Simple Sundays | Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie + A Giveaway

Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie |

After all the chocolate and sweets from Valentine’s Day, I am ready to soothe my eyes and my tummy with something green and wholesome. How about you? My sister argues that Valentine’s weekend is not over yet, and our house is still full of all kinds of treats, don’t get me wrong. I still have a batch of sinful chocolate mousse, the children have bagfuls of sweets from their classmates, there are the boxes of chocolates, and there’s even some cupcakes from one of the Bay Area’s beloved bakeries.

You would think that this self-professed chocoholic would be in sugar heaven, but the truth is, I really didn’t go overboard this holiday. The house may be brimming with sweets, but I actually haven’t indulged too much. Just the sight of it — in my cupboards, at the stores, on the internet— is enough to make my stomach a bit agitated.

Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie |

Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie |

I needed a lot of green this morning. Instead of my usual morning green smoothie, I wanted something a little more velvety and creamy. And this Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie from my friend Julia’s new cookbook was just what I was craving.

Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie |

You may know Julia Mueller from the wonderful The Roasted Root. Our paths crossed about a year or so ago, when we both visited the gorgeous Diestel turkey farm in the Sonoran hills. When she reached out to let me know that her new cookbook, Delicious Probiotic Drinks: 75 Recipes for Kombucha, Kefir, Ginger Beer, and Other Naturally Fermented Drinks was to be released, I could not wait to check it out!

Every once in a while, I like to incorporate kombucha and kefir into my life, but I had no idea that it could so simply be made at home. Julia’s book shares her secrets to these probiotic gems, and some creative drinks showcasing them. There are also homemade yogurt recipes, and as you can imagine, good-for-you smoothies.

Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie |

By now, you know I am a huge fan of smoothies. I have them at least once (usually twice) a day. And I also love a good avocado smoothie once in a while. This smoothie is a marriage of two very good things: kale and avocado – with a touch of blueberry yogurt and creamy banana. Whipped in some almond milk, and you’ve got a creamy, dreamy superfood smoothie that is perfect for breakfast, as a wholesome snack…or some post-Valentine’s indulgence.

Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie |

Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie |

But this is just one of many goodies Julia shares in her new book. She also shares home brewed ginger beer, lacto fermented and cultured juices, and “cocktails” that will help boost metabolism, digestion and the immune system. I started off simply with this smoothie, but I am slowly exploring making my own kefir and yogurt at home.

And so can you! Be sure to check out Julia’s book. I’m also pleased to be able to share a copy of Delicious Probiotic Drinks with one of you! To enter the giveaway, check out the details below!

Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie |

Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie |


I would love for you to win a copy of Delicious Probiotic Drinks by Julia Mueller. Here’s how:

Please leave a comment letting me know: What is your favorite smoothie? and click on the widget below.

For additional entries, use the widget below.

Entries/Comments accepted until 12 am Pacific, Wednesday, 19 October, 2014.

One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to email notification, otherwise an alternate winner will be selected.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of Delicious Probiotic Drinks, by Julia Mueller from Skyhorse Publishing for review, however, I was not compensated to write or review the book. All opinions are always my own. Giveaway furnished by Skyhorse Publishing. Please visit The Roasted Root to learn more about Delicious Probiotic Drinks.

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Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 5 minutes

In Julia Mueller's cookbook, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, this is just one of many good-for you drinks. This recipe calls for blueberry yogurt, which is one of many homemade yogurt recipes in the book, but even if you take a short cut and use a store bought blueberry Greek yogurt, it is just as fantastic. The avocado makes it especially creamy and high in omega-3 fatty acids.


1 frozen banana, chopped in small chunks
1/2 cup blueberry yogurt
1 cup kale (or spinach) leaves, chopped
1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk


Place the banana, blueberry yogurt, kale/spinach, avocado and almond milk in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.

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by Liren Baker on February 16, 2014

50 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Avocado Kale Superfood Smoothie + A Giveaway”

  1. Freyja Bergthorson February 16, 2014 @ 6:01 am (#

    Raspberries, lime, strawberries, ice & frozen bananas. Blended in Vitamix until smooth. Sometimes add a little cardamon.

  2. Freyja Bergthorson February 16, 2014 @ 6:01 am (#

    Love the avacado smoothie – can’t wait to try it!

  3. Elizabeth B February 16, 2014 @ 6:25 am (#

    My favorite smoothie involves blueberries, peanut butter, a shot of coffee concentrate , yogurt and a few healthy extras such as flax or chia!

  4. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet February 16, 2014 @ 7:07 am (#

    Favorite smoothie I make is a peach honey yogurt smoothie!

  5. Rust February 16, 2014 @ 8:08 am (#

    Strawberries, banana, yogurt.

  6. Jessica February 16, 2014 @ 8:37 am (#

    My favorite smoothie (of the moment): dates, hemp hearts, greens, avocado, berries, fresh ginger, almond milk, lemon/lime juice, touch of salt.

  7. Toni | Boulder Locavore February 16, 2014 @ 9:04 am (#

    Liren once again you and I are on the same page. I got up yesterday, the day after Valentine’s Day, and promptly made a green smoothie. I too have loved the sweets of late but eventually my body starts craving nutrients! There are so many fun recipes in this book. I can’t wait to make some kombucha!

    • Liren Baker replied: — February 18th, 2014 @ 10:49 am

      I think it’s so funny how we’ve been on the same stomach wavelength lately, it’s so amusing! This smoothie was the first thing I made Saturday morning, and I can’t wait to make more from Julia’s book. Kombucha is next on my list, too :)

  8. Paula - bell'alimento February 16, 2014 @ 1:42 pm (#

    I love the tropical smoothie from Whole Foods! Slurp.

  9. Lauren Gellins February 16, 2014 @ 1:44 pm (#

    My favorite cut of meat is a beef filet! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  10. Maria | Pink Patisserie February 16, 2014 @ 2:44 pm (#

    What a gorgeous drink. I too am in need of some serious green deliciousness. My favorite smoothie is a spinach, frozen cherry and chocolate protein power smoothie.

  11. abby February 16, 2014 @ 3:26 pm (#

    strawberry & banana!

  12. Carolsue February 16, 2014 @ 4:51 pm (#

    I like mango smoothies

  13. Becky B February 16, 2014 @ 5:19 pm (#

    Blueberry smoothies are my favorite.

  14. Sarah A February 16, 2014 @ 7:15 pm (#

    Cranberry, strawberry, ginger… so yummy

  15. katie February 16, 2014 @ 7:20 pm (#

    mmmm this sounds so good. I love making apple, strawberry, banana smoothies :)

  16. Maggie February 16, 2014 @ 7:36 pm (#

    My favorite smoothies are strawberry kiwi!

  17. Zee Dean February 16, 2014 @ 9:08 pm (#

    Strawberry Spinach with a hint of lemon or Pumpkin Spice (I love cinnamon in anything)

  18. JoD February 16, 2014 @ 9:25 pm (#

    I would love to try all 3 green smoothies, but I think I’ll like the spinach/mango smoothie the most.

  19. Shara February 16, 2014 @ 9:31 pm (#

    I will definitely try this smoothie recipe. I too love adding cinnamon and also fresh ginger in my smoothies.

  20. Melissa February 16, 2014 @ 10:29 pm (#

    strawberry-blueberry with a handful of spinach

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  22. Meredith In Sock Monkey Slippers February 17, 2014 @ 6:07 am (#

    Love this and the book!

  23. Rebecca {foodie with family} February 17, 2014 @ 8:27 am (#

    I bet this is smooth as silk. I love the look and sound of this smoothie!

  24. julianne February 17, 2014 @ 8:38 am (#

    my favorite smoothie: raspberries, strawberries, honey yogurt and frozen banana. simple, but delicious!

  25. Aqiyl Aniys February 17, 2014 @ 9:13 am (#

    I need to give this a try. I eat a plant based diet so I will try it without the yogurt. I hope it comes out the same without the yogurt.

    • Liren Baker replied: — February 18th, 2014 @ 10:54 am

      It’s just as delicious without the yogurt, hope you enjoy it, Aqiyl.

  26. Jennifer February 17, 2014 @ 9:53 am (#

    My favorite smoothie consist of strawberry, banana, peanut butter, and vanilla yogurt.

  27. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) February 17, 2014 @ 10:43 am (#

    This smoothie looks unbelievable!!! I totally want this!

  28. HilLesha February 17, 2014 @ 9:44 pm (#

    I love mango smoothies. :)

  29. Lauren Gellins February 18, 2014 @ 4:51 am (#

    My favorite smoothie is anything tropical! Pineapple, coconut, banana, etc! Thanks for the opportunity!

  30. Ashley February 18, 2014 @ 10:43 am (#

    My favorite smoothie is anything tropical, although I am trying more green smoothie recipes to up my vegetable intake and those have been pretty tasty.

  31. Stephanie February 18, 2014 @ 10:49 am (#

    Banana, cinnamon, oatmeal and almond milk with either honey or maple syrup!

  32. weareatlove February 18, 2014 @ 11:05 am (#

    Just when I thought I had enough of kale…have to try this one!

  33. Claudia February 18, 2014 @ 3:37 pm (#

    I make variations of green smoothies every morning. My favorite includes kale, bananas, blueberries, almond milk and a touch of ginger.

  34. amie February 19, 2014 @ 5:25 am (#

    I love banana, mango, spinach with almond milk, tumeric, cardamom and agave nector

  35. Fructe uscate February 25, 2014 @ 1:10 pm (#

    Simple and healthy!

  36. Jessica February 26, 2014 @ 2:19 pm (#
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  38. R. Hepfner June 30, 2014 @ 11:56 pm (#

    This avocado kale smoothie has been a favorite of mine for a long time now. Thick and smooth and oh so yummy.

  39. A Gullard July 9, 2014 @ 10:42 pm (#

    I enjoy making smoothies with frozen unsweetened berries, peaches, pineapple, and strawberries. No other ingredients needed aside from water and a dash of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg!

  40. Crystal July 22, 2014 @ 9:19 am (#

    Strawberries, Bananas, Non-Fat Milk, Vanilla, Turbinado, Soy Protein

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  42. Hannah August 19, 2014 @ 10:23 am (#

    Just tried this but with blueberrycoconut milk Greek yogurt and flax seeds. II love trying new healthy recipes especially ones made from scratch.

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  46. Jared Schlener January 17, 2016 @ 7:43 am (#

    This recipe comes out so thick it doesn’t even come out of the blender.  Aren’t you supposed to be able to drink a smoothie?

    • Liren Baker replied: — January 17th, 2016 @ 9:58 am

      Yes, smoothies are meant to drink (although there is such a thing as smoothie bowls, which you eat with a spoon, but that is another story). I suspect you are having trouble because of the size of your banana and/or avocado, since not all bananas and avocados are created equal. In this case, thinning it out with more almond milk will thin it out and make it drinkable. Hope this helps!

  47. gmail account login May 28, 2016 @ 8:25 am (#

    I often use avocado only, never tried it with kale. Thank you for sharing. I will make this superfood smoothie :3

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