Today I explore the question of whether you can make a kale smoothie without a $500 blender. The answer is: sort of. My Ninja food chopper does a great job on sauces and soups, but my smoothies are always more chewable than most.
To give the Ninja a head start, I processed the kale first along with half of the milk. It didn’t blend down into a juice, but the pieces were small enough to drink. I added the rest of the ingredients and blended them into a concoction that I probably wouldn’t serve to guests, but it was good enough for my breakfast.
I was surprised that the kale didn’t add a stronger flavor to the smoothie. Overall, this didn’t taste much different than a smoothie made with baby spinach. If you have a few leftover kale leaves, this is a great way to use them before they wilt.
- 4 kale leaves
- 1 cup plain soy milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 a Braeburn or Gala apple
- Wash the kale, shake off excess moisture, and remove the stems. Put the leaves in a food processor with 1/2 cup soy milk and blend until as smooth as possible.
- Add the rest of the milk, the banana, and the apple and blend.