Cranberry Kale Smoothie {Gluten-free, Vegan and Sugar-free}

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Cranberry Kale Smoothie {Gluten-free and Vegan}

Most of the time, as of late, I am struggling to believe it’s mid-November. Sure the calendar says so, there are lots of holiday decorations at the stores, I even saw the pictures from the first snow my family and friends got earlier in the week in NY. But, being my first year here in Southern California – the excessive sunshine and warmer temperatures are making it really hard for me to believe we are just a few weeks out from Thanksgiving. I have been a tad concerned that it would be hard to get into the holidays this year, with this new drastic change in lifestyle and scenery.

Fall in SoCal

On my run to the beach yesterday morning, I passed by a home with a huge tree with beautifully vibrant leaves, falling so haphazardly all over their yard. The tree was more bare than not. I was mid-run and had a really great stride going, but I had to stop and take it all in. Snap a photo or two. It’s the little things in life, this like, that I may have once took for granted, that can now literally stop me dead in my tracks, leaving me with an immense amount of gratitude. I wonder how many people pass that very tree in a day, not realizing just how special it is. It is maybe one of just a few trees like it in our entire neighborhood. Only the second that has caught my attention.

Thankfully, regardless of the visual cues, the produce in our weekly CSA and at the markets remind me that we are nearing the winter. Squashes and greens and all that other good wintery stuff! I saw some beautiful fresh organic cranberries at the market earlier in the week and I had to have them. I didn’t have any one particular idea in mind of what I wanted to make, but rather a whole bunch. A smoothie was the very first that came to mind once I got them home, featuring some of the beautiful kale we got in our CSA.

This smoothie has an amazing flavor with a little tartness from the cranberries, much like the tartness you would get from adding yogurt to a smoothie. The subtle sweetness from the banana and the dates offset it nicely and the hint of cinnamon is so warming and pleasant. As a self-proclaim Christmas junkie, I especially liked the flecks of red from the cranberries paired with the green from the kale. So appropriate in helping me get into the holiday mood and perfect for a post-run breakfast!

If you live somewhere warm, how do you get into the holiday mood?

Cranberry Kale Smoothie {Gluten-free and Vegan}

[print_this]Cranberry Kale Smoothie {Gluten-free, Vegan & Sugar-free}
serves 1

1 1/2 cups coconut water*
2 tablespoons coconut cream*
1 large bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves roughly torn
1 cup fresh organic whole cranberries
1 organic banana, frozen
2 Medjool dates, or other sweetener of your choice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Add all of the ingredients to your high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve.

*You can also simply opt for 1 1/2 cups of any unsweetened non-dairy milk of your choice, or just the coconut water. This is what I had on hand in the fridge and wanted to use up. [/print_this]

19 Responses

  1. Dawn says:

    What kind of blender do you use to make your smoothies? This one looks particularly good.

  2. I rarely think to put cranberries in my smoothies. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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  4. John says:

    I’ve had a really similar smoothie few weeks back, but without the ground cinnamon. It was pretty good, now I want to try with the cinnamon to see how much difference it will make.

  5. Kim Oldenburgh says:

    This sounds great. Where do you get coconut cream? I’m going to make this over the weekend. My neighbors have a bunch of kale to give me!

  6. I think I’ll make one tomorrow with the kale I have in my fridge! Looks amazingly refreshing and as usual you have great picture!

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  8. Marianne says:

    I’m just discovering, and very much loving your blog. I’m trying to healthify myself with whole, clean foods, so this yummy smoothie has gone on my list!

  9. Sounds too good.. love the color 🙂

  10. I’ve never thought of putting cranberries into a smoothie – duh, brilliant!

    Sharing this recipe for sure 🙂

    XO SHERRIE

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  12. Danielle says:

    Recently came across your blog and so happy I did. While I have made many of your recipes this one has been a great addition to my morning smoothies. Never thought to add cranberries!
    I used spinach this morning since I used up all my kale and threw in some shredded unsweetened coconut since I used almond milk. So good and I kinda want it all the time now…thanks!

  13. Michele says:

    This looks so yummy going to try it this weekend. And it seems so simple to make. Thanks for sharing.

    In Beauty & health
    Michele

  14. Jessica says:

    Cranberries in a smoothie… Genius! Thx for sharing. I’ve been on a kale smoothie kick lately.

  15. Alex says:

    I went to the market this morning and instead of buying frozen cherries, I grabbed a bag of frozen cranberries and didn’t realize until I got home. I was craving a smoothie and remembered seeing this recipe on your blog a while ago. I’m glad I made the mistake of getting cranberries because this smoothie is delicious!

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