Tropikale Energy Smoothie

A simple 4 ingredient, incredibly thick green smoothie filled with healthy produce and leaving you energized. And it actually tastes good.

A simple 4 ingredient, incredibly thick green smoothie filled with healthy produce and leaving you energized. And it actually tastes good!

Tropikale… tropical + kale. See what I did there? SALTS.

The start of a new year. New beginnings, clean slate, fresh starts. Let’s kick it up a notch and energize ourselves with a gorgeous, totally energizing, and actually-tastes-good green smoothie.

4 Ingredient Tropikale Energy Smoothie-- a green smoothie that actually tastes GOOD!

There is nothing fancy about this smoothie. No strange ingredients you can’t pronounce. No chalky protein powders, no added sweeteners, no nut butters, no dairy. Just produce you know, love, and is readily available to you. Eating (and drinking!) healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. I guarantee you’ll fall in love with this simple, tropical infused green smoothie and if you’re anything like me, begin craving it every day.

There are only 4 ingredients you’ll need: kale + pineapple + frozen banana + almond milk. I call this my “magic formula” and the perfect, tropical tasting starting point for other flavors. Add some strawberries for a berry-tropical blend or add some frozen mango chunks to turn the tropical flavors up. For a citrus infusion, add an orange and a splash of orange juice. The possibilities are endless here; make a different smoothie each week using this smoothie as a jumping off point. Hello, healthy you.

Since there are so few ingredients, there is little playing room with substitutions to the basic formula. The frozen banana is key and if you’ve reading my blog for awhile, you know why. Ultra creamy, ultra thick texture. Freezing the banana rids some of the banana flavor as well. The pineapple is where all the flavor lies, so I don’t recommend using a different fruit. Coconut, soy, or cow’s milk are fine replacements for the almond milk. And kale could easily be replaced with spinach, but then you won’t be able to say tropikale anymore. Which I’m sure you care about… right??

A simple 4 ingredient, incredibly thick green smoothie filled with healthy produce and leaving you energized. And it actually tastes good!

I like to make two of these smoothies at a time in the morning. Drink 1/2 in the mid-morning for a burst of energy, put the remaining half in a cup with a lid, keep it in the refrigerator and enjoy in the afternoon. Or just keep the other half in the blender in the refrigerator to have later in the day.

A simple 4 ingredient, incredibly thick green smoothie filled with healthy produce and leaving you energized. And it actually tastes good!

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A simple 4 ingredient, incredibly thick green smoothie filled with healthy produce and leaving you energized. And it actually tastes good!

One sip of this tropical oasis I mean tropical smoothie and you’ll instantly feel like the healthiest person on the planet. Or something like that. This smoothie is:

  • Creamy
  • Thick
  • Cold
  • Refreshing
  • Easy
  • Super healthy
  • Sweet, not bitter or tasting like kale

Here’s to a healthy January with some weekend cake on the side. You just drank kale! You totally deserve a slice of cake.

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Tropikale Energy Smoothie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


A simple 4 ingredient, incredibly thick green smoothie filled with healthy produce and leaving you energized. And it actually tastes good.


  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 medium bananas, previously peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 2 heaping cups kale


  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the kale and frozen bananas. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add more milk if it’s too thick. Serve and enjoy. Store any leftover smoothie covered in the refrigerator for up to 8-10 hours.
  3. Makes 2 smoothies. You can easily halve this recipe to make only 1 smoothie. I like to make two at a time and keep half in the refrigerator to enjoy later in the day.


  1. Variations: I call this smoothie my “magic formula” and the perfect, tropical tasting starting point for other flavors. My suggestions for variations: add some fresh or frozen strawberries for a berry-tropical blend, add some frozen or fresh mango chunks to turn the tropical flavor up, and for a citrus infusion blend in a peeled, sliced orange and a splash of orange juice.
  2. Milk: Coconut, soy, rice, or coy’s milk are OK instead of almond milk. I always use unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk.

Keywords: tropical kale smoothie


  1. mmm. that looks amazing 🙂 i love juicing/blending. can’t wait to give this a try. thank you!

  2. mmm this looks so good! 🙂 What kind of blender do you use? Thanks!

    1. 3 suggestions are noted in the recipe. enjoy, amber!

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    You can never go wrong with a healthy smoothie like this. I love it!

  4. Sally, i was just looking for a healthy recipe this weekend! Just what i needed, a healthy and flavorful treat! Got to go get out my blender…

  5. Danielle {Styelleish } says:

    Yum! Sounds like the perfect combo! I love it when you post healthier recipes—and it is an extra bonus that there are only four ingredients! Cute name for it, too:)

  6. stephanie @ Back for Seconds says:

    My body needs this smoothie. Too. Many. Cookies. Ha!

  7. You talk about using frozen bananas in your smoothies often. Do you chop the banana and then freeze, or freeze it whole and chop it or just throw it in the blender whole? How long do your frozen bananas last also?

    1. Yep, let the banana ripen. Then slice and freeze in a baggie. Use the frozen slices in the smoothie.

  8. Hi Sally. We drink smoothies regularly so this one will most certainly be tried soon. My husband and I drink ours at totally different times so the ability to save 8-10 hours is great. Do you think this smoothie would be able to be made in larger batches, frozen in individual servings and then thawed overnight or in a lunch bag during the day? Thanks for any advice.

    1. Hi Bryn, I’m unsure about freezing the smoothie. I assume it would be fine and taste fine, but I’ve never done it myself. Give it a try. What you can do is freeze the kale, banana, and pineapple together to save time and then place in the blender with the milk and blend up fresh each morning to bring to work or wherever.

      1. See….this is why you’re a food blogger and I’m not! I have no idea why that didn’t seem obvious to me. Thanks!

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks says:

    I love the play on words with the TropiKALE 🙂 Very cute and clever!

    I have a tropical green smoothie that’s one of my staples and it has pineapples and banana but spinach instead of kale. But I drink a green juice daily which has kale in it…so one way or the other, I’m getting my kale. LOL

    Love the bright, vibrant pics! Pinned!

  10. I’m sooo glad you’re getting on my case to get healthy. This drink looks luscious good. And, do you advise that it replaces breakfast, such as a bowl of cereal? Love your blog, your writing, your pictures, your enthusiasm, and you! And of course, the recipes!

    1. I don’t usually drink this as a replacement for a meal. If I have this smoothie or another smoothie at breakfast time I usually pair it with something else small, preferably with protein to keep me full. Like a couple of eggs or something.

  11. We love smoothies! This one looks particularly delicious. Love your photos too!

  12. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Gorgeous green smoothie, Sally! Beautiful photos as always, my friend. 🙂 I love almond and coconut milks and even combine them sometimes. Thank you for sharing your recipe for refreshing, tropical kale goodness in a sip! Will be pinning, of course!

  13. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking says:

    Happy New Year, Sally. I definitely could use or 3 of these to wake me up and give me a boost of energy in the morning. Looks and sounds delicious too.

    1. happy new year lisa!

  14. Love smoothies like this to start the day with!

  15. Jasmine @ A cupcake for my thoughts says:

    I have the same glasses 🙂 Love the name of this smoothie and it looks delicious, might try it for breakfast tomorrow! Happy New Year, hope you have an amazing 2015!!

    1. happy new year jasmine! hope you enjoy

  16. Natalie @ Chocolate Coated Kitchen says:

    I already love green smoothies for breakfast, so I can’t wait to make a homemade batch! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  17. love this, Sally! looks delish. however, i have a pineapple allergy… any suggestions for a replacement?

    1. I’d say mango is best to mask the kale flavor.

  18. Mary Frances says:

    Are you kidding?? I am dying over the name! Kale is a must – time to ditch the spinach! At least for a couple minutes 😉 Ooh, the mango variation sounds absolutely incredible. I love how healthy can be such a stunning color!

  19. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says:

    I love green smoothies!! I never really liked vegetables as a kid, but when you mask greens with tasty fruits you can hardly tell there’s any kale in there at all. I love how simple this recipe is!

    1. agreed. hated veggies when I was little and even though I love them now, it’s nice to have a green smoothie that doesn’t taste like leafy greens.

  20. I have been making a lot of smoothies lately, they keep me going after long runs. This one looks so good. Will make soon!

  21. I think it’s a good sign that I had plenty of holiday indulgence when I’m now dreaming about all the green smoothies. Love how simple and fresh this one sounds, Sally! Happy New Year!

    1. Happy new year Jess!!

  22. Looks so good, Sally! Love the name and that it is only 4 ingredients! Must try!

  23. Thanks for great recipes! Definitely on my ‘To do’ list! 🙂 x

  24. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    Looks healthy and delicious! I like the pretty green color too!

  25. I just made this and drank the whole recipe in one sitting. Yum! Will definitely be making this again sometime this week!

  26. Liz @ Floating Kitchen says:

    Looks delicious! And SALTS. Oh my gosh. That made my day!

    1. Hahaha I know I love it.

  27. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture Marketing says:

    Love this! I make a similar smoothie right now but without the pineapple – looking forward to trying out the pineapple to see how it kicks it up a notch! Thanks Sally!

  28. Alexis @ Upside Down Pear says:

    I love all your smoothies, and I can’t wait to try this one. I haven’t bought kale in quite some time, so it’ll be nice to switch up the spinach. Thanks for the idea to use coconut milk! I actually have some leftover and have been wondering what to do with it. I’ll definitely have to try making this soon. Could totally use a zap of energy for work!

  29. Liz @ Tip Top Shape says:

    Love this!!!

  30. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance says:

    I love that you kept this simple with limited ingredients. This looks so refreshing!

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