Apple & Kale Dairy Free Smoothie

This apple and kale dairy free smoothie is as delicious as it is green!

kale smoothie in glass with metal straw
Kale and apple dairy free smoothie with OJ, banana and mint.

Also Read: Healthy Eating for Brain Health, How to Freeze Kale,

It’s green, it’s sweet and it’s delicious!  My kids and husband were pleasantly surprised when they first tasted this green smoothie, they didn’t expect green, healthy food to taste this good! Even my green smoothie skeptical neighbour enjoyed it.

This smoothie fits perfectly into Healthy Eating for Brain Health and is a great way to use up an excess of apples, mint and kale in summer. In winter, I use frozen kale or spinach to get that healthy green effect.

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kale smoothie in glass with straw
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Apple & Kale Dairy Free Smoothie

A tasty green smoothie perfect for brain health and dairy free diets. Flavoured and sweetened with mint, apple, banana and orange juice. Fresh kale can be replaced with frozen kale or any other fresh or frozen dark leafy greens.
Prep : 8 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 apple (any kind) cored & quartered
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 1/2 cup kale leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (10-12 leaves)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup water (if needed)


  • Add ingredients as listed in high speed blender.
  • Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape sides as needed.
  • Add more water to thin or more ice to thicken if needed.
  • Enjoy!
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 42mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 28g | Iron: 4mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brain health, dairy free, MIND diet, smoothie
kale smoothie in glass with straw

Tips for Smoothies

We enjoy smoothies two or three times a month. They are one of our favourite ways to use up and enjoy ripe bananas and whatever else we have in the fridge or freezer. We almost never follow a recipe – we just mix in whatever berries, fruit and greens we have available. Often our smoothies will contain either yogurt or milk. When I’m feeling experimental, I also add oats or white beans for added creaminess and protein. We don’t use protein powder, so it never makes it into our smoothies.

Here are some tips we’ve learned when it comes to making smoothies.

  • Young, tender greens have a nice mild flavor, perfect for those new to green smoothies. If using large kale leaves, leave out the ribs as they may add a bitter flavour.
  • Oranges, bananas, pineapple, strawberries, vanilla extract and herbs like mint add flavour, sweetness and mask any bitter flavors.
  • To make smoothies thicker use frozen fruit, ice or frozen yogurt.
  • Add liquid to the blender first to make it easier on your mixer.
  • Use the pulse feature and scrape down the side of your blender several times if your mixer is struggling.
ingredients for kale smoothie
Ingredients gathered for dairy free smoothie.

There you have my favourite green smoothie and smoothie tips.

What’s your favourite smoothie and what tips and tricks do you have for us?

I’m always looking for new combinations and ideas, so let me know in the comments below or touch base with me via social media at #getgettys or Facebook @GettyStewart.HomeEconomist. 

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