This easy to make Apple Smoothie is like apple pie in a glass! Made with almond milk, apples and walnuts this smoothie makes a delicious healthy snack.
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My kids and I enjoy making smoothies for a quick snack or healthy light lunch. Apples are not necessarily the first fruit most people think of adding to a smoothie, but they shouldn’t be overlooked. Apples are easy to find all year round and are usually one of the least expensive fruits you can buy. So making smoothie with apples is an excellent idea. This Apple Smoothie is one of my favorite Fall smoothies. It is simple to make, has lots of variations and is tasty and filling, which makes it perfect for a whipping up a quick and healthy treat.
What are the best apples for a smoothie?
The best kind of apples to use in a smoothie varies, depending on the flavor of smoothie you are going for. Basically you are choosing between a sweet apple and a tart apple. The way I look at it there are many, many fruits I can use to make a sweet fruit smoothie, like strawberries, mangos and peaches. So when I am making an apple smoothie I’d rather go with a somewhat tart apple to get that distinctive taste. But kids might prefer a sweeter one. Additionally I live in an area that produces a lot of apples, so even in the middle of winter the grocery stories around me will have 8-12 varieties of apples to choose from. Other areas of the country might find their selection of apple varieties much more limited. Here is a quick selection of varieties to consider.
- Very Tart – Northern Spy, Granny Smith, Ida Red
- Somewhat Tart – Paula Red, Red Delicious, Rome
- Mild – Cortland, Empire, Gala
- Sweet – Fuji, Honeycrisp
The bottom line is you can use any type of apple and it can be fun to try different ones and see which one works best for you, like making a green apple smoothie using Granny Smith apples. For this smoothie recipe I used Paula Red apples.
Can you blend an apple without peeling it?
To make this smoothie I simply cored the apple and plopped it in the blender, peel and all. I have a high powered Vitamix blender, which has no problem blending up the skin. The skin has quite a few nutrients and it also looks prettier when you include the skin because of the little flecks of red throughout. But if you have a less powerful blender you might need to peel the apple first. Chunks of peel that get caught in the straw are not appealing.
How to make an apple smoothie
This smoothie has only a few ingredients, which makes it quick and easy to make. It is made by combining two cored apples with walnuts, almond milk, cinnamon and nutmeg. The ingredients are put in the blender and combined all at once. The spices give it the taste of apple pie without all the calories. I make this with almond milk, which makes the smoothie rich, creamy and yet also dairy free and vegan. But you can make it with other types of milk if you prefer.
- Core the apples.
- Add the apples, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond milk and ice to a blender and blend.
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Apple Smoothie Variations
Here are some fun ways you can change up the smoothie for variety and flavor.
- Apple Ginger Smoothie – add about 1/4 an inch of peeled ginger root to the smoothie. Be careful because a little ginger goes a long way!
- Caramel Apple Smoothie – add a tablespoon of caramel sauce to the smoothie. This would taste best with a tart apple like Granny Smith.
- Apple Banana Smoothie – add half a banana to the smoothie. This will make the smoothie thicker and creamier. Be sure you don’t use an overripe banana, because if you do the banana taste will overwhelm the apples.