“Use Those Peels!” Apple Pie Smoothie

I'm so tasty

Remember a couple of weeks back when I made that gorgeous apple pie?   {Pats self on back for successful Martha Stewart moment.}   It left me with one tiny conundrum. Waste.

You see, the recipe called for PEELED apples, and I absolutely loathe throwing perfectly nutritious food away. So I covered a cookie sheet with parchment paper, lined those peels in a single layer and froze them for later use.

When my apple pie craving came back, I recreated the baked good experience in a much easier way–drinkable goodness. Unlike that “once-in-a-while” slice of pie, this smoothie deserves a place in your every day nutritious rotation.

“Use Those Peels!” Apple Pie Smoothie

1 cup Granny Smith Apple peels–frozen and loosely packed

1 medium banana sliced and frozen (roughly 1/2 cup slices)

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tablespoon brown rice protein powder

3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Optional: your favorite sweetener, to taste

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and whirl away. The apple peels do take a moment to break down. I used the “high” speed on my Vitamix to obliterate them. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.