In my last post, a commenter mentioned it still being in the 90s in Texas. Well that’s just too darn hot to bake in. I’ve been trying to make apple smoothies since then so that everyone can enjoy fall without turning on the oven.
So, I don’t even really know if I can call this a smoothie. It’s super thick. You need a spoon.
It’s only 11:32am and I’ve already eaten about 4 apples. That means I can eat a serving of lettuce later and be finished with fruits and veggies for the day. :D
The previous versions, which included things like apple sauce, apple juice and cottage cheese, were watery and mealy. Disgusting. Then I got the idea of cooking the apples in the microwave first. Tada!
In serving of smoothie / whatever this is, you get two full servings of fruit. That’s a big deal for someone who just wants to eat cheddar and bacon all day.
I LOVE cinnamon and nutmeg and used the upper end of each measurement given. Use the lower number if you don’t want spice overload. And because that’s 1 tablespoon of cinnamon in one serving (what?! that sounds wacky) I used Ceylon cinnamon. Supposedly the “normal” type of cinnamon, Cassia cinnamon, should not be eaten in large quantities over time. I’m not sure what large quantities really means, but I eat a ton of the stuff, so Ceylon it is. In regular baking, I always use the normal stuff. And probably nobody else will want so much cinnamon in their smoothie so I guess it doesn’t really even matter.
Now that I’ve thought about it, maybe the reason I used so much and didn’t notice it being ridiculously cinnamon-y was because of the type of cinnamon I used. Let’s say the lower number is for regular cinnamon and the upper normal for Ceylon cinnamon users. You can always add more at the end!
That kind of looks like baby food, doesn’t it? I just wanted to show you how thick it is. It could be that baby food is pretty awesome, but I’m betting this is better.
Apple Pie Smoothie
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- Yield: 1 large smoothie
- 2 medium apples
- ½ - 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- ½ cup (120ml) Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup (60ml) milk
- ½ - 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ - ¼ ground nutmeg
- Peel and chop the apples coarsely. Put in a microwave safe bowl along with the cinnamon and maple syrup. Stir and microwave for 2 minutes on high. They should be soft after the two minutes. Meanwhile, add the yogurt, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg to the bowl of your food processor. When the apples are done, add half of them to the food processor and process about 30 seconds, or until thoroughly combined. Then with a spoon or spatula, stir in the other half of the cinnamon apples. At this point, it was about room temperature. Serve now, or chill, or even warm up in the microwave if you'd like it warm.