Kale-Banana Smoothie

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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.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 kale leaves
  • 1 cup plain soy milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 a Braeburn or Gala apple

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DIRECTIONS

  1. 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.
  2. Add the rest of the milk, the banana, and the apple and blend.

Serves 1.

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