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orange creamsicle kale stem smoothie {giveaway}

Don’t throw out your kale stems! Use them to make this creamy, sweet Orange Creamsicle Kale Stem Smoothie from the beautiful kale cookbook, “Let Them Eat Kale” by Julia Mueller. Orange Creamsicle Kale Stem Smoothie |

I’ve got a little something special for you today. Well, two things actually. A fabulous smoothie for the weekend and a lovely cookbook giveaway. My friend Julia has written a most fabulous book, Let Them Eat Kale!, all about – you guessed it – kale! I’ve spoken at great lengths about my feelings about kale (hated it, now love it) so I won’t bore you with another long winded story about how kale chips blew my mind and now I just plain can’t get enough of the stuff.

Like I said, I won’t drone on. What I do want to talk about is this wonderful book and it’s fabulous recipes. Especially this Orange Creamsicle Kale Stem Smoothie. You know I am all about smoothies these days, and I was drawn to this recipe because it uses the part of the kale that I usually toss into the compost bin without much thought: the stems. It turns out, kale stems are wonderful in smoothies and are just as full of nutrients as their lovely leafy bits.

Who knew? Well, Julia knew!

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Now for the deets on the book: This is not your typical kale book. While it has a few salads (you know I love me a kale salad as seen here and here) I love how Julia really gets into some pretty creative recipes and uses for kale. Especially if you’re someone who doesn’t really groove on kale in it’s au naturale state. “Let Them Eat Kale!” is packed full of breakfast recipes (including smoothies!!), appetizers, side dishes, snacks, salads, soups, stews, chilis, entrees, and spreads.

Orange Creamsicle Kale Stem Smoothie |

Besides this smoothie, we’ve tried the Green Apple, Ginger Kale Smoothie (the green smoothie shown in the photos), the Zucchini, Kale and Sage Frittata (you know I love me some frittatas) and the Classic Guacamole with Kale, which was a totally unexpected surprise! We make guacamole almost daily around here so it was a really fun spin on our classic fave.

Orange Creamsicle Kale Stem Smoothie |

In addition to to the recipes, Julia breaks down exactly what kale is all about: from nutritional facts to different types of kale and their general uses. So if you are someone who knows that kale is good for you, but are not exactly sure why, this book is for you. All the kale info you need in one place. Easy peasy.


In celebration of this kale-rific cookbook (I know that was lame) I’m hosting a cookbook giveaway provided by the very generous Julia! One lucky Jelly Toast reader will receive a copy of Julia’s new book, “Let Them Eat Kale!” And because I love you all so very much, I am making this as easy as possible to enter. Just leave a comment here on this blog post to enter for your chance to win. That’s it! No more hoops or widgets or following or liking. Just leave a comment. One comment per reader, please and you will have through next Saturday, August 9 at 8:00PM ET to enter. Giveaway open to US residents only. 

Orange Creamsicle Kale Stem Smoothie |

Good luck and happy kale eating!

Orange Creamsicle Kale Stem Smoothie Recipe

Yield: 2 smoothies

Total Time: 5 minutes

From Julia: If you enjoy creamsicle popsicles, you'll love this smoothie! It bears close resemblance to the popsicle, but is full of nutrition, and a perfect way to start the day. While most people throw away kale stems, there are many uses for them! I like to put them in my smoothies in order to add fiber and vitamins and to avoid waste. While kale stems are fairly gritty, blending them well with other ingredients makes the texture nearly undetectable.


1 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
4 small navel oranges (or 2 large), peel removed
zest of 1 orange
4 kale stems, chopped
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup ice cubes (more if using fresh bananas)


Place ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!


Emily's notes: If you want a sweeter smoothie, add 2 pitted dates or a tablespoon o honey.
This recipe is reprinted with permission from Let Them Eat Kale! by Julia Mueller
August 2nd, 2014

Disclosure: I received a copy of Let Them Eat Kale! to review and share with you. Skyhorse Publishing will be providing the book for the giveaway. All opinions are, as always, 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

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20 comments on “orange creamsicle kale stem smoothie {giveaway}”

  1. We’ve just discovered kale and are still trying new ways to prepare it. We love it in salads and smoothies but my favorite way is to smother it down in olive oil with fresh grated garlic and a lemon herb seasoning.

  2. Kale is pretty new to me and I’m trying to find way to get it into my diet. I love smoothies so this is pretty perfect!

  3. I’ve been sauteing kale, but I haven’t gone so far as putting it in smoothies yet…should give that a try soon.

  4. I have really been loving kale lately and the thought of an entire cookbook of kale recipes sounds really good!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing my book and the orange creamsicle kale stem smoothie with your readers, Emily!! I love how tangy, sweet, and creamy that smoothie is. A real treat, indeed! A million thanks for your support, big hugs, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  6. Typically I chop up the stems of kale, collards, swiss chard, and the like to saute with aromatics like onions and garlic prior to adding in the leaves. It’s delicious, though I love a good smoothie, and will definitely try the idea this week! *Cheers*

  7. I’ll be honest, kale kind of intimidates me. This cookbook would be awesome!

  8. I am always looking for ways to sneak kale into my diet, thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  9. Julia’s book certainly is a stunner + your photography on this is beautiful!! In the case that I win, I already own a copy of Let Them Eat Kale, so please give it to another lucky reader.


  10. I’ve been wanting to try kale and this smoothie incorporates so many of my favorites. Will try very soon! Thanks for a change at this great giveaway.

  11. One of the cooking challenges I give myself often is how to make kale taste good, especially for my partner who prefers meat and potatoes for most meals. I found only few recipes that taste good, mostly kale salads and would love to take a look at this cookbook for more ideas. Thank you for the giveaway and Julia for writing the book!

  12. I just discovered how good kale is — I would love to win this cookbook for my collection.

  13. I love Kale and would love to discover new ways to use it!

  14. Such a great giveaway! I absolutely LOVE kale and this would help me with ideas on how to use it!

  15. The salad on the cover has me drooling. I love Kale, but don’t use it nearly enough, probably because I need some recipes.

  16. We’re always trying to work more kale into our meals!

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