Start your day off right with this filling and delicious peanut butter and cinnamon spiced Apple Banana Smoothie! It’s made with exclusively wholesome ingredients, flavoured with the natural sweetness of fresh fruits and is ready in minutes! Simply blend everything together in a high powered blender enjoy as a quick breakfast or healthy snack. Serve as is or spruce up your drink with an extra sprinkling of granola, nuts, seeds or fresh fruit slices! | Grain Free + Vegan
Apple season has finally arrived and I am here for. With the warm summer days slowly fading away and the cool, crisp autumnal air creeps in – this apple smoothie recipe is the perfect way to usher in all the cozy fall flavours without turning on the oven!
What’s Inside this Apple Banana Smoothie
Altogether this smoothie is made up a few simple ingredients and relies on the natural sweetness of fresh fruit.
- Apple: You can peel or leave your apple unpeeled as you like. Just make sure to cut out the inner core along with the apple seeds before adding your apple pieces to the blender. This recipe calls for fresh apples, but you can also use frozen apples as well.
- Banana: Frozen banana is most ideal, but you can absolutely make this smoothie using fresh, ripe banana if that’s all you have available to you. As always – the riper the banana, the sweeter the flavour. If you’re working with fresh bananas make sure to add a handful of ice cubes.
- Almond Milk: I used almond milk in my smoothie, but you can use any type of milk you’d like. Oat milk and coconut milk are good options for creamy smoothies. Both sweetened and unsweetened milk will work. Add an additional 1/4 – 1/2 cup almond milk to thin out your smoothie if needed.
- Peanut Butter: Peanut butter adds a protein, healthy fats and thicker texture. Almond butter or cashew butter can be used instead to make a paleo or whole30 smoothie.
- Cinnamon: A pinch of cinnamon is all you need to really amp up the cozy, fall feeling.
- Vanilla Extract: Add a splash of vanilla to boost the overall sweetness.
Keep in mind that ripeness of your banana and the type of apple you choose will influence the overall sweetness of your smoothie. If you want to sweeten up your smoothie without adding too much extra sugar you can try a few different things while sticking with real food:
- Add 1-3 teaspoons maple syrup or honey. Both maple and honey are lovely flavours when combined with apple. Remember that honey is not vegan.
- Add one or two pitted dates. Dates add a ton of sweetness along with a few handy health benefits (fibre, magnesium, vitamins, etc).
- Choose a sweeter apple variety: Fuji, Golden Delicious and Gala Apple are all good, sweet apple options (as opposed to granny smith and pink lady apples which are more tart than sweet).
- Protein Powder: Add a scoop of plain or vanilla protein powder to make an even more protein packed and filling smoothie perfect for a pre or post workout healthy snack.
- Greek Yoghurt: If you don’t mind the dairy, greek yogurt is a great way to also pack in some extra protein and make for a thicker, creamier texture. Plain yogurt also works. To keep this vegan you can choose a dairy free yogurt.
- Nuts and/or seeds: Flax seeds, chia seed and or hemp seeds are all good ways to add a little more dietary fiber and healthy fat.
- Rolled Oats: Rolled oats will add fibre, protein and a few extra carbs. Make sure to ensure that you’re using certified gluten free oats!
- Apple Pie Spice – Instead of cinnamon you can boost up the cozy autumnal flavour by adding a pinch of apple pie spice blend.
A few more of my favorite healthy smoothie recipes you might enjoy:
- Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
- Green Monster Smoothie
- Berry Ginger Smoothie
- Golden Milk Frappuccino (not exactly a smoothie, but smoothie adjacent)
- 1 sweet apple, core and seeds removed
- 1 ripe banana (frozen banana is ideal, but fresh banana works too)
- 3/4 cup |180 ml almond milk
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of ice (you can leave out this ice if using frozen banana)
- 1-2 pitted dates (for a sweeter smoothie)
- 1 tablespoon flax, chia or hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup yoghurt (for a creamier smoothie)
- 1 scoop vanilla or plain protein powder
- Add all of your ingredients to a high powered blender. Cover with the fitted lid and blend until smooth. Add more liquid to thin out the smoothie if needed.
- Divide between 1 or 2 glasses and enjoy.
- You can substitute the peanut butter for another nut or seed butter or choice.
- You can substitute another type of milk (dairy or non dairy) for the almond milk.