Green Energy Shake


For some reason when I think GREEN ENERGY SHAKE, I imagine Oprah screaming it.

"Please welcome GREEEEEN ENerGYYYYY SHAAAAAAAAKE!!!!"  And through the side door, the shake shuffles onto the brightly lit stage, spotlights are flashing and Oprah sweeps up the glass, pulling the straw to her mouth. She's only supposed to take a small sip because she's got a paragraph to read on the teleprompter, but she's so shocked at how good it tastes, she takes an enormous gulp. There's a pause on live TV.... and suddenly she's rocking back and forth, raising her hands to the sky, praising this healthy concoction. It's totally green, yet tastes sweet & refreshing! She surprised how good the dates make it!  "Hallelujah," she screams!


Quick someone write a book about it, cuz it's totally going on the book club!

Ok enough of this nonsense. It's smoothie time!

Here's all the ingredients.


Blend the kale with the OJ first. Get it nice and smooth. No kale bits.

oj & kale

Next comes the frozen banana, pears & dates. BLEND!


Look at that pretty green froth!


Pop goes the last bubble. Get your drinking on....


And be sure to scrape the sides of the glass with your finger.


Don't want to let any of that green goodness go to waste, now do we?

Green Energy Shake

(recipe adapted from Bon Appetit)

  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup kale leaves, chopped with center stalk & stem removed
  • 1/2 Bosc pear, chopped
  • 2 pitted Medjool dates, coarsely chopped

Combine orange juice & kale in a blender and blend until there are no recognizable kale bits. It should be completely smooth. Add the banana, pear & chopped dates to the blender. Puree until smooth, scraping the sides down if needed. Divide between two 12 oz. glasses and serve.

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  • January 2, 2011

    I kinda want to chug this. It looks delicious.

    • January 2, 2011

      you could totally chug it!

  • January 2, 2011

    looks yummy, I will go shopping in the morning

  • January 2, 2011

    I love green drinks. I like to do kale, apple, lemon and agave.

    • January 2, 2011

      I've done that juice before!! It's great with ginger.

  • January 2, 2011

    Yay! A juicer-free juice with kale! I really hope this shows up on Oprah's Favorite Things 2011 and that she announces it just like that.

    • January 2, 2011

      heehee! I thought about you when I made this. Alas! A kale drink for you!! We have to get this recipe to oprah now....

      • January 12, 2011

        Aww! And you know what? I've made it a couple times and LOVE it! Now I've turned into a kale smoothie junkie. Oprah wouldn't need much arm twisting.

        • January 16, 2011

          Your post made me super happy! Love the faces!

  • January 2, 2011

    Hello! This looks great, but I dont know kale, I have looked and read in Wikipedia, but never seen somting like it in the shop where I live. Can you suggest an alternative?

    • January 2, 2011

      Spinach? Chard? Where do you live?

      • January 2, 2011

        I live in a small town in Norway, not to much vegetables available in this time of year. But i'll try spinach. Thanks :-)

  • January 2, 2011

    Since no one got me a juicer this year, I'll try my hand at green smoothies. I'm slightly terrified, and I can do without the pears and bananas (fruit of the devil, i tell you!), but I'll try to come up with something. Inspiring, really!

  • Jessica
    January 3, 2011

    This is an odd question, but did that glass ever hold a candle? My favorite candles come in exactly that type of glass! lol

    • January 3, 2011

      haha! weird! No, they are from Williams Sonoma- but they DO look like they would hold a candle. I get it.

  • January 3, 2011

    Looks great - my husband is a total juice freak so I will definitely be sharing!

    Blue Skies
    Charlotte xo

  • January 3, 2011

    the ingredients sound great and so healthy fun post

    Happy New Year


  • Kimberly
    January 5, 2011

    This looks SO yummy! I don't have a blender, but I do have a large food processor and an immersion blender. Any chance I could make this with either of these tools?

  • January 6, 2011

    So nice to see a yummy looking healthy juice !
    I've been following your blog and testing your recipes for a while and this one is just perfect for my New Year resolutions !

  • March 1, 2011

    I love making green smoothies! I and so sea greens to mine and a pinch of sea salt :)

    • March 1, 2011

      Oooh! I like that idea. Especially the sea salt part!

  • Sandra
    May 25, 2011

    i've been making this one for my husband for over a week now, and he loves it. i've also added 2 prunes for that extra fiber.

    • May 25, 2011

      OOOH! Prunes are a great addition!! Thanks for the idea Sandra. I'm glad your husband loves it!

  • Jess
    February 8, 2012

    So I'm a bit slow on the uptake here - only just discovered your site, however.... the green juice made me want to comment! Seriously, add half a medium avocado - it will be mind blowingly smoooooooooooooooth.... Oprah would totally do cartwheels on stage for it! TRY IT :)

  • Mira C
    February 9, 2012

    This looks soooooo good. I wish I had a functioning blender. All mine can do is mix liquids. It's pretty pathetic.

  • Carrie
    January 27, 2013

    I do not have a blender but I have a food processor. Think that will work?

    • Tracy
      January 27, 2013

      i think it should.

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