I adapted this recipe from Alton Brown’s Mean Green Smoothie, in which he took everything green out of his fridge and put it in the blender. Lucky for him (and us), he had a lot of tasty green things in the fridge!
This is definitely different than other green smoothies I have tried – it is creamy (thanks to the avocado), tangy (thanks to the lime juice) and delicious (thanks to…probably everything in it, but mainly the dates.) And my toddler loves it, too!
My Favorite Green Smoothie
Makes 2 large servings (or 2 servings + a toddler-sized serving :))
- 12 ounces milk (I like whole milk – feel free to use a non-dairy milk)
- 6 pitted dates
- 2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 granny smith apple, sliced
- 1/2 avocado, pitted
- 2 ounces spinach or kale (about 2 large handfuls) – I prefer spinach as it is milder in flavor. If using kale, remove the stems.
- 8 ounces ice (about 3 large handfuls)
- To start, make sure that your dates are pitted (even if the package says they are pitted, some pits can be hiding). If they are too hard/dry, soak them in a glass of hot water for a few minutes, then drain.
- Next, combine all of the ingredients in the blender. Start at the lowest speed and slowly accelerate to medium, until you achieve a vortex. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Leftovers can be refrigerated for a day in a sealed mason jar, or frozen in an ice cube tray for future blending.
Here’s a picture of my ingredients looking fancy (and let’s just pretend the apple is a granny smith)And here’s a picture of what my kitchen actually looked like while making this…This is what 2 ounces of kale looks like:Blend into creamy goodness…And enjoy! (Not pictured: the other adult-size serving)