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10 Tasty Kale Smoothies

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There’s no denying it, kale is a fantastically amazing vegetable. Full of protein, vitamins, fiber, and important minerals, and believed to help defend the body against everything from asthma, to diabetes, and more, kale is in every way a super-food — except when it comes to taste.

It's really unfortunate, because most of us could use more of this dark leafy green in our diets, and would be more than willing to supplement our meals with a healthy infusion of kale, if only it didn’t taste like a fistful of dirt.

Well, hold onto your tongue, because we’ve located 10 recipes from around the web that manage to turn this bitter vegetable into some of the tastiest smoothies you’ll ever experience. Read on, and see for yourself just how delicious ‘nutritious’ can be.

10 Tasty Kale Smoothies

1. Kale, Pineapple, and Almond-Milk Smoothie

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Most kale smoothies make use of other sweet flavors to help mask the bitter tang of the kale, but the best kale smoothies use flavorful foods that work well together to create amazing taste. Such is the case with this particular smoothie, which tickles the tongue with a perfect complementary mixture of pineapple, almond-milk, and banana. Special thanks to Marthastewart.com for sharing this healthy treat.

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
½ cup pineapple juice
1 cup kale (chopped, packed)
½ cup fresh pineapple (diced)
1 banana

Directions

  1. In a Blendtec blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth.

 

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2. Kale-Ginger Detox Smoothie

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The holidays are a time for celebration. Of course, ‘celebration’ is often just another word for ‘overeating,’ and by the time mid January rolls around, many feel as though it might be easier to just give up than it would be to try to get back into a healthy dietary routine. This is where the kale-ginger detox smoothie comes into play. By clearing all of that residual holiday cheer from your system and giving you a chance to start the new year off right, this smoothie may just be your first step towards a happier life... and it tastes good to boot! This one comes to us courtesy of Julia via Ohmyveggies.com.

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1 banana (frozen)
½ cup blueberries (frozen)
1 tsp ginger (grated)
2 cups kale (chopped, loosely packed)
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
Raw honey (to taste)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a Blendtec blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. If needed, add more honey and blend again.
  3. Consider adding more almond milk if needed to achieve the correct consistency.

3. Pistachio Ice Cream Kale Green Smoothie Shake

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For those who want something that tastes like a dessert, satisfies like a meal, and nourishes like a plate full of greens, this pistachio ice cream kale smoothie may just be perfect. And, did we mention that it’s completely vegan? Kudos to Tarashaun at Blenderbabes.com for discovering it.

Ingredients

¼ cup milk substitute OR filtered water
½ tsp ginger (finely minced)
2 bananas
1 cup kale leaves (chopped)
½ cup pistachios, hazelnuts, and/or raw cashews
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp agave nectar OR raw dates (pitted, chopped)
1 pinch salt
2 cups ice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a Blendtec blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. If using frozen bananas, consider reducing the amount of ice to 1 cup.

4. Kale and Apple Green Smoothie Recipe

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There’s just something about smoothies that makes them a perfect addition to the vegan lifestyle. This particular recipe, from Dara at Cookincanuck.com, uses apples to give it a subtle sweetness that is nonetheless strong enough to make you forget about just how nutritious the whole concoction is. And, like the previous recipe, this one is also totally vegan.

Ingredients

⅔ cup almond milk (unsweetened)
¾ cup ice
1 ½ cups kale (chopped, packed)
1 stalk celery (diced)
½ Gala apple (cut into chunks)
1 tbsp ground flax seed Agave nectar (to taste)

Directions

  1. In a Blendtec blender, combine almond milk, ice, kale, celery, apple, and flax seed. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Taste smoothie. Add agave nectar if needed and blend again.

5. Chocolate Kale Smoothie

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Chocolate may seem like the anti-kale, but with a little bit of know-how (and the right ingredients), the two can be combined into a mouth-watering smoothie that works equally well for any meal, or even after a strenuous workout! This one comes to us from Beth at Greenphillyblog.com.

Ingredients

2 cups vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
6 large kale leaves
bananas (chopped, frozen)
2 tbsp chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp almond butter
Several cubes of ice Chia seeds and/or blackberries (optional, for topping)

Directions

  1. In a Blendtec blender, mix almond milk, kale, bananas, protein powder, and almond butter. Blend on high until smooth. Add ice, and blend again.
  2. Top with chia seeds or blackberries to serve.

6. Kale and Strawberry Energy Boosting Smoothie

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Most of us could probably stand to have a bit more energy. But rather than crawl into a coffee pot, or resign yourself to a few hours of drowsy yawning, you can get all of the energy you need naturally. This recipe combines kale, strawberries, hemp seeds, coconut, and more to create a flavorful concoction that will help you stay alert throughout the entire day. Thanks to Nicole at Olahuna.com for sharing.

Ingredients

1 cup curly or purple kale (chopped, packed)
1 ½ cups strawberries (frozen)
1 coconut (young)
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp maple syrup OR coconut nectar
½ cup cashews (optional)
2 drops strawberry extract
1 cup ice

Directions

  1. Remove coconut meat. Save coconut water.
  2. Combine kale, strawberries. coconut meat, hemp seeds, maple syrup/coconut nectar, strawberry extract, ice, and (optionally) cashews in a Blendtec blender. Blend together on high until mixture reaches desired consistency. Add coconut water if smoothie is too thick.
  3. Use more or less ice to reach desired temperature.

7. Low Calorie Strawberry Banana Kale Smoothie

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For a great green smoothie that is also low in calories, you can’t do much better than this banana kale smoothie, courtesy of Jordan at Thefitchen.com. It hits all of the nutritional expectations you might have for a basic green smoothie, but is also a pleasant experience for the pallet.

Ingredients

⅓ cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups baby kale (chopped)
½ banana
1 tbsp hemp seeds
½ strawberries (frozen)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a Blendtec blender and blend on high until smooth.

8. Matcha Kale & Peach Smoothie

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Here’s to another taste combination that you never knew you were missing. Green tea, kale, and peaches come together in this smoothie to create a unique taste that you’ll find yourself craving all day long. And, as Jeanine at LoveandLemons.com suggests, it also works well as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
2 tsp cooking-grade matcha
2 kale leaves
2 ripe peaches (pitted)
½ tsp ginger (grated)
1 banana
1 handful of ice

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a Blendtec blender. Blend on high until desired consistency is reached.

9. Coconut ‘Kale-Ada’ Smoothie

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Even if you’re snowed in this winter, you can enjoy the taste of the sunny tropics with a coconut ‘kale-ada’ smoothie—courtesy of Hallie at Dailybitesblog.com. With all the taste of a refreshing piña colada, and all of the nutrients of a hearty green smoothie, this special treat is just the thing to chase the winter blues away.

Ingredients

¼ cup canned coconut milk (full-fat)
½ cup water (more as needed)
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup pineapple chunks (frozen)
½ banana (frozen)
1 kale leaf (stem removed)
1 cup spinach

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a Blendtec blender and blend on high until smooth.

10. Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie

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Tammy at Organizeyourselfskinny.com has really outdone herself. Cherry? Vanilla? These are two flavors that just can’t miss, and when you experience what they can do for kale smoothies, you’ll wonder how you ever managed to blend without them. And, in addition to the health benefits from the kale, the cherries offer quite a few benefits themselves, including promoting restful sleep, reducing belly fat, easing muscle soreness, and more.

Ingredients

Water (for consistency)
1 banana
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
2 cups coconut milk (unsweetened)
1 cup kale (chopped)
2 cups dark sweet cherries (frozen)

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a Blendtec blender and blend on high until smooth. Use more or less water to achieve desired consistency.

Mix & Match Your Own!

 The best part about smoothies is that you can truly add, eliminate, and substitute any ingredients that you want. It may not always turn out perfect on your first try, but you might discover something amazing!

You may have noticed that 8 out of our 10 kale smoothie recipes contain banana. There is just something about the sweet, smooth taste of a banana that does a great job covering up the often bitter, toughness of kale. If you start with kale and banana for your smoothie, you're probably close to something magical. 

If you make one of these tasty kale smoothies, or freestyle your own, let us know how it went! We'd love to share your experience and help more people discover their perfect blend. 


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59 comments


  • Yes, it’s true! Kale is listed as one of the highest pesticide foods by the U.S. government survey. Check out Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) for the safety list they put together based on government data. It’s called the Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen list.

    Jo on

  • I want to be on the top. To be able to survive in this harsh life thank

    bottle flip on

  • Sorry I have to disagree, the taste of kale if too much for me.
    I’ve tried in vain to finish one!

    sean on

  • I’ve made smoothies for years, trying all sorts of combinations. These recipes sound yummy! A tip for using kale is to freeze it. This removes the bitterness and helps make the smoothie extra cold. Freeze chopped kale in a freezer bag and use as needed. One of my favorite smoothie combos is kale (or spinach), frozen cherries, vanilla yogurt, milk, almond or peanut butter, and pure maple syrup. It’s like drinking a chocolate cherry shake!

    Ann on

  • ❤THANK YOU FOR CALORIE COUNT!

    Mandy on

  • Just thought I’d refer you to the lists known as the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen. As a master gardener Kale is a staple in my gardens- I love Kale salads- & it makes a beautiful show- & doesn’t attract harmful insects. I’m all for buying organic produce when I can afford it. But with some veggies it’s more of an ethics trade off ?! Kale is one of those veggies. Hope this helps. Loved the green coconut Kale Ada smoothie for St. Paddy’s Day! Thanks!

    Alliso on

  • I heard organic kale is better than regular kale because regular could be toxic is this true? Thank you

    Susan on

  • Yes! You can use any milk of choice in place of almond milk.

    Jessica Andreasen on

  • Thats great thanks for the information

    Morgan on

  • Is there another liquid substitute for these recipes besides almond milk? Like 1% milk, or certain juices, or water or anything else you would recommend?

    Danielle on

  • wooohoooo qualifying cookies 24-7 I LOOOOOVVEE it. That sounds like a sweet life to me.
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    Roshani on

  • Hi Morgan, these recipes are from other sources so we don’t have exact volumes, unfortunately. It looks like the majority are about 16-20 oz. You can try clicking through to the recipe author’s website to see if they list volumes there.

    Jessica Andreasen on

  • great list of kale smoothie recipes. thanks,Anna

    Anna Powell on

  • All sound good if Kale wasn’t one of ingredient. As for Almond milk, the drink is usually made of water and sugar with 1-2% of almond … seriously!
    Pretty pictures though …

    Jane P. on

  • Why are all those fruits have to be frozen?

    Grazina on

  • I went straight to internet looking for more kale recipes. I never notice the kale taste. I always reduce any sugar (half banana versus whole). Replacing some avocado for banana is a good idea.

    Charlotte on

  • Excellent recipes and comments!

    Diane on

  • I’ve been making veggie smoothies for years.

    Anita on

  • Can smoothies be frozen in their container straight after making them or would it be better to use less ingredients to make one fresh drink every day.? The recipe alone seems to make a very large drink and I only want it for one.
    Thanks

    Carol on

  • If you don’t mind big box stores, Costco sells a large bag for under $4 a bag.

    Shante on

  • Thank you for all these great sounding (and healthy) smoothies made with kale. I have a bunch in my garden & am excited to find a tasty way to use it.

    Sharon on

  • Wow, it is amazing and tasty. I love all these. The given all ingredients are very helpful for me to try all these. All my family members like all these. I will try banana shake in my free time, specially green one. Thanks

    Pancakeorganics on

  • Fresh greens/vegetables are always ideal, but you can certainly use wilted green/veggies in your smoothies.

    Kelli Farley on

  • Do you think one could use wilted greens/veggies for smoothies?

    Bee on

  • Keep in mind that nutrients start to degrade the moment something is picked. Cooking or freezing only accelerate the curve. I grow my kale and use it fresh for single servings when possible to maximize nutritional output.

    Philip Knight on

  • just started kale today hope it works

    karen on

  • We recommend that you do not leave blended food in your jars. You should wash and rinse them right after use, so as to keep them in good condition. If you are looking to make only one smoothie, you can try cutting the recipes in half.

    Kelli Farley on

  • Just tried the cherry, vanilla green smoothie. Wonderful! Nice hint of coconut. I enjoy trying new, healthy recipes.

    Corrina on

  • Are these smoothies high in caliores?

    satimah8 on

  • A great flavorful somewhat savory drink that South Asian’s enjoy is “Borhani” I recently tried making this with Kale and I thought it was delicious. You just throw together plain yogurt, kale, tiny tiny bit of Indian black salt (or just regular salt will do), some chopped green pepper (careful with this, try a small amount or avoid if you really don’t like spicy but the yogurt does neutralize the capsaicin revealing green pepper’s more herbal taste), and a little bit of black pepper—- blend and voila!
    I enjoy spicy/ flavorful South Asian and Mexican dishes. If you usually don’t, I would make a little bit to try first before making more. This drink is also not meant to be consumed in large quantities and is more enjoyable in smaller teacupful amounts because it does become overwhelming past that amount, kind of like dark chocolate :)

    Amy on

  • Skim milk will work fine.

    Kelli Farley on

  • The price has gone up to $4.28. I bought a bag today.

    Frances on

  • Thanks for these new recipes to add to my old ones. The five very low calorie ones will be my new favorites.

    Frances on

  • These smoothies range from about 145 – 504 calories per serving. If you’re looking to keep it on the lower end, I recommend the Low Calorie Strawberry Banana Kale Smoothie, Kale and Apple Green Smoothie, Kale-Ginger Detox Smoothie, or Matcha Kale & Peach Smoothie.

    Kelli Farley on

  • FYI: Walmart has HUGE bags of organic kale for under 3 bucks =) Look for their Wild Oats brand of organics, including shredded coconut. I post this because I am in a small town and all we have is Walmart. Thanks!

    Lauren on

  • I am allergic to all tree nuts can I just use skim milk in place of almond silk?

    Lollie on

  • I tried the chocolate kale smoothie, and it really is delicious!

    Kay on

  • Hi Valerie,
    That’s the great thing about smoothies, they’re very versatile and forgiving. You can make a lot of adjustments to them.

    Kelli Farley on

  • Love your healthy recipes.

    margot on

  • I am new at trying these recipes. Can I use yougurt in any of them if I have no fruits. For instance can I use blue very yogurt and a banana with the kale and some almond coconut milk to make a smoothie

    Valerie on

  • Smoothie lifestyle is one of the best change you want to bring in living. I have been drinking smoothies regularly and always on a hunt for new recipes. All these smoothie recipes I have tried and matter of fact taste good.

    Victor on

  • Hi Amy,
    You shouldn’t taste the kale in these smoothies, at the very least, it shouldn’t be overpowering. You can always use spinach in place of the kale; it has a much milder taste.

    Kelli Farley on

  • I don’t like veggies….but I know I need to eat healthier. Can you really NOT taste the kale in these smoothies?

    Amy on

  • That should work just fine. Let us know how it turns out!

    Kelli Farley on

  • Do you think I could replace kale with baby kale?

    Livvy on

  • You can switch out banana and use avocado to lessen sweetness in most cases but not skimping on the smooth thick texture.

    Mae on

  • They’re all approximately two servings.

    Kelli Farley on

  • Can you please tell me how many servings these are? The cherry/vanilla one in particular.

    connie on

  • These look delicious. Can you tell me what the fiber content is in each? My doctor wanted me to get more fiber in my diet and suggested vegetable smoothies.

    Grace on

  • I am new in this new way of consuming my veggies and fruits, but I need to know the calories on each smoothie because I have a diet of 1200. cal

    Can you provide me with this information?

    Mildred Garcia

    Mildred on

  • Hi Mildred,

    Here is a list of the calories (per serving) for each smoothie:
    Kale, Pineapple, and Almond-Milk Smoothie – 305
    Kale-Ginger Detox Smoothie – 282
    Pistachio Ice Cream Kale Green Smoothie Shake – 709
    Kale and Apple Green Smoothie – 164
    Chocolate Kale Smoothie – 503
    Kale and Strawberry Energy Boosting Smoothie – 1033
    Low Calorie Strawberry Banana Kale Smoothie – 145
    Matcha Kale and Peach Smoothie – 287
    Coconut Kale-Ada Smoothie – 494
    Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie – 738

    Kelli Farley on

  • These all sound delicious! Definitely going to try them. But these all sound sweet, rather than the savory I was looking for. Any ideas for kale smoothies that have very little sugar in them?

    Andrew on

  • Hi Andrew,
    The great thing about smoothies, is how versatile they are. Most of these kale smoothies can be changed by removing just a few ingredients to give it less sugar. You can remove the added sugar (like honey) and substitute water for any liquid base the smoothie calls for.

    Kelli Farley on

  • Mango should work fine as a substitution.

    Kelli Farley on

  • Yumm! We can’t wait to try some of these other babealicious kale green smoothies! Thanks Blendtec! HAPPY BLENDING!

    Blender Babes on

  • i can’t eat bananas. I usually substitute mango. Do you think that would work in these recipes?

    Laura on

  • Aw. Thank you very much for sharing my recipe! I’d love to contribute more smoothie recipes to your site so let me know how else I can help!

    Nicole Lana on

  • Hi not sure if this posted already but just incase what volume are these quantities for so i can adjust for my blender

    Morgan on

  • Hi just wondering what volume these quantities are used to make so i can suggest for my blender?
    Thanks in advance

    Morgan on

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