Arctic® Granny smoothies: It IS easy being green!

Last week we examined the rising popularity of fruit smoothies, and why, despite being the second-most consumed fruit in the world, apples aren’t used as much in smoothies as they deserve to be due to browning. Today, we take a look at the simplest solution to this issue – nonbrowning Arctic® apple smoothies!

Arctic Granny Smoothie in Blender

Since one of the biggest drawbacks of apple smoothies is browning, Arctic® apples are a great choice since they eliminate the need for lemon juice (or some other acidifying treatment) to slow the browning reaction. But, more importantly, this means dairy ingredients can be added to give a smoother texture, because you know what happens when lemon juice mixes with milk – ick!

After 2014’s harvest (sorry, no Arctic® apples left until fall 2015!) we set out to make an awesome Arctic® apple smoothie, and since we know how cool Arctic® Granny juice looks thanks to retaining its bright green color, we went with Arctic® Granny over Arctic® Golden to start.

After trying a few combinations in the high-tech OSF recipe-testing laboratory (the kitchen at the Carter’s), we found a mix that tastes as amazing as it looks:Arctic Granny Smoothie in Glass

  • 3 Arctic® Granny apples
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ice cubes

And voilà – the first official Arctic® apple smoothie recipe! We hope you’ll get to enjoy a few of them firsthand before long, and please feel free to share some recipe suggestions of your own for us to try after next harvest!

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About Joel Brooks

Growing up in the Okanagan Valley, Joel had the opportunity to experience apple growing first hand, a background that helped lead him to his role as Product & Special Projects Manager. Joel feels privileged to work with such great people towards a goal that’s so easy to get behind – helping people to eat more apples!