WHAT!? Kale in ice cream? YES, you read right! Two of my 4 kids are still very young and kale is not quite a favorite food yet (not that it is for the big ones either) so I try and sneak it in where I can. No one would think of putting it ice cream normally I know. Normal ice cream add-ins are things like candy, marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate chips and so on but I promise you won’t notice it at all and you will get one serving of greens into your diet for the day.
Now don’t get me wrong here, I still LOVE the vegan decadent ice creams on the market and do eat those on occasion but I serve this much more often to maximize our nutrient intake. If you want to make it a little more decedent stir in some chocolate chips at the end or top it with your favorite vegan chocolate syrup but you will still be ahead. The great thing is you could eat this every single night and not harm your health but actually improve it and it won’t add to your waist line either! Who can say that about regular ice cream!!
Kale is best to buy organic but if can’t find it or afford it then buy the bagged kind at the regular grocery store and throw the whole bag the freezer. You can then never worry about it going bad if you don’t use it and you can just pull handfuls from it for your smoothies.
*Make SURE you freeze your bananas 24 hours before making this or it won’t work. *Also, make sure to plan way ahead for this, your bananas must be getting the brown spots on the outside before you freeze them or it won’t be sweet!! Once your bananas are really ripe and browning, peel them and cut them into 4-5 pieces and put in a freezer zip lock and push out as much air as you can and freeze overnight.
This recipe is easy to half or even quarter if you want to make smaller amounts for less people or double for larger groups too. It is really an adjust to your taste kind of thing, like most of my recipes are so experiment with different types of berries and you can even swap out the kale for spinach (other greens are stronger tasting so be warned!)
Blueberry Kale Ice “Cream”
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 handful kale (can add spinach or additional kale to taste as you build up your taste for it)
5-10 pieces frozen pineapple
Additional berries of your liking (keeping the blueberries the majority)
1/4 cup almond milk (add more to thin if needed)
Optional: 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
1 Tablespoon chia seed or 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds (not both will be too thick)
Blend all the ingredients together in a high speed blender (Vita-Mix is optimal) or a good food processor making sure to push the sides down as you go. Blend until thoroughly blended and smooth. Serve and ENJOY!