Fall means many things to many people, but to me it means creamy pumpkin pie made by my Aunt Donna, evening walks with John bundled in coats, gloves and scarves, lots and lots of hot tea and coffee, and of course, apples. Apples of all kinds – I don’t discriminate.
This smoothie was inspired by apple pie. Apple pie is John’s (and perhaps my )absolute favorite pie (pumpkin is a closer contender), so I wanted to try and recreate those flavors in a smoothie (since having pie for breakfast isn’t acceptable, right? Just checking….).
Sauteing the apples and adding a dash of cinnamon gave this otherwise basic smoothie the warm flavor of fall. While it’s not as decadent as pie (crust didn’t seem like an acceptable addition for breakfast) it has plenty of baked apple flavor. Topped off with a bit of granola and another slice or two of cinnamon apple and it’s positively perfect (any time of year, but especially in fall).
The above pictures are the smoothie prepared withOUT spinach (and a little banana as an experiment, which I now prefer to leave out). The one below is with spinach. If you’re trying to get more greens in your diet (and I mean come on, who isn’t?) add a handful in and it won’t affect the flavor at all – promise.
A healthy, satisfying smoothie fit for fall with baked apples, cinnamon and oats.
¼ cup low-fat plain OR vanilla yogurt (your preference)
¼ cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 large apple, peeled, cored and sliced (I used granny smith)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup ice
⅓ cup water
Large handful spinach (optional)
Stevia or honey to taste (I used about ¼ packet of stevia)
Start by sauteeing your apple in a skillet over medium heat until soft (about 5 minutes). Stir frequently - a little butter or non-stick spray is optional but not necessary.
Sprinkle ½ tsp of cinnamon on halfway through and stir to coat.
Set apples aside and let cool to about room temperature.
Add yogurt, cottage cheese, apple slices, ½ tsp cinnamon, ice, water, spinach (optional) and sweetener (optional but recommended) and blend until smooth.
Taste and adjust flavor accordingly. (I like mine to keep a good balance of tart and sweet, but make it sweeter if you wish.)
Serve immediately. Top with an extra slice of baked apple, granola or oats if desired.
You could also leave your apple raw though it will take on a different flavor. still tasty no doubt, but different.
If you prefer a thicker smoothie, add more ice. If you prefer it thinner, add more water or throw your apples in while they're still warm.
Serving size: 1 smoothie Calories: ~210 calories Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 37 g Sugar: 27 g Fiber: 5.3 g Protein: 12 g