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'Blender Girl' concocts healthy cookbook: Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale recipe

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What do you get when you combine green juice and kale trends with the creativity of a famed chef? A concoction that has to be tasted to be believed (it's that good): Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale shake. That's just one example of the many marvelous recipes in the new cookbook "The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks--100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes!" (click for details).

Author Tess Masters (also known as Blender Girl) has crafted fabulously flavored recipes that are also environmentally friendly: They're plant-based (literally go-green!). Included are gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, soy-free and even some that are raw.

You'll find everything from salads to soups to desserts, as well as sensational smoothies. From Chickpea Burgers to spring rolls, from Chai Rice Pudding to a Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake, the recipes are easy to customize and fun to make. And the results? See for yourself with our personal favorite: Tastes-Like-Ice- Cream Kale. Our advice? Get one for yourself and one for a gift to share your blender bliss: Click here for more information about "The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks--100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes!"

Tess says:

SunCafe, my favorite local raw restaurant, won’s Best Smoothie in L.A. award for a blend that’s similar to this one. I’m not sure exactly what they put in their award-winner, but this is pretty close. One taste and you’ll understand why kale-phobic omnivores line up and even double-park in front of SunCafe to run in and get their fill. Still the most popular recipe on my website, this is the Holy Grail of Kale.

serves 2

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (70g) raw unsalted cashews, soaked (see note)
  • 1 cup (25g) torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or
  • 2 large leaves with stalk removed, ripped into small pieces), plus more to taste
  • 2 ripe bananas, fresh
  • or frozen
  • 1/4 cup (43g) chopped pitted dates, soaked (see note), or 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) ice cubes (a little less if using frozen bananas)
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger, plus more to taste (optional)

Put all of the ingredients into your blender in the order listed and puree for about a minute, until smooth and creamy. Tweak flavors to taste (you may like a bit more kale, sweetener, or ginger).

note: With a conventional blender, you’ll get the smoothest consistency if you use maple syrup or chop the dates finely.

Reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl by Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Photography (c) 2014 by Anson Smart. Get details on ordering "The Blender Girl" cookbook by clicking here.