This Cinnamon-Apple Smoothie with Oats tastes like apple pie but is vegan, gluten free and guilt free! Enjoy this apple-banana oatmeal smoothie for a nutritious breakfast that includes two servings of fruit!
Have I mentioned I drink healthy smoothies for breakfast at least five days a week? A fruit smoothie in the morning means this Italian girl can indulge on pasta, and maybe even dessert, later in the day.
It's a beautiful thing.
This apple pie smoothie tastes creamy, refreshing and decadent, but is vegan, gluten free and contains no added sugar. You're going to love it!
Ingredients in this apple banana smoothie
- A ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
- An apple - Fuji apples are my favorite, but you can use whatever kind you like.
- Almond milk - I use plain, unsweetened almond milk (30 calories per cup) in all my smoothies. Sweetened almond milk also works, and you could use dairy milk for a non-vegan option.
- Oats - I use raw, rolled oats. Plain, quick-cooking oats also should work. Don't use steel-cut oats here, because they won't blend as well.
- Walnuts - Shelled walnuts provide delicious flavor...think of an apple crisp!
- Vanilla extract - I add vanilla to most of my smoothies, since I buy plain almond milk. If you're using vanilla almond milk, you could probably skip the extract, but a little splash won't hurt.
- Cinnamon - Apple-cinnamon is one of my favorite combinations. (If you love it too, don't miss this Jewish apple cake.)
- Allspice - This is optional, but adds a warm spice accent.
- A sprinkle of salt - Since the nuts are unsalted and the oats are plain, this adds a little somethin-somethin to make the apple milkshake flavor pop.
- Ice - Use a heaping half cup if your banana isn't frozen. If using a frozen banana, just add 5 ice cubes.
How to make an apple smoothie
You just need to peel a banana and break it half. Cut a clean apple into wedges, leaving the skin on. You can do this with a paring knife or an apple corer/slicer (affiliate link).
Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender and mix until smooth. I use my Vitamix (affiliate link), which makes perfectly smooth drinks.
Can you put raw oats in a smoothie?
I've been adding raw, rolled oats to my smoothies for years. It adds fiber and helps me feel full longer.
If you own a Vitamix, you can add the oats with the other ingredients. You'll have to blend the smoothie a bit longer than you would normally.
If you don't have a Vitamix, you should add the oats to the blender first and pulse them a few times to break them up. Note that if you need this to be a gluten-free smoothie, you must use gluten-free oats.
More vegan smoothie recipes
I've got so many options for you!
If you love cherry pie, don't miss this cherry smoothie. And, how about a pumpkin pie smoothie? And when melon is in season, you must try this Melon Smoothie with Cantaloupe or Honeydew.
If coffee is your thing, you have to try this homemade frappuccino or this espresso smoothie.
And if, you prefer smoothies with no banana, you might like this refreshing strawberry-grape smoothie.
P.S. You might like my hubby's Apple Pie Moonshine!
(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C. Originally published as Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Smoothie on September 17, 2015 and updated now with new photos and text. )
Cinnamon-Apple Smoothie with Oats
- 1 ripe banana (See notes if using a frozen banana.)
- 1 apple with skin (cut into wedges)
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened or regular)
- ⅓ cup rolled oats (use gluten free if needed)
- ¼ cup shelled walnuts
- ⅓ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- 3 sprinkles allspice (optional)
- 1 sprinkle salt
- ½ cup ice (Heaping ½ cup. If using a frozen banana, just use 5 small cubes.)
- Peel the banana and break it in half. Rinse and pat dry your apple. Cut the apple into wedges using a paring knife or an apple corer/slicer.
- If you don't have a Vitamix, start by placing the oats in your blender and pulsing them a few times to break them up.
- Place all ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth and you can't detect the oat texture. (If you have a Vitamix, you can insert the tamper through the lid to push the fruit into the blades while blending.)
- If using a frozen banana, just add five small ice cubes or a couple large ones.
- I use raw, rolled oats in this recipe. Plain, quick-cooking oats also should work. Don't use steel-cut oats here, because they won't blend as well.
- This makes enough for two glasses, but I usually drink the whole thing. The calories listed are for the full batch, but if you only drink half, it has 266 calories.
My son has been begging for an "apple smoothie" and so we searched and landed on this one. I honestly wasn't sure how it would turn out but it was actually good. Not too sweet, but refreshing and tasty. We used two small red delicious apples that we needed to get rid of as well as oat milk - and made sure to add the allspice. We all enjoyed it!
Hi Larissa - I'm so glad your family enjoyed this! It's one of my favorites.
kelli h weiss
just made this smoothir to have with my tuna sandwich 4 dinner.
had some oat milk leftover so used it instead of my normal almond milk!
love apples so almost any smoothie w/apples is a go to, but was disappointed in the use of so lirrle spices, esp cinnamon as its in the nme! its also very think so will probably use more milk next tie! thx:): kelli
Hi Kelli - It sounds like your smoothie needed to be blended longer. That would help thin it out. Feel free to add more cinnamon to your heart's content!
This is really good & so easy to make. I was buying Premier Oats & Apple & cinnamon, but I don't think I'll be buying it anymore, I usually have everything on hand to make anyway. I didn't have any walnuts, but I did add a bit of pure maple syrup, though.
Hi Dorene - I'm so glad you enjoyed this apple smoothie! It's one of my favorites.
Simply awesome! Loved it.
Hi Sabitha - I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I've been craving this and will have to make it tomorrow.
I need this vegan and gluten-free smoothie in my life! This could be the perfect option for a nutritious breakfast. I’m so excited at the idea of giving the recipe a try. I’ve just bookmarked the page.
Thank you so much for sharing such an awesome idea and all of your useful tips. Looking forward to your new recipes.
Hi Ann - I love this smoothie and hope you will too!
Thanks for sharing healthy recipes. Personally, I love fruits. I try apple smoothie at home. Really it's taste assume.
I hope you enjoy this, farjana!
Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser
Oh my you are too funny-I make so many things in mason jars, from smoothies (I love smoothies, overnight oats to lunch salads)! YOU transferred it to a glass?! BaHAHAHAHAHA. I'd just love to see you in one of your daughters costumes at any business meeting Andrea. This sounds scrumptious and I love apples! Your Florida Bud, Cheryl
Haha! What can I say? Remember how Donny and Marie used to sing, "I'm a little bit country, I'm a little bit rock 'n roll?" Well, I'm a lot rock 'n roll and no country. Even that placemat in the photo is killing me. 🙂
Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser
Oh my goodness the placement is out of Betty Crocker Cookbook my friend! Too funny. Cheryl
Hahaha! I have that book! I have no idea how I ended up with these placemats, which actually have Christmas trees and checks on the other side.