This easy to make Apple Smoothie recipe tastes like apple pie in a glass! Made with almond milk, apples and walnuts this apple smoothie makes a delicious healthy snack.
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.
Why You Will Love this Apple Smoothie
- Apples are easy to find all year round and are usually one of the least expensive fruits you can buy, making this smoothie both inexpensive and delicious.
- Including an apple in a smoothie is a delicious way to enjoy one of autumn’s best flavors.
- This smoothie recipe is simple to make.
- It has lots of variations and is tasty and filling.
- It is perfect for a whipping up a quick and healthy treat for a snack or a light breakfast.
What are the Best Apples for Smoothies?
The best variety 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.
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 apple variety in their apple smoothie. 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 way I look at it there are many, many fruits I can use to make a sweet fruit smoothie. For an apple smoothie tart apples are my preference.
But 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.
Make a green apple smoothie using Granny Smith apples or a sweet smoothie with Honeycrisp apples! For this smoothie recipe I used Paula Red apples, which are tart but not super tart.
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. So go with whatever flavor of apples works best for you!
Can you Blend an Apple Without Peeling It?
Yes, you can put the apple right in the blender without peeling it. For 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 can peel the apple first. Chunks of peel that get caught in the straw are not appealing.
Step by Step Instructions
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.
Put all the ingredients the blender and combine them all at once. It is as simple as that!
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. Other types of milk work just as well, so use your favorite.
Variations and Tips
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.
So this fall get your favorite type of apple and see how delicious it is to include apple in a smoothie!
Find More Dairy Free Smoothie Recipes
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- Berry Smoothie with Oatmeal
- Pineapple Kiwi Smoothie Bowl
- Strawberry Avocado Smoothie
- 2 tart apples
- 2 Tablespoon walnuts
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or apple pie spice)
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 6 ice cubes
- Core the apples.
- Add the apples, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond milk and ice to a blender and blend.
Check out my recipe for homemade apple pie spice.
Nutrition facts are estimates.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Sodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 5gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g