2 TBS (30 g) of walnuts, peanuts, or almonds (optional)
¼ tsp of cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
Place peeled apple slices into the blender. Use an apple peeler to remove the outer skin of the apple. Then, cut the apple into slices. Discard the core and the peel. Put the peeled apple slices into the blender. You may also leave the peel on the apple for added fiber. Wash the outside of the apple with warm water and cut it into slices. However, if you want a smoother texture, peel the apple before you slice it.
Pour 8 fl oz (240 mL) of apple juice into the blender. Measure and pour the juice into the blender. Use juice that is cold or room temperature. There are lots of other liquid base options you can try, such as milk, orange juice, coconut water, or plain drinking water!
Add 8 oz (230 g) of ice cubes to the blender. Measure out the ice cubes and add these to the smoothie next. The ice will help to thicken your ingredients and make everything cold. Substitute an equal amount of frozen fruit for the ice to add flavor and nutritional value.
Include 2 TBS (30 g) of walnuts, peanuts, or almonds (optional). Adding nuts will give your smoothie a richer taste, but it will also add fat and calories. Skip adding the nuts if you are trying to limit the calories, or add them to improve the texture and flavor of your smoothie. Measure out and add the desired amount of nuts to the blender. Shredded coconut is another great option if you are not a fan of nuts, but this will add about the same amount of fat and calories to your smoothie.
Sprinkle in ¼ tsp (0.6 g) of cinnamon if desired. Adding a bit of cinnamon will also add flavor to your smoothie. Measure out the spice and add it to the blender. Nutmeg and ginger are also great options for making an apple smoothie! Use nutmeg or ginger as a substitute for cinnamon, or use ⅛ tsp (0.3 g) of each for extra spice.
Blend until the ingredients are uniform. Cover your blender with the lid and hold the lid in place with 1 hand. Then, switch on your blender. Blend the ingredients on high until they are well combined. If your ingredients won’t blend, you may need more liquid. Stop the blender and add another 1 fl oz (30 mL) to the ingredients. Then, resume blending. If ingredients get stuck to the sides of the blender, stop it and use a spoon or spatula to remove them. Then, replace the lid and try blending again.