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Apple-Spice Smoothies

Apple-Spice Smoothies 2.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Dec 31, 2016

This recipe creates a dairy-free drink that stays nice and thick for a while, thanks in part to hemp seeds and ripe bananas. Flavorwise, you get the suggestion of apple pie here, without any actual apple.

The recipe originally called for 3 to 4 tablespoons of a vanilla-flavored, plant-based protein powder, but we liked the results without that ingredient.

Where to Buy: Hemp seeds are available at health food stores.


When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

Tested size: 2 servings; makes about 3 cups

  • 2 ripe bananas, cut into chunks
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates, chopped
  • 4 dried figs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds (see headnote)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups fresh, unflavored nut milk of your choice, such as almond milk
  • Water (optional)


Combine the bananas, dates, figs, hemp seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg and nut milk in a blender; puree on HIGH for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth. If the mixture seems too thick, add water as needed.

Divide between tall glasses; serve right away.

Recipe Source

Adapted from “Joyous Detox: Your Complete Plan and Cookbook to Be Vibrant Every Day,” by Joy McCarthy (Penguin, 2016).

Tested by Richard Kerr.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (using almond milk): 370

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 9g 14%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 65g 22%

Dietary Fiber: 9g 36%

Sugar: 32g

Protein: 9g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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