A green smoothie with a sweet and salty balance. Experience the unique flavor of sunflower seed butter.
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.
If you haven’t tried sunflower seed butter in smoothies yet, do it!
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.
- 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
- Add all ingredients to the pitcher of your blender.
- Blend on high for 2-3 minutes or until completely smooth.
- Serve immediately, or store in the fridge for up to a day. Enjoy!
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