Green Pear Smoothie

Pear, banana, and kale: a beautiful blend

Cook’s notes: Inspired by a smoothie recipe from Terri, which was posted on Buzzfeed. It’s a delicious combination, and we’ve made it 3 times this week already. I found that if you use fresh pear and banana, the smoothie tastes sweeter than if you freeze the fruit first.

10 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 Tablespoons flax seeds
2 Tablespoons raw almonds
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2.3 cups (70 g) baby kale (half of a 5-oz. box)
1 small banana, peeled and chopped
1 Bosc pear, cored and wedged
If the fruit is not frozen, add 1 cup ice
Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from liquids to soft to hard to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.

Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.

Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.

Blend for about 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Add a little water to thin, if desired. Serve immediately.

NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

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