Enjoy the stimulating taste of a fresh pear smoothie. This recipe is very easy and filled with delicious flavors that complement both the pear and the kale. It’s a great introduction to green smoothies, with a flavor that anyone will enjoy, and is particularly fitting for a quick fall or winter breakfast.
In this pear smoothie, you’ll use fresh banana and ginger along with ground cinnamon to give the flavor a nice boost. All are great pairings for the pear and kale, as is the almond milk. Adding honey and vanilla extract brings it all together with a touch of sweetness while retaining the smoothie’s health benefits.
D’Anjou pears are perfect for smoothies because they’re sweet and juicy. Choose either green or red pears—the kale ensures the smoothie stays green either way—or select another pear variety that’s in season.
- 1 ripe medium banana, sliced
- 1 medium pear, seeded and diced
- 2/3 cup almond milk
- 2 to 4 slices fresh peeled ginger, to taste
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, more to taste
- 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped kale
- 1 cup ice
Gather the ingredients.
In a blender, add the banana, pear, almond milk, ginger, honey, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon. Add the kale and then the ice on top to weigh it down.
Blend until perfectly smooth (two to three minutes, depending on your blender). You may need to push the ingredients down halfway through blending.
Serve and enjoy!
- Rinse your kale right before removing the stems and shake it over the sink to remove as much water as possible. Wet kale wilts more quickly.
- If you want to use the stems of the kale, chop them up into small pieces before adding to the blender. This will help the blades break them up more efficiently.
- Store dry kale loosely wrapped in the refrigerator. It will keep for about four days. For longer storage, blanch then freeze the kale. It will be perfectly preserved for smoothies.
- Store any leftover smoothie in the refrigerator.
- Fresh ginger can get spicy really quick. Try the smoothie with just two slices first, and if you’re a big fan of ginger, add more the next time you make it.