Sipping on this homemade apple pie smoothie makes you feel like you are at an apple orchard, picking fresh fruits in the middle of fall. It’s a healthy smoothie that tastes like apple pie!
Healthy apple pie smoothie
One of the best ways that I’ve found to stay on track with healthy eating is to make healthy versions of my favorite desserts. So, if you are a fan of hot, cinnamon-y apple pie, then you will adore this smoothie.
Apples are really good for you – it’s the rest of the pie that isn’t so great for your health. Add real apples to this smoothie and you’ll enjoy all the health benefits they have to offer. Apples are high in soluble fiber (which is fantastic for your gut health) and a good source of vitamin C!
Apples also have lots of disease-preventing antioxidants in them. These polyphenols protect your cells from free radicals that could contribute to the development of things like heart disease.
This smoothie is also a wonderful source of protein too! That’s all thanks to the creamy Greek yogurt. You can enjoy it for breakfast and know that you are setting your metabolism and insulin up for success.
Even though this smoothie tastes like an apple pie, it is a lot better for your blood sugar than pie! Maple syrup and honey are both low-glycemic sweeteners that our bodies respond to in a much better way than brown or white sugar.
This smoothie will fill you up, satiate your sweet tooth, and support your overall health and wellness – all while tasting like a guilty pleasure!
When you use whole ingredients, you can taste the difference. Here is a bit more information about what I used in this apple pie smoothie:
- Apples: To prevent this smoothie from tasting too sweet, don’t use Red Delicious! Use Granny Smith or Honeycrisp apples – you’ll need 2 of them.
- Greek Yogurt: Use 1 cup of either plain or vanilla Greek yogurt.
- Almond Milk: You only need a very small amount to prevent the smoothie from being too thick, so use about 2/3 a cup. If you don’t want the smoothie to taste too sweet, use unsweetened almond milk.
- Rolled Oats: Any type of oats will taste just fine in this smoothie – use 1/3 a cup to give it more fiber.
- Maple Syrup or Honey: Both choices are natural sweeteners that are easy on your body. Add 1 tablespoon to the smoothie.
- Cinnamon: To make it taste like an apple pie, you can add apple pie spice or just cinnamon. Either way, add 1 teaspoon.
- Vanilla: Add a teaspoon of real vanilla extract to give the smoothie a deeper flavor profile.
- Garnish: Don’t forget to garnish your smoothie with whipped cream and cinnamon.
Kitchen tools required
This recipe uses very basic kitchen tools. If you have ever made a smoothie before, you probably already have everything you need. Here is what I used:
- High-Speed Blender
- 2 Drinking Glasses
For measuring, you will need 1 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup, 1 tablespoon, and 1 teaspoon.
How to make an apple pie smoothie
This recipe is pretty easy to make, even if you have never made a homemade smoothie before!
Grab your high-speed blender and place the ingredients into it, in the order they are listed in the recipe card.
Always place solid, heavier ingredients (like diced apples) at the bottom and the lighter ingredients (like milk and spices) on top. This will help everything blend together smoother.
Next, blend them together until it is totally smooth.
Finally, pour the apple pie smoothie into two glasses and enjoy! Top your smoothie with some whipped cream and cinnamon if desired.
Here are some questions people often ask about making an apple pie smoothie at home. If you don’t see your question below, please leave it in the comments.
What are the healthiest things to put in a smoothie?
Always use whole ingredients in your smoothies. They have the most nutrients and antioxidants, which support your overall health. Avocado, rolled oats, apples, bananas, and strawberries are popular and healthy choices.
Can you make this smoothie ahead of time?
I do not recommend trying to make this ahead of time.
If you are really short on time and want a way to speed up the food prep process, puree the apples with a tiny bit of water and place this puree in an ice cube tray. Then, all you have to do is add the apple cubes to the rest of the ingredients in your blender and whip it up!
Are frozen apples good in smoothies?
Yes, frozen apples are wonderful choices for smoothies. They will save you lots of time in food prep and still give you the health benefits of the fruit.
What is the best blender for making smoothies at home?
This is a fantastic question! There isn’t one answer because the answer depends on how often you will use it to make smoothies.
If you think you’ll make smoothies for lots of people, or do it quite often for yourself, then I suggest investing in a professional blender. I use a Vitamix. It will last for years under continual use.
If you are the only one that will be using it and you don’t make smoothies very often, you only need a single-serve blender like a NutriBullet. I love the NutriBullet because you can use the container as a drinking glass when you are done blending it.
Honestly, this smoothie tastes the best fresh, as soon as you make it. It’s really difficult to store the drink without it melting and changing the texture.
You can store a leftover smoothie in the refrigerator for about a day, but I wouldn’t try to keep it longer than that.
If you want to keep it in the fridge, store it in a jar with a lid so you can give it a quick shake to mix the ingredients together again! They might separate as it sits.
If you liked this recipe, you’ll want to try these!
There are so many healthy and delicious homemade smoothie recipes where this one came from. Try one of these next!
- Key Lime Smoothie
- Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
- Coffee Protein Smoothie
- Snickerdoodle Protein Smoothie
Photos by Moriah Sawtelle and recipe by Erin Antoniak.
- 2 apples, diced and frozen (I used honeycrisp)
- 1 cup greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
- 2/3 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- optional: whipped cream & cinnamon for topping
- In a high speed blender, add ingredients in order as listed. I prefer my apples frozen, but if not add in 4-5 ice cubes.
- Blend until totally smooth. Add more almond milk if needed.
- Pour into two glasses and enjoy! Top with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired.
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