Forget your boring green smoothie – the bright-green Super Kale Shake tastes just like an ice cream milkshake. Be sure to keep a steady supply of frozen bananas in your freezer and this delicious shake can be ready in under 3 minutes.
- 1 ½ bananas – frozen
- ½ cup non-dairy milk
- 2-3 large kale leaves
- ¼ cup raw cashews
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Take the bananas out of the freezer and combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. You can adjust the amount of liquid until it reaches the desired consistency.
Pour into a glass, throw in a straw, and enjoy! If you want to get super-fancy, you can garnish with some grated cashew and dried red fruit like acai or cranberries.
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Hey again 🙂
One question about this recipe, I see you use Agave Nectar.
But since it’s pure fructose (maybe fructose doesn’t exist in english…) it recalls me one point in your manifesto about the fact that you find sugars with fibers in fruits in their natural state and ingesting pure sugar isn’t good…
The point is that fructose is bad to eat alone (Agave nectar) and agave nectar can be compared to vegetal oils where we extract a high concentrated part of the plant.
I tend to replace Agave with Mapple syrup now, what do you think about it ?
PS : Sorry for my grammar but english isn’t my former langage.
Another good question. 🙂 So, you’re right that agave nectar (like oils) are processed and very calorie-dense. And sugar is sugar. However, if you are going to use sweetener, Agave is more natural and unrefined and doesn’t spike blood sugar quite as bad as refined sugars. Maple syrup is in the same boat as agave: more natural but still “sugar”.
Another thing to consider in this shake is all the fiber we’re adding back (like the kale) so that one tablespoon of agave doesn’t do much damage. But if you’re concerned about it, feel free to omit the sweetener (I don’t have much of a sweet tooth myself and often do this) or use a few dates as a replacement.
There is a very good substitute for agave nectar, and is MUCH lower in fructose and is LOW-glycemic: Coconut Nectar. I use a brand called Coconut Secret, as I have given up sugar 39 years ago, when I lost 100 lbs. and transformed my life forever. Hope this helps.
Hi Rosanne. Yes since this post I myself discovered another sweetener : coconut flower sugar. It’s glycemic value is low, it’s organic and natural and it tastes great. Have a good day
This is delicious, even though it is green it tastes like dessert. Love it!
I have never tried cashews in my smoothies before, but it tastes amazing, especially with almond milk! I tried a half a frozen banana with ice and it also tasted great. Thanks for the great recipes. 🙂
Thanks, Nicole! Oh yes, cashews add so much creaminess to smoothies. I’m so glad you liked it 😀
Freezing bananas turns them black. Is this O.K.?
If you cut them up beforehand after peeling them and put them in a ziplock bag (I do individual ones), they don’t turn black. I do this all the time.