Apple Pear Green Smoothie (Green Thickie)
This apple pear green smoothie (green thickie) is fresh, delicious and nutritious. The combination of apple, pear, spinach, milk, rolled oats and pecans makes a thick and filling drink, that can easily replace a light meal.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m terrible with breakfast. Most days I get up early and don’t eat anything for at least 2 hours after that. I’m aware this is absolutely wrong, but I just don’t feel hungry. Well, this practice has lead to some stomach issues lately and I got a little scared. I started having breakfast regularly and I make sure I always have some kind of baked goods like muffins in the fridge (yes, I keep them in the fridge).
I’ve also been using my Blendtec a lot lately. Mainly for smoothies, because it makes the creamiest, frothiest smoothies in less then a minute.
Not a huge fan of green smoothies, especially the color (Shrek green) and the fact that some of them aren’t sweet enough for me, I decided to experiment and make a smoothie I can actually drink in the morning.
Don’t worry, this is not the boring green smoothie with weird taste, I only use spinach as green element and it tastes wonderful! And since it is fall (almost winter, if you ask me… Chicago) I used some seasonal fruits like apple and pear in this smoothie. Pear is what makes it thick and sweet. I did not peel them, since their skins contain natural antioxidants, that most of us actually need.
You can of course add nuts of your choice, I used pecans, just because I’ve love them and they are my favorite just for fall.
The addition of rolled oats makes this apple pear green smoothie even thicker and adds a great nutritional boost. Oats blend in easily with the milk, fruits and spinach, if you use a powerful blender. If your blender isn’t very good at grinding oats, you can grind them in a food processor before adding to the smoothie.
I recently stumbled upon an article about “green thickies“. It stated that: green smoothies are drinks made from fruits and leafy greens. Green thickness are types of green smoothies. They are more filling, meal replacement smoothies, containing extra carbs, protein and healthy fats. This apple pear green smoothie is more on the thick side and with the addition of oats and nuts (protein can definitely improve your health and boost your energy throughout the day. Can I call it a “thickie” ? And the best part – it only takes 2 minutes to make!
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Apple Pear Green Smoothie (Green Thickie)
- 1 large pear — (cored)
- 1 large apple of your choice — (cored)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 cup almond milk — ( 2 % dairy milk is fine)
- 1/2 cup water or ice
- 2 tbsp rolled oats
- 2 tbsp pecans — (any nuts of your choice)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract — (optional)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup — (optional)
Place all ingredients together in a powerful blender and blend until smooth.
Pour in a glass, top with some more nuts (optional) and enjoy.
You can use nuts of your choice.
For a smoothie-like consistency use ice and for a juice-like consistency use water.
Dairy milk could be substituted.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 430, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 365mg, Potassium: 717mg, Carbohydrates: 65g, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 40g, Protein: 6g, Vitamin A: 4285%, Vitamin C: 24.4%, Calcium: 393%, Iron: 2.5%
I would have to make this without the pear, as I am really not a fan. I think it is the texture.
It should be fine without the pear Dannii 🙂 Maybe more apple or you can add banana?
I’m a bit like you, Mira … I find it really hard to eat breakfast as soon as I get up. Oats are OK, though, so I think this would go down OK. I’m sure I’d feel very smug as well as it’s so healthy.
P.S. Hmmm … like the idea of having those muffins in the fridge for snack-time ’emergencies’!
It is good to know I’m not the only one, who has troubles having breakfast Helen 🙂 Glad you like the smoothie and muffins 🙂
A thick apple smoothie – YAY!! Do you know I was at the fruit juice bar yesterday asking what apple smoothies they had?? None appealed to me because they just had juices in them. Now THIS is a meal in my books! Being so hot over here, it is perfect to have for breakfast instead of slaving over the stove. Thanks Mira!
I’m glad you have some hot weather Nagi! Breakfast smoothie will be perfect for this time. I’ve noticed that apples are rarely used in smoothies, they usually make juices with them But a whole apple can still be used in a smoothie like this one 🙂
Love everything about this recipe, right down to the pecans on tops and rolled oats. This would be the perfect breakfast, so healthy and the kids would innocently gobble down all this nutrition, none the wiser. Thanks for sharing =)
I hope your kids like it Laura!
This smoothly sounds good right now, even though it’s cold outside 🙂
I agree Valya!Thanks a lot!
I’m not the best with having breakfast, either! It’s usually just coffee or yogurt during the week. I love that you created a tasty green smoothie, Mira! I’ve always been a little hesitant to try a green one, but I love the apple and pear combo. Looks delicious! Pinned!
Thanks a lot for pinning Gayle! Yeah, green smoothies aren’t my favorite either 🙂
This looks delicious! I love starting the morning with a green smoothie and yours sounds delicious!! Love that you added oats and and pecans to make this a thickie. This is such a perfect way to start off the day on the right foot!
I am just like you, Mira. I am at that stage when I am forcing myself to actually have a proper breakfast. I will give your smoothie a try this week, love pears. Pinned!
Hey Oana, I’m really forcing myself to have breakfast most of the time! I hope you like that smoothie!
Is it weird that my mouth is watering over this delicious looking green smoothie? It looks seriously YUMMY and honestly like the perfect start to the day! I find smoothies make the best breakfast because they are so fast and ready to go Hope your stomach issues get better!!
I love the color of green smoothies! Reminds me of fresh grass in the spring. This is a great way to get your fruit and veggie servings in. Can’t wait to try this breakfast in a glass.
Thanks Linda! I hope you like it!
mmm i love that pear!! 😀
Smoothies are one of my very favorite breakfast treats! There are so many fabulous combinations, and they aren’t overly sweet – which I completely love! Thanks for a great idea!
The green color smoothie wasn’t my favorite but I started to like them a lot lately, after I had my first avocado milkshake! The thick apple smoothie sounds so great. The apples are in season here and we can get really juicy and sweet apples easily. This one will be a perfect snack after my evening run. Thanks so much for sharing this 🙂
How many carb and calories are in the apple pear light yogurt oatmeal and water
430 cal for the whole smoothie
This was really good and easy to make. I typically don’t eat just a pear but in the smoothie it was great and an simple way to get more fruit in my diet. Instead of the maple syrup I used 2 dates.