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Sweet Sunflower Smoothie with Kale

Sweet Sunflower Smoothie with Kale

A green smoothie with a sweet and salty balance. Experience the unique flavor of sunflower seed butter.

Sweet Sunflower Smoothie with Kale

Make this kale and sunflower smoothie with papaya and pear, or make a batch of these kale and sunflower smoothies. Trust me. You will thank me later.

I am not a fan of raw kale. I find it incredibly hard to chew, and I just don’t think it tastes very good.

However, sauté it with some simple salt and pepper, wilt it and throw it in a salad, then I’m sold on the whole kale thing. Most of all though, I love it in smoothies.

This kale and sunflower smoothie is one of my favorite smoothies yet, and it’s all thanks to the glorious creation of sunflower seed butter. I love it spread on saltines as a mid morning snack. This smoothie is a tad on the sweet side, with all of that papaya and pear going on (oh and that dash of honey), and I love the salty balance that sunflower seed butter brings to the table.

Sweet Sunflower Smoothie with Kale

If you haven’t tried sunflower seed butter in smoothies yet, do it!

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P.S. Mango may be substituted for papaya if you can’t get your hands on papaya, but if you can, I really think that it’s essential to the sweetness and general greatness of this smoothie.

And to steam the kale, place a steaming rack over a boiling pot of water (making sure the rack doesn’t touch the water). Cover and steam for 5-10 minutes or until the kale is wilted. Let it cool slightly, before adding to the blender.

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  • Author: Justine Sulia
  • Yield: 1 + servings 1x


  • 1 1/2 cups kale (stemmed and chopped, steamed)
  • 1/2 cup papaya fruit (cubed (cubed mango may be substituted))
  • 1 bartlett pear (peeled, cored and chopped)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seed butter
  • 1 tbsp honey (more or less to taste)


  1. Add all ingredients to the pitcher of your blender.
  2. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes or until completely smooth.
  3. Serve immediately, or store in the fridge for up to a day. Enjoy!
  • Category: Smoothie


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