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Kale Mango Smoothie

Our Kale Mango Smoothie takes the cake when it comes to adding a little island magic to your day.
Kale Mango Smoothie | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com #vegan #kalesmoothie #plantbased #mangosmoothie

Take a mini-vacation with every sip of this yummy Kale Mango Smoothie. And don’t let that kale intimidate you! If you’re new to blending with kale, this is a great smoothie to help break you in. The tropical fruit and coconut milk give this smoothie a delectable flavor and texture, like a milkshake – only healthy!

We love blending with a variety of  liquid bases, and for this kale mango smoothies we really do love coconut milk.

What Kind of Coconut Milk is Best for Smoothies?

It can be confusing to know which coconut milk to blend with. You will find coconut milk in shelf-stable cartons, cans, and in cartons in the refrigerated section. And if you are really ambitious or don’t have access to coconut milk, you can even make your own!

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So which one to use, you may ask…

You will find a variety of different types of coconut milk on store shelves. Canned coconut milk is typically labeled according to fat content. (Spoiler alert: coconut milk is high in fat.)

Here are the most common types of coconut milk you’ll find at the grocery store:
  • Canned (or shelf-stable cartons of) coconut cream has the highest percentage of fat – creamy, rich, able to be whipped; a great non-dairy substitute for heavy cream
  • Full-fat coconut milk (which consists of coconut cream and water)
  • Light coconut milk which is lighter in viscosity, fat, and calories; you can make your own “light coconut milk” by diluting full-fat coconut milk with water #protip
  • Sweetened coconut milk, such as Coco Lopez; contains loads of sugar – none of smoothies will every call for this type – and typically used for cocktails and desserts
  • Sweetened condensed coconut milk – like the previous type this contains a lot of sugar and is a non-dairy substitute for dairy sweetened condensed milk
  • Refrigerated cartons – these are located in the refrigerated section of grocery stores; you will see both flavored and plain, sweetened and unsweetened coconut milk, and even blends that contain almonds or other nuts; typically contains preservatives and additives that help with mouthfeel and flavor
  • Shelf-stable cartons of coconut milk are comparable to other non-dairy milks (like the refrigerated cartons above) such as almond or hemp milk. The flavor is very light. The advantage to this type of coconut milk, as with cans, is that it keeps for a very long time and you can purchase them in smaller sizes so you can use what you need and limit wasting the milk

You’ll find canned coconut milk in the Asian section of grocery stores, but I find that there is a lot more variety as Asian grocery stores (it it’s usually less expensive too!). Trader Joe’s carries organic coconut cream and milk for a good price as well.

What type do we recommend at SGS?

Our SGS team is kind of split on which type to use. Some preferred the thicker, richer flavor of canned coconut milk. Others like the kind in the carton, shelf stable or refrigerated, it doesn’t matter. All of us seem to agree on using canned coconut milk for our meal recipes where carton milk simply wouldn’t yield the same results.
Ultimately, we always recommend using whatever you like best, have access to, and fits your lifestyle and/or budget.

Why You Should Eat (and Blend!) More Kale

Dark, leafy greens in general are some of the most nutrient dense, healthiest foods on the planet. Eating (or drinking) your greens gives your body a whole host of nutrients.

Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. It also contains moderate amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. Kale is naturally low in sodium and calories – one cup of raw chopped kale only has 34 calories.

The significant amount of phytochemicals in kale can help reduce the risk of chronic disease and inflammation. Kale contains lutein and zeaxanthin which can help prevent cataracts from forming and macular degeneration. Antherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of the arteries, may be prevented by a diet rich in lutein.

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Kale Mango Smoothie

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


Kale can be intimidating at first, yet with a little pineapple you are good to go. This smoothie is super nourishing and filling—and makes a great breakfast



  • 1 cup fresh kale
  • 1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1/2 cup pineapple


  1. Blend kale and coconut milk together 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

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  1. Karen

    January 16th, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Oh my! This is the first Kale smoothie that I have really liked (not the last though)! This was excellent. Look forward to having it again!!!! Thanks!

  2. Sandra Simkins

    January 16th, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Not my favorite smoothie. I loved using canned coconut milk for richer flavor but needed to add a small banana to bring the acidity down a notch. It was delicious after I tweeked it!


    January 16th, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I enjoyed the change with kale and coconut milk. I will be making this one again.

  4. Kelly

    January 16th, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    YUM! The mango in this one makes it so creamy

  5. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 22nd, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I have to agree!! Anything with mango is a win in my book 🙂

  6. Stephanie

    January 17th, 2019 at 9:24 am

    This smoothie is soooooo good! I thought coconut water made smoothies good, but coconut MILK…oh my heavens. Make this smoothie ASAP. Like now. Stop reading comments and GO!

  7. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Hey Stephanie,

    Welcome to the coconut milk side! 🙂

  8. Emily Pyatt

    January 17th, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    I was nervous about the kale since it has a stronger more bitter taste than spinach, but you hit it out of the park with this combo!! Smooth and creamy, couldn’t tell that there was kale in it!!

  9. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Hey Emily,

    Kale Yeah!!!! So happy we got you to like kale in your smoothies!

  10. Gayathri

    January 18th, 2019 at 3:27 am

    This is simply so delicious and I can’t taste the bitterness of the kale even!

  11. Joyce Moy

    January 18th, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    This reminded me of our tropical vacations! It was the perfect blend. This recipe is a great starter for anyone trying kale in their smoothie for the first time.

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Hey Joyce,

    This smoothie does make me want to go on a tropical vacation too. I could totally see myself laying on a beach sipping on this.


  13. Carys

    January 18th, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Loved this one! Very creamy and a beautiful bright green color.

  14. Mireille

    January 18th, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Delicious! I used Silk coconut milk. It might of been better with canned coconut milk.

  15. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Hey Mireille,

    We personally like to use canned coconut milk in our recipes but you can use whichever works best for you!

  16. Anita

    January 19th, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I had this smoothie again adding a quarter of a avocado, five stars

  17. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Hey Anita,

    Yum!! I bet that extra avocado made it extra creamy and delicious =P

  18. Patricia

    January 20th, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Not a favorite! A little too bitter for me!

  19. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Hey Patricia,

    Sometimes if you fruit isn’t ripe enough it won’t taste very sweet. When this happens you can always add in some all natural sweeteners:


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