Friday, November 8, 2013

Caramel Apple Cider Smoothie and a *Giveaway*

caramel apple cider smoothie

Hello, Fall! 

Like most other people, I'm obsessed with the flavors and smells of this season. Once September came (even though it was still technically summer) I broke out all of my Fall decor and ran (not literally) to Pier 1 and bought a ton of their Fall candles. My favorite fall scent there is Autumn Leaves. I went through my first large candle in two weeks, so I had to make another stop and stock up!

Even though it is Fall, that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a smoothie - especially if it's made with yummy Fall flavors! This smoothie was made to celebrate Hamilton Beach's #Smoovember using their Smoothie SmartTM Blender

If you make smoothies at home, this blender is a must! The blender's one-touch functions make it soooooo easy to make the perfect smoothie. In one touch of the "smoothie" button, the 45-second cycle starts with pulsing to crush the ice and then continuing on in a lower speed to blend the smoothie to perfection. Clean up is super easy and there are also buttons to mix, puree and pulse to make milkshakes, yummy frozen drinks or crush ice.

hamilton beach smoothie smart blender and caramel apple cider smoothie

I absolutely LOVE using this blender. It is so easy to use and took the guess work out of making the perfect blended drink with smooth texture, no chunks of ice and it was ready to drink in 45 seconds! 

I also made this smoothie in Hamilton Beach's Single-Serve Blender. Another great smoothie blender, but for different reasons. This machine is SUPER light weight and since it's a single-serve, you can pop the jar off of the blender base and take it on the go. The blender lid is actually a travel lid, so for those who are always on the go, there's no need to dirty up another dish. Just blend your smoothie and go! 

These blenders would be great gifts for the smoothie lover on your list (or to keep for yourself if you're the smoothie lover)! Lucky for you, Hamilton Beach has kindly offered to send one of you BOTH of these blenders! Woohoo!

To enter, just use the widget below (after the recipe). 

Good luck and happy #smoovember!

caramel apple cider smoothie

Yields 3-4 servings

1 1/2 cups spiced apple cider (I used Trader Joe's brand)
1 cup vanilla yogurt
2 apples, peeled and chopped (Fuji or Gala work great)
2 tablespoons caramel sauce (any brand will do, just make sure it's not cold when you put it in the blender)
1 cup ice cubes
Ground cinnamon, optional topping

  • Place all ingredients in the blender and blend away!
  • Pour into glasses and top with additional caramel sauce and/or ground cinnamon.
  • Enjoy!

*Disclaimer: The Pastry Posts was honored to be asked to receive and review a Hamilton Beach the two Hamilton Beach smoothies mentioned in this post from the company. Hamilton Beach will also provide one reader one of each of the blenders mentioned. Giveaway details are noted above. All opinions about the Hamilton Beach blenders are my own and no other compensation was received.


  1. pumpkin and vanilla yogurt
    thanks for the giveawa

  2. avocado cucumber and almond milk! yum!!!


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