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This glowing green smoothie is creamy, naturally sweet, and brimming with both nutrients and balanced fruit flavors. Don’t miss it.

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Why we love this recipe

Sometimes you just need a green smoothie to make you feel great. This accessible recipe is easy to make and easy to love. It’s:

  • Perfectly smooth and creamy
  • Fruity and naturally sweet, with a hint of tanginess
  • Made exclusively from whole foods
  • Vegan and gluten-free
  • Flexible — swap in or add your favorite ingredients

I first published this recipe here in 2015, after contributing it to the cookbook We Love Kale. I’ve since updated the post for clarity and also made some changes to the recipe itself.

What you’ll need

Here’s a glance at the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe.

ingredients in bowls
  • Lacinato kale (also called dinosaur or Tuscan kale or cavolo nero) has a more delicate texture than curly kale varieties, making it easier to incorporate into a smoothie. High-speed blenders can handle other varieties too, but I’d recommend sticking with lacinato if you’re using a regular blender. Kale is good all year round, but it’s at its best in the winter. If you are not into kale, baby spinach makes an excellent alternative.
  • Frozen banana helps give this smoothie its dreamy consistency. Whenever you have bananas that get too ripe, peel them and pop them into a zip-top freezer bag. They keep well in the freezer for at least a year and slice easily even when frozen.
  • I like to use frozen pineapple, too, though it’s not strictly necessary that it’s frozen. You can buy it frozen or dice it yourself, line a sheet pan with parchment, place it in a single layer, and freeze until solid. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to a year.
  • Nice, ripe Hass avocado adds next-level creaminess and healthy fats to this smoothie. If, like me, you don’t live in an area where avocados grow, you’ll still probably be able to find them at various stages of ripeness in your local stores. If you do live somewhere with plenty of access to different avocado varieties, feel free to use your favorite creamy cultivar.

Smoothie resources

A note on nutrition

I’ve noticed over the years that people searching for smoothie recipes tend to have strong feelings about nutrition, and sometimes to assume that their personal preferences are more universal than they are.

The smoothies on Umami Girl are delicious, generally pretty good for ya, and always presented with nutritional data. They’re also very flexible — so if your nutritional needs are different, feel free to tweak the recipes. Some easy changes include:

  • Swapping in different liquids
  • Adding your favorite protein powder
  • Removing higher-sugar ingredients like dates or jam

How to make it

Here’s an overview of what you’ll do to make a glowing green smoothie in a high-speed blender. You can see the steps in action in the video that accompanies this post, and get all the details — plus an alternate process to use in a regular blender — in the recipe card below.

step by step
  1. Add the pineapple, banana, kale, and avocado to the blender.
  2. Pour in the water and lime juice.
  3. Position the lid and blend on high speed until perfectly smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour into a glass and serve right away.

Expert tips and FAQs

Do I need a fancy blender to make a glowing green smoothie?

I would say that smoothies containing kale are right on the edge of needing a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec to be at their best. You can definitely use a regular blender and a bit of persistence, but you may not get the same level of smooth and creamy result.

If you’re using a regular blender, you’ll want to blend in two steps. Add the kale, avocado, water, and lime juice first and blend until the kale is incorporated to your satisfaction. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Can I make this recipe in advance? What about leftovers?

Smoothies are at their best shortly after blending. But if you need to make yours in advance, you’ve got a couple of options. Store it in a regular cup in the freezer for up to an hour or in an insulated, lidded cup in the fridge overnight.

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5 from 6 votes

Glowing Green Smoothie

By Carolyn Gratzer Cope
This glowing green smoothie is creamy, naturally sweet, and brimming with both nutrients and balanced fruit flavors. Don't miss it.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • 1 cup (170 grams) frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 medium frozen banana, about (110 grams) after peeling, sliced
  • ½ cup (30 grams) tightly packed, finely chopped lacinato kale pieces (not including stems)
  • Flesh of 1/2 ripe Hass avocado, diced (about 60 grams)
  • ½ cup (120 ml) water or coconut water
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice

Instructions 

In a high-speed blender

  • Place all ingredients into blender.
  • P?rocess until perfectly smooth.
  • P?our into a glass and serve right away.

In a regular blender

  • Place the water or coconut water, lime juice, and avocado, and pineapple into the blender.
  • Starting on a medium-low setting and increasing the speed as you go, blend until smooth.
  • Depending on your blender, you may need to stop occasionally and press the ingredients toward the blades, then resume blending.
  • Add the pineapple, banana, and kale and continue to blend until smooth and creamy.
  • P?our into a glass and serve right away.

Notes

  1. Lacinato kale (also called dinosaur or Tuscan kale or cavolo nero) has a more delicate texture than curly kale varieties, making it easier to incorporate into a smoothie. High-speed blenders can handle other varieties too, but I'd recommend sticking with lacinato if you're using a regular blender. Kale is good all year round, but it's at its best in the winter. If you are not into kale, baby spinach makes an excellent alternative.
  2. Frozen banana helps give this smoothie its dreamy consistency. Whenever you have bananas that get too ripe, peel them and pop them into a zip-top freezer bag. They keep well in the freezer for at least a year and slice easily even when frozen.
  3. I like to use frozen pineapple, too, though it's not strictly necessary that it's frozen. You can buy it frozen or dice it yourself, line a sheet pan with parchment, place it in a single layer, and freeze until solid. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to a year.
  4. Nice, ripe Hass avocado adds next-level creaminess and healthy fats to this smoothie. If, like me, you don't live in an area where avocados grow, you'll still probably be able to find them at various stages of ripeness in your local stores. If you do live somewhere with plenty of access to different avocado varieties, feel free to use your favorite creamy cultivar.
  5. Smoothies are at their best shortly after blending. But if you need to make yours in advance, you've got a couple of options. Store it in a regular cup in the freezer for up to an hour or in an insulated, lidded cup in the fridge overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal, Carbohydrates: 44.1g, Protein: 3.5g, Fat: 6g, Fiber: 7.8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Smoothies
Cuisine: American
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Hi there, I'm Carolyn Gratzer Cope, founder and publisher of Umami Girl. Join me in savoring life, one recipe at a time. I'm a professional recipe developer with training from the French Culinary Institute (now ICE) and a lifetime of studying, appreciating, and sharing food.

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6 Comments

  1. Hi, I like your recipes for smoothies. I would like to know if I ommit avocado in the recipe I’ll be able to get the smooth consistency. The reason being that avocados are ver scarce in my location.

    1. Hi Caroline, thanks for the question. Frozen banana and pineapple will produce a nice, creamy smoothie on their own, so you can definitely omit the avocado and still get a great result.

  2. I have seen many green smoothies and have tried a few myself, but this one looks like it would be super tasty and not too “green” tasting! I usually just throw everything in a blender at once- is there a reason you do it in stages? Do you find that it mixes better? Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Emily, if you get good results by throwing everything in at the same time, by all means go for it! Some older and crappier blenders do better getting started with liquid and soft fruit first. Hope you like the smoothie!