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  • 1 ½ cups vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1 apple, cored and quartered
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 to 10 drops stevia, to taste
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 1 scoop pea protein
  • 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil, melted

I’ve always had a sweet tooth and loved my desserts.  Since I started eating more healthy though (and did a restricted diet for six months), my tastes have changed.  I still crave something sweet, just not sickening sweet like I used to.  So what better way to satisfy that craving and make the daily protein shakes a little more interesting than to make them into mini-desserts!

Now, this might not have a buttery crust but it still hits the mark for me, especially with the mix of cinnamon and apple.  You can use any kind of apple that you like.  I usually use fuji or gala apples in all of my smoothies because of their sweetness.  If you want to up the cinnamon flavor, you can use cinnamon-flavored stevia too instead of plain stevia.  SweetLeaf makes an awesome line of flavored stevias and they’re super easy to use because they’re in liquid form and come with a dropper.

I tend to use pea protein in all my smoothies too because it’s dairy free, soy free and gluten free but you can use any type of vanilla protein powder too if you want more flavor.  This one comes out a little on the liquid/frothy side which I like, but adding a little plain yogurt can make it a little thicker if you like.