This avocado kale smoothie is inspired by the green smoothie from Los Angeles’ Gjusta Bakery.
I’m back from my short but super sweet weekend at Disney World. I was there this past weekend to participate in the Disney Princess Half Marathon. It was a 13.1 mile run from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back to Epcot. After a long run like that, my body craves smoothies and juices.
I was a bit shocked to pay $7 for an 8oz smoothie. Although I really enjoyed it, my wallet did cry a little when I paid.
Avocado Banana Kale Smoothie
After three trials and errors I found the perfect combination of avocado, kale and banana that resembles Gjusta’s version.
And the best part, for about the same price, you can easily make a week’s worth of avocado kale smoothies at home!
Avocados can do no wrong. They add the perfect creamy, buttery texture to this smooth.
There are hundreds of varieties of avocado. Most of the avocados commercially available are the Hass variety (from California)
All my green smoothies start with coconut water. Coconut water is the perfect base because it’s super hydrating and it has a very clean and subtle taste.
To thicken the smoothie without the use of ice (which is really hard to crush in a blender and eventually waters down the flavors of the smoothie), I used frozen bananas.
Frozen bananas are magical… you’ve heard of the one ingredient banana ice cream, right?
While raw kale isn’t very pleasant on its own, once you blend it with rich creamy avocado and sweet ripe bananas, it tastes really good!
Like the same suggests, baby kale are the leaves of young kale. Baby kale has the texture of spinach, meaning you don’t have to remove the center stems.
Baby kale is becoming quite popular. You can find it in many boxed green mixes at the market.
I also added a little fresh squeezed lime juice to brighten up the flavors.
Don’t omit the lime juice. This smoothie needs that pop of brightness.
Technically this recipe serves 2, but I can easily finish the entire batch to myself. It’s that refreshing and delicious!
Avocado Kale Smoothie
- 1 ¼ cup coconut water
- 2 cups baby kale leaves
- ½ cup ripe avocado
- 1 banana, frozen
- 2 teaspoon fresh squeezed lime juice
- Pour coconut water into blender. Add kale, avocado, frozen banana and lime juice. Cover with lid and blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.