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Tropical mango green smoothie with pineapple, mango and cute drink umbrella

Kale Mango Smoothie

By: Jen Hansard | last Updated: 12.17.2018 | COMMENTS: 67

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!

DIY Coconut Milk
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 for this kale mango smoothie?

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 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. That’s why we love to include them in this Kale Mango Smoothie recipe!

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.

Want more kale smoothie recipes? Click here. Happy blending!

Kale mango smoothie with pineapple, mango and cute drink umbrella
Tropical mango green smoothie with pineapple, mango and cute drink umbrella

Kale Mango Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Category: smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Vegan


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.

Keywords: kale smoothie with mango

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  1. Patricia says:

    Not a favorite! A little too bitter for me!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      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:


  2. Anita says:

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

  3. Mireille says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Mireille,

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

  4. Carys says:

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

  5. Joyce Moy says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      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.


  6. Gayathri says:

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

  7. Emily Pyatt says:

    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!!

  8. Stephanie says:

    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!

  9. Kelly says:

    YUM! The mango in this one makes it so creamy

  10. JUSTIN GREENE says:

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

  11. Sandra Simkins says:

    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!

  12. Karen says:

    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!

  13. Neal says:

    This smoothie was delicious. Loved the coconut flavour. I used one cup of a tropical mix and added half a small banana that I had in the fridge plus some avocado.

  14. Carol says:

    Used coconut water instead of milk. Still tasted good, just not as thick and creamy.

  15. Jill says:

    This is going to be one of my faves! Already looking forward to repeating this. I had it for breakfast and craved it all day. I used canned organic coconut milk I got via Amazon Prime and baby kale. Sooooo good. Delicious. Thank you!

  16. Steph says:

    This one was very refreshing, which surprised me because i
    of the kale!

  17. Karen M-A says:

    The smoothie was okay. I used a very small amount of coconut milk due to the fat content. Things are starting to taste the same to me. Hoping the berries in the coming days will change things up!

  18. Heather says:

    I really enjoyed this smoothie. It was sweet and tropical. I used lacinato kale, which seems a bit more mild than regular curly kale. I will definitely make this one again.

  19. Darlene says:

    This was delicious! I love the tropical flavors!

  20. Patricia says:

    First kale smoothie for me. Pretty good!

  21. Bonnie says:

    Forgot to do the stars
    Re: used the carton of So Delicious organic unsweetened coconut milk and added a little coconut oil to enhance the coconut flavour. Like a tropical drink I would have on vacation. Wonderful on a -15C(5F) night.

  22. Bonnie says:

    I used the carton of So Delicious organic unsweetened coconut milk and added a little coconut oil to enhance the coconut flavour. Like a tropical drink I would have on vacation. Wonderful on a -15C(5F) night.

  23. Dora says:

    Da bomb. ‘Nuff said

  24. Anita says:

    Five stars really enjoyed earning this smoothie

  25. Amber says:


  26. Chilly says:

    I use kale and spanich mix with coconut milk taste. Pretty good. definitely make again.

  27. Molly says:

    Not my favorite but it was still ok.

  28. Shari C says:

    Tastes and smells delicious. A keeper and repeater

  29. Evelyn says:

    I really love this smoothie and was able to get my husband and daughter to try it!! I will be making this one again!!!

  30. Valerie W says:

    Love the tropical flavor of this – I did use half canned coconut milk and half almond milk.

  31. Jada says:

    Loved this smoothie! Definitely one I will be making again!

  32. Tanya says:

    Yum! I am loving ALL of these simple green smoothie recipes 🙂

  33. Rachel Gebauer says:

    I love this smoothie, very refreshing. It was like a taste of summer.

  34. Katie says:

    I’m enjoying tropical heaven in the middle of a gray Midwestern January morning. Tuesday is suddenly looking a little brighter with a delicious smoothie!

  35. Pamela LaBouve says:

    Love this smoothie! My greens were a blend of baby kale, chard and spinach. I also substituted a banana for the pineapple because that’s what I had on hand. I use half water and half coconut milk, I like the smoothie a little less thick. Definitely will be adding this to the rotation 🙂

  36. Bethany Vines says:

    Yummy! I used canned coconut milk since the store I went to didn’t have unsweetened coconut milk in the carton. It was definitely the predominant flavor, so I’d like to try it with a different kind of liquid next time. Overall really good, though. Felt very tropical.

  37. Cecily says:

    This was such a yummy creamy smoothie, it will most definitely be put on my to make again list!

  38. Theresa OMara says:

    Smooth. Great flavor. Easy to make and easy to drink

  39. Brenda Coates says:

    I wasn’t too sure about using Kale and how it would change the flavor of the smoothie’s, but no worries; they taste amazing!

  40. Emily says:

    I think I will try this with coconut water next time as I didn’t love the coconut milk. Otherwise great!

  41. Mil Beni says:

    Article was very helpful. The smoothie, simply but delicious.

  42. Kari says:

    Like a tropical vacation, so good!

  43. Sami says:

    I was a little hesitant to try kale in the smoothie but it tasted great!

  44. Donny says:

    These are changing my lifestyle!!!

  45. Donny says:

    Delish! These are changing my lifestyle!!!

  46. Jeanine Long says:

    I Love this smoothie! It’s like a mini trip to the beach on a cold and foggy day!!

  47. K D says:

    Very tasty! I too was alarmed by the calorie total, however it’s not too surprising as there’s so much fruit in it. Used So Delicious shelf stable coconut beverage and it turned out fine. So green, smooth and tropical.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Feel free to swap the amount of fruits and veggies to make your smoothie less sweet if you prefer it that way!

  48. Beth says:

    I don’t typically use only Kale in a smoothie; I always combine the kale with spinach. I was excited to try this one and was pleasantly surprised how good it tastes.

  49. Liz says:

    Not bad flavour, but I noticed kale tastes more powdery? Not a huge fan of that. Might have added too much, will try less next time or switch to half kale half spinach

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Liz,

      Make sure you are removing the stems from your kale to avoid that bitter taste. If you are not a fan feel free to do half and half or swap it completely with another green of your choice!

  50. Brittani Kendrick says:

    The smoothie tastes great but I was alarmed to see 700 calories!

  51. Debbie says:

    Is this really 700 calories?!!!

  52. GRACE says:

    Yumm, just made this immediately — add a little of almond milk + coconut water since I am not too keen to coconut milk but they turned out so good!!! Thanks for sharing !

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