I have been eagerly awaiting the cooler fall weather. Yes, this is despite the weeks and weeks were I went on and on about how I didn’t want summer to end back in August and early September… you know when the rest of the world was all hyped up for fall.
But then in mid-September we had a few rainy, cooler days and instantly that fall giddiness swept over me like a monsoon and I have not been able to shake it since. Now don’t think that this Texas girl is oblivious to reality. Having spent most of my life living in this great land, among tumbleweeds, cowboys, Republicans, football fanatics, a few musicians and hippies too, I know the wild ride that Mother nature puts Texas residents on. One September day it will be cool and rainy and the next, a sunny, 90 something degree ‘so-called’ fall day!
That’s why, although I would love to dive face first into all the pumpkin spice lattes in all the land; here in Texas we still need a few refreshing cold drinks, with fall flavors of course, to get us through the ups and downs, err should I say highs and lows, of the Texas ‘fall’ weather!
Today’s apple recipe is a healthy, drinkable twist on a favorite All-American dessert, the coveted apple pie! It is my solution to the finicky Texas fall weather and is a way for me to eat pie everyday! This Apple Pie Smoothie is full of apples, warm apple pie spices, maple syrup and all the the things I love in a good crumb topping. It is totally like drinking apple pie a la mode!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, yesterday (when I started writing this post) was one of those scorching (95 degree) fall days. A mere 24 hours later, it is cool and pleasant and only expected to reach around 85 degrees later this afternoon (which is still warm but much more pleasant)!
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1 Honeycrisp, Pink Lady or Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
2-3 teaspoons pure maple syrup
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or all-natural apple juice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
1/3 cup rolled oats
5-6 whole walnuts
4-5 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a high power blender and blend until smooth. Add additional milk or ice to reach desired constancy. Serve immediately topped with additional cinnamon, if desired.
Other recipes you might enjoy:
Jack-o-lantern Smoothie (a.k.a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie)
Sour Apple Creamy Green Smoothie
Casper the Friendly Ghost Smoothie (a.k.a Very Vanilla Smoothie)
Apple Spice Flavored Water
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Shake