Give yourself a burst of energy in the morning by starting your day with this five ingredient Kale Smoothie. The flavorful combination of pears, apples, kale, almond butter, and almond milk is perfectly sweet, super satisfying, and kid-friendly too!
Servings: 2 servings
- 4 leaves kale 1-2 cups chopped
- 1 cup baby spinach optional
- 1 small apple
- 1 small pear
- 1 Tbsp almond butter all natural, nothing added
- 4 oz Unsweetened almond milk
- Water enough to make the drink smooth
- Ice optional, for serving only
- 1 scoop plant based protein powder optional
Top Tips For Making The Best Kale Smoothie
- Change up the fruit! Swap out the apple and pear to change the flavors. Bananas, strawberries, pineapples, mango, would give this smoothie a creamy texture and sweet taste without needing added sugar.
- Change the milk! You can swap the unsweetened almond milk for any other dairy-free milk of your choice. Cashew milk or coconut milk would also be tasty options. You could also use regular cow's milk, but keep in mind this kale smoothie recipe would no longer be vegan friendly.
- Don’t have kale? In place of kale, you could also use spinach if you’d rather. Or you can use both kale and spinach! Both are great options and equally nutritious.
- Want it extra creamy? Add half of an avocado for a super creamy texture. Avocados have lots of healthy fats in them, and it will increase the nutritional value, but also increase the fat calories.
- Want more protein? Try adding ground flaxseed, ground chiaseed, oats, Greek yogurt (if you're ok with a non-vegan option), or your favorite protein powder.
- Want it sweeter? Try adding dates which provide sweetness with no added sugar needed!
Note: Nutritional info does not include protein powder. If you add protein powder to this smoothie, each serving will have about 250-275 calories and 25 grams of protein.
- Don’t add too much water. It’s a good idea to add a little bit at a time until you get it the right texture. Depending on the type of blender you have, you may not need any water at all. A high speed blender will easily break down the ingredients.
- I don't recommend adding ice to this spinach smoothie, because it will water down the flavors. Instead, chop up your ingredients and freeze them together in a freezer bag the night before. Frozen fruits and veggies will yield a more frozen slushy/smoothie texture (and the more frozen produce you use, the less ice you will need)
- I recommend using a high powered blender for this smoothie recipe, so you end up with a super smooth, milkshake like texture.
- Make sure you de-stem the kale before adding it to the smoothie. You don't want those fibrous tough stems unless you have a super high powered blender like a Vitamix that can pulverize everything!
- To save time, use pre-chopped kale or baby kale in this smoothie recipe.
Calories: 154.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.4g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 5.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 73.3mg | Potassium: 540.8mg | Fiber: 6.7g | Sugar: 14.3g