Winter Spice kale smoothie

Are you feeling wintry right now? I am. This kale smoothie should put you in the wintry mood if you’re not already there.

Inspired by the winter season, this kale smoothie takes on the classic flavors of apple cider, mulled spice cider and the like. Fresh ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon and vanilla combine with the flavors of fresh apples and apple juice to create one quite delicious, slightly spiced healthy drink.

Garnish the top with a little cinnamon or nutmeg and you’re all set!

Winter Spice Kale smoothie
4.7 from 3 reviews
Recipe type: smoothie
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Serves: 1
Warm up a wintry day with the classic spice medley in this healthy kale smoothie.
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped ginger
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp cloves
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 1 large apple, or 4 tiny-ass apples
  • 1 leaf kale
  1. add all ingredients to blender
  2. blend
  3. serve and enjoy!

11 thoughts on “Winter Spice kale smoothie

  1. I just made this for lunch and it’s fantastic! It’s making Houston cold weather much more manageable. Thank you for the ideas on how to use Kale in yet another wonderful, magical way.

    • Catherine,

      You are very welcome! Yes, kale smoothies aren’t just for breakfast anymore… Thanks for writing!


  2. Susan on

    Fantastic! My daughter loved it even though she doesn’t like green smoothies. Tastes like the holidays!

    • Hi Susan,

      I’m so glad that you and your family members are enjoying this recipe – that warms my heart. Thank you for letting me know!


  3. Lindsey on

    Love this recipe! I made it tonight, and modified it a little by adding unflavored whey protein and a tablespoon of coconut oil. It’s like drinking mulled cider!

    • Hey Lindsey,

      I’m really glad you liked my winter spice recipe! I love those flavors, too. I’ve never used whey protein before, but I might give that a try. Is there a particular brand you like? I love coconut oil!


  4. Tanya on

    And you call this Kale Smoothie because the one leaf of kale? You don’t understand anything of kale smoothies or good health.

    • Hi Tanya,

      Thanks for writing, but let’s try to keep it positive, ok? Sometimes I put in more kale leaves, sometimes fewer. You’re not obligated to visit my site.

      Take care,

  5. DjoDjoo on

    What did I do wrong? I love your site and loved lots of your smoothies, but I did something wrong when I made this one. It tasted mostly of ginger and I had trouble swallowing it. I’ve been adding more kale to the recipes but I don’t think that was the problem. I wasn’t sure about a tbsp ginger, so I just added about an inch of ginger. Was that too much?! Then I tried adding more cinnamon and a carrot because I didn’t have any more fruit and I thought I needed to dilute it. It somehow got worse, so I added yogurt – worse yet. I realized I was going to add the whole kitchen to balance my mistake. Haha! I can’t get the taste of ginger out of my mouth!! I guess I should leave the experimenting to an expert like you!!

    • Hi DjoDjoo,

      Thank you for the detailed account – I’m sorry it was too much ginger for you! I have no idea of knowing who’s gonna like ginger and who’s not – and I love it – so I generally put it in all my smoothies, with just a few exceptions where the flavor doesn’t coalesce with the others present.

      I have a dual recommendation for you: 1. Start with less ginger, and add as needed, and 2. if you want to dilute the flavor, either add ice or water, and if you want to add sweetness without watering-down the texture, add bananas. I know you said you were light on ingredients, but that’s what I’d say. Thanks for writing!


  6. Yum!! Loved this smoothie, such a different flavour. It’s summer right now in Australia but this was still perfect.
    I threw in a whole extra apple and some water rather than the apple juice, and extended it to feed five! Everyone loved it. Thank you for sharing

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