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Tropikale Smoothie

This Tropical Kale Smoothie recipe is a tropical take on the classic green smoothie, complete with pineapple, orange juice, banana, and kale!

Kale green smoothie in a glass with paper straw

The great thing about kale is you can freeze it for smoothies, so it virtually never goes bad. And the great thing about cooking up kale for two whole weeks is our freezer is PACKED with kale. The tulip-man likes to say I’m a hamster because I hoard everything (which, do hamsters even do that??), but I like to think of it as being thrifty.

These pineapple and kale smoothies (tropikale…get it?!) are the classic green smoothie’s exotic cousin. Juicy, sweet pineapple helps to counter the bitter kale, while banana makes the smoothie nice and creamy (without any milk or yogurt). Let’s blend!

Kale green smoothie in a glass with paper straw

Kale Smoothie Ingredients

  • Kale: You can use any variety of kale here, like curly or dinosaur. Fresh and frozen both work!
  • Pineapple: Use fresh, canned, or frozen pineapple. You can substitute the pineapple for other fruits, like mango, apple, pear, or kiwi.
  • Banana: Banana makes this smoothie feel creamy (without the dairy). To make a green smoothie without banana, substitute it for 1/4 cup coconut milk + a drizzle of honey.
  • Orange Juice: Fresh orange juice brightens up this smoothie! You can substitute just about any juice here, like apple, pineapple, or white grape.
Ingredients for green smoothie in a blender

How to blend a kale smoothie

As far as leafy greens go, kale can be much more sturdy than most. Which means it may break down differently in your blender! Here’s how to perfectly blend kale, no matter what blender you have:

  • Have a strong blender? (like Vitamix or Blendtec?) Just throw everything in and blend until smooth. Strong blenders should liquify the kale leaves.
  • Have a weak blender? (that you may have picked up at a yard sale 10 years ago, no judgement 😛?) Blend the kale and orange juice together first, blitzing until the kale is completely broken down. Then add in the banana and pineapple and blend until smooth.
Green smoothie in a blender

Variations on this kale smoothie

The nice thing about green smoothies are how adaptable they are! Switch up virtually any ingredient based on what you have on hand. Here are some of my favorite modifications to this smoothie:

  • Switch up the greens, using spinach instead of the kale.
  • Different fruit can be used in place of the pineapple, like apple, pear, kiwi, mango, or berries.
  • No banana, no problem. Swap out the banana for 1/4 cup canned coconut milk and a drizzle of honey/sugar.
  • Swap out the orange juice for another, like apple, pineapple, or white grape juice. You can also use any variety of flavorless milk here.
  • Add extras to boost the nutrition in this smoothie, like chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, or a spoonful of nut butter.
Pouring kale green smoothie into a glass

How to make kale smoothies in advance

Meal prepping your smoothies is a great way to ensure you get your morning dose of leafy greens, even when you’re pressed for time! There are two ways you can prep this smoothie ahead of time:

  • For short term storage, blend the smoothie and store in an airtight bottle in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • For long term storage, portion the kale, pineapple, and banana into freezer-safe baggies, then throw them in the freezer. When ready to drink your smoothie, toss the contents of the bag in your blender, add orange juice (you will need a little more juice to compensate for having more frozen fruit), and blend.
Green kale smoothie in a glass with paper straw
Kale green smoothie in a glass with paper straw

Tropical Kale Smoothies

This Tropical Kale Smoothie recipe is a tropical take on the classic green smoothie, complete with pineapple, orange juice, banana, and kale!
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Course: Beverages (Non-Alcoholic), Breakfasts, Smoothies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green smoothie, kale smoothie bowl, pineapple kale smoothie, tropical green smoothie
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion: 4th of July, St. Patrick’s Day
Time: 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
5 from 1 vote

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups chopped kale 90 g
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple* 330 g, frozen if possible
  • 1 banana* chopped and frozen if possible
  • ½-1 cup orange juice 120 mL – 240 mL

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more orange juice as needed to reach a smoothie consistency (will depend on the amount of frozen fruit used).

NOTES

  • *At least one of your fruits should be frozen to make this smoothie frosty cold.
  • Variations on this smoothie:
    • Switch up the greens, using spinach instead of the kale.
    • Different fruit can be used in place of the pineapple, like apple, pear, kiwi, mango, or berries.
    • No banana, no problem. Swap out the banana for 1/4 cup canned coconut milk and a drizzle of honey/sugar.
    • Swap out the orange juice for another, like apple, pineapple, or white grape. You can also use any variety of flavorless milk here.
    • Add extras to boost the nutrition in this smoothie, like chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, or a spoonful of nut butter.
  •  

NUTRITION

Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.8g | Protein: 3.5g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 762mg | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 28.7g | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg
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Tropical pineapple kale smoothie on white background
A photo from when I originally posted this kale smoothie recipe!


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  1. Maya says:

    oh my… this sounds delicious. I also love the image of someone trying to open a coconut with a cast iron skillet!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Maya! Haha and yes…it was probably quite the sight…

  2. Cassandra says:

    I am so ready for this Chicago winter to be over so I can enjoy some smoothies again! Love how bright and clear and beautiful your photos are.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Cassandra! I never wait for winter to end to enjoy smoothies 🙂 I just bundle up and drink them anyways!

  3. angie says:

    love what is in these shakes but not for sure if I can get my hubby to drink one with me or not.

    1. Sarah says:

      Kale can be a bit much for new green smoothie drinkers. Swap the kale for spinach and he won’t taste it AT ALL!

  4. Kari says:

    I love sneaking kale into my smoothies for an antioxidant boost.
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  5. Tish says:

    The looks awesome. What a great and healthy chilly treat.

  6. I had no idea you could freeze kale. Just never really thought about it. Typically we blend our greens fresh but I must say we do waste quite a bit that way as it tends to go bad before we finish it. Totally going to switch to freezing it now! Not to mention we will be trying it in the recipe you provided too!

    1. Sarah says:

      My life changed after I discovered freezing greens! I used to waste SOOO much, and now I literally freeze every soon-to-go-bad produce for smoothies (i currently have frozen beets, cabbage, kale, and spinach haha)

  7. Kusum says:

    Oh my looks so delicious, I love Kale in my smoothie or just about anything! Love that you included coconut in your smoothie, where I am from coconut is used on a regular basis, its so healthy.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  8. Hahaha I chuckled a bit at your telling of your coconut-opening misadventures. They’re damnably hard to open, aren’t they!

    1. Sarah says:

      Yes!! I swear mine had no inside and was just one mass of coconut wood.

  9. Love this smoothie & the name!

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