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.
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.
There are many ways to adapt this recipe to what you have on hand:
- Rather than fresh ginger, use 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger.
- Switch out the kale for another type of green typically used in smoothies, such as spinach, collard greens, or Swiss chard.
- If you prefer, replace the honey with agave nectar.
- Use dairy milk, soy milk, or rice milk rather than almond milk.
- For a creamier smoothie, use 1/2 cup of yogurt and skip the milk.
- Add extra fruits like berries (strawberries are particularly good with kale and pear), mango, and peach. You can't go wrong with adding an avocado, either!
- For a warm-weather twist, skip the cinnamon and ginger. Instead, add 1 tablespoon of rosemary and a few tablespoons of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Both are natural flavor pairings for both pear and kale.