Every 4th of July, first day of fall, and almost any other day I asked, my grandma would bake her famous apple pie. With its golden flaky crust and fresh fruit filling smothered in cinnamon, the recipe probably looked fairly similar to just about every family’s recipe, but her oven must have worked a little magic because it always tasted just a smidgen sweeter and juicer than every other slice I sampled.
However, Grandma started slowing down the past few years. Aging knees and a knotted back began catching up to her, so she spent less time putzing around the kitchen and more hours napping in her favorite armchair. We all understood, and we crunched our way through the bags of fresh crisp apples for snacks instead.
But… When my friend Dorothy visited Apple Hill for her birthday and spent all afternoon picking fresh fruit from the trees, then came home and made a gorgeous pie of her own, I caved. I wanted a bite of apple pie!
Because I (a) lacked Grandma’s recipe and (b) thought it would be pure torture to turn on the oven during our random 95°+ fall heat wave, I went with the next best thing…
A Skinny Apple Pie Smoothie! With the same flavor as the filling, this refreshing drink is a fun way to curb your pie cravings. Even better, you only need 4 ingredients and it’s ready in less than 5 minutes—easy as pie!
Sorry, I couldn’t resist…
Moving on from that corny joke… Like I mentioned, this healthy smoothie consists of 4 ingredients: applesauce, milk, cinnamon, and ice. That’s it! I opted for nonfat milk, but any variety will do. Cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk—you name it. Just use whatever you already stock in your fridge; no need for a special trip to the grocery store!
For the applesauce, I used Mott’s unsweetened snack cups. I always keep these on hand for when I mix up my favorite chocolate truffles because I can never finish off one of the larger jars before the applesauce starts to mold. One of these snack cups is almost ½ cup—just about a teaspoon or two shy—and that’s good enough for me. Don’t open another one just for that last little bit!
To keep the recipe simple, I just used ground cinnamon. If you love the spice as much as I do, feel free to use more! I sometimes go crazy and double it, but I love cinnamon as much as chocolate. And that’s a whole lot. You could also add in a shake or two of nutmeg, if you’re feeling adventurous!
With my favorite blender 80 miles away in our storage locker, I only had my parents ancient one at home. Boy oh boy… It took me 7 whole minutes to finally break down all that ice! But if you own something newer than 30 years old, it should only take a few moments to blend the drink until it’s smooth.
Then pour in a glass, top with homemade cinnamon Greek yogurt whipped cream, and slurp through a straw to your heart’s content.
Because every apple pie deserves whipped cream!
This smoothie tastes just like its namesake! The recipe is easily doubled to serve more.
- Add everything to a blender in the order listed, and pulse until smooth. Drink immediately.
Notes: Any milk (1%, 2%, whole, non-dairy) may be substituted in place of the nonfat milk.
For a sweeter smoothie, add your favorite sweetener to taste.
For a fun treat, top with homemade skinny cinnamon Greek yogurt whipped cream!
Hi,I just made your skinny apple pie smoothie and my mom tasted my smoothie and we both love it and I enjoyed drinking your smoothie,it tastes really good.
Hi,I made your skinny apple pie smoothie a few days before I got sick with a cold,and it tastes really good,and my mom tasted it and she also loves it as well.mom made crab apple applesauce and Iput some more f it in the smoothie,and it was really good and tasty in your smoothie.
I will go to the grocery store when I am healthy and better to buy the unsweetened applesauce and then I will make your smoothie again.
I’m so glad you and your mom enjoyed this smoothie Kim! That means a lot to me! 🙂 I hope you feel better soon!!
Delicious recipe! I subbed almond milk and added 5 tablespoons of oats for added protein, and it turned out great. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!
I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie Maggie! 🙂