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The Baked Apple Pie Smoothie started 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 get-together. Typically, I oblige, but this one time I said no.  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 with a healthy recipe involving apples; hence the baked apple pie smoothie.

Orion
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, I realized his apple pie smoothie recipe was very doable and not outlandish; even his measurements were pretty close to the actual recipe I’m posting here.

Baked Apple Pie Smoothie

Baked Apple Pie Smoothie: Recipe Highlights

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!

Cut and bake your apples. We used the Honeycrisp variety as they are known for being naturally sweet and I don’t have to use added sugar. Feel free to substitute your favorite apples.

Vanilla Yogurt

We tried this first using plain yogurt since it’s what I had, but I highly recommend using a flavored 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.  To be honest, I bet you could use the cinnamon stick as a straw, but as my husband would say…” that’s ghetto, Holly.”

Baked Apple Pie Smoothie

An easy and impressive, kid-friendly recipe that uses only four ingredients and no added sugar.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 5
Author: Orion Heller

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tub vanilla yogurt 32 oz
  • 4 Honeycrisp apples cut and peeled

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Alternatively, try microwaving the apple slices for a few minutes and skip the oven.

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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