Yesterday I shared my favorite green smoothie recipe but today I wanted to share my daughter’s favorite – a dairy-free Pear Kale Smoothie!
To be completely honest, I was disappointed that my daughter didn’t like my favorite green smoothie recipe – it tastes like a peanut butter banana milkshake! I already knew that she loved fruit-based smoothies, but I really wanted to find a green smoothie that she’d enjoy just as much.
Getting enough vegetables into kids’ diets can be difficult even without food aversions – especially if you have a slow eater like my daughter! Even foods that she likes can take sooo long for her to eat, so smoothies aren’t just about sneaking in vegetables for us – it’s about making them quicker for her to consume.
I often will make her a smoothie in the mornings since she is such a slow eater – it’s easier to take a smoothie on the go than scrambled eggs, and she actually has a fighting chance to finish her smoothie before drop-off time. I do sometimes make them for an afterschool snack if we’re going to have a later supper, but generally not if we’re going to have supper at 5pm because they really do fill her up!
My daycare kids love this smoothie recipe, too, so sometimes I’ll double it and split it up amongst them during snack time. It’s perfect for my picky eaters who won’t normally touch vegetables – although some of them don’t like it when I add banana to the recipe.
This smoothie recipe was the result of a lot of trial and error. During the course of experimenting with several smoothie recipes I discovered that my daughter disliked most of the smoothies with cow’s milk in them. It took her a couple of year’s to like cow’s milk at all, and there’s just something about it in a smoothie that she still doesn’t quite like so if your child is the same, you might find the almond milk is a hit! However, if your child is a fan you can definitely swap out the almond milk in this recipe for cow’s milk.
Pear was another unique addition – I find it works beautifully to balance out the kale, resulting in a sweet-tasting smoothie.
The first time I stumbled upon the kale-pear combination, I only had vanilla greek yogurt in the house and Ella loved it in this smoothie. When I tried to replicate it with plain yogurt – she protested! Since vanilla yogurt is often sweetened, I instead opted for a half teaspoon of vanilla extract and used half of a frozen banana to add in some natural sweetness. (If your making this for your kids, try it with and without banana to see what they prefer.)
Vanilla can be quite overpowering and it does take on a strong flavor profile in this recipe so make sure you measure it out to avoid over-pouring.
Ingredients for Kale Pear Smoothie
- 1 cup kale
- ½ cup milk of choice
- 1 pear, chopped
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter
- ½ tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
Tip: adjust all ingredients as desired.
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How to Make a Kale Pear Smoothie
Combine all ingredients in a smoothie-style blender (or a high-powered blender).
Puree until smooth. Add additional milk to thin out.
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This easy Kale Pear Green Smoothie recipe is a favorite in our house and I hope it helps you get your kids excited to eat their greens!