Apple pie for breakfast? You bet! This apple pie breakfast smoothie tastes like a treat, but it's healthy and ready in under 5 minutes!
Pie is delicious. And it's also a perfect summertime dessert (although, let's face it - pie is good any time of the year!). But making pie from scratch can take a really long time, and it's not exactly the healthiest dessert - it's got that high-fat crust, sugary filling, and whipped cream or ice cream on top. So I wanted to figure out a healthy way to enjoy the flavor of pie any time I want, and without getting off track from a healthy eating pattern.
When trying to decide how to come up with a healthy pie concept, I automatically started thinking in terms of a smoothie. If you've followed my blog for a while, you've probably noticed that I make a lot of smoothies.
I think smoothies are an easy way to combine different flavors with healthy ingredient bases that create recipes with really interesting flavor profiles. For example, cocoa powder, bananas, milk can create a chocolate milkshake taste without using ice cream. Orange juice, carrots, and cinnamon make a smoothie that tastes like you're eating a dreamsicle, even though you're actually eating (or drinking) carrots.
And this smoothie came out even better than I thought it would! My overall goal was that this smoothie not only came out tasting like pie, but was also healthy and balanced enough to have as a healthy meal substitute.
For this recipe, instead of using whole apples and peeling them (because the skin can come out a little chewy in smoothies), I decided to use apple sauce. Greek yogurt adds a great boost of protein plus calcium (and creaminess), and cinnamon creates the classic "apple pie" feel.
The other ingredient that really rounds out this recipe is the oats. Using quick-cooking oats makes the smoothie even thicker and also adds a nutty grain flavor that to me tastes kind of like pie crust. Plus, the whole grains add complex carbohydrates which are great for a boost of lasting energy and fiber.
This smoothie is really healthy, quick to make, and totally hits the spot for those pie cravings. I hope you enjoy this delicious breakfast treat as much as I do!
Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup quick cooking oats (uncooked)
- 1/4 cup 100% apple juice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or more to taste
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (optional)
- 4-5 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend at least one minute or until the ingredients are completely combined and the
smoothie is creamy.
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Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies (Tuesday, 23 June 2015 07:19)
This smoothie sounds delicious! I've never tried putting apples in a smoothie, so it's good to know that the texture just isn't there with it. I always have apple sauce on hand and I bet it makes for a much faster smoothie than throwing apple chunks in.
Amber @ Homemade Nutrition (Saturday, 27 June 2015 12:29)
Thanks Kelly! I had never used apple sauce in a smoothie either, and I couldn't be happier with the result - I love it when experimenting with recipes works out so well! :)