Blueberry Kale Smoothie

This blueberry kale smoothie is packed with health benefits from banana, almond milk, and greens and makes a quick, easy, and surprisingly satisfying breakfast.

An overhead view of a glass of blueberry kale smoothie with a straw and some blueberries and kale scattered around the glass.

We’re conflicted about this blueberry kale smoothie recipe. Not whether it’s lovely—-that we pretty much all agree upon. The source of conflict is whether or not the banana and blueberries and honey do, in fact, as the author swears, completely mask any trace of kale. Some of us swear it tastes like “bananas and blueberries and creamy icy summertime” and have witnessed even avowed kale haters to down a glassful and go back for seconds. Others of us swear we can, in fact, taste a slightly “earthy aftertaste” yet don’t mind it. We’re not about to accuse anyone of telling fibs, as we think it’s just a personal tastebud sorta thing. And also a matter of exactly how much kale you pack into your blender. So while the exact shade of blue or green in your glass may vary, what’s undeniable is the smoothie’s satiating creaminess, honeyed sweetness, and nutritional awesomeness.–Renee Schettler

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

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Ingredients


Directions

Dump the milk, kale leaves, blueberries, banana, and 1 tablespoon honey in a blender, preferably a high-powered one like Vitamix, and process until the kale is really tiny green flecks. (You may wish to start with 1 cup kale and then blend it and then, if you feel the taste and color of the smoothie can stand a little greening, add more kale to taste and blend away. The more kale you add, the more green your smoothie in flavor and in color.)

Add the ice and blend until smooth. Taste and, if desired, add more honey to taste and blend again.

Divvy the smoothie among 2 or 3 glasses and serve immediately. Originally published June 3, 2015.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This was a great wake-me-up smoothie! I used unsweetened almond milk, and I actually found it to be a little too sweet for my taste with 2 tablespoons honey, but that's a matter of personal preference. I would definitely recommend starting without any honey and adding it as suits your taste.

My husband hates kale. He says "it tastes like dirt." This blueberry kale smoothie does not taste like dirt. It tastes like bananas and blueberries and creamy icy summertime. This was the perfect quick breakfast on the first really nice Saturday of spring. A few minutes of prep, a blast in the blender, and 3 tall glasses were poured. A few hours later, I found the third glass, empty, in the sink. Maybe it was just all that dirty work, but at least one kale-hater went back for seconds.

It took less than 10 minutes to make, including washing the kale and cleaning everything up. I had sweetened almond milk, not vanilla, on hand. I thought I might need to add some vanilla extract but this was perfectly flavorful the way it was. If you have a standard blender like me, you might want to blend for awhile before adding the ice, as the kale takes some time to stop being green pieces and turn into green flecks. Plus I like smoothies a bit icy, not just cold. (Wanting to really disguise that kale, I blended everything but the ice till it was completely pureed. Then I added the ice and ran the blender again.) We each guzzled ours down next to a pile of mulch taller than me.

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Comments

  1. Years ago a naturopath advised me to start each day with a smoothie. I believe complaints about the possible earthiness of the taste of kale evaporate if smoothies are not equated to milkshakes. The recipe she gave me was a variation of the above smoothie. It consisted of a banana, blueberries (if either frozen, no need for ice), rice milk, 2 tbsp rice protein powder, 2 tbsp ground flax (roughage), and 1 tsp NutraSea omega-3 oil. Over time I added kale, yogurt, and 1 tbsp lecithin granules. I have thrown in apples that were too sour to eat and mangoes or whatever fruit or leafy green might be at hand. The idea is to have a nutritious liquid meal. One that can keep you going for hours.

    I also find it refreshing and delicious. It also gives you at least 3-4 servings of fruits and vegetables and can be consumed any time of the day or night. It is great when chewing or digestion is a problem, such as in ill health. Eating additional protein like boiled eggs, and/or almonds, and/or cheese also helps. Cheers.

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