Start Your Day with Fall Flavors in a Chai Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl

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Fall is officially here, and what better way to kick off the season than with a rich and creamy, no-added-sugar Chai Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl. Laced with heart-healthy spices, and naturally sweetened with fruit, this protein- and fiber-rich fall-inspired smoothie bowl is sure to warm your heart — and power your day.

Want to know what’s even better? You can whip up this smoothie bowl in five minutes flat, so there’s no excuse not to eat a healthy and delicious breakfast!

Chai Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl

Yield: 1 serving

Prep: 5 min

Ingredients:

1 apple with skin, core removed, chopped into medium-size pieces

1 peeled banana, sliced and frozen

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons dry oats

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

2 tablespoons pecans, chopped

2 tablespoons low-added-sugar granola

Directions:

Place chopped apple, frozen banana slices, Greek yogurt, oats and spices in a high-powered blender, then blend, increasing power gradually, and using tamper device as needed, until smooth.

Pour smoothie into a bowl and top with chopped pecans and granola before serving.

Notes: Use a sweet apple, such as a Honeycrisp or Fuji, for the sweetest taste. If you are making this in the morning, freeze your banana slices the night before, so they will be ready to go. The smoothie will be on the thinner side, but the flavor is more concentrated this way. If you prefer a thicker smoothie, add ice when blending, as desired. Use gluten-free oats and granola for a gluten-free version.

Per serving: Calories 434; Fat 15 g (Saturated 3 g); Cholesterol 8 mg; Sodium 72 mg; Carbohydrate 61 g; Fiber 10 g; Sugars 33 g; Protein 18 g

EA Stewart, MBA, RD is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in wellness and GI nutrition. In addition, EA is the creator of The Spicy RD, which features delicious gluten-free recipes made from healthy, seasonal ingredients.