This is what you make when you want your pie, but not the fat or empty calories! You may remember when I turned Blueberry Cobbler into a smoothie! Well, I’ve been feeling inspired since then to turn every one of my favorite desserts into a healthy smoothie!

I first developed this as a green smoothie…and it was incredible! I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Then I figured, there may be some of you out there who might find the green unappealing. So, I’m including the non-green version! I have to say, if you make this smoothie both ways and taste test, you’ll see what I mean when I say, “You’ll never, ever taste the green!” And honestly, my whole family actually prefers the green version! Give it a try and let me know which you like best!

Apple Pie Smoothie Two Ways
Serves: 2 smoothies
 
Ingredients
  • about 6 ice cubes
  • 1 organic apple, washed, quartered and cored (leave the skin on)
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (I use Saigon cinnamon, see Notes)
  • pinch allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 -2 large handfuls of spinach (just for the green version)
  • honey or pure maple syrup to taste, if desired (see Notes)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients, except for the honey or maple syrup (and except for the spinach if you are going non-green), into the blender. Blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Give it a taste to check the sweetness and add the honey or maple accordingly.
Notes
I experimented with adding about a quarter cup of oats to this smoothie. It was OK, but adds a chewiness to it. Go ahead and add it if you think you'd like that. I prefer the ground flax. It adds a nice nuttiness, extra fiber and omegas without changing the texture.
If you are using plain almond milk, you may want to add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.

I use Saigon cinnamon in this recipe. You can use any cinnamon you have. I like the Saigon cinnamon because it has a much bolder flavor that I really like! Try it if you can and let me know what you think!

Don't add the honey or maple syrup until you've blended the smoothie and given it a taste. Depending on the sweetness of your apple and banana, you may not need it at all. I added just a bit of honey on my third test and it was way too sweet!