Disclaimer: I received free samples of the Kura Protein Powder mentioned in my post above. I was not otherwise compensated for my time. I am, however, submitting this recipe in a contest sponsored by Kura and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. As always, all opinions are my own.
If I get the blender out of the cupboard in the morning before breakfast, one of the first things my kids ask is if I’m making a smoothie. They love smoothies. Blend some berries or summer fruits with Greek yogurt and frozen bananas and they’ll down it in no time at all.
While I love blueberry banana or strawberry banana smoothies, lately I’m more in the mood for fall flavors. I think of apples, pomegranates, or pumpkin to name a few – even spiced plums this time of year, though they’re not really considered a fall fruit.
So when Kura Nutrition sent me samples of their “Start Your Smoothie” protein powders for a recipe contest, I decided to try apples and plums as the base for a fall flavored smoothie. Add a little cinnamon and almond milk with the fruit and a packet of vanilla protein powder from Kura and you have a smoothie with the warm flavors of autumn.
I also added finely ground uncooked oatmeal to the mix. I’d never tried oats in a smoothie before, thinking it would add an undesirable texture to it. But I was wrong. Yes, I could tell there was something different, but I felt it added to the smoothie – reminding me more of the flavors of apple crisp. Moreover, oats provide fiber and whole grains as a nutritional bonus.
This smoothie also gets a boost in nutrition from Kura protein powder, which has no added sugar, no preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup. In addition, it contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors and it is made from grass-fed dairy. Each serving is packed with vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, and protein. Having a source of protein in your smoothie is important to help balance out the carbohydrate from the produce; and it helps keep you full for a longer period of time.
What’s your favorite flavor for a fall-themed smoothie? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your ideas!
Yields about 3 c.
Serves Makes 1 large or 2 smaller servings
Spiced Apple and Plum Smoothie - apples, plums and cinnamon make a smoothie with the warm flavors of autumn
- 3/4 c. unsweetened almond milk, divided
- 3 Tbsp. finely ground old-fashioned oats
- 1 small apple, cored, peeled, and chopped
- 1 plum, chopped
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. cardamom
- 1 tsp. honey (optional)
- 1 packet (1.4 oz.)Kura vanilla Start Your Smoothie protein powder
- 1/2 small, frozen banana
- ***Make almond milk ice cubes the night before using 1/2 c. of the almond milk.
- To make the smoothie blend together the ground oats, apple, plum, cinnamon, cardamom, 1/4 c. almond milk, honey (if desired), and Kura protein powder. Pulse together until apple and plum are at desired consistency.
- Add frozen banana and almond milk ice cubes. Blend together till smooth.
- Serve immediately.
Time saving tips: **Freeze the almond milk ice cubes the night before
**Grind the oatmeal in larger quantities and then keep in a freezer bag in the freezer to use as needed.