VEGAN PINK LADY® APPLE PIE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE (V+, R, NF, ChF, GF)

It's an I-am-gonna-tell-you-some-personal-stuff-about-me kinda day today. I know you didn't ask for this info, but I'm in the mood for sharing anyway, so here goes:

Fact number 1: I am a self confessed fruit junky! I love fruit! I eat fruit ever day and I think I'd loose the will to live if fruit weren't a part of my life. Seriously!
Fact number 2: After all's been said and done, I am a simple girl at heart.
Fact number 3: Though I adore exotic fruit with lots of crazy cool names, flavours and colours, my most favoruite fruits tend to grow close to home, so I can enjoy them in season and without the airmiles attached.

Hence - knowing what you know now - it may come as no big surprise then that apples are right up there when it comes to my choice of best fruit ever. Yup, since I was a little girl, I've loved them, be it served warm in an apple pie, juiced for breakfast or given to me raw as an afternoon snack. I even remember, when I was younger my mother would take me to this pancake place and I'd always order the exact same thing: thin crepe style pancakes with warm apples and LOTS of cinnamon.

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So when I was asked to develop a breakfast recipe using Pink Lady® apples, I naturally jumped at the chance. Not only do they taste super yummy and crunchy (apples HAVE to be crunchy, right?!?), they are also adorable to look at with their white, pinkish flesh and beautiful skin. Moreover, Pink Lady® apples are packed full of goodness; they are a natural source of vitamin C (THE most important vitamin out there if you ask me) and have lots of fibre, another key ingredient required for good health.

I bet you didn't know that Pink Lady® apples are the first to blossom and the last to be harvested. This extra time in the sun gives Pink Lady® apples their special blush, sweeter crunch and wonderful fizz. If you haven't tried them yet, I'm hoping that today's recipe will inspire you to go out to the shops and change that.

Thanks for reading everyone. See you in 2 weeks time!

P.S. This is a sponsored post, but as you know from this blog entry here, I'd not do it if I did not feel 100% comfy promoting the product ;).

Recipe below...

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VEGAN PINK LADY® APPLE PIE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE (V+, R, NF, ChF, GF)

What I love about this recipe is that it's a real, filling, proper breakfast on the go type recipe that is great for those days where you're totally stuck for time. It includes grains, fruits and a superfood making it perfect. I really hope you enjoy it! Do let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Thanks for popping by everyone.

Preparation Time:
5 - 10 minutes
Serves:
3

Ingredients:
1 frozen banana, peeled
1 cup of (vegan) yoghurt
1 large Pink Lady® apple, washed and cut up into chunks, core and stem removed
0.5 cups (glutenfree) oats 
2 tbs chia or flax seeds
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla powder or extract
1 cup of plant-based milk (almond or rice milk work well)
2 tsp beetroot powder or freeze dried rasperberry powder (optional)

Toppings (optional):
pomegranate seeds
a drizzle of maple syrup
chia seeds
oats
edible flowers
Pink Lady® apple slices
nuts or seeds

Instructions below...

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Instructions:
Place all the smoothie ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately and add the toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

Tip 1: You can also used fresh banana if you don't have a frozen one to hand
Tip 2: If you consume dairy you can use a regula Greek yoghurt instead of a soya or coconut based vegan yoghurt.
Tip 3: I am aware that those of you with gluten sensitivity are sometimes also sensitive to glutenfree oats. Perhaps use millet flakes instead.
Tip 4: The beetroot/raspberry powder do not add any real flavour BUT they do add colour, making this a really fun smoothie to enjoy. You can also try acai powder or wheatgrass powder if you're looking to experiment with different colours, ahh I mean superfoods ;).

Looking for more smoothie recipes? Then click here.
Looking for more apple based recipes? Then please check out my apple cinnamon rolls. SO GOOD!