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Kale Banana Smoothie

This Kale Banana Smoothie features the leafy green superstar blended with an array of fruit. It will have you saying “Oh Kale Yeah!”
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This is one of our most popular green smoothie recipes. The combination of fruits and kale make for a very healthy way to add some plant-based power into your day.

Why Kale is a Superstar Leafy Green

Pound for pound, kale contains more protein than red meat. It also have more iron than beef per calorie. Pretty cool, right? That may surprise anyone who thinks a plant-based diet is void of adequate protein or iron. (You can read more about plant-based protein in this post.)
In just one cup of kale, there is 134% RDV vitamin C and A, 684% RDV of vitamin K, plus vitamin B6, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, and magnesium. The vitamin C in kale helps the body absorb the iron. It’s also high in fiber and water which help keep your digestive tract humming along and prevent constipation.

Dark, leafy green veggies, especially kale, are the most nutrient-dense foods on Earth. Low in fat and calories, and high in vitamins, kale is something to have on a regular basis. Dark greens help protect against osteoporosis and inflammatory diseases, as well as being high in cancer-fighting antioxidants.

How To Counteract Bitterness from Leafy Greens

Bitter foods aren’t necessarily a bad thing; most are rich in antioxidants which prevent cellular damage from free radicals. Risk of heart disease and diabetes may also be reduced by consuming bitter foods.

Not all leafy greens have a strong flavor, like mild spinach. Baby varieties of bitter greens such arugula, kale, and bok choy tend to be sweeter and milder than the mature greens. Those grown in the colder times of year will also be sweeter. Summer kale can be extremely bitter due to the heat.

What if you happen to blend up a bitter smoothie? There are several things you can do to counteract the bitterness.

    1. Add lemon or lime juice. The acidity of the lemon helps counteract the bitterness.
    2. Add a tiny pinch of sea salt
    3. Add a natural sweetener
    4. If all else fails, gulp it down using a straw. 😉

What is your opinion of using more bitter greens in smoothies? Are you Team Kale or Team Spinach?

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Kale Banana Smoothie

  • Author: Jen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks, Beverages
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy


If you haven’t fallen in love with kale yet, then this recipe might just make you! Kale is protein and fiber-rich, and a leafy green superstar. We also call this smoothie “Oh Kale Yeah!”



  • 1 cup fresh kale
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 cup strawberries


  1. Place kale and water in blender. Puree until smooth.
  2. Add remaining fruit and blend again.


Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.


  • Serving Size: 16 ounces

Keywords: kale banana smoothie, kale smoothie, vegan smoothie, green smoothie

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  1. Jessie

    January 1st, 2019 at 5:49 am

    How much is a cup? In ml? How much should I put in?

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Hey Jessie,

    One cup is 8 oz and I believe it is 236 ml for the conversion. Hope that helps!

  3. Amelia

    January 25th, 2019 at 1:35 am

    I really liked the kale banana smoothie yum

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Kale yeah, Amelia!!!

    I am stoked that you liked this recipe so much!!

  5. Amelia

    January 25th, 2019 at 1:37 am

    I vote 5 stars

  6. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks Amelia!!!

  7. Bethany Vines

    January 29th, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I really like this one. I had to add a little extra water to get it to blend.

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Hey Bethany,

    Glad you were able to make the adjustments so your blender could blend it nice and smooth. Sometimes depending on what type of blender you have you might need to add in some extra liquid to get it started!

  9. Kathy Overstreet

    January 29th, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    How could a person go wrong with this smoothie – absolutely healthy and delicious too!

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Hey Kathy,

    That is so rawesome that you loved this smoothie so much! Yay!!!

  11. Windy

    January 29th, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    This truly is a simple green smoothie one of my favorites

  12. Bonnie Good

    January 29th, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Liked this one. Had to use 1.5 cups coconut water to thin it out . Very easy.

  13. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 29th, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Bonnie,

    YAY!! So happy to hear you loved this recipe!! 🙂 And we’re always ok with a little added coconut water, we love that hydration!

  14. Cecily

    January 29th, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I loved this smoothie. It was a bit thick, so I added more water to it, and it made the perfect amount for me and my 4 year old. Yeah!

  15. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Hey Cecily,

    Glad you were able to make the adjustments so your blender could blend it nice and smooth. Sometimes depending on what type of blender you have you might need to add in some extra liquid to get it started!

  16. Clare Jones

    January 29th, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    One word! Delicious!

  17. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Yay!!! That is definitely the perfect word to describe this recipe.

    Thanks Clare!!

  18. Tanya

    January 29th, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Simply delicious! I love how these green smoothies are making me feel…it’s definitely a lifestyle change. Thank you so much for this challenge!

  19. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Hey Tanya,

    That is so awesome that this challenge made such a difference with your daily lifestyle. That is why we do what we do.


  20. Mary

    April 26th, 2019 at 4:46 am

    What protein powder should I use to increase the protein to use the smoothie as a meal replacement

  21. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    April 26th, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Hey Mary,

    Here is a great protein powder that we love:


  22. Aimee Dewar

    January 30th, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Really great. Kale is a stronger tasting green but the pineapple and banana really sweeten it up.

  23. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    The fruit really do help balance it all out!

    If you are not a fan of the kale you can always swap it for spinach if that will help you love this smoothie even more!!

  24. Kelly

    January 30th, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Had this one for breakfast with a handful of cashews! Feel like I started my day like a rawkstar 😉

  25. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    You are a rawkstar, Kelly!!! 🙂

  26. Rachel

    January 30th, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Delicious and refreshing! This will be perfect in the summer.

  27. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 30th, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Hey Rachel,

    This really is the best smoothie for a nice warm summer day. It makes me feel like I am laying by a pool on these cold days 🙂

  28. Marie Patricia

    January 1st, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    To balance out the bitterness from kale, I add chocolate chips! Not as healthy maybe but tastes really good!

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