book, I knew I wanted to make the Caramel Apple Smoothie first. I mean, what’s more fall than that?? Plus, Jordan was begging for something sweet but I wanted her to have something healthier.
This is an easy smoothie recipe with just a few ingredients: milk, apple juice, diced apple, and sugar-free caramel sauce. I used almond milk in my smoothie but you can use nonfat milk or any kind of milk you like. You can also use any apples you like most – I used a Gala because it’s a little sweeter than Granny Smith and Jordan prefers them.
Simply add all the ingredients to your blender with some ice and blend until smooth. I added a little extra caramel for garnish (because, duh, more caramel > less caramel) but you don’t have to. This is the perfect smoothie for after school or dessert. You can even add some flax or Greek yogurt to it to give it more fiber or protein.
Trust me, your kids will never know this is healthier than Jamba Juice or a cookie. Or even a real caramel apple!
Caramel Apple Smoothie
Yield: 4 (8-ounce) servings
Total Time: 5 minutes
This refreshing easy Caramel Apple Smoothie is actually healthier! This smoothie is a great breakfast, snack or dessert options for kids and adults.
- 3/4 cup milk (nonfat or almond is okay too) (see note)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
- 1 apple (use your favorite brand)
- 1 tablespoon sugar-free caramel syrup plus more for optional garnish
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Pour the milk and juice into a blender.
- Core the apple and cut it into chunks. Place it in the blender then add the caramel and ice. Blend until smooth.
- Optional serving suggestion: top with additional caramel sauce.
If you’re using a high powered blender (like a Blendtec) you can use less liquid. Start with 1/2 cup milk and add more as needed.
Recipe reprinted with permission from 100 Best Smoothies for Kids by Deborah Harroun.