Cinnamon, apples, and kiwi make this sweet ‘n sour winter beverage absolutely addicting. Paleo and vegan variations included!
Can we just hold the phone and shut the front door and talk about how AMAZING Aldi’s is? Costco has always been my wingman (wing woman?), but Aldi’s is our new first and foremost BFF. I literally go to Aldi’s first, see what I can buy there, and THEN start shopping everywhere else. Are they paying me to say this? They are not. But I really do shop there on a weekly basis. They have the best produce and silver glitter lava lamps (I bought two).
I finally started to remember a quarter for the shopping cart, because, of course, in the beginning I was just going to get a “few things.” This turned into ALL THE THINGS. No more lugging heavy shopping bags and two children throughout the store. We have finally joined the ranks of preplanning and smart choices. Grocery carts and quarters all the way.
This high-quality, low-cost phenomenon comes in handy when obsessing over winter foods, like this one. We obsess over this smoothie cider to the point of making it on a nearly daily basis. Kiwi Apple Cider is an oldie but a goodie on this blog, and comes to you today with a handful of updates. Like, exactly how much agave nectar or honey should you use? And what about cinnamon? And what types of apples? Answered, answered, and answered.
I’m not sure why, but I am loving this more now than I did when I first concocted it. And in all fairness, I think I developed this kiwi cider as a way to hide different flavors in Toodle’s foods. She was on to me from the start, but K-Hubs and I consume this like it’s our job. Its sweet ‘n sour flavor, paleo and vegan variations, and quick prep make it perfect for the masses.
Is this really a cider? That’s what I called it almost two years ago, and I’ll stick with it today. Kiwi Apple Cider is what you get when you cross a smoothie with a bowl of applesauce and a mug of hot cider. And we are OKAY with this.
- 2 cups warm water
- 4 apples (I used Pink Lady and Granny Smith), sliced with skins left on
- 3 kiwis, peeled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ¼ cup agave nectar (vegan) or 100% pure honey (paleo)
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix on high until smooth.
- Serve immediately while it's still warm or store in glass jars in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.
- Top with more cinnamon or slices of apple and kiwi.