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Pistachio Ice Cream Kale Green Smoothie Shake

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This vegan Pistachio Ice Cream Kale Green Smoothie Shake by my friend Tess, aka The Blender Girl is one of Blender Babes’ go to green smoothie recipes when we want something extremely tasty and satiating.

The texture of this green smoothie is JUST like a milkshake, it’s almost hard to believe it’s packed with cancer fighting (but slightly bitter) kale!

It’s extra filling with added healthy fat and protein from the nuts.

This nutty kale green smoothie calls for cashews, however we have used pistachio, hazelnuts and brazil nuts that we had on hand and it tasted just as good!

For this green smoothie which calls for very little liquid, if you do not own a good high powered blender, then we recommend using more liquid and definitely frozen fruit, so you can still obtain the milkshake like texture that makes this green smoothie so appealing.

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Also be sure to check out our tips for making green smoothies with a regular blender!

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Pistachio Ice Cream Kale Shake

4.67 from 6 votes
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Course: Green Smoothie Shake
16 oz/2 cups
Calories: 342kcal
Author: Adapted from Healthy Blender Recipes


  • 1/2 cup 4oz of milk substitute or filtered water
  • 1 cup kale leaves about 3 large leaves
  • 2 bananas - fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup pistachios hazelnuts, or raw cashews
  • 3 tablespoons honey or 1/4 cup raw pitted dates chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups ice 1 cup of ice if using frozen bananas


  • Place all the ingredients in the jar in the order listed.
  • For Vitamix: Start on variable speed 1, turn the machine on and slowly increase to speed 10, then flip high. Blend until smooth (about 1 minute)
  • For Blendtec: Press the WHOLE JUICE Button (if using frozen bananas, may have to run twice OR use the soup button)
  • All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes


Serving: 8g | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.1g | Sodium: 100mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 31g

Pistachio Ice Cream Kale Green Smoothie Shake


Ginger has many benefits unique to itself, lying in components called gingerols.

Several studies show that ginger (fresh not dried) helps reduce nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, and when used in tea, can relieve symptoms of the common cold and flu, as well as menstrual cramps, headache, and sore throat.

Gingerols appear to be responsible for relieving inflammation associated with arthritis and migraine.

Kale also contains powerful antioxidants that help protect against certain cancers such as ovarian cancer.

Kale is an excellent green to use for detox smoothies as it has cleansing properties.

The nutrients in kale help protect against cataracts while promoting healthy lungs, cardiovascular health and boosts the immune system.

Kale has anti-inflammatory properties making it an excellent food for those with rheumatoid arthritis.


Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner is the founder of Blender Babes®. She credits using a blender daily for helping her heal an unhealthy relationship with food. A passionate advocate for self-care, she is committed to helping others pursue optimal wellness by balancing and healing their bodies and minds. She offers several opportunities to help people improve their health including free challenges and downloads, a gentle whole foods 7 Day Blender Cleanse™ and her holistic mind, body and spirit Slim Down Solution™ Womens Coaching Programs.

19 thoughts on “Pistachio Ice Cream Kale Green Smoothie Shake”

  1. Can you share the recipe for the whipped topping or is that regular whipped cream on the shake??? Going to try this shake for St. Patrick’s Day (trying to break-up with McDonald’s shamrock shake) 🙂

    1. Hi, Nikki!
      I make a homemade Vegan coconut whip using coconut cream from a can (only the cream separated from liquid after refrigerating overnight) plus sugar or the new coconut whip that you can find at health food stores (So Delicious). Or you can use regular light whipped cream.

  2. I am sure your other smoothie recipes are excellent, but, and no offense to you…this was absolutely disgusting. Way way too sweet..kicked in my gag reflex and almost made me hurl. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone..still not feeling too great.

    1. Hi Julie, I’m so sorry to hear that you didn’t like this smoothie. Different strokes for different folks 🙂 try on of our tropical smoothies instead of the sweeter ones! Hopefully you’ll like them better. XOXO Happy Blending!

  3. Patrice Stone

    5 stars
    It’s like having dessert for breakfast! 3 tablespoons of honey was a little too sweet for me, so I’ll reduce it next time

  4. I have now read this recipe 6 times and maybe I am missing something … but I don't see any Pistachio in this recipe! (??) Pistachio ice cream made with cashews? LOL … Could I just use pistachios then? I have some in the freezer

    1. Rachel you just cracked us up!! 🙂 Yes tastes like pistachio but without using pistachios lol lol 🙂 Yes you can def use your pistachios and let us know how it turns out!!

    1. Hi King Moe! Welcome! Sorry we don’t have them… yet! It’s something we have had requests for and it’s on the list of future tasks for ALL of our recipes. For now we just include them with the ones that came with it, however since we adapt many recipes it’s hard! Assuredly it’s something we hope to provide soon. 🙂 Luv, Blender Babes

    2. King, I am in the habit of tracking my daily food intake and plan to start having a green smoothie as a meal replacement so I have been calculating the basic nutritional facts on many of these recipes. Here’s what I came up with for one half of this recipe: 363 Calories, 59g Carbs, 12g Fat, 39g Sugars, 7g Protein, 5g Fiber. I entered Agave Nectar so the sugars may have been lower if I’d entered the dates instead.

      1. Thanks for sharing Karen! That’s perfect because we usually cut the recipe in half for one person anyhow. BTW we have read some pretty interesting things about Agave Nectar (not good things). We will reveal our findings in an article coming up soon, however consider using dates, stevia, or even honey for a better-for-you natural sweetener. 🙂 xoxo

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