Apples are readily available in the United States in your local grocery year-round, so, this is a nice easy to make a smoothie which can be a pleasant drink anytime. This is especially true in the fall and early winter when apples are plentiful. If you happen to be fortunate enough to have your own apple trees this is a nice way to use some of those fresh apples.
1 small apple, peeled (if desired), cored, chopped
3 tablespoons vanilla or plain yogurt
½ teaspoon honey
¼ cup milk
2-3 almonds, chopped (optional)
A pinch ground cinnamon, to garnish (optional)
Ice cubes (optional)
Put all the ingredients and add into a blender.
Pulse blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass.
Garnish with cinnamon and serve.
The variety of Apple you choose to use will make a difference in how sweet or tart this smoothie is. If you like a sweeter smoothie Try an Apple like the Honey Crisp if you like your smoothie a little more on the tart side, then try a Granny Smith.
I recommend you wash the Apple thoroughly and use the Apple with the peal on, this makes the smoothie more nutritious, more colorful and prettier to look at.
There are three reasons that I use unsweetened applesauce as a substitute for oil in my baking, especially, almost homemade recipes. The reasons are nutrition, texture, and flavor. Applesauce, in my opinion, adds a lot of character to your baking, especially, in cakes and bread without all the added calories and oil fats.
Another good reason to consider applesauce an oil substitute is the simple fact that you can grow apples in your backyard, garden, and/or orchard. Healthy applesauce is easy enough to make at home and, if you happen to have enough apples in your backyard, you can make a large quantity, which when canned stores for years. So, from an Eco-friendly point of view, you don’t need to pay to have large corporations process the oil and shipment it from around the world to get it to your local grocer.
Simply stated even a good olive oil has little in it be on calories fat and some vitamin E. While it is true, depending on what oil you cook with, your oil may contain some omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, the quantity is so small when compared to the calorie and fat ratio, as not to make it worth adding it into your baking for that purpose alone.
Applesauce, on the other hand, has no fat, add dietary fiber, natural carbohydrates, and sugars; not to mention more flavor. Oil in cooking is one of American cooking’s most overused ingredients. It’s used in baking, mostly, to make foods moist.
The table below does a brief comparison of a 1/4 ounce serving of both applesauce and oil: