An easy and impressive, kid-friendly recipe that uses only four ingredients and no added sugar.
On the night of Mother’s Day Eve (that’s a holiday too right?) my husband and eldest son requested that I make brownies for our Mother’s day get-together. Typically, I oblige, but this one time...I said, “...No.” Aside for it being Mother’s Day (almost) I had recently decided I wanted to try to eat healthier. Throwing brownies into the mix this early in the game would seem a little counter-productive. Instead, I challenged my son, Orion, to come up a healthy recipe involving apples.
I had just ordered several apples from Peapod’s grocery delivery service. I figured that would be the end of our dessert debate, but 10 minutes later Orion dropped a piece of paper on my lap with his recipe written out, complete with: ingredient list, measured amounts, and directions. I have to admit, I was a bit proud of that moment. After reading it over and I realized his recipe was very doable and not outlandish; even his measurements were pretty close to the actual recipe I’m posting here. If you decide to try this, be sure to encourage my 10 year old future chef/astronaut, by leaving a comment or kind suggestion. I even let him choose the pictures to use for this post.
With the backstory out of the way, without further ado, I present Orion’s recipe debut of Baked Apple Pie Smoothie. Dramatics are required in such celebratory occasions. Clap clap bow.
This recipe is very simple, healthy, and only uses four ingredients. You can do it with your own kitchen elves without that OMG-are-we-done-yet stress that sometimes comes when cooking with wee ones. I wonder if you could sub all the apples in this recipe with cinnamon applesauce and make this even simpler. Be sure to let me know if you get to it before I do! I'm guessing the liquid ratio will be off and you won't get the intense apple flavor you do with baked apples.
I lack prep pictures of this recipe since I haven’t finished growing my third and fourth arms. I’m positive that before I am done on this Earth I will have transformed into a “cooking with elves” high-elf...like Santa Claus in the kitchen. Can you imagine how many grandchildren I will eventually have with five children of my own!?! To be frank, (even though I’m Holly) wee ones like to help when you’re not expecting, so my “camera hands” are in use saving fingers from blenders or an entire container of cinnamon being added to the recipe.
Anywho, back to the recipe. Cut and bake your apples. We used the honey crisp variety as they are known for being naturally sweet (no added sugar. Yay!) Feel free to substitute your favorite apples. I put them in the freezer after they were done baking to use as the “ice cubes.”
We tried this first using plain yogurt since it’s what I had, but I highly recommend using a flavored yogurt. Even adding brown sugar and vanilla could not take away the “sour cream” taste that is associated with plain yogurt. Once we used vanilla yogurt we were set.
If you’re serving this to guests as a quick, yet impressive dessert, consider adding a stick of cinnamon and using a cute glass along with sprinkling cinnamon and sugar on top. It’s super cute, but hella easy. You'll look like Martha Stewart or something. To be honest, I bet you could use the cinnamon stick as a straw, but as my husband would say...”that’s ghetto, Holly.”
p.s. Despite how awesome I might appear online, mistakes happen. If you happen to spot one on this recipe, save your fellow cooks a disaster and let me know by using the contact form.
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Baked Apple Pie Smoothie
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- In an oven-safe baking dish, combine the cut apples, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup apple juice.
- Toss to ensure the apples are properly coated with both the juice and the cinnamon.
- Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until apples are tender.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Then place in the freezer for several hours, if time permits.
- In your blender, combine the yogurt, apples, and remaining apple juice (half cup) and blend until smooth. Serve chilled with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top.
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