Hide Your Kale Smoothie

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Glass of our Hide Your Kale Pomegranate Smoothie surrounded by ingredients used to make it

Though I’ve known about green smoothies for a long time now, my mind is still blown by that fact that I can rack up 4 servings of fruit and veg before the clock ever strikes 8 (or in our house, 11 – don’t judge).

Freshly chopped kale on a kitchen towel

You may or may not already be familiar with green smoothies. But here are two things you may not know about them:

1. You can throw your greens in the freezer so you always have dark leafy, nutrient-packed greens on hand. Look at that! So fancy! And it doesn’t affect the flavor or texture of your smoothie one bit.

2. You can craft a smoothie that completely hides the taste and texture of kale. And not a little kale, like handfuls. Let’s do this!

Blender containing the ingredients for our Hide Your Kale Smoothie recipe

This smoothie is the same but different than my 5 Ingredient Detox Smoothie. They both contain frozen bananas, frozen berries and fruit juice. But this one hides kale like a boss and is packed with hemp seeds.

“Hey Sheila, why does that matter?” You’re probably thinking…

Well, Sheila and Rhonda, let me tell you. It matters because hemp seeds contain loads of fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and all 20 of the essential amino acids, including the 9 essential ones. And all of that supports just about every part of your body function. You need hemp seeds in your life, period.

Blender containing freshly blended Hide Your Kale Smoothie

Smoothies are easy. I don’t need to tell you that! Just add everything to a blender and whirl. Yipee!

Glass of Hide Your Kale Smoothie made with kale, berries, and banana

This smoothie is amazing. It’s:

Creamy
Cold
Satisfying
Perfectly sweet
Loaded with berries
Packed with kale
& Super healthy

And no, you really can’t taste the kale! Make this smoothie and then report back. I’ll wait…

Side view of a tall glass filled with our Hide Your Kale Smoothie recipe

Hide Your Kale Smoothie

A nutrient-packed berry smoothie that’s sweet and creamy and hides the taste and texture of kale! The perfect healthy breakfast, post-workout meal, or afternoon snack.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Tall glass of our Hide Your Kale Pomegranate Smoothie recipe beside fresh berries and kale
4.92 from 24 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 (smoothies)
Course Beverage, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 Month (in ice cube trays)
Does it keep? Up to 24 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe banana (previously peeled, sliced and frozen // 1 banana yields ~3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (or sub blueberries)
  • 1 heaping Tbsp hulled hemp seeds (organic if possible)
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh kale (any kind)
  • 2/3 cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • 3/4-1 1/2 cups filtered water

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, adding more water as needed. Taste and adjust flavors as needed. Add more banana or some agave for added sweetness.
  • Serve immediately – enough for 2.

Notes

*Pomegranate juice really makes this recipe and seems to hide the kale best. I’ve tried it with orange and cherry and they didn’t do the job quite as well! Use substitute as you see fit.
*Adding a bit of almond milk ups the creaminess.
*1 Tbsp of almond butter would add even more staying power.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 smoothies Calories: 183 Carbohydrates: 37 g Protein: 3.4 g Fat: 0.3 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Fiber: 4 g Sugar: 21 g

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  1. Christina says

    This smoothie is genius! Two cups of kale for breakfast and you don’t taste the kale at all! I was struggling to find a kale smoothie to make at home that tasted good- so thanks so much! I didn’t have pomegranate juice but used 100% cranberry instead- it was a little tart but still yummy. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Christina. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  2. Sandie cowell says

    I am never without this smoothie. The only difference I make is that I also throw in a couple of handfuls of frozen Spinach! I will leave the pomegranate juice out next time though as it is too sweet for me. I will add more water and some extra frozen blueberries. I look forward to a nice cool glass of this every evening. I also have a glass of home made kefir every morning. I am almost eighty so want to grab every ounce of goodness that I can!
    Sandie (UK)

  3. Sandie says

    I made this smoothie for the first time yesterday, and what a treat! I left it in the fridge overnight, and it really thickened up. Such a refreshing and tasty healthy smoothie. I am just about to make my second lot. I love it, thank you for this recipe

  4. Leanne says

    I bought the pomegranate juice to make this but now after reading comments I’m nervous I got the wrong kind.. I got the 100% pomegranate juice that comes in a 32oz glass jar on the shelf where the only ingredient is pomegranate (like the cranberry juice that comes in the glass jar that you dilute into water). Is this the right kind?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cici! While blanching is not required for freezing, it helps with longer term storage!

  5. Emily says

    Hi there. I’m drinking this right now! For me it is a straight liquid, not thick like your picture. There are also little chunky kale bits all throughout that are grossing me out a bit. I only have a ninja blender so maybe that’s why? I’m trying to get past it as I really want more energy. Any advice? The flavor is good. I can’t taste the kale other than the chunky bits.

  6. Sarianna says

    Anyone tried to replace the banana with Greek yogurt and add something else for sweetness? I can’t eat banana and it makes it really hard to find good smoothie recipes :( Avocados are out of the question too, both give me a stomach ache.

  7. Julie Keegan says

    HOLY MOLY!!!!!! eeeeeek! i can’t tell you how excited I am!!! My goal for 2018 is to get more greens each day. Especially Kale. I’ve read so much about the benefits for longevity and disease prevention eating kale. BUT….i can’t stand Kale…always feel like I have to choke it down….and so after 1 ‘meal’ of Kale, i give up :( BUT……this week I’ve tried your Kale Chips (LOVED!) and now this smoothie…..and I am never going back! You’re right……..you. cannot. taste. the. kale. I’m drinking it right now and trying to taste it…..and I can’t. So happy!! I’ve found my vehicle for getting my greens in my body. Thank you so much for this!
    Ps…i bought the R.W. Knudsen brand of Pomegranate juice. It comes in a glass bottle vs. the others that come in a plastic bottle. My other goal for 2018 is really paying attention to the packaging of my food products and choosing brands with more eco friendly versions.
    xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Hannah! I’m not sure, and wouldn’t recommend it. But if you give it a try, let us know how it turns out!

  8. Paul says

    My wife and I have been making this smoothie for over a year now and it’s great.
    I feel better within about 10 minutes of finishing one!
    Only thing is though, here in Australia we’re still waiting for Hemp to become legal to consume (due to become legal by the end of this year). In the meantime, we’ve been using Chia seeds instead, which apparently still contain the 9 essential amino acids – so if you can’t put your hands on hemp seeds but have chia, then I recommend using that instead!
    Thank you for such a wonderful recipe.

  9. Mike says

    I love this smoothie, and would like to reduce the amount of sugar and carbs. If I’ve done my math correctly, it looks like most of those come from the banana. Is that correct, and do you have any suggestions on what to use instead of a banana?

    • Michelle says

      Cauliflower is a decent replacement for banana in smoothies. Do some research for yourself though because I’ve not actually tried it for myself.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! Nope! Just throw your greens in a freezer bag and you’re good to go! Happy blending!

  10. Hillary says

    I was so skeptical – I can always taste the kale. Not this time! I’m shocked and very happy :) I’m going to try added unflavored protein powder next time.

  11. Jill says

    Delicious! I loved the frozen banana and pomegranate juice. I didn’t have hemp seeds so used flax seeds and added a spoonful of vanilla yogurt for a bit of creaminess.

  12. Tania says

    I’ve been having this smoothie every morning for breakfast and I must say it’s absolutely delicious. Thank You!

  13. Louise says

    I tried to make it with organic apple juice, and I liked it a lot! Of course, I can’t tell if it’s better because I havent tried the original! I think this is going to be my new afternoon snack ?✨

  14. Shennae says

    For those of us who live in Australia where eating hemp seeds is illegal, what other seeds do you recommend?

  15. Miranda says

    I’m confused about the nutrition calculations you have on here. You are saying that each serving has 22g of protein but when I’m calculating it, it really comes out to just less than 5g of protein per serving. Where are you seeing all the extra protein?

    Banana: 1
    Mixed Berries: .5
    Hemp seeds: 2.5
    Juice: 0
    Kale: 5.7

    That’s for the full recipe amounts. What am I missing here??

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry for the confusion! It was a typo. I recalculated it just to be sure and it’s now updated!

      • Miranda says

        Ahhhh thanks! I was actually hoping I was calculating something wrong so that I was consuming more protein ?

        Love your blog and use it all the time, you have helped make it easy to follow a plant based diet!! Thank you!

  16. MsBlackway says

    Tried this and LOVED it! Was looking for a yummy smoothie recipe that was tasty, but not loaded with sugar. I even added cup of spinach to this and it was still sweet. I also added 1/2 cup of crushed ice. Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. James60178 says

    This is great. My eye doctor wants me to either eat more kale or take expensive kale supplements. I’m not into organic or detoxing so subbing ingredients doesn’t keep me awake. I use the Ocean Spray diet juices like Cran-Pomegranate or cherry with <1 gram of sugar. Apple instead of banana and it's all good. Thanks so much.

  18. Mo says

    Approximately how many ice cubes worth of kale/lemon juice = 2 cups? I’m just about to do the freezing routine and this would be handy to know. :-)

  19. Angela says

    This is a fantastic recipe and I use it almost twice a week! :) great source of leafy greens and you don’t even taste them!

  20. Elaine says

    I love Kale smoothies as well. Just Kale, water, hemp powder, frozen mixed berries, and frozen cranberries – my secret ingredient. Its tartness covers the kale well and they keep well in the freezer all year long. I buy a ton of bags of cranberries after the holidays and just stash them – no freezer bag needed :)

  21. Cheryl says

    The smoothie i mix in a blender.
    A bit of lite milk or almond milk. 1 Bannana. 4 to 5 tablespoons lite vanilla youghurt. 1 Avocado
    2 hands of kale leaves. finish mix all in blender about 1 minute serve instantly taste good.
    I found the avocado thickins & creamy a nice drink & fully filling.

  22. JLx says

    This sounds really good-I’m going to try it this weekend once I’ve acquired some frozen berries! Can I just check though-do you blend the frozen ingredients when they are still frozen or should you wait until they’re softer? I only have a hand blender so I hope it works ok with that :)
    Thanks!

    • Dawen says

      Usually you don’t thaw frozen foods for smoothies – if your fruit and such is still frozen when you blend it, the smoothie’s thicker. A lot of smoothies that use fresh ingredients will actually call for ice cubes to help thicken, so frozen fruit is killing two birds with one stone!

      A hand blender, on the other hand, may not be able to handle frozen foods. So you may have to make do with thawed fruits and thin smoothies until/unless you can get a good regular blender.

  23. Carly says

    I have been a huge fan of all of your recipes and I just wanted to let you know that this is the best smoothy I have ever had with kale!! I plan on drinking this every day!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! Thanks for sharing, Carly! I have a new smoothie recipe coming out in our cookbook that I think you’ll love. xo!

  24. April says

    I can sense the the kale is in there, but then again my taste buds have really woken up since I outgrew my allergies! This is the best kale smoothie recipe I’ve had so far.

    I currently have a batch freezing in popsicle molds. I’ll report back with my kidlet’s opinion!

  25. Caroline says

    This is a great recipe! I’ve always been a healthy eater, but I’ve been trying to work new veggies into my diet and experiment with smoothies. Embarrassing, but this is really one of my first experiences with kale, and it was a great one. I threw in some plain Greek yogurt to add a bit more protein and to thicken it up a bit. I like to prep for the work week, how long do you think it would stay good in the fridge/freezer?

  26. Jerah says

    I’ve never taken a liking to healthy smoothies or healthy eating in general. I’m trying to be more healthy for this summer so I made one of these yesterday and I’m surprised at how good it is! I can’t taste the kale at all it’s amazing! I still haven’t tried it with the seeds yet but I definitely will soon. Thank you for sharing a yummy recipe!!!

  27. Sue says

    Thanks for the great recipes and tips. I found your site while looking for more ways to eat green leafy veggies after reading about the MIND diet. I will never waste another green thanks to you!

  28. Jean says

    I just made this and used spinach and orange juice. I did not add any water, but used 1 full cup of OJ instead of 2/3. I have been looking for a way to get spinach down daily because other than salads, I really don’t like it. This will be a good addition to my daily routine. I’m really happy I tried it! Greens are not my thing , so I’m going to have to work my nerve up before I try kale.

  29. Rachel says

    Good recipe! Just made it. I’m honestly not a fan of kale and this is the 1st recipe so far that makes kale edible. The pomegranate juice works pretty well to hide the kale flavor. I also added a splash of some leftover grape juice

  30. Isabella says

    Thank you for this delicious and easy to prepare smoothie. I used Navitas naturals organic pomegranate powder (2tbsp)- from Amazon or target. Been looking for a way to incorporate this powder into my smoothies and you solved my issue. Thank you! I also added 4 tbsp of Great Lakes collagen hydrolysate- which is cold water soluble and doesn’t effect the taste- has helped my joint pain and smoothed my wrinkles. Enjoy and thanks again!

  31. gemma says

    Hi. New to all this.. I love this smoothie, am I OK to drink one of theses everyday?.. Not going to overload on anything?.. Many thanks.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      You certainly can! I do. Just rotate your greens to include a mix of kale, spinach, parsley, etc., to keep your body guessing!

  32. Brandon says

    I was never a fan of kale or the taste of pomegranate. Now I WANT to make this smoothie every single morning! I don’t have the time or patience to make breakfast so this ends up being a fantastically easy solution (that’s delicious and healthy too)!

  33. Laura-Floraa says

    I love the sound of this smoothie.
    Bought kale for first time today and looking for different ways to try it so glad I found this page but slight problem with this smoothie..ive only got a juicer. Could I still make this yummy sounding kale smoothy just using a juicer?? :-\

    • Dawen says

      Avocados, actually! They give the creaminess that people use bananas for. Then you would probably want to add a little bit of something for the sweetness – some of that pineapple, maybe, or just some stevia or maple syrup, something like that. I haven’t played around with actually replacing the banana with avocado yet, though, so you might find one avocado per banana works, or a half per banana…

  34. Kathryn Mader says

    Hi Dana, I don’t see Hide Your Kale Smoothie listed under your All Beverages Recipes. I make your smoothies all the time and can you please put that one in there for easy reference…unless it’s there all ready and I somehow missed it (highly likely). I discovered the kale smoothie when I looked at your choc chip pancakes and down below they showed some pictures of recipes I might want to try and tra-lah!, there it was. Thanks!

  35. Kyla says

    This smoothie is seriously amazing. I am so, so glad I found it, and so glad you made it! I make it for my mom because she is trying to diet; but I always drink half of it before I give it to her, haha! I’d say that even though it doesn’t taste like it has kale, it does have a texture like it does have kale; but I’m sure that’s probably because I have a bad blender. Thanks for the recipe!

  36. Stacie says

    Yummy! Even my 3 year old daughter (who hates everything) is lovin’ it! We know how nutritiously wonderful kale is for us but it’s hard to consume a lot of it without going insane! We are juicing and smoothy-ing until we don’t feel guilty about our vacation food binge! We won’t talk about that! What’s on vacation, stays on vacation! Except the fat rolls I brought home with me! Ha! Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      ha! Someone got it. I almost linked to the video in the post. Certainly one of the best you tube moments of all time.

  37. Shikha @ Shikha la mode says

    Frozen kale! Such a good idea – I always struggle with keeping ingredients fresh throughout the week for smoothies – great to know.

  38. Jenny @ BAKE says

    I love green smoothies, it’s never occurred to me to freeze the kale before to keep it from turning. I will be using that tip!

  39. Jenn says

    OK this is amazing I love it, both my hubby and I had it for breakfast this morning and kept says “Yeah I could drink this this isn’t that bad at all..IT’S ACTUALLY very TASTY” I would also like to mention that we have NEVER eaten Kale before and we’re very nervous to try it but in fact will be drinking this often!! Many thanks for this recipe you’ve showed us the rainbow to a new world of hiding our greens :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! So glad you guys enjoyed this. I think the banana + pomegranate juice creates the perfect sweet, berry creaminess to mask all that kale. Cheers!

  40. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen says

    I LOVE the idea of freezing Kale – why have I never thought of that? I have a big bag of hemp seeds that are dying to go into this smoothie! Can’t wait to try it! :D

  41. Kate says

    This looks so good! Even though I don’t particularly mind the taste of kale, you’ve sold me with the hemp seeds and pomegranate juice. Yum :)

  42. JoyceT says

    Wish that I had read this before going to Costco today, I would have bought Hemp Seeds.
    I did get Chia Seeds and Pomegranite Juice. Tart Cherry Juice at Trader Joe’s.
    Now I hav to get Kale, I didn’t know that you could freeze that too!
    Thanks for your Smoothies recipes.

  43. Abbie @ Needs Salt says

    This smoothie looks awesome. I love that color! And all the different vibrant glorious fruits going into this. Awesome stuff.
    I have never had a kale smoothie before, but I’m totally going to put an end to that very soon!
    Pinning this!

  44. Elisabeth says

    That’s awesome! I never thought of freezing my kale! No more yellow kale for me!! I can’t wait to try this. Where would I look for hemp seeds? I’ve never tried them before.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Most health food stores have them, as well as healthy/organic sections in grocery stores. Otherwise, order them off of Amazon!

  45. Ana Victoria says

    I love this and will def go buy organic hemp seeds & pomegranate juice! We also have tried many fruit juices to hide and white cranberry juice or apple juice has worked the best. Thank you :)

  46. Penny says

    I can’t wait to try this!

    Instead of the pomegranate juice, do you have any recommendation for what whole fruit would work well? I want to keep the smoothie raw, and the only juice that I have access to is pasteurized.

    Thank you!

  47. Ashley M at (never)homemaker says

    I love using hemp seeds. Great recipe! In fact, I might just have to make myself a green smoothie this morning — thanks for the inspiration.

  48. Katy says

    How do you go about freezing your fresh greens? I’m going to be stocking up today but I hate slimy spinach. I’m definitely going to give kale a try, this smoothie looks super creamy!

    • Clever Girl Reviews says

      Katy,

      You can Pre-blend the spinach with coconut water and a dash of lemon juice first. The put into an ice cube tray or popsicle molds. I’ve used the popsicle route because it’s easy and you get the right amount!

      • April says

        Sweet! I was just thinking that I need to start freezing my produce since I never get through it fast enough when I keep it in the fridge.

    • Mel says

      I make my vegetables in the juicer, or in smoothie form, and then freeze them in individual servings. It’s been working out great, and tastes great too!

  49. Maryea {happy healthy mama} says

    Love adding greens to my smoothies! I’ll have to try pomegranate juice as the liquid–I’ve never tried that. I’ll have to let you know what my little ones think. That’s the ultimate test. :)