Fresh apple comes together with honey, spices and vanilla in this protein- and fiber-packed shake that is reminiscent of apple pie a la mode. Cottage cheese isn't a typical smoothie ingredient, but it works really well by adding just the right amount creaminess and texture without overdoing it on fat and calories.
1 large sweet apple, such as Honeycrisp, cored and sliced
1 cup ice
1/2 cup low-salt or unsalted low-fat cottage cheese
2 tablespoons raw cashews
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice, plus more for garnish
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend the apple slices, ice, cottage cheese, cashews, apple pie spice, vanilla extract and 1/4 cup water in a blender on high speed until smooth and thick, about 5 minutes. Pour into a tall glass, sprinkle with more apple pie spice and serve immediately.
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