This meal in a glass pear almond kale smoothie is a great way of using up any leftover greens and ticks off a portion of veggies before 9am!
Yes, yes, I know it’s December and I’m meant to be blogging Christmas recipes, but ya know this is my 7th year of blogging, and since I peaked with my short recipe ebook back in 2014, is there really anything else I can add to all the Christmas recipe noise?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot the last week, and realised that Christmas recipes are not really the core aim of Natural Kitchen Adventures. Christmas is about the classics, and well there’s plenty of them out there already. Yes I’ve been eating mince pies galore this last month, and yes I even made some myself, but in and amongst this I’ve just been cooking like I usually do, because man cannot live on advent calendar chocolate and mince pies alone.
So, this week I’m sharing a pear almond kale smoothie I’ve been making on repeat for the last few weeks, another excuse to show off my new Froothie Optimum 9400 2nd generation froothie blender that I have just reviewed.
I first came up with this smoothie recipe from a necessity of using up an excess of pears I bought for my autumn supper club pear and chocolate tart (someone – err that would be me, did some bad maths). I’m always very honest in saying that I am not regularly a smoothie girl, but the pears, they were getting a bit manky and a smoothie seemed like the best way to get through them over a couple of days. Smoothies seem to be something I only crave if I’m feeling a bit under the weather and my persistent colds of the autumn have left me feeling a bit less than 100% for quite some time.
Anyway, as we learned from my chocolate tart, pears go well with almond, so I used almond milk as the base for this smoothie. I also added a good portion of almond butter for additional almond flavour. I’m if going to go to the effort of making a smoothie for my breakfast, I don’t want to have to make anything else too, so I like to make my smoothies sustaining by making them a ‘meal in a glass’ smoothie – usually by also inviting oats to the party.
If you don’t want to put greens into your smoothie, there is absolutely no need and you are more than welcome to serve them for dinner instead. However, if you’ve got a top notch blender like me, it will make light work of making the texture of them disappear, just leaving you with a vibrant green colour. I’ve trialled this smoothie with curly kale, cavolo nero and chard too, all work brilliantly.
I always feel a little smug about having a portion of veggies ticked off for the day before 9am.
Pear Almond Kale Smoothie
- 200mls almond milk
- 20g oats
- 2 tbs Greek yoghurt
- 1 tbs almond butter
- 1 pear, roughly chopped, skin on, stalk and pips removed
- Handful of curly kale, (if you have a strong blender, leave in the stalks)
- Chunk ginger (option)
- You'll need a good blender for this, simply put everything in the blender, and keep blitzing until the smoothie is a gorgeous green colour, with no trace of bits of kale!
- If you want to cool down the smoothie, an ice cube or two can be added into the blend.
- If you want to sweeten it a little, a teaspoon of honey can be a good addition.
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The wonderful thing about kale is you can add it to smoothies for nutrients but it doesn’t add a vegetable ness to the drink!
It’s great isn’t it? I think it is one of the sweeter greens so works well!
I’d never have thought of putting pears in a smoothie. It sounds delicious and the colour is beautiful.
Makes a good change from banana on repeat! Thank you!
this is such a healthy and wonderful drink!
Made a nice change from my regular bircher – thanks!
I totally agree Ceri, it’s really important to occasionally eat something healthy during Christmas time and I have still been making smoothies most days. Maybe I’ll make this one and tell the kids it’s your recipe with kale and see if that tempts them to drink it!? They’re a bit suspicious of green drinks.
I’d love to hear if the kids can be persuaded about this one – not as fun as kale chips but you never know 🙂 Thanks Mandy!
This smoothie sounds totally yummy, I must admit I have never used a pear in a smoothie so must put that right and give yours a try! Also love that glass!
This looks so good and full of all the vitamins needed to get through the festive season!
Hope it did! Thanks Janice!
This sounds delicious. I am all about green smoothies atm. I’ve never tried adding pears – such an underrated fruit!
Pear adds such a different touch to apple – worth a try! (and you can make this vegan if you like ;0)
I feel I may have over indulged a little. Reckon this would sort me out. It sounds delicious too.
Oh you and me both! Just need to get some greens in my fridge and I’ll be good to go to join you. Thanks Choclette!
You and me both! Glad to hear you’ve been enjoy a vegan version of this too – am impressed!