Almond, Kale, and Banana Smoothie

by Cindi SutterFounder of The Spirited Table® - Recipe by Carla Lalli Music- Epicurious -November 2015

"This breakfast is my Hail Mary: No matter what kind of madness is waiting for me at work, at least I started the day right. The sweetness of the bananas and dates balances out a big handful of virtuous kale." —Carla Lalli Music, food director


1/2 orange, peeled
2 Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup almonds
1 banana, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups torn kale leaves
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut water


  1. Blend orange, dates, almonds, and 3 Tbsp. water in a blender on low speed until almonds are finely ground. Increase speed to high and blend until mixture is no longer grainy, about 1 minute. Add banana, kale, almond milk, and 1/2 cup ice; blend until drink is smooth and thick.