- Food: Kale Smoothie
- Writer: Nicolas Wilson
- Content-Type: Food Blog
This invigorating kale smoothie is a terrific way to start the day! It’s creamy, sweet, and refreshing thanks to banana, peaches, and fresh ginger.
This kale smoothie recipe is a great way to get your day started! It’s made its way into my breakfast cycle of freezer burritos, muffins, and avocado toast now that the weather in Chicago is warming up.
It’s what I crave on mornings when the sun is shining, the air smells pleasant, and it feels like spring is just around the corner.
The secret to this kale smoothie recipe’s success is that it doesn’t taste like kale. Don’t get me wrong: the flavor of kale has its place. It’s irresistible in a kale salad or pasta, but it can easily overpower a smoothie.
Sweet peaches, creamy banana, and a smidgeon of fresh ginger help to balance it out. The outcome is a sweet, creamy, and incredibly delightful smoothie.
Even Jack, who is a devoted berry smoothie fan, enjoys a glass. Make it for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or whenever you’re in the mood for something tasty and nutritious.
Ingredients for Kale Smoothie
To prepare this healthy kale smoothie, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Of course, kale! This recipe works best with green curly kale, but any kind will do.
- Make your almond milk or use your favorite brand of unsweetened almond milk.
- Frozen banana — This adds sweetness and creaminess to the smoothie.
- Peaches — For a sweeter, more peachy taste.
- Ginger is a spice that is used in cooking. It adds great spice to the smoothie! I like how the toasty flavor contrasts with the sweetness of the peaches.
- I add matcha powder to my smoothie for an energetic and antioxidant-rich boost. If you don’t have any on hand, don’t worry about it! Without it, this recipe is still excellent.
- Also, ice cubes to thicken and chill the smoothie.
In a high-powered blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth!
Recipe Suggestions for Kale Smoothie
- Kale should be frozen. I prefer my smoothies to be thick and icy, almost like soft (and nutritious) ice cream rather than a beverage. If you want an extra-thick texture, I recommend chilling the kale. If you’re using fresh peaches rather than frozen fruit, make sure to freeze those as well.
- To begin, pour the almond milk into the blender. It’s critical to add the liquid to the blender first when combining frozen components. The blades will stall if they can’t reach the liquid. Fruits and vegetables that have been frozen are too cold to combine on their own.
- Taste and adjust as needed. The key to producing the perfect smoothie is to tailor it to your preferences. Try a tablespoon after you’ve blended everything. Add more greens if you want it earthier, more ice if you want it frostier, more milk if you want it thinner, or a drop of honey or maple syrup for sweetness if you want it sweeter. Rinse and repeat until you’ve found a flavor balance you like!
Variations on Kale Smoothies
This kale smoothie recipe, like many smoothies, is quite adaptable! It can be tweaked to suit your preferences or to use any ingredients you have on hand. Here are some ways I like to mix things up:
- Peaches should be swapped out. Replace the peaches with pears for a wintery twist on this kale smoothie recipe. Frozen mango would also work well here.
- Is there no banana? It’s no problem. To make this smoothie thick and creamy, use a quarter of avocado instead.
- Experiment with different leafy greens. Fresh or frozen spinach might work well as a kale alternative.
- Alternatively, use another type of milk. Use any type of milk you have if you don’t have almond milk on hand. Here, homemade oat milk would be fantastic!
- Give it a boost with superfoods. Add a scoop of chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, or even protein powder to your kale smoothie for added nutrition.
|Time to Prepare: 5 minutes
Time allotted: 5 minutes
This invigorating kale smoothie is a great way to start your day! It’s packed with antioxidants thanks to matcha, and it’s sweet and creamy because of peaches and bananas.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 2 kale leaves, and stems removed
- 2 to 3 small ripe peaches, frozen, or 1/2 to 1 cup diced mango, frozen
- 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon matcha, optional
- Handful of ice
- Combine the almond milk, banana, kale, peaches, ginger, and matcha, if using, in a high-powered blender.
- Blend until smooth and creamy. Blend in a handful of ice until smooth.
- For a frostier smoothie, freeze the kale ahead of time.