Green Apple Smoothie
Here’s a recipe for a simple green apple smoothie with kale and coconut milk. It is a healthy produce-forward snack or breakfast and a great way to start your day.
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Why We Love This Recipe For Green Apple Smoothie
When Julia Mueller sent me a copy of her new cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale, I was so excited to look through it. She has incorporated kale into a whopping 75 recipes, but it was a simple green apple smoothie that really caught my eye. Probably because I am generally a big fan of any healthy green smoothie recipe. This apple smoothie is refreshing, easy to make and has just the right level of sweetness.
- This apple smoothie only requires a small handful of ingredients
- It’s a convenient way to get both fruits and veggies into your diet first thing in the morning
- It only takes 5 minutes to make
- Only 139 calories per serving
- It is vegan and paleo
Key Ingredients For This Recipe
- Green Apple: Green apples are preferred for this recipe but you could also use another crisp apple such as Honeycrisp.
- Kale Leaves: Use regular curly kale for this recipe or Lacinato. Remove the ribs, wash and spin dry in a salad spinner
- Grated ginger root: You could also buy pre-grated ginger cubes from Trader Joe’s if you don’t feel like grating it yourself.
- Honey: I used honey but if you are vegan feel free to use pure maple syrup or agave and adjust the level of sweetness to suit your palate.
- Coconut milk: Using coconut milk as the liquid in this smoothie naturally sweetens it up and makes it so creamy
- Almond milk: Or your favorite plant-based milk.
Instructions to Make This Green Apple Smoothie
Combine the apple, kale, ginger, honey (or other sweetener), coconut milk and almond milk in a blender and puree until smooth.
Pro Tips For The Best Texture
Julia recommends a high-powered blender for apple smoothies. Make sure to process it for a little longer than you think to give it the creamiest consistency. The apple and kale tend to be a little gritty, so blending for a full minute really helps the texture!
Julia recommends that adding a frozen banana to it will make it creamier if you find the apple smoothie texture to be too rustic.
You can also add in a couple of ice cubes to make this icy!
FAQs and Expert Tips
Although a green apple smoothie like this will stay drinkable for up to 48 hours, I recommend drinking it immediately. If it separates, stir well.
If storing or making ahead, cover the glass with plastic wrap and place in the fridge until ready to drink.
To make this a more filling breakfast, serve it with a few soft-boiled eggs or a side of oatmeal. Try our Paleo Egg Muffin Cups for a portable option.
Additional Healthy Breakfast Recipes to Try
- My kids are obsessed with these Gluten-Free Apple Protein Pancakes. They always ask for them!
- In the mood for breakfast muffins? Try my Greek Yogurt Apple Streusel Muffins.
- This Rainbow Parfaits recipe is packed full of fruit.
- This Peach Cobbler Smoothie is so delicious and really tastes like a peach cobbler.
- For more green smoothies try my Super Green Tea Smoothie, this Vanilla Green Protein Smoothie and my Green Mountain Smoothie.
- Here are 8 Healthy Winter Smoothie Recipes you can try as well!
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Happy Cooking! ~KatiePrint
Green Apple Smoothie
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
A creamy green apple smoothie that’s packed with kale and ginger. It’s naturally gluten-free and is a healthy way to start your day!
- 1 green apple, cored and chopped
- 2 handfulls of kale leaves, washed
- 1 to 2 teaspoons grated ginger root, preferably using a rasp-style grater
- 1 tablespoon honey, pure maple syrup, dark or amber or agave, or to taste
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- Combine apple, kale, ginger, honey or sweetener, coconut milk and almond milk in a blender and puree until smooth.
Variations to Try: I loved the texture of this apple smoothie, though Julia does say that adding a frozen banana to it will make it creamier if you find it too gritty.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Blended
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 139
- Sugar: 18 g
- Sodium: 126 mg
- Fat: 3 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Carbohydrates: 28 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 3 g
Keywords: apple smoothie, green apple smoothie
This is my kind of green smoothie! Love the ginger in there too!
I do read cookbooks like novels!
A green smoothie like this is one of my favorite things and I have some kale in the fridge I need to use up so this is perfect. Thanks!
This delicious smoothie is a great way to start my day! I feel healthier just drinking it!
This is absolutely amazing! So healthy and delicious!
Yay! A green smoothie that is not only pretty but also delicious!
Such a refreshing drink! Love the ginger in it.
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Would this work with spinach instead of kale?
Yes! Totally. And the texture will probably be a little smoother.
Do you use Coconut milk in the can or like the Silk kind?
I used canned.Hope you enjoy!
Apple is such a lovely fruit for a smoothie and I love the ginger with it.
Awww thanks so much for your kind words about my book, Katie!! I’m so glad you enjoy it! And flipping through cookbooks while drinking a nice glass of wine is the exact way I want to spend most evenings! Cheers to health and to all the green apple smoothies! xoxo
So glad to feature your cookbook Julia. It is a great accomplishment and a job well done. Love this smoothie and I will be making it again soon.
It’s funny, I have so many cookbooks and continue to buy more, yet I rarely cook from them. Or at least not as much as I’d like to. I love Julia’s book and this smoothie is the perfect summer to fall transition.
I am glad I am not the only one Kelli. Ha ha. Isn’t her book beautiful. Such an inspiration.
I have the Pok Pok cookbook on my coffee table too! And yes, I read it like a novel! I have been in a rut with my smoothies lately, my standby is blueberries, pear, chia seed, spinach, coconut milk. I definitely want to try this green apple smoothie.
I love the sound of your standby! Yum! Yes, give this one a try it is surprising and delicious.