Enjoy this healthy and delicious Kale Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie; it's super easy to make this green smoothie in the blender and it's packed with leafy greens. Simple and quick to make, this smoothie is packed with vitamins and minerals, requires only 7 simple ingredients and makes a great addition to a plant-based diet.
Why You'll Love This Vegan Smoothie
This delicious recipe has a creamy texture and is perfect for breakfast or afternoon snack. It has no added sugar, using the ripe bananas to give it that kick of sweetness.
It’s super simple — just five basic ingredients plus spices.
Easy to Make. From prep to drinking. This smoothie takes under ten minutes to make. Which means it's perfect for a quick breakfast or lunch or an easy workout snack.
Benefit of Bananas They provide a hearty dose of potassium and fiber, plus they’re low sodium.*[Nutritional Benefits Via WebMD]
Benefits of Kale As a dark, leafy, green, kale provides excellent amounts of vitamins A, B6, C, K, folate, carotenoids and manganese. *[via Mayo Clinic]
Vitamix or a High-Powered blender
Ingredients & Substitutions
Fresh Kale - Kale contains fiber, antioxidants, calcium , vitamin k and many other nutrients. You can substitute with other leafy greens like baby spinach, swiss chard or collard greens. Frozen kale is also a good option if that is more convenient for you.
Bananas - you can use fresh or frozen. By using ripe bananas, that eliminates the need to add sweetener's like maple syrup because the banana acts as the sweeter. They also help with the taste of the greens and cutting any bitterness and make the smoothie very creamy.
Non-dairy milk of your choice - we prefer Almond milk or Oat milk (store-bought or homemade).
Peanut Butter - for a great protein punch. You can swap the nut butter; replace with almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter.
Hemp seeds - Optional, but a great way to add healthy fats like Omega 3’s & Omega 6’s to your day. Optionally you can also use chia seeds or flax seeds if you had those on hand.
Cardamom - adds a gingery, zesty citrus flavor.
Cinnamon - adds sweet and delicious woody flavors, anti-inflammatory and full of nutrients.
Nutmeg - adds a nutty and slightly sweet flavor. (We think adding the above three spices, even though optional help to reduce perceived bitterness from the kale.)
Protein Powder - optional, to boost the amount of protein you can add one scoop of your favorite protein powder.
See recipe card for quantities.
Use frozen fruit & greens. We love to save money and pickup fresh banana’s from Costco to cut up and freeze in a zip-lock bag for later.
But if you need to save time you can also buy pre-cut frozen bananas from the frozen section of the grocery store. Brown spots on the bananas indicate the banana is getting ripe, but don't let it get too brown or the flavor will be strong and bitter rather than sweet.
We also try to use low salt and no added sugar brands of peanut butter. They’re available right next to the major brands on any store shelf and are more beneficial to get just the protein out of the peanuts you need, with no added sugars.
Answering Your Smoothie FAQs
Yes, it's perfectly okay to add raw kale to your smoothie, just remember to wash it. Remember to make sure to only eat a moderate amount of raw kale as too much in a day can cause digestive issues, like bloating or gas.
Yes, kale is good in a smoothie; while some think it tastes bitter the spices and banana in this smoothie help to reduce any off putting flavors.
How To Make A Peanut Butter Banana Kale Smoothie
Step 1: Add non-dairy milk, raw kale and banana to the blender, blend for 15 seconds to break them up a little.
Step 2: Add peanut butter, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and hemp seeds. Start blending on low speed and gradually increasing to high. Scraping down sides as needed. Blend on high speed for 15-20 seconds until creamy and smooth.
Step 3: Adjusting the thickness.
For thinner smoothie add more liquid. The addition of a lot of liquid will start to dilute your smoothie favor. You can add more of the nut milk of your choice. Pour in whatever liquid you like best in small amounts, keeping additional ingredients on hand in case the flavors shift.
For a thicker smoothie add a few slices of bananas.
Blend until smooth!
Step 4: Pour the smoothie mixture into two cups. You can add ice cubes if you like too. Serve and enjoy!
Smoothies are best if you drink them immediately.
- To Store. Best when fresh, if you have any leftover smoothie it will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a 1 or 2 days.
- To Prepare in Advance. Store in a sealed container, Ziploc bags or a mason jar with the lid on in the refrigerator the day before. You may see a little separation just shake it up again..
- Freeze. You can store smoothies or smoothie ingredients in the freezer for up to 3 months. As long as you're not using ice cubes, they will freeze and defrost beautifully. Make sure to leave a couple inches at the top of your container; so the liquid has room to expand when it freezes. Defrost smoothie in refrigerator night before. You can also use these souper ice cube tray that are very handy for meal prepping and freezing your smoothie.
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Kale Banana Smoothie
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- 1 Vitamix or a High-Powered blende
- 1 Cup Kale - stems removed
- 1 Banana - ripened and sliced
- 1 Cup Plant Based Milk - Oat, Almond, Soy, etc.
- 2 tablespoon Peanut Butter - creamy or crunchy your preference
- ⅛ teaspoon Cardamom
- ⅛ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon Hemp seeds
- Remove the Kale leaves from the central stem, washing the leaves.
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender
- Blend on low power for 2 minutes then high power for an additional 3 minutes until thoroughly blended.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.