You don’t need a high-powered blender to make this fruity and hydrating apple strawberry smoothie. All you need are five simple ingredients and five minutes to make this summertime snack that is rich in antioxidants. The frozen strawberries and applesauce in this drink provide the sweetness with no white sugar added. Enjoy this strawberry apple smoothie like you would a shake or have it with a spoon like a frozen dessert. Either way, it’s delicious!
As a person who does not own a high-powered blender, sometimes I get frustrated with certain smoothie recipes. I know from experience that smoothies with kale or spinach are not going to blend smoothly in my food processor. The same goes for harder fruits, such as apples.
I’ve circumvented this issue in this apple strawberry smoothie recipe by using unsweetened applesauce rather than whole apples. Since the applesauce has already been pureed, it will incorporate into my smoothie easily, no high-power blender needed. Simply freeze the applesauce in ice cube trays, and it will be ready to use in this recipe.
Between the milk, strawberries, and applesauce, we thought this smoothie had enough sweetness without refined sugar added. However, you’re welcome to use stevia or sweetened applesauce if you’d prefer. (Note: using sweetened applesauce will change the nutrition information for this recipe due to the added sugar.)
In my area, the early summer is strawberry season, while apples are in season in the late summer and autumn. Basically, anytime it is hot out, it is the perfect time to gather seasonal fruits and make this recipe. I hope that it becomes a staple refreshment for you as well!
I made a video below that shows how simple it is to make smoothies. You can gather smoothie ingredients and blend in under five minutes!
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Apple Strawberry Smoothie (No Added Sugar!)
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce, frozen in ice cube trays
- 1 cup chopped frozen strawberries
- 1½ cup milk, 2%
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom
- If you didn't freeze your applesauce in ice cube trays yet, make sure to do it before you start the recipe. Regular ice cube trays tend to hold 2 tablespoons in each compartment, so you will need 4 applesauce cubes for this recipe. The cubes are going to be much easier to blend than a ½ cup frozen block of applesauce!
- Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Easy!
If you dig frozen desserts that involve strawberries, don’t miss my strawberry rhubarb ice cream-like fluff recipe! On the other hand, if you’re looking for a fruit-packed meal, my banana split fruit and yogurt bowls will be right up your alley.
Do you enjoy the flavor combination of apples and strawberries? What sorts of dishes do you enjoy them together in?
Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to hear from you! Also, please don’t forget to come back and leave a rating if you try this apple strawberry smoothie recipe! Thanks so much!