Making apple smoothies without yogurt or milk can be hit and miss. They have a habit of turning out like a glass of murky pond water. There’s something about the texture of apple that makes it less smoothie-friendly than fruits like banana and mango.
In this article – we share 3 super-simple apple smoothies that are delicious, dairy-free, and suitable for vegans.
We’ve collated a selection of our favourite apple-based smoothie recipes, based on sound nutrition and easy-to-find ingredients. Apples are a staple item on most shopping lists so they’re a popular ingredient in home-made smoothies.
- Apple smoothie health benefits
- Spiced apple & pear smoothie
- Easy kiwi & apple smoothie
- Simple grape & apple smoothie
- Dairy-free smoothie tips
Apple Smoothie Health Benefits
When you think of healthy smoothies, apples probably aren’t the first fruit that springs to mind. However, their health benefits are astounding. What makes them awesome? Well, they’re super-rich in…
Antioxidants fight disease at a cellular level. They prevent and repair damage caused by all sorts of modern life attackers, like pollution and cancer. They’ve also been shown to reduce inflammation, and lower the risk of asthma.
An apple provides 17% of your recommended daily intake of dietary fibre. This is brilliant for your digestive system and helps everything to flow through smoothly.
It’s also been scientifically proven to help prevent certain diseases from developing and manage bad cholesterol. Fibre can also bind to toxins in the body and help to escort them from the building.
So now we know why apples are a health powerhouse, let’s get on to the juicy stuff… smoothie recipes!
Spiced Apple & Pear Smoothie
This is a really hydrating smoothie which makes it ideal for first thing in the morning. It has an incredibly high water content to help refresh and revitalise the body. Apples and pears contain both soluble and insoluble fibre which can help keep the digestive tract working well.
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Remove the core from the apple and pear.
- Blend with the cinnamon and 120ml (½ cup) of cold water.
Nutrition facts – calories: 180, vitamin C: 23% daily requirement, dietary fibre: 30% daily requirement.
You might also like… this 3-ingredient carrot, apple & ginger smoothie recipe.
Easy Kiwi & Apple Smoothie
Did you know that just one kiwi contains over 100% of your daily vitamin C needs? They’re also packed with phyto-nutrients that protect the body’s DNA from damage.
Combining kiwi with apple and lime juice creates a refreshing and tangy smoothie. Its high fibre content and low GI index mean your body’s blood sugar won’t spike so you’ll feel fuller for longer. Here’s how to make this easy kiwi and apple smoothie.
- 1 kiwi
- 1 green apple
- Juice from ¼ lime
- Remove the core from the apple and skin from the kiwi.
- Blend with the lime juice and 120ml (½ cup) of cold water.
Nutrition facts – calories: 126, vitamin C: 133% daily requirement, dietary fibre: 15% daily requirement.
Tasty tip: Try using red apples for a sweeter taste or extra lime juice to make it sharper.
Simple Grape & Grape Smoothie
Grapes make delicious smoothies thanks to their high water content. This can help keep your digestive system functioning smoothly.
Grapes contain the same type of antioxidants as apples. These may help protect you from the effects of pollution, cancer, lower the risk of asthma, and reduce inflammation.
Both apples and grapes are packed full of fibre. Sharper apples like Granny Smiths balance the sweetness of grape really well, but whatever’s in your fruit bowl will do.
- 20 seedless red or green grapes
- 1 apple (with core removed)
- Remove the core from the apple.
- Blend with the grapes and 60ml (¼ cup) of cold water.
Nutrition facts – calories: 145, vitamin C: 29% daily requirement, potassium :10% daily requirement.
You might also like… this 3-ingredient apple, berry & celery smoothie recipe.
Making Apple Smoothies Without Yogurt or Milk
As you can see from these recipes, it’s easy to make delicious apple smoothies without yogurt or milk. You don’t need dairy to create a tasty smoothie.
If you crave a creamier smoothie, then here are some other tips to make dairy-free apple smoothies…
- Add a frozen banana – it’s like adding a scoop of ice-cream without the dairy!
- Use plant-based milk – almond milk is our go-to alternative but you can play around with hazelnut, coconut, or oat milk too.
- Try dairy-free yogurt – there are lots of coconut and soy-based alternatives to dairy yogurt which taste amazing.
To learn about these tips in more detail, read our guide to making delicious dairy-free smoothies.
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Our in-house associate nutritionist holds a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and English, and a Diploma in Personal Training. She has over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, working with leading health clubs, equipment companies, and one-to-one clients.