Friday, April 23, 2010

Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie

There aren't many food related things I'm scared of. My recent warthog adventure springs to mind... So when I was faced with a jar of coconut oil, I took it in my stride (even though I'd never even seen it before, never mind used it) and immediately set out to find out how I could use it. I'd heard lots about the health benefits of the oil and was quite curious to try it out to see what all the fuss was about.

That initial fervour gradually died down though. I tried baking with it, but something must've gone horribly wrong (user error?) for my lemon coconut bars did not quite live up to expectations. Edible, yes. In fact, it was pretty darn tasty, but it had structural problems if you know what I mean. I also found recipes online that advocated frying with the oil, but that didn't really grab my interest. I needed something that would let the oil shine in it's unadulterated form. And that would preferably yield something that would both taste awesome and look great.

Apple Pie Smoothie

Enter my trusty old blender. And a need for a quick grab-'n-go breakfast. Don't we all need those? Blame it on my autumn mojo, but the idea of apple pie in a glass really appealed to me. Not really having a plan except for apples and some vague notion of also wanting to incorporate coconut oil, I set out by peeling some Granny Smiths and allowing them to stew in apple juice until soft. It ended with me taking a lick of the finished product and declaring it "Heavenly". The coconut oil added that extra touch of "mmmm this is good". Not sure about the health benefits in the end, but it definitely tasted like apple pie in a glass. Just what the doctor ordered.

Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie
Serves 2

This really is apple pie in a glass (or as close as you're going to get anyway!). The coconut oil, strangely, seemed to really enhance the flavour profile too.

3 apples, peeled and pips removed
1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt
3/4 cup apple juice + 2 tbsp
1/2 cup low fat milk
1/4 cup oats
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (allow to cool slightly before using)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp honey

1. Cook apples in a half cup apple juice until tender and liquid cooked away. 
2. Add apples along with the rest of the ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth. 

Serve immediately.

Nutritional info (per serving): Calories 383.6 , Total fat 13.8 g, Saturated fat 10.6 g, Polyunsaturated fat 1.0 g, Monounsaturated fat 1.7 g, Cholesterol 8.6 mg, Sodium 227.5 mg, Potassium 682.5 mg, Total carbohydrate 68.6 g, Dietary fiber 10.3 g, Sugars 18.9 g, Protein 7.8 g

Good source of: Manganese 82.3 %, Vitamin C 67.6 %, Calcium 26.7 %, Phosphorus 20.8 %, Vitamin A 20.3 %

Full disclosure: I received Kapruka organic virgin coconut oil in my goodie bag at the South African Food Blogger's Conference. However I was neither asked to nor paid to endorse the product on my blog.


Homemade Heaven on April 23, 2010 11:12 am said...

what a wonderful idea. I bake with coconut oil instead of butter all the time and love the results. Apple pie in a glass certainly excites me. Really yummy, especially with the coconut oil. The Islanders call the coconut the "Tree of life"!

sam on April 23, 2010 11:32 am said...

Oh yes this sounds great - Im a big smoothy fan / maker / consumer

Marisa on April 23, 2010 11:52 am said...

Rose - I'll definitely give the baking another try, I really do suspect user error there... I like the "Tree of Life"!

Sam - They're just so versatile, aren't they?

Joanne on April 23, 2010 2:06 pm said...

I wonder why the lemon bars didn't work out...strange. I bet the coconut oil would go really well in some pancakes! Or muffins!

This smoothie sounds delicious. Apple pie in liquid form. Awesome.

Jessica on April 24, 2010 5:23 am said...

Yummy. I make an "apple pie" salad dressing that tastes great. This sounds quite good. Thanks!

Memória on April 24, 2010 11:26 pm said...

I first heard about this drink last year and never tried it. Your smoothie looks fantastic!!

Marisa on April 25, 2010 5:31 pm said...

Joanne - Great ideas re the pancakes and muffins. Mmmmm, my brain is starting to plot again...

Jessica - That salad dressing sounds very intriguing!

Memoria - Thanks so much; great to "see" a new face over here. :-)

Anonymous said...

YUMMY!!! Good to see someone blog about the Kapruka. I have yet to use mine....thinking of something special to do with it :o) xx on March 07, 2011 8:24 pm said...

WOW this is awesome! made it in my Vitamix and didn't have to peel/cook the apples and it tasted like heaven! Great recipe- thank you!

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