Apple Pie Smoothie (with a Giveaway!)

Apple Pie Smoothie is everything you love about the namesake dessert in a healthy, sippable form!

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Happy Halloween!  Isn’t it nice that Halloween falls on a Friday this year?  How are you celebrating?  We live in an apartment building so we are not expecting any trick-or-treaters.  That is to say, we can have all the treats to ourselves.  Well I have been treating myself all week long, and especially so today, when my coworkers suggested that we go to Bubby’s and order pies for lunch.  You read it right — PIES for LUNCH.  No need to twist my arms for me to agree to that, but I bet I’ll be in a sugar coma for the rest of the afternoon.

Speaking of desserts, I made Apple Raspberry Crisp early this week (I told you the self-indulgence has been going on all week) and James claimed that it was just as good as the ones his grandmother used to make when he was a kid.  Sweet, tart filling topped with crunchy, buttery oats.  Does it get any better than that?

We had some leftovers, so the next morning, I scooped some of that fruit crisp into my bowl and mixed it with a big dollop of tangy, creamy yogurt – it was the ultimate breakfast.  Which gave me the idea: dessert in a smoothie form.

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Apple Pie Smoothie to be exact!

You know when you have a slice of warm apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream and the ice cream melts through and infuses the slice with creamy goodness? That’s what this smoothie tastes like.

I use unsweetened applesauce to get that cooked apple pie taste and then mix in some brown sugar (you can also use sugar in the raw) and warm spices for a dessert-like smoothie that totally hits the spot.

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For the spices, I used a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon.  And it’s not just any cinnamon.  It’s cinnamon for a good cause from the World Vision Gift Catalog, which began in 1996 and has continued to grow in popularity as a gift-giving alternative.

Here’s my beautiful hand-carved Prosperity Cinnamon box made from cinnamon bark.

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The box bears an Asian character for prosperity and it smells as fragrant as the Vietnamese sweet cinnamon inside.  If you have a foodie in your life, this is a truly meaningful gift for him or her.

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By purchasing products from the Gift Catalog, you can also help improve the lives of women, children, and families in the U.S. and around the world.  As the holidays are coming up, consider giving these gifts to your family and friends — it will definitely give you and your gift recipient the warm fuzzy feelings.  What a wonderful way to spread goodwill!

Apple Pie Smoothie (with a Giveaway!)

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1 cup ice cubes

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more apple cider if necessary to achieve desire consistency. Serve immediately.

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Enter the Giveaway!

World Vision Gift Catalog has offered to give away one (1) Prosperity Cinnamon to a lucky TTB reader.  Enter the giveaway on the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck!

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