Apple Cinnamon Smoothie (No Milk, No Banana!) For Kidney Disease

Grab your blender and let's get started with this easy and tasty Apple Cinnamon Smoothie recipe. Most smoothies contain bananas and other ingredients that you want to avoid.  Here is a delicious smoothie recipe for you to enjoy without over doing it on the potassium and phosphorus, perfect for those suffering kidney failure and/or on dialysis.

applesauce smoothie in a clear ice team glass with a apple slice garnish.

I love that this smoothie is a health and healthy breakfast or snack that's banana - free and if you want it to be dairy free you can leave out the cream cheese. And it makes a great mid-day or after treatment snack that is easy and enjoyable.

This is a very light tasting smoothie. I love using apple cider and applesauce to make the smoothie, then you don't have to worry about ingredients that might go bad quickly. With the use of apple cider, you are able to get an autumn fall feeling and add a little cinnamon to make it feel warm and snuggly. Of course you can make this at any time of the year but I love it because it's easy.

An apple juice smoothie that won't break the bank!

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🥘Ingredients

This Apple Cinnamon Smoothie is an excellent option for those with kidney disease because it is made with kidney-friendly ingredients like applesauce, apple cider, oats, cinnamon, oil, vanilla, and cream cheese.

individual ingredients for the apple smoothie laid out on a table in unique containers. The ingredients are individual labeled.
  • Applesauce
  • Apple Cider
  • Oatmeal
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese
  • Canola Oil

See recipe card below for quantities. You will need to keep all items cold prior to mixing if you want to have the best outcome.

📖Substitutions

If you would like to take out the cream cheese and make it dairy free, you can add some more applesauce (about 2 Tbsp) or peanut butter - that would add more protein and a different flavor but also make it creamy.

If you don't want to use canola oil, try to find a light tasting olive oil (not extra virgin [EVOO]) as it won't be as strong a taste for the beverage. The oil adds calories without adding protein, phosphorus, or sodium so it's perfect for someone with CKD to use.

This makes a perfect snack to take along with you as well. You can blend it up ahead of time and freeze it because it has no milk in it, then put it in your lunch bag and it will thaw by the time your dialysis treatment is done or your lunch time happens. You could even add more oatmeal if you want to increase the amount of fiber it contains to increase fullness with meals.

🔪Instructions

Ingredients for apple smoothie in blender

Step #1: Measure out ingredients and add all of them to the blender at once.

Ingredients in blender before and after

Step #2: Place all the ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth - about 4 minutes.

Top Tip.: I recommend putting the applesauce in first so your oats mix in easier. You can sprinkle some additional cinnamon on top if you like. The recipe is also gluten-free if you use gluten free oats.

Delicious Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

Storage

Store all the ingredients except for the oil in the refrigerator before you make the smoothie and it will be at a perfect temperature when you are done blending. If you are making the apple smoothie without milk and with no yogurt you can freeze it in portion sized cups for up to 6 months and take them along with you in your lunch bag.

💭Recipe FAQs

What are the benefits of an apple cinnamon smoothie for people with kidney disease?

1. Low Potassium: Apples are a great source of vitamins and minerals, but are low in potassium, which is important for people with kidney disease who need to limit their potassium intake.

2. Reduced Risk of Infection: Cinnamon has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties which may help reduce the risk of infections in people with kidney disease.

3. Improved Digestion: Oats are high in fiber which can help improve digestion and reduce constipation in people with kidney disease.

4. Balanced Nutrition: Adding a protein source such as peanut butter to an apple cinnamon smoothie can provide balanced nutrition and help meet a person’s daily nutritional needs.

5. Reduced Risk of Anemia: Iron is important for people with kidney disease as it helps to prevent anemia. Apples are a good source of iron, and when combined with the vitamin C in the cinnamon, the iron absorption is increased.

Can I make an apple cinnamon smoothie without milk products?

Yes, you can make an apple cinnamon smoothie without milk products. You can use a non-dairy milk alternative such as almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk in place of the milk. You can also add yogurt alternatives such as coconut yogurt, almond yogurt, or soy yogurt for an extra creamy texture. You can also use a banana, nut butter, or avocado to thicken the smoothie. Lastly, you can add honey or agave syrup to sweeten the smoothie.

Can I add protein powder to an apple cinnamon smoothie?

Yes, you can definitely add protein powder to an apple cinnamon smoothie. Protein powder can help add more protein and calories to your smoothie, and can help make it more filling and nutritious. If you would like to add protein powder, be sure to select a protein powder that pairs well with the other ingredients in the smoothie, such as whey, pea, or hemp protein and that matches with your nutritional and dietary needs for lower sodium and potassium.

Can I make an apple cinnamon smoothie without a blender?

Yes, you can make this apple cinnamon smoothie without a blender as it does not use whole pieces of apple.  You can use a hand mixer as long as you don’t mind larger pieces of oatmeal instead of it being blended into the smoothie.

Can I add other fruits to the smoothie for people with CKD?

Yes, you can add other fruits to an apple cinnamon smoothie for people with CKD. Some great additions include blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries. Be sure to avoid high-potassium fruits like oranges, bananas, or kiwis. You can also add some peanut butter, low-fat yogurt, almond milk, or skim milk for additional protein, calcium, and flavor.

Can I make an apple cinnamon smoothie ahead of time?

Yes, you can make an apple cinnamon smoothie ahead of time. It is best to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume within 24 hours unless you plan to freeze it and thaw it later.  It can be frozen for up to 6 months.

Can an apple cinnamon smoothie be a meal replacement?

Yes, an apple cinnamon smoothie can be a meal replacement. It can provide a nutritious, balanced meal when made with ingredients that are filling like oats and applesauce. Additionally, adding nuts or seeds, protein powder, and/or other fruits and vegetables can increase the nutritional content of the smoothie, making it a more complete meal replacement.

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Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Smoothie (No Milk, No Banana!)

Apple cinnamon smoothie with apple slice

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Delicious as a breakfast, snack or anytime.

  • Author: Mathea Ford
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Low Salt

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened without added vitamin C
  • 4 Tbsp canola oil
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • cup oatmeal - regular or instant
  • ¼ tsp of vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp cream cheese

Instructions

  1. This is a very light tasting smoothie. You will need to keep all items cold [except for the canola/vegetable oil] prior to mixing if you want to have the best outcome.
  2. Place all the ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth - about 4 minutes. I recommend putting the applesauce in first so your oats mix in easier. You can sprinkle some additional cinnamon on top if you like. The recipe is also gluten free if you use gluten free oats.

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5 Comments

  1. Carolann Orlando says:

    The Apple Smoothie sounds great. I will get the ingredients and make it.

    I'll comment again after I do that.

    Thank you Mathea

  2. Mary Ann Quinn says:

    I have stage three kidney disease, type 2 diabetes. and heart failure. I was told to watch my protein, salt, sugars, potassium and phosphate I feel there isn't much for me to eat. Any suggestions?






  3. thanks, this is a great idea for a smoothie and with low potassium. I know my husband with CKD will like this one.

    You are a wonderful daughter to create all these recipes and I, for one, really appreciate your sharing with all of us your talents and experience.

    Best wishes and again, so many thanks this information.

  4. Delicious and easy to make






  5. Vernon Kamiaz says:

    I'm hoping for a plant based smoothie. What can I use as a substitute for anything in the ingredients that is animal based? The 1/4 cup of canola oil seems a bit much. Can water be used instead?