Kale Pineapple Chia Smoothie

A refreshing smoothie featuring healthy green kale and chia seeds. Sweet pineapple and coconut milk adds a tropical twist to this delicious drink. It’s vegan and gluten-free too.

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Kale Pineapple Chia Smoothie

Updated with some new pictures, additional text, and recipe re-write (originally posted March 6, 2017).

This is my go-to green smoothie. I make it whenever I’m looking for a quick and delicious way to get more fruits and vegetables into my diet.

I have a particular craving for this smoothie after consuming half of a Costco pizza (they’re not small) on a Friday night. It’s tasty, healthy, and comes together quickly with just a few ingredients.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Kale Pineapple Chia Smoothies!

How do you make this green smoothie?

Coconut milk and chia seeds in a round drinking glass with a small whisk to its side.

Whisk together chia seeds and coconut milk in glass or bowl. Refrigerate for 8 minutes. Full ingredients amounts and complete instructions in the recipe card down below.

Why soak the chia seeds?

The chia seeds develop a gelatinous coating (kind of a tapioca pudding texture) when soaked in liquid, which thickens the smoothie and helps it blend more easily to create a satisfying creamier texture.

A bowl containing frozen pineapple chunks and chopped apples and a stainer containing chopped kale.

As the chia seeds gel up, prepare the other ingredients like chopping up the kale and apples and measuring out the ingredients. Of course since this is a smoothie, you can add more or less of each ingredient to get to the taste that you like.

Two tall glasses filled with Kale Pineapple Chia Smoothies.

Then place all the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Best enjoyed immediately.

This kale smoothie is good for you.

In particular, raw kale is low in calories, very high in vitamin K, a rich source of vitamin A, B6, C, and folate while chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high in protein, and full of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, and magnesium.

Apple (I like Gala apples) and frozen pineapple chunks not only add natural sweet and tart flavours, but also are a good source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins C.

A side view of Kale Pineapple Chia Smoothies in two tall drinking glasses on a knitted blue cloth.

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Two tall drinking glasses filled with Kale Pineapple Chia Smoothie.

Overall, this kale smoothie is:

  • Delicious and creamy: It has tasty naturally sweet and lightly tart flavours from the fruit.
  • Healthy: It’s nutrient-rich and full of vitamins and minerals.
  • Super easy and quick to make: It takes about 10 minutes and has just a few simple instructions.
  • Perfect for breakfast or as a snack: Pour into your favourite travel cup and take it on-the-go.
  • Vegan and gluten-free too.

I hope you enjoy this smoothie! If you make this recipe, please leave me a rating and comment down below or tag me on any of my social media. I’m @yay_for_food on Instagram. Please share your recipe pictures!

Kale Pineapple Chia Smoothie

Kale Pineapple Chia Smoothie

Yield: 1-2 (makes 3 ½ cups)
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A refreshing smoothie featuring healthy green kale and chia seeds. Sweet pineapple and coconut milk adds a tropical twist to this delicious drink. It’s vegan and gluten-free too.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 cups (packed) kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 1½ cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 sweet apple, chopped
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. In a small cup (or bowl), whisk together the chia seeds and coconut milk. Refrigerate for 8 minutes allowing the chia seeds to gel up.
  2. Give the chia seed and milk mixture a stir before placing in a high-powered blender along with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust according to preferences such as adding more milk to thin out the smoothie or more pineapple for additional sweetness. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Nutritional information represents one serving for a total of two servings.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 594 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 31mg Carbohydrates: 118g Fiber: 17g Sugar: 96g Protein: 7g
Nutritional values are estimated based on the ingredients used by the author; your ingredients may differ. These values are calculated using Nutritionix.
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10 thoughts on “Kale Pineapple Chia Smoothie”

  • i usually don’t add coconut milk to my smoothies (usually juice or water for the liquid, and then maybe some yogurt for creaminess), but it sounds delicious! and i appreciate the pineapple and apple (smoothies that taste like veggies are a little hard for me to enjoy lol).

  • I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more kale into my diet. I know it’s uber good for you but I just don’t love it, sadly. What’s worse is it grows amazingly well in my garden so I have no excuse, right?! Thank you for a wonderful smoothie recipe that I can use to get the goodness of kale in! Pinning for later!

    • The kale flavour isn’t that strong in this smoothie, but the health benefits are there so its a good recipe to try if you don’t like the taste of kale, but want to use it! Thanks Erica!

  • I love your breakfast series, I totally need to have more of it and I honestly would rather drink it than eat it haha something to do with my 0 patience maybe. This sounds delicious and I shall use you as my motivator to have more breakfasts!
    (pssst, I do that all the time with pizza, Costco cafeteria is so dangeous haha!)

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