Fresh Apple Pie Smoothie

fresh apple pie smoothie

This apple pie smoothie tastes like autumn in a glass!

Do you say autumn or do you say fall???

Inspired a few weeks ago by these seasonal fruit smoothies, I decided to create my own fall inspired smoothie with 5 simple ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right this instant: fresh apples {of course!}, oats {certified gluten-free for me}, milk {dairy or non-dairy…your choice!}, maple sugar {or any natural sweetener will do}, and, naturally, a little spice {cinnamon}.

apple pie smoothie ingredientsOh, and if you like your smoothies nice and cold, don’t forget the ice!

Fresh Apple Pie Smoothie

Fresh Apple Pie Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 large {meal} serving or 2 small servings

Serving Size: ~16 ounces {large} or 8 ounces {small}

Ingredients

  • 1 medium to large apple, core removed, chopped
  • 1 cup milk, dairy or non-dairy
  • 1/3 cup oats {use certified gluten-free oats if you follow a gluten-free diet}
  • 2 teaspoons maple sugar, or other natural sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • ice, approximately 1 cup

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a heavy duty blender such as a Vitamix, and blend until desired consistency is achieved. Serve in a glass with additional cinnamon sprinkled on top.
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This may be obvious, but use the freshest, sweetest, in-season apple possible.  I made this both with a “so-so” apple and a fresh, sweet honeycrisp apple {my favorite}, and the taste difference between both was amazing.  The honeycrisp version won, hands down!

If you are wondering if this is a super healthy smoothie, in addition to being delicious, it is!  Here’s the nutrition scoop…

  • At 8 grams of fiber/large serving, this smoothie will keep your tummy full and your blood sugar level stable {aka keep you happy :-)} until your next meal.
  • Apples, especially with the skin on, are a good source of the flavonoid quercetin, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, and provides protection against certain types of cancers, as well as heart disease.  Yes, it’s true…An apple a day, may indeed keep the doctor away!
  • Gluten-free {as long as certified gluten-free oats are used} and vegetarian.  Using almond, soy, coconut, or other non-dairy milk makes a nice vegan version as well.
This post is also linked up to Gluten-Free Friday’s over at Vegetarian Mama.

Have you whipped up any new smoothies lately?  What’s your favorite apple variety?  What else is new???

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Comments

  1. Delicious! Sophia made one right away:).

  2. Ahh, dessert for breakfast – LOVE it and can totally see honeycrisps shining in this recipe. Look forward to making it w/ the 5 yr old.

  3. I am loving this! I drink so many smoothies in spring/summer but tend to drink less once the temperatures cool off, so I’d love to get in the habit of making more seasonal ones in the fall/winter that still keep my interest. this one looks amazing, EA!

  4. I love this!! Definitely getting the ingredients to put this together.
    I usually say fall, but it is hard to say either one since the weather here in Vegas doesn’t normally show signs of autumn/fall. That is one thing I don’t love about living here.

    • I know what you mean! Unless I head up to Julian later in the fall/autumn, there’s not much “typical fall” weather here either, but I can’t complain too much about the weather :-)

  5. Love this! I did a Pumpkin Spice breakfast shake made with oatmeal a few weeks ago. They make such a great, filling breakfast!

  6. What a beautiful and seasonal breakfast smoothie! Right up my alley!

  7. I love this recipe (I actually DO have all of these ingredients on hand!!), your cute pictures, and those awesome straws!

    I don’t have a vitamix, so I’m a little concerned my (below) average blender won’t be able to handle this, but maybe if I chop the apples up enough ahead of time it will work out.

    I usually say fall, but I like how autumn sounds and feels more official and regal better!

    • Ha, ha! They say the straws make the smoothie…or, do they? :-) I’m curious to know how it turns out in a less powerful blender, and yes, I agree with you about fall vs autumn. Enjoy!

  8. genius. I juice apples (in green juice) why not smooth-ify? Must I oat? That’s the only part throwing me off. And seriously, the straws, the photos. I am jealous.

  9. Totally loving this idea. Love its cute name too. Sure to entice the most entrenched of health food-phobics if you call it a pie! Super idea

  10. Yum, yum! The perfect “excuse” to buy the maple sugar I’ve been eyeing at Trader Joe’s. :) Thanks for the tasty recipe, EA!

  11. This looks delicious but I can’t eat oats (even if GF). Any suggestions for substitutions?

    • Thanks Erin! One option would be to simply omit the oats. I added them for fiber/to make the smoothie more filling, but they don’t add much in the way of taste. If you do want to add some additional fiber,you could try ground flaxmeal, chia seeds, or even millet or quinoa, both of which I have added {cooked} to smoothies before. Enjoy!

  12. I would suck this down in a heartbeat. Looks so good and I love the cute coordinating straws :)

  13. Need that vitamix!!!! Love your pics! Maple sugar?? Sounds like a must have ingredient…especially for fall! Once a gain, you have out done yourself! It’s a BEAUT!!!

  14. Mmm…fall in a glass and full of nutrition too, doesn’t get better than that!

  15. I have a friend who adores Honey Crisp apples. She would agree that they would be perfect in this smoothie. I’ll have to get out my Magic Bullet and get back into smoothie making and pick up some Honey Crisp.

  16. I love anything with apples! What a gorgeous smoothie, and your addition of oatmeal would make for a perfect breakfast! Hope you are well, Hugs, Terra

  17. Yum! I would love it if you visited my new Gluten-Free Monday party at OneCreativeMommy.com and linked up this and any other idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there.

  18. this looks delicious.

    thought you may like to know that this person: http://pinterest.com/pin/370491506814979411/ is pinning your recipes and giving herself credit.

  19. Casey Sajna says:

    Where can I get maple sugar? Does it work just as good with regular sugar?

    • Hi Casey. You can find maple sugar is specialty grocery store, such as Whole Foods. Here in San Diego, I found it at Jimbo’s {a local store} You can definitely add regular sugar too, or, even better, pure maple syrup. Enjoy :-)

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