There's a certain crispness in the air. The sky has turned gray, and I am pulling sweaters out of the back of my closet. Yes, that would be fall - a transitional period between the heat and humidity of summer and the chilly windy weather of winter. Apple pie is one of those foods that straddles the great divide.
A fruit pie, topped with a rapidly melting scoop of (non-dairy) vanilla ice cream feels like it could still belong to those glorious sunny days. But, at the same time, apples possess that decided crunch and flavor that carries us through the darkening days. So here we are - a shake to brighten the wintery weather and bring back a bit of summer.
1 apple, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice (optional)
1 tsp agave (optional)
Handful ice cubes
1/2 cup vanilla non-dairy ice cream (homemade, or I used So Delicious fruit-sweetened)
1 graham cracker (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350F, and bake apple chunks with agave (if so desired) and cinnamon for about 25 minutes. Allow to cool for another 20 minutes, or save for another day (you can also use 1/2 cup of applesauce in place of the cooked apple, or sub in a fresh apple).
2. In a blender, combine the apple, any additional spices, the ice cubes, and the ice cream until smooth. If you decide to go with a graham crack (or other cookie or granola), add and then give the blender a short pulse so there are still chunks. ENJOY!