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Apple Crisp Smoothie Bowls

When you’re craving the flavors of fall but not quite ready to crank up the oven during the late summer heat, go for cold with a smoothie bowl. This Apple Crisp Smoothie Bowl is a play on the classic dessert and combines lots of Perfectly Imperfect produce (including the season’s first local apples from Quarry Hill Orchards in Berlin Heights!) into a filling and nutritious breakfast or snack.



A smoothie bowl is typically thicker than a traditional smoothie and enjoyed with various toppings for texture. To play on the apple crisp theme, this smoothie bowl is served with your favorite crunchy granola and more chopped apples. Dried fruit, like raisins or cranberries, nuts and seeds, or nut butters are delicious additions, too.



Frozen bananas are great for adding creaminess to smoothies, but sometimes their flavor can be overpowering. Here, we’re adding a small amount of frozen banana for natural sweetness, but also blending in frozen Perfectly Imperfect zucchini, a secret ingredient that makes the smoothie bowl thick and creamy without adding flavor, allowing the essence of apple to shine through. A small handful of Perfectly Imperfect kale turns this smoothie apple green.



We were so excited to box up and send out our first batch of rescued local apples! How will you enjoy them in the coming weeks? Be sure to snap a pic of your apple creations, post it to social media, and tag us @perfectlyimperfectproduce so we can check it out!


Apple Crisp Smoothie Bowl


Active time: 10 Min.

Total time: 10 Min

Servings: 2



Ingredients:

2 Perfectly Imperfect Ginger Gold apples, cored and chopped

1 cup cubed Perfectly Imperfect zucchini, frozen

1 Perfectly Imperfect banana, sliced and frozen

1 small handful Perfectly Imperfect kale, chopped (optional)

¼ cup almond milk

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

½ cup rolled oats

2 pitted dates (or substitute 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Optional: protein powder or powdered collagen

Toppings: Granola, chopped Perfectly Imperfect apples, dried fruit, nuts or seeds, a drizzle of nut or seed butter



Instructions:

Combine all ingredients except toppings in a large high-powered blender. Blend until very smooth, using a tamper as needed. Taste and add more spices or maple syrup/honey, if desired. Divide between two bowls and serve with toppings. Best served immediately.


By Carolyn Hodges, MS, RDN