This Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie is quick and easy to make and tastes just like apple pie. Make this healthy smoothie for breakfast or as a snack.
Every year when the Fall season comes around, I wish that I lived in a place that experiences the changing seasons. In Florida, we have summer heat and a slightly cool “winter” And while I may miss out on apple picking for the fall season, that doesn't mean I can't make all my favorite apple recipes. This healthy apple pie smoothie is quick, easy and makes a delicious Fall breakfast, or quick snack, much like this Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal recipe.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This vegan apple pie smoothie is a delicious way to get in your "apple-a-day" requirement. You’ll get fiber from the oats and apple and it’s a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Apples also contain pectin, which is a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic which promotes good bacteria in your gut. It’s good to know that you can make an apple cinnamon smoothie without yogurt and still take care of your gut health.
Not only does this cinnamon apple smoothie provide some health benefits but it’s also filling and will help give you the energy you need in the morning. It’s thick and creamy and has a handful of simple ingredients you probably already have at home. It has all of the warm fall spices you’d expect and tastes like apple pie, but without all the calories. It's the perfect way to enjoy the flavors of fall.
Ingredients You’ll Need
To make this healthy apple pie Fall smoothie recipe, you will need just a few simple ingredients:
- Apple - a variety of delicious apples will work for this apple crisp smoothie. I prefer using Gala or Honeycrisp apples.
- Banana - I used one large ripe banana to make this drink. For a thick and creamy smoothie, use frozen banana slices
- Rolled Oats - you can use quick oats or regular rolled oats
- Medjool Dates - are best to use when they are soft at room temperature
- Almond Milk - I used unsweetened almond milk, but any plant based milk works. Other great options are oat milk or cashew milk
- Maple Syrup - you can also use honey (not vegan) or agave to sweeten the smoothie
- Vanilla extract - adds sweetness and flavor to the smoothie
- Fall spices - this smoothie gets its flavoring from classic fall spices such as ground cinnamon, ground ginger and ground nutmeg
How to Make the Apple Oats Smoothie
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend together until the chunks of fruit are gone and the smoothie is smooth and creamy.
- Next, taste and add some additional maple syrup if you want it sweeter.
- Pour the drink into a glass, sprinkle with some cinnamon and enjoy!
You’ll want to use ripe bananas that have a yellow peel with brown spots all over it. The riper the banana is the sweeter they become. Remove the peel, then place the bananas in an airtight container or sealed bag inside the freezer. Bananas will freeze in about 1-2 hours. I recommend keeping several frozen bananas in the freezer to keep on hand for when you want a smoothie. The bananas will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.
For a little more protein, you can add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to turn it into an apple pie protein smoothie. I recommend using a vanilla flavored or unflavored protein powder.
Medjool Dates work great. They are large, soft, and considered to be the most flavorful. Just don’t forget to remove the pits from your Medjool dates prior to blending the ingredients.
This recipe uses a frozen banana to help make the smoothie thick. If you’re looking for a thicker consistency, after coring and peeling your apples, place them in the freezer before using them. It may be tempting to add ice to this smoothie, but it will only water it down. Stick to using cold ingredients for extra thickness.
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Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie
- 1 red apple cored, peeled and chopped
- 1 frozen ripe banana peeled prior to freezing, sliced
- ¼ cup rolled oats or quick oats
- 2 Medjool dates pitted
- ⅓ cup almond milk or favorite plant-based milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Add all ingredients to a blender.
- Blend all the ingredients until the chunks of fruit are gone and the smoothie is smooth and creamy.
- Transfer the smoothie to a cup, top with cinnamon and enjoy.
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