Today’s Smoothie: Marbled Apple Pecan

Apple pie meets lava lamp. That’s today’s smoothie. IMG_20190911_104937

This is the perfect blend to make a spectacular recovery if you find yourself in this situation:

You’re in a rush.

You’ve washed and chopped your greens and left them draining in the colander.

You put everything except the greens in the blender jar.

You blitz up the smoothie to your satisfaction and start pouring it into your glass.

Then you remember the greens that have waited patiently in the colander.

Rather than deciding to have these greens at dinnertime, reserve about two cups of the already blended smoothie. Then add those greens to the blender jar and process until smoothie and a lovely deep shade of green.

In my usual quart jar, I layered in one cup of the un-green blend, then one cup of the green blend, one cup of the un-green blend, and top off the jar with as much of the green blend as the jar holds. After drinking a bit of the smoothie, I poured and scraped the remaining green blend into my jar.

The cinnamon, allspice, and pecans help create the flavors of an apple pie with a pecan crust.



Marbled Apple Pecan Smoothie, by Veganbythebook

MAKES: 4 ¾ cups (about 1100 ml)


  • 1 banana, broken into pieces
  • 1 can (16.3 fluid ounces / 485 ml) unsweetened coconut water with pulp (I used C2O brand)
  • ¼ cup raw pecans
  • 3 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maca powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 Medjool dates
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped (unpeeled)
  • 3 leaves kale, chopped (about 2 cups)


  1. Add all ingredients except the kale to the jar of a high-speed blender. Process and smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Set aside 2 cups of this blend.
  3. Then add the kale to the remaining mix in the blender jar. Process until smooth, about another 30-60 seconds.
  4. Layer the different colored blends into your drinking glass (e.g., into your Mason jar, alternate one cup of each until the one-quart jar is full. After drinking some, pour and scrape the remainder to top off the glass).

Sometimes, when you go the “wrong way,” you discover something magical. This past weekend, as I was running, I turned right instead of the correct return route and discovered this tree. That was my accidental magic for that day. May today’s smoothie help you discover some accidental magic. IMG_20190907_125710980

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