Have you jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon? You know, the ones with spinach or kale or wheat grass in them. I don’t find them appealing…like, at all. Have you ever thought of a basil smoothie? Now that’s a green smoothie I’m all over!
This gorgeous green drink is full of wonderful sweet lemon and basil flavors.
Sweet Basil Smoothie Recipe
Ingredients for Lemon Simple Syrup:
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Ingredients for Smoothie:
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (or plain yogurt)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 cup of ice
- lemon simple syrup
Directions for Lemon Simple Syrup:
- In a small saucepan over Medium heat, combine the water, sugar, and lemon zest. Stir all the ingredients together.
- Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Take it off the heat and let it cool.
Directions for Smoothie:
- In a blender, combine the yogurt, basil, ice and (cooled) lemon simple syrup.
- Blend all of the ingredients until it’s smooth and frothy.
You make the lemon simple syrup first. The lemon zest takes ordinary simple syrup and packs a bright punch of flavor. You could even use this lemon simple syrup in iced tea. Yum.
Once the simple syrup has cooled, add all of the ingredients into the food processor. As a side note, you can strain the lemon zest from the simple syrup before adding it to the blender, but I kept it for the enhanced flavor (and because it didn’t change the texture).
Lemon and basil are awesome combo! The yogurt is an awesome source of protein and makes this smoothie extra creamy. The sweetness from the lemon simple syrup helps to balance out the tartness from the Greek yogurt and sharp herbal flavor from the basil.
I know what you may be thinking… “green smoothie = healthy.” I wish I could claim that is true here. (And I almost can except for the high sugar content.) I can however say with a straight face that there is NO high fructose corn syrup or scary ingredients that you don’t know how to pronounce.
The flavors in this “green” smoothie make this a totally refreshing summer beverage, but I didn’t want to wait until then to share it with you, and it was just as great even when it’s cold out.
Have you ever made green smoothies? If so did you cheat like I did here or was it all full of healthy things?
Slightly adapted from: Giada De Laurentis
Here are some of my other favorite drinks.