Joe Rogan Kale Shake Recipe

The kale shake is something Joe Rogan has each morning for breakfast. What’s is the kale shake recipe? What blender does Joe Rogan use to make his kale shake?

Joe Rogan Kale Shake Vitamix Blender

The kale shake is so popular that Joe Rogan’s Twitter followers have retweeted the kale shake recipe hundreds of times:

Kale Shake Joe Rogan

Joe Rogan uses a Vitamix to blend his kale shake rather than to juice kale. In the YouTube video below, Rogan explains that he believes that blending is better than juicing. Others disagree. Let’s leave that debate for another day and instead look at Joe Rogan’s kale shake recipe.

Joe Rogan Kale Shake Recipe

  • 4 stalks kale
  • 4 celery stems
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2″ ginger
  • 8 oz water (optional, to help items blend together more smoothly)

Blend the items together in a heavy duty blender like a Vitamix (here), BlendTec (here), or Ninja (here). Read more about Vitamix blenders in this article, “Vitamix or BlendTec?

Joe Rogan Makes a Kale Shake on YouTube:

To make a good kale shake, you need to shell out decent money for a high speed blender like a Vitamix, BlendTec or Ninja. With a good blender, your kale, cucumber, celery, and pears are actually blended together rather than merely chopped into fine pieces. A high speed blender will turn kale and bananas into a milkshake like consistency where as a less-heavy-duty blender will turn your greens into a watery salad.

The top-of-the-line blenders are a BlendTec and Vitamix. I watched several YouTube videos and did my homework. The Vitamix and BlendTech are equally good.

Check out my post, “Vitamix or BlendTec?”

I ultimately decided on a BlendTec because it takes up less counter space, but you can’t go wrong either way.

If you don’t want to go “all in” with a blender, a Ninja NJ600 is a good option. The Ninja NJ600 won’t turn your greens into a milkshake but it will blend everything together.

Joe Rogan’s kale shake is good. Yet the kale shake is not the only green shake on the block. Here are some other healthy kale shake recipes:

Smooth Kale Shake

  • 1-2 cups water (depending on the desired smoothie thickness)
  • 3-4 stalks kale
  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2″ ginger
  • 1 peeled lemon
  • 1-2 scoops protein powder (vanilla tastes best; use your choice of whey, caseinegg white or even raw vegan protein)

Sweet Kale Shake 

  • 1-2 cups water (depending on the desired smoothie thickness)
  • 3-4 stalks kale
  • 1-2 apples (or pears)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2″ ginger
  • 1 peeled lemon
  • 1-2 scoops protein powder (vanilla tastes best; use your choice of wheycasein,  egg white or even raw vegan protein)

(The lemon and ginger aid in digestion.)

 Superfood Kale Shake

Like Joe Rogan, I make kale shakes several times a week and am not alone. Many elite athletes and weekend warriors also make kale shakes.

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin makes this kale shake for breakfast:

When making a kale shake, experiment. Throw in as many greens as you can stomach. When starting off, use more apples and less kale and spinach. As your tastes change from that of a sugar-craving American to someone who eats for performance, use less apples and add more greens.

Don’t miss: Is Juicing Better than Blending?


  1. greg t says

    Dang that’s alot of supplements and the shake looks to be good, but my favorite part was Col Sanders’ mug behind Joe in the fridge. How much crispy recipe do you eat? LOL

    • Ben JOven says

      Use a $40 blender to make my kale shakes and it works great. The blend has a different viscosity than made with vitamix but as far as energy during the day and the “regularity” of defication the affects are negligible, meaning same benefit but standard blender gets the job done.

  2. Rich h says

    My recipe is

    4 stalks kale
    half a cucumber
    2 stalks celery
    1 cup spinach (fresh leafy kind)
    shock of ginger
    3 mushrooms (for protein, vitamin d, and selenium)
    1 peeled banana
    1 peeled orange
    half cup of greek yogurt (for taste and protein)
    half teaspoon of cinnamon (for taste and other good effects)

    I dont take multi vitamins anymore, and I feel better than ever! I also only need a couple of light servings of protein and a couple of grains through out the day

    30$ blender works for me

  3. Thads says

    I use a magic bullet, and my Kale shakes and smoothies are fantastic. Everything is completely pulverized with no chunks at all. Ive used my sisters Vitamix, and there is hardly a difference at all. The Vitamix does a very slightly better job, making it slightly smoother, but barely. I will say this about the Vitamix/Blendtec though, they are going to last a lot longer, and do alot more than just make Kale shakes and smoothies. I’m on my second bullet now, and have gone through many containers as well. I will definitely be buying a Vitamix in the future, but the bullet is serving me fine till I can put down that chunk of change on a nice unit. Also, I have used several department store type blenders of varying quality, and when it comes to Kaleshakes and smoothies, the bullet type blenders, beat them hands down…plus you drink right from the container you blended it in, which is great for less clean up.

    • Justin says

      Did you still use the same quantity of ingredients with the magic bullet? I’m in the same boat as you…will probably get a vitamin, dont feel like investing yet, but I already have a magic bullet.

      4 stalks kale
      4 celery stems
      1 cucumber
      1 pear
      1/2″ ginger
      8 oz water (optional, to help items blend together more smoothly)

      If you altered anything, any advice would be helpful!

      Thanks! :)

      • Thads says

        Actually, my morning shake is a lot different. The classic “Joe Rogan shake” is fantastic as a morning pre-breakfast meal/drink, but my version is alot different. The one I have is a much more complete meal replacement containing more healthy fats and protein. Heres the ingredients I use.

        1/4 pear (no core)
        1/4 Apple (no core)
        1 celery stalk
        2-3 Kale stalks (depending on how big they are, sometimes even 4)
        1/4 cucumber
        1/2″ ginger
        sometimes a chunk of red/orange pepper
        1 yogurt (individual size 100ml or w/e, no sugar added/fat free. I freeze these for two reasons, the first reason is, having frozen items in my shake makes it colder and more “fastfood shake textured”, rather than cold blended soup textured lol.The second reason is, I can get large packs on sale half price because they are close to their expiration date…..which doesn’t matter to me. since I’m freezing it.
        1/2 Tbsp Chia seed ground up ( this is a “super food”, loaded with healthy fat, protein and fibre)
        1/2 Tbsp ground flax seed for the same reasons as chia seed.
        1/2 Tbsp Hemp hearts for the same reason as Chia and flax, but with even more healthy fats
        1 scoop protein powder ( I use a low carb one, but w/e is fine, its just here to give the shake protein/texture/flavor..mine is vanilla)
        frozen raspberries (about 1-2 heaping Tbsp)
        frozen Blueberries (about 1-2 heaping Tbsp) both these berries are full of micro-nutrients and flavonoids, as well as adding a touch of sweetness and alot of flavor.
        the final thing I use other than water, is 1 clove/piece of garlic. This is one thing that many people will not enjoy, as it adds a strong flavor/aftertaste…which I happen to love. Garlic is fantastic for you, but most people won’t want it in their shake, but me and my son consider it mandatory….maybe we are odd ducks lol.
        As for water, I add maybe 1/4-1/2 cup or so, just enough to help it blend.
        I also make sure I cut up the items into small chunks, smaller chunks= less time and hassle blending.
        And that’s it, that’s my breakfast. They key here, is to know what you are trying to accomplish,for me it is: provide a complete meal replacement, enough protein/fats/fiber to keep me full till lunch, without adding too many unnecessary carbs. If you want to lose more weight, cut some of the carbs out, like apple/pear/raspberries/blueberries/yogurt….while these items add alot of nutrients, it might be too many carbs for a carb restrictive diet.
        As you can see, my recipe is alot different, but works well for me, I love the taste, and the fact that I’m getting so many nutrients, and it keeps me full for a long time.
        hope that helps

        • CR says

          Is there any disadvantage to just eating all the ingredients in rogans shake instead of the shake? I can’t stand the blended taste.

          • FitJuice says

            Blending helps unlock the nutrients from the cellulose/fiber. But eating greens is still great for your body. You can’t go wrong consuming greens in all forms.

            You can also add a banana to sweeten it.

  4. oliverf says

    Here’s my recipe for this genre juice. (I make all kinds and juice every morning)

    3 Stalks Kale
    1 Heaping Handful Spinach
    1 Carrot
    1/2 Cucumber
    1 Peeled Lemon (Take the seeds out)
    1 Green Apple
    1 Banana
    1 Handful dark grapes (or blueberries or fresh cherries with seeds taken out)
    1/2″ piece of fresh Ginger
    8 oz. water
    3 or 4 ice cubes

    I like the Vitamix and may eventually get that but have been using our Cusineart Blender that we’ve had for years and it works like a champ. I too prefer blending to juicing as I want the pulp and fiber.

    Happy juicing all

  5. says

    Has anyone tried the Rogan recipe with garlic? I’ve been juicing/blending for 2 years. I never considered garlic. I’ve tried just about everything else. Was it any good?