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This glowing green smoothie has the best flavor! It’s perfectly sweet tart, starring green apples, lots of spinach, and protein-packed nuts.

Glowing Green Apple Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

This is a magic green smoothie. And it will change your life. It will make you skinnier, healthier, and glow from the inside out. Your back side and front side will be tighter. Your friends will idolize you; your enemies will want to be you. You’ll achieve a sense of inner peace. 

OK, not really! But sometimes, doesn’t it seem like products that are “healthy this” or “clean eating that” make all these claims? This really is the perfect glowing green green smoothie recipe…and while we can’t promise it will be life changing, it’s certainly tasty! Here’s how to make it.

Love eating green? Try more of our 10 Green Food Recipes.

Glowing Green Apple Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

Why drink this glowing green smoothie?

There’s a part of us as humans that believes that there’s a magic “answer” to solve all the difficulties to self-care and eating well. If I could just make myself {insert healthy practice}, I’d be skinnier, healthier, and happier. Unfortunately, there is no magic green health tonic that will make healthy living easy. But there are things you can do to make eating nutrient-filled, immunity boosting foods easier and more delicious.

Enter: the Glowing Green Smoothie. Alex and I created this to be a smoothie we’d want to drink again and again to get lots of nutrients while satisfying a sweet craving. What’s so great about this green smoothie?

  • It has the perfect sweet tart flavor. So many green smoothies can be so loaded with greens that they taste bitter. This one is perfectly sweet art.
  • It stars healthy leafy greens and apples. Trying to eat more leafy greens? Spinach leaves make the vibrant green color here, and green apple brings big flavor and lots of vitamins.
  • It’s got nuts for protein and to keep things filling. Blending cashews into this smoothie loads it with plant-based protein and helps to keep you full.
  • It’s plant-based. There’s no dairy in this smoothie, making it 100% whole food plant based (WFPB) and vegan: perfect for plant-based breakfasts and snacks!
Glowing Green Apple Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

How to make a glowing green smoothie + storage tips

This glowing green smoothie turns out tangy and tart, just sweet enough, starring green apples and spinach. It’s truly our new favorite green smoothie! The tangy is balanced with sweet, and it has a loose but creamy texture that’s easily drinkable and a vivid, glowing green color. There’s not much to making this smoothie, but here are a few pointers:

  • Simply blend all ingredients together! This works in a standard or large Vitamix style blender. Or, you can do a half recipe in an immersion or small blender for 1 serving.
  • Can you make a green smoothie ahead? Yes. You can make ahead and refrigerate until serving. You’ll just need to stir it before eating. This is helpful for busy mornings if you want to mix it up the night before.
  • Use any type of mild leafy greens you like. The recipe calls for spinach, but if you have other mild flavored baby greens (even baby kale) you can use them here. Standard kale may even work, you’ll just need to balance the flavor to make sure it’s not too bitter.

We can’t promise that it will make you skinnier or healthier or immune to all disease, but it tastes incredible and it is literally packed with nutrients. Alex and I only need one smoothie recipe, and this is it. Glowing Green Smoothie on repeat. (Oh, and Larson loves it too.)

Glowing Green Apple Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

More healthy smoothie recipes 

Here are a few more of our favorite smoothie recipes:

  • Perfect Strawberry Smoothie A tasty addition to any breakfast or brunch, with the perfect texture and sweet tart berry flavor.
  • Banana Smoothie The perfect banana smoothie recipe: frothy, creamy, and just the right sweet flavor!
  • Berry Smoothie Tangy, creamy, and full of tangy berry flavor.
  • Best Blueberry Smoothie The BEST blueberry smoothie? Yes, this smooth purple puree is full of healthy ingredients and tastes like heaven.
  • Honeydew Smoothie Green melon, pineapple, Greek yogurt and vanilla combine to make a delicate hydrating drink.
  • Watermelon Smoothie This 3-ingredient smoothie is juicy and lightly sweet, with frozen strawberries and banana. Ultra refreshing!

Another great healthy drink? Try our homemade kombucha: it’s fun to brew your own at home!

This glowing green smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, and naturally sweet.

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Glowing Green Apple Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

BEST Glowing Green Smoothie

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups (1 large or 2 small smoothies) 1x


This glowing green smoothie is the perfect immunity-boosting drink with a sweet tart flavor starring green apple, loads of spinach, and protein-packed nuts.


  • 1 large green apple
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice


  1. Core the apple and cut it into chunks, leaving the skin on.
  2. Place all ingredients a blender and blend. Add the lemon juice and blend for a few seconds again. Taste, and add a touch more maple syrup and/or lemon juice as desired. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: green apple smoothie, apple smoothie, smoothie recipe

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Last updated: May 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. Hi Sonja, long time reader and first time commenting. Love your recipes. I have a suggestion for this smoothie – you could substitute the dates/maple syrup with frozen mangoes for natural sweetness, and a really yummy smoothie. The mangoes work well with the spinach and the apple for tartness. Hope you try it out! Good luck for your book launch :)

    1. Frozen mango would be a great addition to this smoothie! I also just tried it with an added banana and it was lovely (still added maple). We don’t often have frozen mango onhand, but we’ll have to look for it! Thanks for a great suggestion.

  2. My husband is allergic to cashews, (really messes with his tummy), do you think almonds would work?

  3. Hi, I love your smoothies recipes. Unfortunately, I can’t eat bananas. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you

    1. You’re on the right recipe — this Glowing Green Smoothie recipe doesn’t have banana! You can also substitute 1 cup frozen mango or 1 cup apple for a banana. You can try about 1/2 cup oats or silken tofu as a banana substitute, but you’ll also need to add sweetener like maple syrup or honey to replace the sugar from the banana. Good luck!

  4. Hello,

    My fiancé Is allergic to nuts. Is there something I can use instead of cashews or should I just leave them out completely?

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