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Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

In Life:

Happiness is a choice. Have you ever heard this before? I sure have. Sometimes I am able to fully accept this as truth. Other times, I struggle with it. Because like most people, I have trouble believing that if I’m not happy, then it’s all my fault. But that’s the truth. Crappy things happen every day. Being happy despite it all is just a choice we have to make. If we want to be happy.

Choices play a crucial role in every day life. Many things that we see as “have to do” are actually choices. Or they’re the outcome of a choice we’ve already made. But in the end, it all comes back to choice. I’m not trying to get preachy here or go into a long diatribe on personal responsibility. That ground is very well-worn, and I don’t think it serves you or me well to lecture on that topic.

But I think we all (even me) can use more reminders that the choices we make each day are ours and ours alone to make. Don’t like your job? Quit! Find a new one! Staying there and being unhappy is a choice. I know it’s sometimes not an easy choice to make, but it’s still a choice. I know making choices that have to do with the people in our lives can be a little more difficult. But that’s when it comes back to choosing to be happy. Your family might be jerks, but you can choose to ignore them or just be happy despite them. Own your happiness and your moods. Or you’ll just be miserable. And that’s no fun for anyone.

What about you? Does choosing happiness come easily? Or is it a little more of a struggle at times? Believe me, I’m not always 100% happy, but I do own my moods 100% of the time. I’m interested to see how you navigate this area of your life as well.

In Cooking:

Today I bring you a rather interesting recipe. I’ve called it an apple pie smoothie recipe. But, it might not be what you think. This drink is actually fairly healthy and doesn’t have all that much sugar in it. So it’s not overly sweet, trust me on that. Some of you might even need to add a little more sweetener to it to suit your tastes. That’s certainly fine with me. I always provide my recipes as a guideline. If you want to change it up and make it your own, I definitely encourage that. The goal is for you to be happy and satisfied with my recipes.

Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

Any time of year, apples are one of my favorite fruits. I love how crispy they are and how deliciously satisfying they can be. This time of year we’ve got boat loads of apples at our local farmer’s markets. The apple below that I used for photographing and creating this recipe is a Granny Smith apple. However, you’ll notice that in my recipe I call for a sweeter apple. That’s because this Granny Smith, while good for a pie, is not a good apple for a smoothie. Especially because I’ve added minimal sugar into this smoothie. I think it’s best to just allow the sweetness from the apple to do the heavy-lifting in this case. I’ve tried to make this smoothie as healthy as possible while balancing out the expectation for a sweet drink (with apple pie in the name and all).

Fresh Granny Smith Apples

So why did I decide to call this an apple pie smoothie? Well for one, I thought it sounded pretty good. And secondly, I pretty much use all the ingredients from an apple pie in this delectable drink. We’ve got apples, spices, sweetness, and chia seeds. Wait, what? Chia seeds aren’t in apple pie! Yeah, I know. But I surely wasn’t going to put crust in this recipe so the chia seeds act as the starch component for the “crust.” See, it makes sense.

Sautéed Apple Chunks

For those of you who haven’t used chia seeds before, what you see here is the gelled version of chia seeds. While they come dry in packaging when you get them at the store, to use them most effectively, they should be combined with water and allowed to “bloom.” This allows your body to better digest the chia seeds and allow for more effective macronutrient absorption in your body. For those of you not familiar with this process, I include instructions for gelling your chia seeds below. It’s not hard or anything. And a little goes a long, long way. The leftovers can be added anywhere you want a nutritional boost.

Gelled Chia Seeds

The spices I used in this smoothie are also fairly straightforward – cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger. Those are the spices I use when I make an apple pie so I figured I’d carry it forward into this recipe as well. You’ll notice below that I only call for very small amounts of the spices. They can impart a very strong, almost bitter taste if overused. It’s not the case that if a little cinnamon is good then a lot of cinnamon is better. That’s only true to a point then you start suffering from overload. That’s another thing I learned in this recipe – apple pie spices are most effective when used sparingly.

Apple Pie Spices

And finally, let’s just chat a little bit about the yogurt I used here. Frankly, you can use any yogurt you want. I used Stonyfield here because 1) I really like them and 2) the creation of this recipe was in part for them! I’m a part of their Clean Plate Club for bloggers and this recipe is actually part of their September CSA challenge. Yes, I know I’m a little late publishing. We had some technical difficulties in me receiving the product early enough in the month. However, I am stoked to be able to use Stonyfield’s yogurt in my smoothie. Expect more yogurt-centric recipes in the months to come.

Stonyfield Whole Milk Yogurt

In the end, I was really happy with the way this smoothie turned out. It’s always nice when I have an idea that ends up actually translating into a delicious recipe. Just another small reminder that this smoothie will not be super-sweet. I have to stress that because I know it will come as a surprise to some folks. But the freshness of the apples paired with the expected flavor of the spices will be enough to put you firmly in apple pie territory. Plus there’s no guilt associated with this smoothie as there could possibly be for having the same amount of actual apple pie for breakfast – which I have been known to do……

Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

Yield: 1 serving

Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe

This apple pie smoothie recipe is reminiscent of the real thing - without all the added sugar! Try it for your next on the go breakfast.

Ingredients:

Gelling Chia Seeds:

  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup water

Apple Pie Smoothie:

  • 1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil
  • 2 chopped sweet apples (like Gala, Jonagold, Fuji; core removed)
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt (or 2% Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon gelled chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar

Method:

  1. Start the recipe by gelling the chia seeds. It's easy! Simply combine the chia seeds and the water in a tall container. Stir well and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes. As the mixture sits, it will transform into a gel-like substance. The remaining gelled chia seeds can be stored in the fridge in an air tight container for up to two weeks.
  2. After you've set the chia seeds to gel, start on the rest of the recipe.
  3. Heat the butter or coconut oil over medium high heat.  Add the apples, the first tablespoon of agave nectar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and kosher salt.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes until apples are softened just a bit. Remove the apples from the skillet and cool to room temperature. This may take up to 20 minutes or so.
  5. Once apples are cool, add the apple mixture, yogurt, chia seeds and the other tablespoon of agave nectar to a blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Serve right away or store in the refrigerator (up to over night).

Prep:5 min

Cook:5 min

Total:45 min

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Disclosure: Since I am part of their Clean Plate Club, Stonyfield provided me with yogurt to create this recipe. All opinions expressed are sincere and my own.

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