This apple pie smoothie is packed with oats, fresh apples, and warm spices for a fall-inspired smoothie that the family will love for breakfast or a snack!
This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are my own.
Fall smoothies are a thing. And this apple pie-inspired one is a fun way to infuse fall flavors into a frothy, creamy, and satisfying smoothie. And it cannot be easier to make!
Gather these ingredients
Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
Plain almond milk
Plain Greek yogurt
Apple pie spice
Best apples for a smoothie
I used Gala apples for this fall smoothie but you can use any sweet apple such as Honeycrisp or Fuji. Be sure to core and seed the apple but you don’t have to peel it. I love leaving the peel on for the small flecks of color you see in the final blend.
If you’re using a high-powered blender, simply cut the apple into several wedges and add to the blender with the other ingredients. If you have an older blender, be sure to slice the apples into smaller pieces so they blend well.
This recipe is perfect for using up extra or diced frozen apples too!
Adding oats to a smoothie
If you haven’t tried oats in a smoothie, this recipe is the perfect place to start. Oats are a blank canvas and will take on the flavors you add to the mix. Though they don’t quite taste like buttery pie crust, the oats help thicken the smoothie and make it more filling.
And I’m often asked… Is it ok to put raw oats into a smoothie?
Yes. Toss raw or even toasted oats into a smoothie for extra flavor!
Tips for success
- Plain Greek yogurt worked great to thicken the smoothie and I added a little almond milk for a hint of nutty flavor. This also helps loosen the mixture for blending. Adjust according to what you have on hand.
- Dates are a great way to sweeten a smoothie without bananas. And you get the added bonus of a slight caramel flavor at the same time. Remember to remove the pit. And use the freshest dates you can find. Look for those that are still plump and shiny, not drying out.
- You can buy apple pie spice or make your own by combining cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. If you only have cinnamon, that is fine too. Using all cinnamon works great for this recipe.
- Be sure to add the vanilla extract. It seems like such a small ingredient but combined with the apple pie spice, the vanilla really delivers that dessert-like flavor!
Reuse your oats container for a good cause
As you know, I am partnering with Quaker, the official oatmeal sponsor of the NFL, this year to help spread the word about the Quaker Good Call Challenge that supports Feeding America, and we can all participate in it together! They even have fan favorites Drew Brees, Jerome Bettis and Jerry Rice helping to get the word out!
For more than 140 years, Quaker has stood by its belief that life’s circumstances should never be a barrier to good nutrition and that one small act can have a big impact on people facing food insecurity.
Quaker has committed to donating $125,000 to Feeding America – which can help secure at least 1.25 million meals* – and is asking others to join through the Quaker Good Call Challenge.
Simply save your empty Quaker canister (or use any container you have on hand), stash any spare change you have and take it to participating Coinstar locations (excludes NY, SD, and VT) and select Feeding America to submit your donation. And you’re done!
Collect your coins and donate whenever you’d like between now and December 31, 2021.
Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization—a powerful and efficient network of 200 food banks across the country. With 38 million people facing hunger, the Feeding America network of food banks has risen to meet the need. And I think it’s great that Quaker partners with and supports their ongoing efforts.
This donation and Challenge will supplement Quaker’s other support of Feeding America to make a positive impact in communities and help people in need. In total, Quaker will donate $500,000 to Feeding America in 2021, which includes the Quaker Good Call Challenge and separate retail programs.
*The monetary equivalent of meals will be donated. $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. Quaker has committed $125,000.00. Valid: October 20 – December 31, 2021
Ready to make this recipe and empty out your canister of Quaker Oats? Here’s the recipe!
Apple Pie Oat Smoothie
- 1 medium apple, cored and sliced
- ½ cup cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, plus more for garnish
- ½ cup cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ tsp apple pie spice, plus more for garnish
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pitted date
- Add the ingredients to a blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth. Top with extra oats and apple pie spice if desired. Serve.