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Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

Enjoy this fall-inspired apple cinnamon smoothie for breakfast or a snack. Made with bananas and walnuts this smoothie is dairy free.

We all know kids can be really picky about what they eat. Smoothies can be a really great way to get picky eaters some of the fruits, vegetables, and other nutrients they need.

This apple cinnamon smoothie is a really great neutral smoothie that most kids should love because it is flavors they not only are really familiar with but hopefully already love. It’s naturally sweetened by the apples, cinnamon, and almond milk with extra protein from the walnuts.

Pair this with no bake pumpkin energy bites for a fantastic breakfast or after school snack that is hearty and healthy.

Ingredients

Grocery list

  • apples
  • bananas
  • walnuts
  • almond milk

Pantry staples

  • cinnamon
  • ice

Substitutions

If you want, you can use milk or coconut milk instead of the almond milk. Also, feel free to swap the walnuts for almonds or cashews.

Other add ins

Other ingredients to add that can be a good nutritional boost:

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
a 4 photo collage of the preparation of the smoothie
top left: cutting up the apples on a cutting board, top right: adding bananas to the blender, bottom left: pouring almond milk into the blender, bottom right: adding ice to the blender

FAQ

Which apple is best for smoothies?

A naturally sweet apple is the best way to get a naturally sweet smoothie. Fuji, Gala, and Golden Delicious apples are my personal favorite.

Can you freeze apples for smoothies?

Yes! To prevent them turning brown, toss them in a lemon and water solution briefly before freezing. Frozen apples are best used in smoothies and baked goods.

Do you need to peel apples for smoothies?

No, however, it is a matter of preference. The peel has vitamins and nutrients in it but if you or your child don’t like the smoothie with the peel than go ahead and make it without.

Are there any nutritional benefits in adding cinnamon to smoothies?

Spices are an often overlooked nutrient. Cinnamon has several anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and essential nutrient benefits. This post covers some of the top ones.

Other ways to serve smoothies

If your children still struggle to drink just a smoothie you can try a couple different things. Sometimes, doing something as simple as putting the drink into a special cup or with a fun straw can entice them.

You can also try serving this in different ways:

  • as a smoothie bowl with granola
  • pour into an ice cube tray or popsicle mold and freeze
  • turn into a slushie with your ice cream maker
  • swap the water for milk and the ice for Greek yogurt and use your ice cream maker to make frozen yogurt

Sometimes simple swaps like these can help kids overcome their objections.

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Recipe

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Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

This apple cinnamon smoothie invokes the flavors of fall in a healthy dairy free snack or breakfast.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

  • 2 apples
  • 1 banana large
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Instructions

  • Put the walnuts in a blender and blend
  • Cut the apples in chunks without the center part (you may leave the peel if you wish to)
  • Add into the blender the apple chunks, the banana in two and two or three chunks, the cinnamon powder, the almond milk and the crushed ice.
  • Blend all the ingredients till desired consistency. Serve!

Notes

If you want, you can use milk or coconut milk instead of the almond milk. Also, feel free to swap the walnuts for almonds or cashews.
Other add ins
Other ingredients to add that can be a good nutritional boost:
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal

Nutrition

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 1mg
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