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Warm Apple Cider Oat Smoothie


    When sweater weather arrives, a cold smoothie may not be what you crave. So turn up the temperature and whirl together this mixture to beat the chill.


    2 cups (500 mL) apple cider
    1/2 cup (125 mL) water
    1/3 cup (80 mL) rolled or quick-cook oats
    1/3 cup (80 mL) chopped pitted dates
    1/4 cup (60 mL) unsalted almonds
    1 Tbsp (15 mL) pure maple syrup
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) cinnamon
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground ginger
    1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) ground cloves

    Place apple cider and water in small saucepan over medium heat and heat until just under a simmer. Add warmed apple cider to blender container along with remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, 
    1 to 2 minutes.

    Serves 2.

    Each serving contains: 349 calories; 7 g protein; 10 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 65 g total carbohydrates (43 g sugars, 8 g fibre); 2 mg sodium

    source: "Oats", alive #361, November 2012


    Warm Apple Cider Oat Smoothie




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