I just love Apple Pie Smoothies! It’s like having dessert for breakfast without the guilt trip. This smoothie hits all the right flavor notes, and it’s filled with yummy goodness. You know when you really love to eat something, you take that slight pause to anticipate the first bite? That’s how it is with me and this apple and banana smoothie that tastes like my favorite pie. But in this case, it’s a sip, not a bite.
You can taste the apple and cinnamon you expect, and the banana adds a touch of sweetness without adding sugar. I also love the cold creaminess of the yogurt that reminds me of the melting scoop of ice cream that crowns apple pie a la mode. The almond butter flavor and oats remind you of the apple pie crust. All these flavors come together for a homey, delicious apple pie smoothie treat that’s good for you, too.
Why This Is The Best Apple and Banana Smoothie I’ve Tasted
This apple pie smoothie has a sweet flavor and a great smoothie consistency. That’s not usually the case because apples tend to be grainy and not as smooth as other fruits when blended. To counter that, I’ve tried many apple pie smoothies with the right flavor notes that didn’t have much body. They were a tasty breakfast drink more than a smoothie.
So, I tried a few things to make the smoothie creamier. I blended in some ice, but that just watered down the flavor and made it icy. I replaced half the milk with yogurt, which helped, but it was still watery. Oat flour added a little more bulk but not enough to really feel like a smoothie. I even tried adding flaxseed meal which is a great binder. But that didn’t do it for me either.
Next, I used frozen bananas, instead of adding ice cubes, because frozen fruit makes smoothies frothy without watering down the flavor. But that really wasn’t enough. In the end, what worked was freezing the apple chunks. That gave this smoothie all the flavor and body to make it one of my favorites!
The Right Mix of Ingredients
So, the mix of ingredients that made for the best flavor and texture are frozen apple chunks and banana slices, yogurt, almond milk, almond butter, oats, and cinnamon. I think the banana adds enough sweetness, but you can add a little honey or Stevia if you want it sweeter.
I like to use Granny Smith apples for this apple and banana smoothie, but you can use whatever apples you like. Granny Smith apples give this smoothie a refreshing, tart taste. Other apples will deliver a sweeter taste. So if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you may want to go for that.
Add the milk and yogurt first to make it easier to blend the frozen fruit chunks. I used a teaspoon of cinnamon since that’s more likely to be in your pantry. But you can use pumpkin pie spice if you have that.
Enjoy this healthy apple pie smoothie that tastes like you’re having dessert for breakfast. Which, by the way, you can totally do if you’re a grown-up unless your kids are watching ;-P
I love Apple Pie. It’s one of my favorite desserts that’s not chocolate. The funny thing is that I loved this pie even before I tasted it. Just the phrase “as American as apple pie” made me love it. Because as a child of Cuban exiles, I very much wanted to feel American. It turns out that I love fruit desserts and crust, so I loved apple pie even more once I got to taste it!
But that’s the thing about flavors. They can take you back to a memory or bring you into a new culture. That’s one of the reasons we love to try local foods when we travel. Enjoying local foods is one of the best ways to immerse ourselves in a culture.
As I share my favorite Cuban recipes for this blog, I want you to also get a sense of my culture and traditions. I want to pass down my experience as a Cuban and give you a taste for Cuba with a bowl black beans or picadillo.
This is funny considering that all I wanted growing up was to be American, not Cuban. But now that I am an American, I understand that there’s room for my Cuban side too. And I’m grateful for all the newly minted Americans that have shared the culture of their parents and grandparents with us. It’s no wonder they refer to America as a melting pot. The cuisines of our countries of origin meld together to create a new flavor that is new, different, and yet reminiscent of where we’ve come… a dish entirely all-American.
This is Apple Pie Smoothie is refreshing, nutritious and tastes just like apple pie a la mode, but without the sugar and guilt trip!
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into half-inch chunks and frozen
Half a frozen banana, sliced
½ cup almond milk
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons dry oats
1 tablespoon almond butter
Add the ingredients to a blender, starting with the milk and yogurt. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
I like the tartness of the Granny Smith apple. But if you want this smoothie to be sweeter, you can try a sweeter apple or a little stevia or honey.
If you want to reduce the calorie count, you can omit the banana and reduce the whole milk yogurt to 1/4 cup or switch to low-fat yogurt instead. That will shave about 122 calories bringing your total calories to 339. And it will still be frothy, tasty and filling.
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