Strawberry Apple Smoothie
This sweet and refreshing strawberry apple smoothie is delicious and healthy! It takes 5 minutes to whip up and it’s only five ingredients. Dairy-free & refined-sugar-free.
Why you’ll love it
If you haven’t tried apples in a smoothie yet, now’s the time! Their juicy, sweet punch is the perfect addition to a fruit smoothie. This apple and strawberry smoothie is super refreshing and naturally sweet with no added sugar or fruit juice.
Smoothies are easy to customize and super forgiving. This apple smoothie is delicious as-is but can easily be customized to fit your preferences.
If you want a creamier smoothie, add a scoop of Greek yogurt. If you want a sweeter smoothie, swap half the almond milk with orange juice.
Frozen strawberries – Frozen strawberries thicken the smoothie and give it a nice strawberry flavor! If you have fresh, dark red strawberries you want to use, you can use them, you just need to freeze them first.
Banana – Naturally sweetens the smoothie and gives it a creamy texture. Be sure to use a ripe banana since unripe bananas taste chalky and bitter.
Apple – Look for a sweet-tart apple like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady. I leave the peel on since it’s packed with nutrients and it’s hardly noticeable. If you don’t like little bits of peel in your smoothie, you can peel it before you cut it into chunks.
Lime juice – Always use fresh lime juice! It’s far better than the bottled kind. A fresh squeeze of citrus makes the strawberry flavor pop.
Unsweetened almond milk – My favorite liquid base for a smoothie! It’s low in calories with no added sugar and it has a creamy but neutral taste. My favorite brand is Almond Breeze.
How to Make a Strawberry Apple Smoothie
Smoothies are super simple to make! There’s no need to overthink it.
In the base of a high-speed blender, combine the banana, frozen strawberries, apple chunks, lime juice, and almond milk.
Blend until creamy, thick, and smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add a splash of almond milk and blend for a few seconds to incorporate.
Pour the smoothie into glasses and enjoy!
Smoothie Making Tips
- There’s no need to add ice to this smoothie! Frozen fruit thickens it up and keeps it creamy. Ice can give smoothies a gritty texture, and melts faster than frozen fruit.
- Feel free to add yogurt. Yogurt ups the creamy factor a bit. Greek yogurt is good if you’re looking to add protein, but any kind works!
- Smoothies are easy to customize! If you don’t have strawberries, try swapping them with frozen berries, pineapple, mango, peaches, or a combination of fruits.
- You can add greens if you like. The color won’t be as appealing, but it will still taste delicious. Add a handful of spinach for added nutrients.
Health Benefits of Apples
Fresh apples are nutrient dense and low in calories, which makes them a great addition to smoothies! They’re jam-packed with health benefits.
- High in fiber. One medium apple contains 5 grams of fiber. Soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol levels and supports regular bowel movements.
- Low in calories. One medium apple packs about 100 calories, which isn’t much considering all its nutrients.
- Packed with vitamins and minerals, including immune-boosting vitamin C, copper, selenium, potassium, and vitamin K.
- Rich in antioxidants. They’re a good source of polyphenols, a group of antioxidants that protect your cells from free radicals.
Technically, you can “store” apple smoothies in the refrigerator for up to a day, but I don’t recommend this. You lose the frosty texture that makes a smoothie so refreshing. Smoothies are always best enjoyed fresh!
However, if you have leftovers you don’t plan to finish, you can make it into smoothie pops! Pour the smoothie into a popsicle mold and freeze for later. My kiddos love them.
Since apples have a neutral, predominantly sweet flavor they go well with all types of fruit in a smoothie. Bananas, pears, pineapple, peaches, and strawberries all go great with apples.
Processed ingredients and added sugar! It’s easy to add lots of excess sugar without realizing it. It’s best to avoid concentrated fruit juices, which remove much of the nutrients from the fruit and leave behind the sugar.
There are so many options for liquid bases! It’s more of a personal preference, but you can use water, milk, plant-based milk, fresh citrus, or tea as a base for your smoothie.
More Smoothie Recipes
Strawberry Apple Smoothie
- high-speed blender
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 small Honeycrisp apple, cut into chunks
- ½ lime, juiced
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- Combine the banana, frozen strawberries, apple chunks, lime juice, and almond milk in the base of a high-speed blender.
- Blend until thick and creamy. Pour into a glass and enjoy!