8 Recipes for Delicious Kale Smoothies

Last updated: August 14, 2023

Eight super tasty kale smoothies that blend taste and nutrition seamlessly and are easy to prepare. It’s time to rediscover the magic of kale!

Kale may not be everyone’s favorite leafy green, but it is definitely one of my most used green smoothie ingredients.

Not only is kale a very nutritious vegetable, but it’s also a smoothie ingredient that blends well with fruits and other greens.

And that is why I’ve shortlisted eight delicious kale smoothie recipes that will hopefully inspire you to consume more of this powerful vegetable and take advantage of its nutritional benefits.

8 Tasty Kale Smoothies

The below kale smoothie recipes are all pretty easy to prepare, and they don’t have any exotic or hard-to-get ingredients.

Feel free to experiment with some of the ingredients to give it your personal touch. You’ll be surprised at how tasty a kale smoothie can be!

1. Kale, Spinach and Avocado Green Smoothie

Kale spinach avocado green smoothie
Kale spinach avocado green smoothie

Combining two of my favorite veggies and mixing them up with avocado and fresh fruit results in a super nutritious and very green-looking smoothie!

This kale and spinach smoothie recipe also has a good dose of spinach for extra nutrients, and the banana adds that extra bit of sweetness.

I love drinking this in the morning as a healthy wake-me-up breakfast smoothie, or otherwise in the afternoon to fight that inevitable 3 pm afternoon energy crash.

Feel free to add some flax seeds or chia seeds to make this smoothie even more potent. A bit of lemon juice also works well to make this smoothie even tastier than it already is.



  • 1 Large cup kale
  • 1 Large cup spinach
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 4 Strawberries (options)
  • 1 Large banana (fresh or frozen)
  • Water + ice cubes

2. Vegan Green Monster Smoothie

Vegan green monster smoothie
Vegan green monster smoothie (photo: Ambitious Kitchen)

This fruity vegan green monster smoothie recipe is a delicious mix of all the right fruits with kale leaves and vanilla almond milk for extra flavor.

Cucumber is another underappreciated ingredient to put in your smoothies. With its high water content, cucumber is very easy to blend and a great alternative to plain water.

For additional flavors, you can experiment with ingredients such as peanut butter, blueberries, ginger, or lemon.



  • 3/4 Cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup cucumber (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 Large frozen banana
  • 1 1/2 Cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups kale leaves

3. Kale Ginger Green Smoothie

Kale ginger green smoothie
Kale ginger green smoothie (photo: Oh My Veggies)

Looking for a quick and easy way to revive yourself after a long night out? This surprisingly delicious kale ginger green smoothie recipe is worth a try!

The combination of kale, ginger, blueberries, and cinnamon makes this recipe an absolute winner for me. So many different flavors, not to mention the great variety of nutrients you get to absorb when drinking this delicious smoothie.

Even if you’re not looking to revive yourself, do try this kale smoothie recipe, as you won’t regret it. Note that with the frozen ingredients, it may be worth using the pulse button if your blender has one included.



  • 1 Frozen banana
  • 1/2 Cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 Tsp grated ginger
  • 2 Cups kale leaves
  • 1 Cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/8 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)

4. The Ultimate Kale Green Smoothie

Ultimate kale smoothie
Ultimate kale smoothie (photo: Spoon University)

Declared by Spoon University as the best green smoothie ever, I couldn’t resist trying this kale smoothie recipe out for myself. And I must say, this smoothie recipe is indeed a keeper. Perhaps not the best one I’ve ever made, but it’s up there.

Perfect for a quick and healthy breakfast, this powerhouse smoothie with kale, pineapple, avocado, and coconut water is an absolute delight, packed with a great variety of nutrients. If you need a bit more protein in the morning, add some whey protein powder to complete this recipe.

I have tried this recipe twice so far, but the second time I also included the avocado seed. Yes, you can eat that too!



  • 1 Large ripe banana
  • 1/2 Cup frozen or fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 1/2 Cup raw kale
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened coconut water (yum!)
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • 1/4 Cup plain yogurt
  • 1 Scoop protein powder (optional)

5. Kale Pineapple Chia Smoothie

Kale pineapple chia smoothie
Kale pineapple chia smoothie (photo: Yay! For Food)

Few know about the powerful nutritional benefits of chia seeds. Loaded with iron, magnesium, calcium, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, these tiny seeds sure pack a punch.

One of my favorite ways to consume chia seeds is by simply adding a teaspoon to my green smoothies whenever I feel like it.

This kale smoothie recipe with pineapple, coconut milk, and apple includes those chia seeds for extra nutrition. It’s a very simple yet clever smoothie that will satisfy your taste buds at any time of the day.



  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 Cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 Cups chopped kale
  • 1 1/2 Cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 Small chopped apple
  • 1/2 Cup ice cubes

6. Mean Green Kale Smoothie

Mean green kale smoothie
Mean green kale smoothie (photo: Blissful Basil)

Hemp seeds are another great vegan protein source that you can easily add to your smoothies for a quick protein boost.

And this simple but delicious green kale smoothie recipe by Blissful Basil does exactly that. The sweetness of the banana and almond milk works brilliantly with the bitterness of the kale.

For even more sweetness, add some pineapple chunks or an extra banana. Perhaps a teaspoon of honey will work well too.



  • 1 Frozen ripe banana
  • 1 Cup frozen or fresh kale
  • 3/4 Cup sweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds

7. TropiKale Smoothie

TropiKale Smoothie
Tropi kale smoothie (photo: Table for Two®)

Perhaps my favorite one on this list of kale smoothie recipes is this TropiKale green smoothie, which combines four delicious fruits with kale and coconut water. Breakfast will never be the same again after drinking this!

Since this is quite a fruit-heavy recipe, you could easily add some more greens for a better balance between fruits and vegetables.

Spinach and perhaps a bit of parsley are great candidates. I know parsley isn’t for everyone, but I do quite often add it to my smoothies.



  • 1 Cup coconut water
  • 1 Ripe banana
  • 1/2 Cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 Cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 Cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 Cup kale leaves
  • Handful of ice

8. Mango Ginger Kale Green Smoothie

Mango ginger kale green smoothie
Mango ginger kale green smoothie (photo: Minimalist Baker)

Ginger and lemon are two ingredients that I all too often add to my smoothies as quick and easy add-ins.

Both of those ingredients offer their own sets of nutrients, and they can add very strong flavors to your blended drinks.

This balanced recipe by the Minimalist Baker combines ginger and lemon with kale, mango, and peaches, resulting in a uniquely delicious drink.

The marble syrup is an optional ingredient, depending on how sweet the fruit comes through in the smoothie. I didn’t feel the need to add it in though, as the flavors were just perfect without it.



  • 2 Cups kale
  • 1 Cup ripe frozen mango cubes
  • 1 Cup ripe frozen peaches
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 2 Lemons or limes (juiced)
  • 2 Cups filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 Cup ice (optional)

Why Use Kale in Smoothies?

Kale is a bit underappreciated.

Perhaps because it doesn’t taste as great as its rival spinach. Kale has a somewhat bitter taste, whereas spinach is a more neutral-tasting veggie.

Cutting kale
Cutting kale

Spinach is also easier to cook nice meals with, and you’ll typically find many more recipes with spinach than with kale.

In addition, raw spinach can be quickly added to salads, but you wouldn’t do that as easily with kale. This is a pity because kale is such a powerful and nutritious vegetable.

Nutritional Profile

Looking at the nutritional profile of kale, it’s clear that this leafy green is a particularly rich source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C and vitamin K.

The amount of vitamin K in 100g of kale is equivalent to almost 700% of the daily value, and that makes kale one of the richest vegetables in vitamin K.

In addition, kale is a good source of protein and dietary fiber. Kale is also super low in calories and has zero fat, so if you want to lose weight, this leafy green is your friend.

Fresh kale
Fresh kale

Make sure to read my tips to help you blend kale the right way, so you can get that smooth texture without the chunky bits. And mixed with the right ingredients, kale is the perfect leafy green to include in your smoothies.

It’s important to keep in mind though that all leafy greens are great sources of different nutrients. When blending, change your ingredients regularly, and don’t stick to just one or two vegetables. Variation is always important.

Here are some more smoothie recipe ideas:

Happy blending!


8 Tasty kale smoothies

Donna Harrison

My name is Donna Harrison, and I created this blog because I am passionate about discovering new foods and learning everything about them. I am also a bit of a smoothie fanatic, and I try to document all my favorite smoothies and other recipes here on Healthy Food Tribe, in addition to recommendations and reviews of my favorite kitchen tools.

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