How many cheesecakes are made with whole grains? How many mouthwatering temptations beckoning seductively from bakery windows boast a full serving of milk in every slice? How many caramel apple cheesecakes can you find that are made with real apples, high-potassium bananas, and packed with protein and fiber?
Pretty much none…but never fear! You can kill your cheesecake craving and satisfy your nutritional needs at the same time with this homemade drinkable cheesecake! Instead of a buttery crust, it is blended with Whole Foods 365 brand Honey Almond Flax Protein & Fiber Crunch cereal, a super-nutritious and filling cereal made of multigrain clusters and flaxseeds and sweetened with honey. Instead of a fatty cholesterol-bomb cheese filling, the body of the smoothie is made with a full serving of skim milk and delicious, perfectly portioned Laughing Cow cheese wedges for a rich, creamy taste just as good as traditional cheesecake without all the guilt that traditionally comes with it. I served this smoothie up with some simple, homemade caramelized apple slices free of weird ingredients. The caramelized apples were easy to make and delicious to eat! I hope you feel as good as I did dunking the hot, aromatic apple slices into the cool, refreshing smoothie and knowing you’re not just indulging, you’re also nourishing with a smart alternative to traditional cheesecake! Enjoy.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1 cup skim milk
- 2 Laughing Cow brand Smooth Sensations Cinnamon Cream Cheese wedges
- 2 small to medium ice cubes
- 1/4 cup Whole Foods 365 brand Honey Almond Flax Protein & Fiber Crunch cereal
- 1 tbs dried cranberries
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, sliced
- 1/2 tbs Earth Balance Original or Whipped Buttery Spread (I used whipped just because it’s what I happened to have on hand at the time)
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- a generous splash of cinnamon
First, make the smoothie: Place banana, milk, Laughing Cow cheese wedges, ice cubes and most of the cereal in blender. Blend until smooth. Pour smoothie into tall glass and place it in the fridge or freezer to chill while you make the caramelized apple!
To make caramelized apple: Place sliced apple, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Toss so the apples are somewhat evenly coated in sugar and cinnamon.
Place 1/2 tbs Earth Balance on a pan and heat to high until Earth Balance melts. Add apple slices to pan, spreading them out so each has a surface touching the pan. Turn heat to medium and cook apple slices for a few minutes, until browned on one side. Flip each slice to cook the other side a minute or so. When apples have browned on both sides and feel a bit soft, remove from heat. Place on a plate.
Now, put it all together: Take smoothie out of its chilly exile and garnish it with the cereal you reserved for garnish, and the tbs of dried cranberries. You can take caramel apple slices and dip them into the smoothie with a spoon, or just dump them in and let them bathe in the deliciousness of cool, rich drinkable cheesecake…
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