Kale Apple Smoothie, an easy green smoothie recipe with kale and apple. Can easily be changed up and made vegan and dairy-free. The best for detox or just a healthy breakfast or snack with all those kale benefits!
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This Kale Apple Smoothie recipe only takes a few minutes to put together. No, it’s not as exciting as a chocolate milkshake or anything, but as far as green smoothies go, even my kids thought it was good, so I’ll take it!
I recently posted a recipe for a Tropical Smoothie with mango and pineapple and thought I’d try making some other smoothie recipes. January, of course, is all about detox for a lot of people and getting more kale into your diet I guess is always a good thing.
You can easily change this Kale Apple Smoothie up, so check out my suggestions and ideas below. Depending on what you’re looking for you can easily make this kale smoothie detox friendly, vegan, dairy free, and sugar-free (or lower carb). Of course, it all depends on what you like!
If green smoothies aren’t quite your thing be sure to check out my chocolate smoothie or peach smoothie. Those may be more your style if you’re not a kale fan. haha! Or even this Pumpkin Smoothie is great year-round!
But even if you’re not a kale fan, I swear this smoothie is pretty good.
You can never have too many green smoothie recipes, right? haha! Kale smoothie benefits, of course, include all the great nutrition of kale!
How to Make a Kale Apple Smoothie
For this smoothie you will need:
- Lemon Juice
- Almond Milk
For the full recipe, scroll down to the bottom of the post but a few notes about the ingredients and how to make this simple Kale Apple Smoothie…
Kale: I like to get bagged chopped kale at my local grocery store and keep the bag in the freezer. It’s a great way to just grab a handful of kale and throw into smoothies. Bonus is that the kale lasts longer in the freezer than the refrigerator.
Apple: Use your favorite type of apple. I like Fuji apples, but any should work, just personal preference. You don’t have to peel the apple, but you can. If you don’t like the peel or your blender isn’t that strong, you may want to peel the apple first. Don’t forget to core and chop the apple as well.
Honey: Depending on how sweet your apple is, you may want to add a little honey or your favorite sweetener. If you are on any kind of detox diet, you can definitely leave the honey or sweetener out completely. If you’re looking for a vegan kale smoothie, omit the honey and use your favorite sweetener.
Lemon Juice: I love adding a little citrus to my smoothies. It just seems to “brighten” them up a bit. You can mix it up a little and use your favorite citrus juice such as lime or orange as well.
Ice: A handful of ice bulks up the smoothie without adding calories. Also, makes the smoothie a slightly thicker. You can definitely add more or less ice.
Almond Milk: Almond milk is my liquid of choice for this Kale Apple Smoothie, but you could definitely use milk, coconut milk, soy milk, or even water. Water may be a bit bland for this particular smoothie but it would work if you had to.
Once you have your ingredients together, put them all in a blender and process until smooth. I’d suggest making the smoothie as-is the first time if you can, then make any substitutions to your personal preference.
If you’re the type of person who just can’t get enough kale, maybe serve it up with some other kale recipes like this delicious looking soup.
How to Make a Smoothie Thicker
This smoothie is somewhat thick, but if you like your smoothies thicker, I have a few ideas…
You can try adding more ice, that will give the kale smoothie a thicker slushie consistency.
Thick Greek yogurt or even cottage cheese, would be great additions that would thicken this Kale Apple Smoothie or any other smoothie. If you’re going for a no yogurt smoothie, try the cottage cheese.
Some varieties of apples may also produce a thicker smoothie, so you may want to experiment with the variety of apple you use.
You can also add frozen slices of banana, or freeze your apple chunks, for a little while before adding to the smoothie.
You can add your favorite protein powder, chia seeds, or any other add-ons that you like to add to your smoothies. A little fresh ginger would also be a great add!
Of course, there are a million ways to make a green smoothie. Feel free to experiment with your favorite flavors.
Serve with your favorite fun straws or even serve it up in a bowl as a smoothie bowl.
Check out this quick video my son Jordan made to show how to make this green smoothie…
Kale Apple Smoothie
- Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth.