This easy apple smoothie recipe introduces a simple blend of 6 fresh ingredients in a cozy and irresistibly tasty smoothie.
Our 10-minute apple smoothie is loaded with natural sweetness from apples and honey, a pleasant warmth from cinnamon, and extra creaminess from milk. It’s kid-friendly, family-friendly, and is a total delight to enjoy on fall days.
This apple smoothie can be either a healthy side beverage to add to a breakfast or a big meal or a simple light snack to enjoy throughout your day. It’s sweet, refreshing, and tastes somewhat like an apple pie, but much lighter in calories and fat — only 157 calories and 3 g of fat per serving.
Being the main ingredient in our drink, apples provide many benefits for your health. A 3-inch medium apple can provide about 10% of your daily vitamin C and 25% of your daily fiber needs. They also contain pectin, a type of soluble fiber that’s known to help prevent constipation, lower LDL (the “bad” cholesterol), as well as prevent chronic diseases.
Sweet apples (like Gala and Fuji) work best for this recipe. They make the smoothie naturally sweet, even without the presence of a sweetener.
That being said, if you prefer it tart, feel free to go for green apples such as Honey Crisp or Granny Smith or any variety that you have on hand.
It takes just a few extra steps to prepare apples for a smoothie. First, rinse the apples well — especially if you’re not using organic apples — to remove wax and pesticides on their skin.
We decided to peel the apples in advance as we wanted our apple smoothie smooth and creamy, but you can leave the skin on if preferred.
Next, cut them straight down along the core and near the stem. Then, discard the core and seeds. Lay one half of the apple flat, cut-side down, then keep slicing it off into long, rectangular thick slices and then into 1-inch cubes.
Add the apple cubes to your blender with other ingredients and purée. Although a high-powered blender will produce a finer smoothie, a regular blender is also suitable as fresh apples always blend easily.
2. Liquids: Honey and Milk
Honey and milk help the smoothie blend and give it the desired creamy texture.
You can start with half a tablespoon of honey, take a taste test after blending to see if it suits your taste, and increase the amount if needed. As honey is an extra sweetener, you can also omit it since the apples are already sweet.
For dairy, it doesn’t have to be whole milk. Any milk can work for this apple smoothie, including almond milk and coconut milk. Each will yield different results, so feel free to choose whichever works best for your taste.
Apple and cinnamon have been a well-known classic pair. Together, they bring in a subtly sweet taste that resembles the apple pie flavor. The addition of cinnamon spices enhances our smoothie with a hint of coziness that fits perfectly in the chilly season.
4. Ice and Mint
Adding ice cubes to the blender makes the smoothie thicker and frostier (while still creamy but not watery). Finally, adding some mint leaves for garnish will give our drink a pleasant, herby aroma.
Can I Use Frozen Apples for This Smoothie?
Yes, you can. This apple smoothie recipe could be a great way to use up leftover frozen apples in your fridge before they go bad.
Simply store the cored and cubed apples in the freezer, then pop them straight into the blender without defrosting them first. To aid processing, you’ll need to omit the ice cubes and increase the amounts of liquids a little bit.
How Long Does Apple Smoothie Last?
If stored properly, an apple smoothie can last for up to 3 days in the fridge.
After the first day in storage, you might notice that the smoothie separates into two parts. Don’t worry, this is completely normal and the smoothie is still drinkable. Just stir it up, shake it up, or give it a re-blend in the blender.
Can You Freeze It?
Absolutely. This apple smoothie is a great make-ahead drink as it can last for up to 3 months in the freezer.
When you’re ready to finish the leftovers, simply remove the frozen smoothie from the freezer to room temperature and let it slowly melt.
Layer the ingredients in the blender, with liquids on top of solids, following this order from first to last: 1 cup ice cubes, 20 oz peeledand cubed red apples, 1 1/2 cup whole milk, 2 tbsp honey, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon.
Blend in 30 seconds to 1 minute until smooth.
Pour the apple smoothie into glasses.
Garnish with 6 mint leaves for 4 servings. Enjoy right away because it will turn brown fast due to oxidation.
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 157Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Vitamin A 289IU
Vitamin C 7mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This smoothie is delicious and healthy way to start a day. Love it!