Vegan Kiwi Kale Smoothie Recipe
This kiwi kale smoothie is ultra-green, ultra-creamy, and packed with nutrients! Superfood leafy greens, healthy fats from coconut and avocado, and prune juice for all-natural sweetness—no banana and no added sugars needed. In case kale isn’t enough green for you, this kiwi smoothie also features a green fruit AND avocado. The ultimate green smoothie recipe, made with only 6 ingredients!
For more no-sugar & no-banana smoothie recipes that are sweetened with prune juice, check out my 5 High Fiber Smoothies.
Kale & Kiwi Smoothie Benefits
Anytime I’m making a smoothie, I pack the blender full with leafy greens because I know they’ll disappear once I start blending. In this kiwi smoothie with kale, there are 2 cups of baby kale, or 1 full cup of kale per serving. That means each of these kale smoothies contains more than your recommended daily amount of vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin A—and loads of antioxidants!
Then, there’s the oh-so-creamy trio of coconut cream, coconut butter, and frozen avocado. These are some of the richest sources of healthy fats on the planet! The MCTs in coconut are readily converted to energy in the body, and the monounsaturated fats in avocados are anti-inflammatory superstars. Plus, making a smoothie with avocado and coconut is a great way to create a thicker, creamier texture.
And finally, I add natural sweetness to this kale smoothie with fresh kiwi and prune juice. It’s still satisfyingly sweet, just with all-natural fruit sugars and nothing added! Whether you just love an easy smoothie or are looking for a superfood snack, this is an easy option you can toss together in minutes.
Kiwi Kale Smoothie Ingredients & Substitutions
- Frozen Baby Kale. I like to make this kale smoothie with frozen kale, but you can use fresh kale if preferred. Typically, I’ll buy fresh greens and freeze them myself for smoothies, or you can get convenient frozen greens from the freezer section. If you want a substitute, you can swap kale for spinach, romaine, arugula, or a blend of greens if you prefer.
- Kiwis. With their natural sweetness, fruity flavor, and velvety texture, I absolutely love kiwi in smoothies! I recommend peeling your kiwifruit first, and making sure they’re ripe. Most recipes pair a kale smoothie with pineapple, banana, mango, or other tropical fruits—and you’re welcome to use these as substitutes for kiwi here. But kiwi is a nice alternative, especially for those who want sweet smoothie recipes with no banana.
- Coconut Cream. Nothing makes a healthy smoothie quite as creamy as coconut cream! You can also use full-fat coconut milk if you can’t find coconut cream. Or try your favorite yogurt—dairy if preferred, or nondairy to keep your smoothie vegan.
- Coconut Butter. This also adds to the creaminess and brings some subtle sweet, tropical flavor! If you can’t find any or aren’t a coconut fan, swap it out for the nut or seed butter of your choice.
- Frozen Avocado. You don’t have to freeze your avocado, but a smoothie with frozen avocado will have a thicker and more luscious texture—similar to using a frozen banana vs. fresh. (Frozen avocado worked wonders in my cucumber smoothie without banana!) If you don’t like avocados, you can try swapping it out for nut butter, chia seeds, or even banana.
- Prune Juice. This green kiwi smoothie is just-sweet-enough with the help of prune juice. Instead of adding sugar or sweetener, why not add a splash of naturally-sweet fruit juice? If prune juice isn’t an option for you, you can substitute with apple, orange, or even carrot juice.
For more recipes like this, check out my Healthy Green Smoothies video!
Vegan Kiwi Kale Smoothie
- 2 cups baby kale, frozen
- 3 small kiwis, or 2 large, peeled
- ⅓ cup coconut cream
- 1 Tbsp coconut butter
- 1 avocado, frozen
- ½ cup Sunsweet® Amaz!n™ Prune Juice
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!