Warm Apple Pie Shake

applesThis is warming and soothing in cooler weather as a dessert or as a snack. This is a signature Essential Puree deconstructed dessert. How to make a pie without making a pie. It goes straight to puree.

This recipe calls for raw apples that are then cooked during the soup function.

This makes a good snack, excellent for those patients for whom maintaining a healthy caloric intake is important. 

Please note: I have used a combination of classic apple pie spices. By all means, adjust to your family’s taste, clearing the spices first with your healthcare provider. With any recipe in the EP Guidebook, the safety of the swallow is the ultimate objective. 

Equipment Note: For this dessert, you need a high speed, high powered blenders such as the Vitamix, the NutriNinja, or the Nutribullet Rx, one that has the soup function. These have such powerful motors that the friction heats the contents of the blender. Take care with temperature at time of service, making sure the food falls within the prescribed range for ease of swallow.


  • 2  Apples
  • 1 Cup  Almond Milk (or any non dairy milk,such as cashew, soy or coconut)
  • 2  teaspoons honey or maple syrup (or to taste)
  • ½ Cup  Cooked Oats (see below)
  • 1 Teaspoon  Cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon  Allspice
  • Tiny pinch cloves, less than 1/8 teaspoon
  • 1 Pinch  Sea Salt

For the Puree

Place all the ingredients into a blender on high speed using the soup function (seven minutes of blending) and blend until smooth. Make sure food is correct temperature for serving per healthcare provider’s instructions.

Swirl Away!

Variation: If you like, you can add a teaspoon of St. Darfour’s Organic Caramel Syrup to the shake and blend until smooth. You have made a caramel apple shake. This brand is chosen as compatible with the EP Guidebook, as it is does not contain refined sugar.

Tip: If raw food is a problem for the digestion of the person in question, baked apples work really well in this shake. Or even sautéed apples.  Or good applesauce preferably without sugar added.

The apples can be peeled, sliced and sautéed in a little butter or vegetable oil, or cored and baked in a 350 degree oven for twenty minutes, using a little water or apple juice in the bottom of the square baking pan.

If you have a good high speed blender, with the baked apple, leave the skin on as it will puree until smooth and contains valuable nutrients. I use Golden Delicious or Granny Smith, but Gala and Fuji are good. Use your favorite apple.

Tip: I like steel cut oats cooked in a mini rice cooker until tender with an equal amount of water and a pinch of sale. If you can tolerate raw oats and your healthcare provider approves, use rolled oats in the raw state.

Tip: For a cold apple pie shake, do not turn on the soup function, reduce the amount of non-dairy milk to ½ cup and add half a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the blend.
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