This blueberry kale smoothie is packed with health benefits from banana, almond milk, and greens and makes a quick, easy, and surprisingly satisfying breakfast.
Blueberry Kale Smoothie
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- Makes 3 cups
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.
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.