This Kale and Banana Green Smoothie is an easy and healthy recipe made with only 3 clean, real food ingredients. It's ready to enjoy in under 5 minutes, can be made with or without a Vitamix and is kid-friendly!
This Kale and Banana Green Smoothie is the very first green smoothie I ever made...and even the first in my Vitamix!
Kale and Banana Green Smoothie
Here's why this recipe works - my top 3 reasons:
- It's kid-friendly
- Ready in under 5 minutes
- Made with only 3 clean, real food ingredients
I started making these almost 6 years ago for my first son and even today, he still asks for his "green smoothie".
The great thing about this is he's not a big fan of kale.
The natural sweetness of the banana will offset any detectable taste of kale making it kid-friendly!
Ready In Under 5 Minutes
Who doesn't love a quick breakfast or mid-day snack that takes less than 5 minutes to make?
I know I do!
Although I use my Vitamix to make this smoothie, it's not mandatory.
Since there are no nuts or hard to blend ingredients, you can make this recipe with a regular blender.
Made With Only 3 Clean Real Food Ingredients
This smoothie is made with only three simple ingredients, like banana, kale and homemade almond milk.
You can feel good about making this plant-based smoothie for you or your family because it's vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, paleo-friendly, contains no refined sugar and is Medical Medium compliant.
How To Make Kale and Banana Green Smoothie: Step-by-Step Instructions
Here is how to make this recipe and I'll show you with step-by-step instructions below.
Step 1: Add All Ingredients To A Blender
Add all ingredients to a Vitamix and blend until everything is well blended.
A Vitamix will give you the best texture, especially when breaking down the kale.
However, you can also use a regular blender to make this recipe since it doesn't contain nuts or hard to blend ingredients.
Step 2: Taste And Adjust The Sweetener
Since the sizes of bananas vary, you may find that one banana is not enough to get the sweetness you prefer.
Taste the smoothie and adjust the sweetness to your preference. Some examples are:
- Add 1 extra banana
- Add 1-2 Medjool dates (pitted)
Expert Tips + Ingredient Substitutions for Kale and Banana Smoothie
Banana. I find it is perfectly sweet with just one banana, and since the sizes of bananas vary, feel free to add an extra banana or 1-2 Medjool dates if you prefer.
Kale. There are several different types of kale you can use. For example, curly kale or lacianto kale and either will work fine. Just make sure to "de-stem" it (remove the thick stem in the middle of the leaf) before adding it to the blender.
Want More Healthy Plant-Based Smoothie Recipes?
Check out these:
- Pumpkin Protein Smoothie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
- Acai Berry and Banana Immunity Smoothie
- or my CLEAN EATING Cookbook with 75+ plant-based vegan+ gluten-free recipes made with clean, real food ingredients just like this one that you will love!
Gluten-Free Vegan Kale and Banana Green Smoothie
- 1 cup homemade almond milk
- 1 organic banana
- 2 pieces organic kale leaves (de-stemmed)
- Add all ingredients in a Vitamix or blender and blend until well combined.
- Optional: add extra 1/2 banana for more sweetness, if desired.
Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan (with a heavy focus on Medical Medium® compliant) and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.