Raw food gets a bad rap. People think you have to have lots of complicated equipment to make it and that it takes days to prepare anything out of a dedicated raw food cookbook. But chef Amber Shea Crawley is helping change minds and delight palates with her new collection Practically Raw. In recipes cleverly designed with variations, substitutions, and even cooked options, Crawley frees the reader to play around with living cuisine at her own pace.

Crawley’s Apple Pie Smoothie recipe (below) is a great example of her simple, welcoming style. Sweet, frosty, and creamy, this genius combo has become my favorite breakfast treat, not only because it’s delicious, but also because it takes only five minutes to whip up:

 

Apple Pie Smoothie

 

Yield: about 2 cups

 

I’ve made this as a bedtime snack just as often as I’ve made it for breakfast. You’ll feel like you’re eating a big, chilled slice of homemade apple pie—just without all the chewing!

 

1 large apple, peeled if desired, cored, and chopped

3/4 cup almond milk (commercial or homemade)

6 to 8 walnut halves, dry or soaked and drained

3 pitted dates

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

 

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until very smooth. Add a few ice cubes and blend again if a colder smoothie or thicker texture is desired. Serve immediately.

 

Substitutions

Almond milk: apple juice or any other nondairy milk

Walnuts: pecans

Dates: 1 tablespoon maple syrup, agave nectar, coconut nectar, any other liquid sweetener, or stevia to taste

 

Variations

Include 2 to 4 tablespoons soaked and drained raw cashews for an extra-rich and creamy version.

Sprinkle each serving of the finished smoothie with 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg.

Include a handful of spinach to make it a Green Apple Pie Smoothie.

 

Per cup: 147 calories, 5.1g fat (trace sat), 25.3g carbs, 4g fiber, 2.1g protein

 

Excerpted with permission from Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make ©2012 by Amber Shea Crawley. Published with permission of Vegan Heritage Press http://www.veganheritagepress.com

 

Tagged in: vegan recipe, Vegan, Raw Recipe, Raw Food, Practically Raw, Amber Shea Crawley   

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