Cranberry, Walnut & Apple Smoothie

This creamy Cranberry, Walnut & Apple Smoothie is perfect for the holidays and will really hit the spot with its warm & spicy fall flavours.

This creamy Cranberry, Walnut & Apple Smoothie is perfect for the holidays and will really hit the spot with it's warm & spicy fall flavours.

I have had a bit of a smoothie hiatus over the past few weeks after the seal on my blender decided to break mid way through blending a full jug of homemade cashew milk. You wouldn’t believe the mess that made. My new seal arrived last week and the first thing I made was this Cranberry, Walnut & Apple Smoothie.

Smoothies aren’t just for the Summer. Fall fruits and veggies can make a fantastic and healthy addition to your breakfast blend at this time of year.

Cranberries are a fruit that tend to be very under-utilized and are often only eaten in cranberry sauce a couple of times a year at most which is a shame when they are so full of flavour and nutrients. They can help prevent urinary tract infections, reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease, slow the progression of tumours and aid dental health by preventing the binding of bacteria to the teeth.

They are great in both savoury and sweet dishes and as you will find when you try this recipe, are just perfect in a smoothie! If you have any cranberries leftover after Thanksgiving this is a great way to use them up. If you don’t have some, next time you are at the grocery store look out for them in the produce section. They keep easily for a couple of weeks in the fridge.

This smoothie brings together the tartness of fresh, plump cranberries, the juicy sweetness of apple, the rich nuttiness of walnuts and a hint of cinnamon warmth. The combination is delicious and makes a wonderfully nutritious breakfast or snack.

This creamy Cranberry, Walnut & Apple Smoothie is perfect for the holidays and will really hit the spot with it's warm & spicy fall flavours.

I really struggle with the cold and couldn’t bear to drink a smoothie with ice in it for breakfast at this time of year, hence the reason that this recipe contains no ice at all. If you like your smoothies a bit frosty then by all means throw some ice cubes into the blender with the other ingredients.

If you love smoothies then be sure to check out this Sweet Potato Protein Smoothie and read all about Green Blender who will deliver you enough pre-measured, fresh ingredients to make ten smoothies. Get a discount of 20% when you follow the directions in the post.

Tweet me and Instagram me your pictures! I am @avirtualvegan.

Cranberry, Walnut & Apple Smoothie
Rate this recipe
3 ratings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Cranberry, Walnut & Apple Smoothie

This creamy Cranberry, Walnut & Apple Smoothie is perfect for the holidays and will really hit the spot with it's warm & spicy fall flavours.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries (or you may use frozen - see recipe note)
  • 1 large apple cored and chopped into chunks ( left the peel on)
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used my homemade cashew milk )
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend for a minute or two until completely smooth.
  3. Serve immediately.

Notes

You can usually find frozen cranberries when fresh aren't available. However, if you use frozen cranberries you might find the smoothie is a little too thick so just add a little extra milk until you get it to the consistency you want.

http://avirtualvegan.com/cranberry-walnut-apple-smoothie/

Never Miss A Recipe – Join my mailing list.

Simply add your email and name in the boxes below and click the ‘sign me up!’ button.

This creamy Cranberry, Walnut & Apple Smoothie is perfect for the holidays and will really hit the spot with it's warm & spicy fall flavours.

22 comments

    • A Virtual Vegan says:

      I am glad you liked it Patricia! And yes it’s a great way to use up leftover cranberries, or an excuse to go buy more!

  1. Anne VD says:

    Wonderful smoothie! I had leftover cranberries in my fridge and this is such a great use for them! It is going to become on of my favorite! I added some fresh ginger to it, for an extra kick. Thank you A Virtual Vegan for your beautiful website and FB page!

    • A Virtual Vegan says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and I am glad you enjoyed it. Adding some ginger is a great idea. I will try it next time! It’s great to hear you like my website and Facebook page. It makes all the handwork worthwhile!

  2. lorena alfredini says:

    If you are allergic to nuts than I suppose you can use chia seeds and coconut milk and turn it into a pudding….

    • A Virtual Vegan says:

      You could just omit the nuts and it would still be good as a smoothie. Just use a non dairy milk that isn’t nut based. Oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk, soy milk would all work.

  3. Kathryn Grace says:

    Hello again. Came back to let you know I made this last night. I have a cold and couldn’t get it out of my mind. Craved those cranberries! I didn’t have enough cashews on hand to make cashew milk, but I had plenty of good yogurt (sorry, we’re not vegan yet). I added a banana that was calling to me as well. Probably needed the potassium. Even though I couldn’t taste it, I drank the whole thing. I’d made about a quart! I slept better last night than I’ve slept in a week. Still congested this morning, but not as achy. Looking forward to trying this again when I can taste it, and hopefully with cashew milk this time!

  4. Brynn says:

    This sounds so yummy. Just wondering if it matters what kind of apple you use? What kind did you use for this recipe? Thank you.

    • A Virtual Vegan says:

      Any medium sized eating apple will be fine in this recipe. I have made it with varying kinds depending on what was in the fruit bowl at the time. Our apples are usually locally grown ones from somewhere in BC if at all possible. I make this smoothie a lot and it’s always good no matter what kind I use. Hope that helps :O)

Leave a Reply