Tempt your taste buds with the delightful combination of sweet, crisp apples and creamy, dreamy bananas. This simple and refreshing apple and banana beverage is a fantastic, quick breakfast option or a heavenly, healthy snack. Our apple banana smoothie is sure to satisfy your sweet cravings at any time of day.
Conquer three easy steps and grab three staple pantry ingredients, and soon you’ll be savoring every yummy sip. It’s the most delightful way to boost your day and, even better, use up any slightly wrinkly apples or overripe bananas!
We think you’ll apple-solutely adore this cozy and comforting smoothie!
Indulge in the perfect blend of fruity goodness using two of the most pleasing plant-based ingredients. Packed with vitamins, fiber, and natural sweetness, this delightful concoction offers a restorative and energizing boost that will have you craving this smoothie all year round.
This alluring apple banana smoothie comes alive with a balanced blend of fresh, whole-food ingredients. The star players are ripe bananas, lending creamy sweetness, and crisp apples, providing a sweet and tangy twist, while a small sprinkle of spices adds a warm note to finish off this delicious beverage.
Apples: Apples come in so many flavors, so make sure to pick the right one for your smoothie. Like an extra sweet flavor, choose a Fuji apple. If smoothies are always too sweet for you, toss in a Granny Smith or Mackintosh! Each apple is full of vitamin C, E, fiber, and antioxidants.
Bananas: The best type of banana to use is a ripe, brown speckled banana. They’re at the perfect consistency and flavor for blending and loaded with fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.
Dairy-Free Milk: The type of plant-based milk you use is totally up to you. Keep in mind that the creamier the milk you choose, the creamier your smoothie will be. We recommend soy, oat, or cashew milk.
Peanut Butter: A little scoop of peanut butter adds some creaminess, protein, healthy fat, and flavor dimension to this smoothie.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg: These warm, sweet spices make all the difference, giving this smoothie a seasonal holiday flair, and a flavor reminiscent of eggnog. Add more or less to your taste. You can count on a large dose of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits from just a small amount.
There are so many fun and festive possibilities when creating an apple and banana smoothie. From adding a handful of spinach for a nutritious boost to adding in a spoonful of almond butter for a creamy indulgence, these two versatile fruits provide a fantastic foundation for experimenting with flavors, textures, and nutritional needs. Here are our favorite smoothie tips and suggestions:
Choose Your Apples Wisely: The sweeter the apples you include, the sweeter the smoothie. But note that this is already a very sweet smoothie with a full ripe banana bringing natural sugar to the blend.
Sweet apples include:
For a bit of tartness, choose:
Somewhere in between would mean a Pink Lady, Cortland, or Braeburn apple.
To Peel or Not To Peel: It’s totally up to you whether you would like to remove or keep the peel. If the apples are not organic, it might be best to remove the peel. Same goes if your blender is not so powerful. But, if you have a high-powered blender and would like a boost of extra fiber and nutrients, keep the peel on for sure!
Sweetness Sensitivity: Too Sweet? Use a tart instead of a sweet apple like a Granny Smith or Mackintosh.
Extra Apple Pie Flavor: For an even more apple pie flavor, use half plant-based milk and half apple juice or apple cider, bump up the cinnamon and nutmeg spices, and add ¼ teaspoon of allspice as well.
Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl Suggestion: Reduce the dairy-free milk by ½ cup and make this in a food processor instead of a blender to create a thicker consistency. Pour your smoothie into a wide, shallow bowl and garnish with thin apple slices, crunchy vegan granola, fresh banana coins or dried banana chips, a drizzle of melted vegan chocolate (dark or white) or nut butter, and top with a dash of cinnamon or cinnamon sugar.
Super easy! Either place any remaining liquid into an insulated in the fridge for later or pour the smoothie into ice cube trays to freeze and blend up at a later date. The refrigerator leftovers should last 1-2 days and can be revived by blending with a few pieces of frozen apple or banana. The frozen smoothie cubes have a storage life of about one month.
You don’t, but your smoothie will be very liquid-y and more like a drink than a thick, creamy beverage. Using just one frozen item will make it more substantial, but using both frozen apples and bananas will give you the best texture.
Generally, they do and they taste delicious together. Apples are semi-acidic and bananas are sweet and starchy. For food combining, this is a good match. If you have a very sensitive stomach or digestion problems, you may want to swap out one of the fruits for another.