Apple Pie Smoothie


Tastes like apple pie! Smoothie with applesauce, almond milk, cashews, dates, and vanilla.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Featured in 7 Smoothies to Kick off January

Wow! I’m doing a happy dance just thinking about this apple pie smoothie.

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It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and it’s GREAT.

Anytime you have that many “-free”s in a recipe, I’m doubtful. But I will happily drink this anytime. In fact, I drank the whole batch. (Uh huh, no self control.) 

“Apple Pie in a Glass” is what my friend Tess Masters calls it; the recipe is from her fabulous new cookbook The Blender Girl: 100 Gluten-free, Vegan Recipes.

So, what’s in it that makes it taste so good?

Applesauce for the apple flavor. Almond milk for the base. Raw cashews for body and to mimic the taste of apple pie crust. Dates for sweetness. Vanilla just because. And ice. It does taste like apple pie, but in a smoothie form and without the guilt.

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The Blender Girl cookbook is filled with recipes like this one—creative, healthy, and delicious. More than just smoothies, there are tacos, chiles, soups, salsas, salads and puddings too. All making good use of a blender, and all gluten-free and vegan.

Tess bounced into my kitchen one day for a pie making class. She quickly charmed my father who calls her, “the Australian force of nature”. And that she is! No surprise that her book is as fun, bubbly, and beautiful as she is.

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Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce or stewed apples
  • 1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 chopped, pitted dates, soaked in water for 1/2 hour OR 2 Tbsp maple syrup*
  • 1 cup ice cubes

*Use dates if using a high speed blender such as a Vitamix, otherwise use maple syrup.


Place all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds.

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Recipe from The Blender Girl: 100 Gluten-free, Vegan Recipes, by Tess Masters.Republished with permission of the author.


Tess catching a laugh in Elise's kitchen.

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Mayte

    Hi Elise, I prepared this week end your smoothie. It was delicious though my blender is not as powerful as a Witamix and took me a lot to blender the whole thing. I used Golden Syrup instead of dates and almonds instead of cashews.
    You can have a look at the pictures in my cook blog if you want thought it’s written in Spanish:

    Thank you for sharing.


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  2. Mayte

    Hi Elise, I am thinking about doing this smoothie this week end but I have a question: do you put the ice cubes in the blender together with the rest of ingredients? Thank you for your answer.

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  3. CLAY

    add two shots of coconut rum, BOOM.

  4. Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids)

    Woah! My son would go crazy for this. We are on a morning smoothie kick – such an easy breakfast for the three of us. The kids even take theirs in a mason jar to-go!

  5. Gabrielle Maston

    I never thought about using cashews in a smoothie, could you use almonds instead? It sounds energy packed, awesome post running with all the carbs :)

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