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The Apple Pie Crumble Protein Smoothie [Recipes]

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Who doesn’t love a warm slice of gooey, crumbly, explode-in-your-mouth apple pie? Liquify it this fall—and lean it up in the process—with our seasonally delicious Apple Pie Crumble Protein Smoothie.

Using fresh apples while they’re radiantly ripe, paired with the powerhouse combo of protein powder, fiber powder, almond butter, and rolled oats, it immediately blends up into a pristinely balanced, nutrient-dense uber-smoothie.

Two boosters, in particular, upgrade the APC Protein Smoothie into a nutritional powerhouse:

  • Protein Powder — a quick and easy way to boost protein content, which helps build muscle tissue, slow digestion, and control hunger. Pick your favorite here.
  • Metamucil Fiber Powder — it’s an effortless way to pump more fiber into your diet, without impacting taste. Metamucil (from psyllium) can help lower cholesterol, maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and reduce hunger between meals.

It’s dessert served in a tall glass (or mason jar), sans the gut-busting calorie, fat, or sugar count. All in, each serving rolls deep at 16g of protein — all for a svelte 270 calories. Pour it high, chug it down, and I guarantee that your mouth will be drooling for round 2.

Whether you’re looking to re-up after an intense HIIT workout, want a quick flood of autumnal deliciousness, or need a creative way to burn through the 3874213341 apples you hauled in apple picking, it’s the perfect addition to any knockout smoothie collection.

*Dying for a little pumpkin action? Make our Liquid Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie.


 

The Apple Pie Crumble Protein Smoothie — Ingredients:


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*Makes 1 HUGE smoothie or 2 smaller smoothies.

  • 1.5 cups almond milk (or coconut almond milk)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder — or unflavored. Use our protein powder guide if you’re looking to buy a jug. Toss in 1.5-2 scoops if you want it extra protein-y.
  • 1 tbsp. Metamucil Fiber Powder (unflavored) — not only boosts fiber content, but also helps create a better smoothie consistency.
  • 1 apple, remove the core
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tsp. apple/pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 4 ice cubes
  • *Optional — add 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum to make it thicker.

We always recommend a high speed blender (like a Vitamix) to make pro-status smoothies.

 

Make It:


Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2 smoothies

  • (1) Throw everything in a blender.
  • (2) If you’ve got a variable speed blender, start on low and work your way up slowly to top power.
  • (3) Chug.
  • Nutrition Stats: 270 calories, 16g protein, 7.5g fat, 30g carbs, 18g sugar, 6g fiber, 37% calcium, 32% vitamin E, 20% vitamin D

 

 

Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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