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Delicious Kale Smoothie

The only kale smoothie recipe you’ll ever need: not only good for you, but also delicious! This detoxifying protein-packed green smoothie tastes amazingly refreshing and only takes 5 minutes to make!

Kale Banana Smoothie Served in Glasses.

Kale smoothies are a nutritional powerhouse and this kale smoothie recipe is one of the easiest, most delicious you’ll make!

Green smoothies are a wonderful way to nourish your body, detox it, and ensure you’re getting all the nutrition you need.

While a kale smoothie may not sound delicious, it can indeed be made to taste delicious.

Many associate dark green, nutrient-dense food with bitter or at least savory and they’re not wrong. 

However, this delicious kale smoothie recipe breaks the rules and is a somewhat sweet, totally delish treat to enjoy for a breakfast, quick lunch, or satisfying snack in the middle of your day.

Smoothie Pour Shot.

Nutrition Benefits Of Drinking Kale Smoothies

Kale is a real nutritional powerhouse, being packed with unique nutrients such as powerful antioxidants, lutein, vitamin A, C and most importantly vitamin K, as well as iron, calcium, and dietary fiber…all while containing zero calories.

Clearly, kale isn’t just “healthy” – it’s extraordinary! Kale benefits your immune system, promotes a healthy metabolism, aids in digestion, plus is good for your eyes, bone and cardiovascular health, proper liver function and low cholesterol level. (source)

Moreover, kale has anti-inflammatory properties and is also said to provide cancer-preventive properties to the body. 

Last but not least, thanks to its fiber and protein content, essential for weight loss, it helps you to get rid of extra pounds you got during holidays and to detoxify your body.

Curly Kale Leaves.

Other ingredients in this delicious kale smoothie are also rich in nutrients, vitamins and protein, enhancing kale’s already impressive nutritional profile. 

With that being said, if you care about your health but are tired of “healthy-tasting” (translation: icky!) green smoothies, try this delicious kale banana smoothie and never look back! 

Vegan Green Smoothie Garnished with Kale.

Ingredients

  • kale
  • banana
  • peanut butter
  • maple syrup
  • lemon juice
  • almond milk
  • sea salt
  • water (optional)

Ingredients for Kale Smoothie.

How to Prep Kale

If your kale has hard ribs, discard them using kitchen scissors. Transfer the leaves to the blender.

Cutting Stems Off Kale Leaves with Scissors.

How To Make This Delicious Kale Smoothie

The trick to taking a somewhat bitter and unorthodox smoothie ingredient and making it a part of a delicious and slightly decadent smoothie is the ingredients you add to it.

Adding fresh bananas will make it smooth and creamy. Or you can plan ahead and freeze your banana for a creamy chilled effect, much like adding a scoop of ice cream.

Peanut butter and maple syrup add the sweetness and some extra layers of flavor to make your taste buds happy. 

Lemon juice adds some vitamin C, makes the iron in the kale more easily absorbed by your body, and adds a slightly tart note to balance the sweetness from the banana, peanut butter, and maple syrup.

I use almond milk to thin it, although you could use whatever milk alternative you keep on hand.

Then, simply blend all the ingredients in a blender, add a bit of ice or water to adjust the consistency if you want it thinner, and a pinch of salt to balance the taste. Check my kale smoothie web story for the instructions.

It’s going to taste best when enjoyed fresh.

Smoothie in a blender.

Green smoothies are so healthy and, when made well, truly delicious. Add this kale smoothie into your weekly meal plan and enjoy the health benefits for a quick breakfast, easy lunch, or on the go snack.

Making smoothies with what’s in season is the best way to gain maximum health benefits from your ingredients and to enjoy nature’s offerings for your palate.

You might also enjoy the surprisingly delicious Broccoli Detox Smoothie, or one of my summer favorites, the Strawberry Spinach Smoothie.

Pouring Green Smoothie into a Glass.

Top Tips

  • This smoothie will take you no more than 5 minutes to make. Use it as your go-to delicious green smoothie recipe.
  • It’s better to use ripe bananas. In this case, you will need less sweetener as they are naturally sweeter.
  • Don’t underestimate a pinch of sea salt. It balances the taste of this smoothie making it just right!
  • Use water to thin up the smoothie to your liking.
  • If you have leftover kale, use it for kale pumpkin salad, vegan casserole with sweet potatoes and kale, harvest salad, buddha bowl or vegan zuppa toscana.

Kale Banana Smoothie Closeup.

Recipe Variations

  • Use any type of kale for your green smoothie. Most common are curly kale and Tuscan (Lacinato) kale. Here are some more kale varieties that you might want to consider.
  • Fresh spinach can be substituted for kale for a delicious green smoothie.
  • Use any other sweetener instead of maple syrup: agave juice, date syrup or molasses. You’ll need less sweetener if you use ripe bananas.
  • If you don’t want to add the sweetener, toss 2 or 3 Medjool dates instead.
  • Use frozen banana for a creamy chilled effect.
  • You can use lime juice in place of lemon juice.
  • Any nut milk or oat milk can be substituted for almond milk.

Hand Holding a Glass with Green Smoothie.

 
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4.43 from 26 votes

Delicious Kale Smoothie

The only kale smoothie recipe you'll ever need: not only good for you, but also delicious! This detoxifying protein-packed green smoothie tastes amazingly refreshing and only takes 5 minutes to make!
Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine American, European
Keyword detox smoothie, green smoothie, kale banana smoothie, kale smoothie, smoothie, vegan green smoothe
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 203kcal
$3

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add a bit of ice or water to adjust the consistency and a pinch of salt to balance the taste. Enjoy!

Notes

Top Tips

  • This smoothie will take you no more than 5 minutes to make. Use it as your go-to delicious green smoothie recipe.
  • It's better to use ripe bananas. In this case, you will need less sweetener as they are naturally sweeter.
  • Don't underestimate a pinch of sea salt. It balances the taste of this smoothie making it just right!
  • Use water to thin up the smoothie to your liking.
  • If you have leftover kale, use it for kale pumpkin salad, vegan casserole with sweet potatoes and kale, harvest salad, buddha bowl or vegan zuppa toscana.
 

Recipe Variations

  • Use any type of kale for your green smoothie. Most common are curly kale and Tuscan (Lacinato) kale. Here are some more kale varieties that you might want to consider.
  • Fresh spinach can be substituted for kale for a delicious green smoothie.
  • Use any other sweetener instead of maple syrup: agave juice, date syrup or molasses. You'll need less sweetener if you use ripe bananas.
  • If you don't want to add the sweetener, toss 2 or 3 Medjool dates instead.
  • Use frozen banana for a creamy chilled effect.
  • You can use lime juice in place of lemon juice.
  • Any nut milk or oat milk can be substituted for almond milk.

Equipment

blender
rubber spatula
culinary scissors

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 874mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 11856IU | Vitamin C: 150mg | Calcium: 337mg | Iron: 2mg
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Helena

Wednesday 17th of April 2019

I think it is time to try kale smoothie because this recipe looks incredible. I've been meaning to try this smoothie for quite a lot of time but never really had a chance to do it. Time to change that ;-)

Elena Szeliga

Wednesday 17th of April 2019

It is surprisingly delicious, so you won't be disappointed! Hope you give this kale smoothie a try :)

Renee Lam

Thursday 4th of October 2018

Hi, there! I found your kale smoothie recipe a few days ago and have now made this three times. Easily one of the best I have tried. Thank you for posting!

Elena Szeliga

Friday 5th of October 2018

Hi Renee, I'm so glad you enjoyed my kale smoothie recipe! I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving your feedback!

Jason Hocky

Thursday 30th of August 2018

I'm on a smoothie kick and this variety looks so delicious! Love getting all those leafy greens in my kids without whining! Thanks so much for this amazing article!

Elena Szeliga

Thursday 30th of August 2018

Glad you like the recipe Jason!

Anna

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

Good smoothie recipe. Just saved it. thanks,Anna

Elena Szeliga

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

Hope you enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by Anna :)

Lauren

Tuesday 19th of June 2018

This looks amazing Elena! Whenever I blend greens I end up chewing my smoothie so im looking for a new blender. I noticed you recommend the Philips but it looks like that one is no longer available. I've been looking into the Vitamix 5300 after reading this https://livingfreshdaily.com/vitamix-5200-vs-5300-which-is-best/ and I was wondering if you think thats a good choice or what blender you would recommend besides the Philips? Thanks!

Elena Szeliga

Wednesday 27th of June 2018

Hi Lauren! I know what you mean. Chewing your smoothie means it's time for a new blender :) I still use Philips and I can't say anything about Vitamix because I haven't use it. I know people who own Blendtec Designer Series Blender which is a bit cheaper than Vitamix but does a great job. I tried it myself and I'm thinking about purchasing one. Hope that helps!

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Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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