Hot Apple Pie Smoothies (and Popsicles!)
Remember the self-serve “Lunch Cereal” I alluded to earlier this week?
That doesn’t really happen all that often. Oh, all sorts of unconventionally timed meals are eaten around here, but they are rarely self-serve. Mostly because I don’t trust anyone in my house with the task of pouring a nearly full carton of milk into a teeny tiny bowl of cereal. Or pouring anything in general.
But you know what does happen often?
Definitely Snack Smoothie.
Then there are Thursday nights, when we put on our tutus afterschool and go to ballet. I sit in the basement with no windows, save for the one that peers into the ballet studio where I watch Gigi plie and jete her little heart out and I watch Lulu run around like an erratic airplane, press her nose up against the glass, stick her hands in her ears and waggle her fingers at me.
By the time we get home and take our tutus off at 7:30, I’m exhausted.
I have no interest in making dinner or mopping up a half-gallon of milk from Dinner Cereal.
Enter Dinner Smoothie.
There are worse things.
Like Breakfast Popsicles.
Then there’s both in one lovely little recipe.
Let me pour you a glass. I’m begging you.
Hot Apple Pie Smoothies
Makes 1 large or 2 smaller smoothies
- 2 T. old fashioned oats
- 1 T. unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1 apple, cored and chopped (and peeled if you don’t have a high-powered blender)
- 1/2 c. organic cottage cheese, silken tofu or non-dairy or organic yogurt
- 1/2 c. non-dairy or organic milk
- 1 T. almond butter
- 1 T. vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/4 t. nutmeg
- 2 t. maple syrup or stevia to taste
- dash of salt
- 8-10 ice cubes
For streusel topping, combine oats, applesauce and cinnamon in a small bowl and microwave for 20-25 seconds. Set aside.
For smoothies, combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and thick.
Pour into glasses and top with streusel topping before serving.
Pie for dinner?
And drinking your dinner is totally forgiven if you have to use a fork too.
If you plan ahead, you can have dinner leftovers for breakfast the next morning.
No pouring necessary (and thus no mopping).
Cheers for Breakfast Popsicles.
Cereal is so overrated.