Sugar, cinnamon, fruit, and spices meld together in pies for a dessert that entices cravings at any time of the year. The only downside to pining after pie year-round is when summer hits, and the temperatures start soaring off the charts. Even though nutmeg and peaches are the pairing you desire above all, hot weather and hot kitchens aren’t always a recipe for success.
Thankfully, there are smoothie alternatives that won’t cause you to break a sweat. With pie-inspired smoothies, you might even get a few healthy benefits in your dessert lacking in traditional pies. So when the sun’s rays are making your kitchen too hot to handle, stay cool, and drink one of these six smoothies instead of baking up a storm.
1. Peach Pie Smoothie
Spot on for the summer season are Ellie Krieger’s peach smoothies from The Cooking Channel. The ratios below make one 2-cup sized serving, but it can very easily be increased for sweet smoothie sharing.
- ½ cup nonfat or 1 percent lowfat milk
- ½ cup nonfat plain yogurt
- 1 cup unsweetened frozen peaches
- 1 tablespoon honey, plus more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch ground nutmeg
- pinch ground ginger
Directions: Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Less seasonal than your peach pie smoothie is this pumpkin pie smoothie from Silk. It even sneaks a little protein into your diet with almond butter and an optional add-in of protein powder.
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 tablespoons protein powder (optional)
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until creamy.
3. Chocolate Pecan Pie Smoothie
Sticking with the fall theme, are the chocolate pecan pie smoothies from The Doctors. Drink in hand, you can appreciate the flavors of Thanksgiving and Christmas, while cooling off and being thankful for warm, sunny weather. It will yield four servings, at 8 ounces each.
- 1 cup pecans
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons agave
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2½ cups ice
Directions: Add the pecans to a blender. Pulse to finely chop. Add cocoa powder, agave, and salt. Pulse five times. Set the blender to medium speed. Slowly increase speed to high, and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and ice to the blender. Set the blender to medium and slowly increase the speed to high. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
4. Cherry Pie Smoothie
Made with frozen yogurt, the cherry pie smoothies from Smoothie Ninja are probably borderline milkshakes–but don’t let that stop you from drinking this dessert-worthy smoothie all summer long. It makes one serving.
- 15 pitted black cherries; canned or fresh ripe
- ¾ cup cranberry juice
- 2 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- fresh cherries to decorate (optional)
Directions: Place frozen yogurt, juice, cherries, and almond extract into your smoothie blender and process until silky smooth. Sift contents through a non-metallic strainer into an ice-filled glass. Decorate with fresh cherries.
5. Banana Cream Pie Smoothie
Complete with graham cracker crumbs that are reminiscent of the traditional crust, the banana cream pie smoothie from Cooking Light will be the drink that stops your pie cravings cold. It will make two 1-cup sized servings.
- 1 cup sliced ripe banana (about 1 large)
- 1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
- ½ cup 1 percent, low-fat milk
- 2 tablespoons whole wheat graham cracker crumbs
- 1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ice cubes (about ¼ cup)
- graham cracker crumbs
Directions: Arrange banana slices in a single layer on a baking sheet, and freeze until firm (about 1 hour). Place frozen banana and remaining ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Serve immediately.
6. Apple Pie Smoothie
No list of pies could be complete without including the classic, all-season, and all-American apple pie. Similarly, smoothies inspired by pies need to have this in the mix as well. With Vitamix’s recipe, you’ll have a new take on the traditional slice that yields 3 cups worth of smoothie goodness.
- 1½ apples, halved, seeded, quartered
- ¾ cup low fat vanilla yogurt
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar, to taste
- ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
- 1 cup ice cubes
Directions: Place all ingredients into a blender in the order listed and secure lid. Start on a low setting, increasing to high as the ingredients are blended together. Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached.