The problem, is that I often find that they have much more sugar than I want to consume in liquid form.
Even the ones that only get their sweetness from the addition of a single apple or banana are generally way too high in sugar for me to enjoy without feeling a bit jittery afterwards. (This is the same reason why I created a Savory Sangria last year.)
If I'm going to get that jittery sugar-high feeling, then it had better come from something that's worth it. (Like cake.)
But I can't deny that there are days when I really do just want to sip a big tall glass of something green.
With NO added sugar or high-carb fruits, this shake is just slightly sweet, but still totally delicious.
The secret is all in a pinch of salt, which serves to bring out the natural sweetness of the coconut and kale. Seriously--it's kind of brilliant! Try it both with and without the salt, and I promise you'll notice a difference.
The fresh ginger also adds a lovely touch of spicy heat, though it's optional if you're not a fan
***Note that if you really, truly do want to make it a little sweeter--then I suggest adding either 1 date OR 2 teaspoons of coconut palm sugar--you don't need any more than that!
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No-Sugar Kale & Coconut Shake Recipe (No added fruit or sugar)
Makes 1 large shake
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (substitute your favorite non-dairy milk)
1/2 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
4 cups chopped kale (you can also do a mix of spinach & kale)
1/4 cup ground coconut (unsweetened)
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled (optional--skip it if you don't like the taste of ginger)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (or Celtic sea salt if you have it--it's rich in beneficial minerals!)
1 cup ice
Pour almond and coconut milk into base of blender, followed by ginger, kale, ground coconut, salt, and ice.
Puree until very smooth. (I have a professional style Ninja blender so this only takes 1 minute for me, but with a standard blender you may need to let this go about 3-5 minutes.)