DessertAugust-September 2014

Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Kale Smoothie



Photo by Anson Smart

One taste and you’ll understand why kale-phobic omnivores line up to get their fill of this gluten-free, dairy-free smoothie. This is the Holy Grail of kale. For a nut-free version that isn’t as creamy, replace the cashews with 2 tablespoons raw hemp seeds or raw shelled sunflower seeds.

½ cup water
½ teaspoon probiotic powder, optional
½ cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked
1 cup torn-up curly green kale leaves, stalks removed, more to taste
2 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen
¼ cup chopped pitted dates, soaked, or 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, more to taste*
½ teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
2 cups ice cubes (a little less if using frozen bananas)
½ teaspoon minced ginger, more to taste, optional

1. Put all ingredients into your blender in the order listed and puree for about 1 minute until smooth and creamy.

Tweak flavors to taste.

Each serving contains 422 calories, 19g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 21mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, 31g sugars, 10g protein, 25 Est GL.

*TIP With a conventional blender, you’ll get the smoothest consistency if you use maple syrup or chop the dates finely.


Comments (2)

What does '25 Est GL' stand for?

Posted by: Debbie Jo | July 13, 2014 12:42 PM    Report this comment

25 Est GL...What does this mean?

Posted by: Debbie Jo | July 13, 2014 12:39 PM    Report this comment

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