D-tox January – Hot Cider Smoothie

When Nicola of G-Free Mom (who is sadly, no longer blogging) asked me to participate in D-tox January, I was more than happy to oblige. Last year I started the year with the Quantum Wellness Cleanse, which led me to discovering my gluten intolerance. And, while I primarily follow the Quantum Wellness eating plan full time these days, I’m once again starting the year following it strictly. The gist of the plan is to eat vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, alcohol-free, and caffeine-free for 21 days. In addition, this year I’m focusing on boosting my fruit and vegetable intake considerably. (Okay, boosting veggies more than fruits – I already eat a lot of fruit.)

Anyway, smoothies and juices are a natural on this cleanse. But, I live in Wisconsin. It’s cold here. And, as much as I love a good smoothie in the summer, the thought of drinking an icy beverage when the wind chills are below zero just isn’t as appealing as I’d like it to be. In winter in Wisconsin, I need warming drinks. Thus was born the Hot Cider Smoothie. Not only is it warm in temperature, but it uses warming spices – fragrant cinnamon and pungent dried ginger – to get your blood flowing.

Hot Cider Smoothie for a Cold Winter Day

Hot Cider Smoothie for a Cold Winter Day

Hot Cider Smoothie

3/4 cup cider (I used Trader Joe’s Pear Cinnamon Cider)
1 small apple, cored and chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon dried ground ginger

Heat the cider until simmering. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until nearly smooth. (If you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix, you can probably make this super smooth. I don’t, so I had some chunks. I don’t mind a chunky smoothie, personally.) Serve dusted with more cinnamon.

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20 Responses to D-tox January – Hot Cider Smoothie

  1. Deanna. I love the fact that this is so simple and so warming. We were up in the mountains until Monday and it’s true, a cold smoothie did not seem quite as appealing up there in the snow. I drank hot cider every day. Maybe next time I’ll pack the blender. ;-). Thank you!

  2. What a great idea!! Will have to try the hot, spicy smoothie … yum.

    Also, wanted to let you know that The Mommy Bowl is my blog of the week over at Easy Peasy Organic! Keep up the good work 🙂

  3. Maggie says:

    Another totally creative recipe Deanna! This sounds so warm – especially with the heat from the ginger. I love cider and I love putting apples in my smoothies. And guess what! My Blendtec is arriving this weekend! Can’t wait to have a proper blender!

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  5. You are so clever, Deanna. I’m in Ohio and could use some warming up. I like that you not only serve your smoothie warm, but use warming spices, too.

  6. Annette says:

    Can’t wait to try it!

  7. Deanna! This is such a great idea! Even here in AZ, it has been awfully cold (in the 20’s) so this would be perfect!! I have a certain 3 year old who would go nutso for this one. He is addicted to cider. Great addition to this series! 😉

  8. Brilliant, Deanna! I love warming cider drinks, but never thought of smoothies or single serve options. Adding cider to my grocery list … can’t wait to try this one! 🙂


  9. Ricki says:

    What a fabulous idea for a smoothie! I’ve never had apple cider, if you can believe it. . . gotta give this a try. 🙂

    • Deanna says:

      Wow – never? That’s amazing. Apple cider is so good – especially if you can get it fresh, local and unpasteurized. I buy it from an orchard in the fall an freeze it for the year.

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  11. This is brilliant! Great way to start the day on a chilly morning.

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  13. Wow yum that sounds good!! We have snow outside right now so it seems especially fitting 🙂

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