Blueberry Basil Smoothie

I finally bought a new blender!  After A LOT of debate, I splurged on a Vitamix Blender.  I can’t even begin to list all the brands and models that I studied and deliberated over.  In the end it was a battle between price and quality (as usual) and in this case the price was worth it.

I christened it with… what else… a coffee beverage, a double Cafe Frappe for me and my sister.  (We do love our coffee!)  Then I made this healthy smoothie for lunch.  I know what you might be thinking.  Blueberries and basil together?  I know!  But it works.

This tasty fruit and veggie smoothie is packed with loads of vitamins and nutrients.

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Blueberry Basil Smoothie Recipe
(1 Serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons whole ground flaxseed meal (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup skim milk or soy milk (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend them until they are smooth and creamy.
  2. (Optional)  If the mixture doesn’t blend well, add the milk to help it out a little.  (Note, I did not use liquid in my smoothie.)

 

I have been wanting a Vitamix for years.  I’d pretty much watch it on QVC every time it comes on (and my husband can attest to that because he’s watched some of them with me).  I hesitated partially because because it’s super expensive for a blender and partially because I didn’t want to post recipes that are exclusive to Vitamix owners.  (Yet, I posted a doughnut recipe not knowing if people had a doughnut pan.  Go figure.     😉 )  You do not need a Vitamix blender to make this smoothie, but I would be lying if I said it doesn’t help.

There are a few simple tricks to help a regular blender make a smoothie.  You may need to run your blender for a longer period of time to properly beat everything up.  Ice breaks all the rules of blending.  As if by magic they survive almost unlimited amounts of time in a blender.  In other words, if you simply rely on the fact that they float you may have better luck skimming them off than fully blending them.  A little bit of liquid can help your blender process some of the more solid things you throw in it.  If you aren’t having luck with something, sometimes a splash of a liquid that goes well with the flavors you are blending can help a lot.

02Blueberry Basil Smoothie

There is no mistaking that this smoothie is 100% healthy.  It’s filling and I actually enjoyed this as a replacement for lunch.  The combination of flavors in this smoothie are unique and they just simply work.  It’s hard to explain, but I’ll try.

The basil is a subtle flavor and it’ a nice compliment to the blueberries.  (Seriously, I wasn’t sure that was going to work.)  The frozen banana helps to give the smoothie a thick consistency, but you really don’t taste it.  You know what else you don’t taste?  The spinach.  Honestly.  My youngest sister tried this and she said that she would never have guessed it was in there.  Since this contains basil and spinach does that make it a “green” smoothie even though it’s not green colored?  Ignoring the proper definition of a green smoothie, and a little bit of color blindness notwithstanding, blueberries are a superfood so I’m totally counting this one.

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We all know that fruits and veggies are packed with healthy stuff and the peanut butter is a great source of protein.  This smoothie also contains flaxseed meal which is a wonderful source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, fiber, and even more protein.  It has a bit of a nutty essence to it.  I found it in the “healthy” aisle of my grocery store.  (The aisle my husband always calls the “Earthy Crunchy Aisle”.)

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I want to thank all of you who gave me blender recommendations.  I was super excited that people responded to my cry for help.     😉  You wouldn’t think that buying one would be so difficult.  I’m loving my new Vitamix so far!

 

Rating:

3 Hats

Adapted from: My New Roots

 

Here are some other great healthy smoothies.

Blackberry Coconut Smoothie

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Skinny Banana Blueberry Shake

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Banana And Peanut Butter Smoothie

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Comments

  1. Having MAJOR appliance envy right now! I’ve wanted a vitamix forever. I get so tempted every time I go to Costco. This smoothie sounds delicious : )

    1. Tina says:

      Oh no! But I remember you got a new blender recently so I hope it’s been just as much fun for you. 🙂 Yay for smoothies!

  2. Oooh, I love the idea of blueberries and basil! I have always wanted a vitamix but have settled for the Ninja, which does a surprisingly good job 😉

    1. Tina says:

      I’ve heard good things about the Ninja. I love basil so I think I could eat it on everything. Hmm, I wonder if it goes well with chocolate. 😉

  3. Isadora says:

    I love basil and berries, but I have never thought to combine them together! How creative! Now I have to make this because I can’t stop thinking about what they will taste like together!

    1. Tina says:

      I thought the same as you when I first saw the recipe. I love that it’s something different and super healthy. 🙂

  4. Tahnycooks says:

    I would love this smoothie! It is so pretty too!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  5. I have a Vitamix too, it’s the best appliance I ever bought.

    Anyway, that’s an interesting smoothie combination, I’m going to have to try it out sometime.

  6. I love the idea of blueberry and basil together especially in a refreshing (& healthy) smoothie!! This looks great! I, too, have been debating whether or not to splurge on a Vitamix. I HATE my blender. It can’t do anything…I’m not going to name drop but it was expensive!

    1. Tina says:

      Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that you don’t like your blender. 🙁 I’ve only had the Vitamix for a week and so far it does exactly what I’ve seen it do QVC. It does have some serious power to it. I’m happy that I got it but I have to admit that it’s too early to tell if it was worth all the money (if that makes sense).

  7. This smoothie looks and sounds tasty! Congrats on the new mixer – I’ve always wanted a Vitamix! I expect to see tons more recipes like this from you :).

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe…yes, I might go a little smoothie crazy. 😉

  8. Hi Tina
    I just wanted you to know, that I just nominated you for the Liebster Award because you are one of my favourite bloggers!
    I really hope you’ll participate, but if you haven’t got the time or something like that it’s totally ok if you don’t 🙂
    Love, Josefine

    1. Tina says:

      Josefine, I’m so honored! Thank you, kindly. Words cannot express how much I truly appreciate all your support. 🙂

  9. I LOVE smoothies. I have one every day. I really enjoy the blueberry basil combo. I tried some blueberry basil ice last summer and fell in love! They work perfectly together somehow. I think I need to try this when I get some “bloobs” this summer. Can’t wait 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Oooh, blueberry basil ice ceram sounds wonderful! I want that now. Hehe…bloobs…that’s awesome. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

  10. This really is a superfoods smoothie! I hear the girl in the flat upstairs making her smoothie early every morning and it’s been giving me a major case of ‘smoothie envy’. I think I need to give them a go. Love the idea of adding the basil … I can imagine that tastes amazing!

    1. Tina says:

      Totally a superfoods smoothie! I think smoothies are addicting. 🙂

  11. I absolutely love this flavour combo!!!! Cannot wait to add some basil to my current blueberry breakfast smoothie 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome sauce!

  12. I’ve wanted the Vitamix for a while. So glad you are loving it. This smoothie looks amazing!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  13. I love smoothies – and this looks like a great one! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you!!

  14. This smoothie looks like the perfect summer beverage! I’ve always loved the combo of strawberries and basil, so I’m sure I’d love this blueberry basil smoothie. The color in this is amazing!

    1. Tina says:

      Ooh, strawberries and basil sounds delicious. I definitely have to try that now! I love the versatility of basil. 🙂

  15. Joanne says:

    Yay on the new blender!! I love pairing herbs with fruit…this must make for such a fun smoothie!

    1. Tina says:

      I keep looking at all my food to see what I can throw in the blender next. 😉 Love fun new kitchen tools!

  16. Ashley says:

    Can I just say that I am super jealous of your new blender?? : ) haha I want a new one so bad but am patiently waiting until my old one dies… silly thing is hanging on for dear life!

    And I am on a huge smoothie kick right now. I really need to try using basil in mine … it sounds like a perfect pairing with the blueberries!

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe…I don’t think I’ve known anyone’s blender to actually break…they keep on ticking. I totally get addicted to smoothies this time of the year so I’m always on the hunt for new recipes (or trying to create my own). 🙂

  17. This sounds amazing, Tina! Love this unique combination- I bet it tastes really brilliant! I’m always in search of a new smoothie recipe to try out! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! 🙂

  18. Wow I would have never thought of pairing blueberries with basil! I’m intrigued! Pinned 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      The flavor combo is unique, but that’s what I love about it. It’s something different than just the usual berry or citrus smoothie. Those are also great ones but you know how I’m always looking to switch it up. 🙂 Thanks for pinning!

  19. I’ve totally been eyeing the Vitamix blenders, Tina! I gotta save up for one, though. I keep finding things that I want to buy that have a little more sway than the blender does. But one day, one day I’m going to buy one!

    LOVE this smoothie. Basil is one of my favorite herbs so I know I’d probably be able to live off of these for a while. 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Basil is my favorite herb so whenever I see unique recipes to use with it, I’m all about it! 🙂

  20. The addition of basil sounds amazing – I’ve been putting herbs into pretty much everything lately, but have yet to try it in a smoothie. Yours looks absolutely mouthwatering. Cannot wait to make this for breakfast tomorrow morning – I just happen to have everything on hand. It is meant to be!!

    1. Tina says:

      I’m a newbie at adding herbs to smoothies. I feel like everyone has been doing it for a while, so I may be a bit behind…hehe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 🙂

  21. Love this!!! Blueberry and basil, I never would have put that together, but I can see how it would work! Congrats on the Vitamix 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  22. Definitely worth the splurge! And Tina, I cannot get over how gorgeous these photos are. These are seriously some of the best smoothie photos I have ever seen! Blueberries are becoming staples in my diet again – basil is about to join the party!

    1. Tina says:

      You are too sweet! Thanks Mary Frances. 🙂

  23. Congratulations on the Vitamix! I probably battle my blender (a cheapy from BB&B) a good 50% of the time I use it. We have a move on the horizon, but once we settle into our new place I know the Vitamix temptation will be even harder to resist. I LOVE this unique flavor combo, Tina! Basil is one of the plants we always have, so grabbing a few leaves to add to meals happens frequently. Blueberry + basil sounds amazing! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      I think basil is my favorite herb, so I’m super jealous you have a plant handy! I knew that I needed a new blender when had to shake it to help move the food inside it…hehe. SO glad I’ve upgraded. Now I just watch the blender do all the work. Imagine that. 😉

  24. this smoothie must be sooo refreshing! congratulations on the new blender purchase! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks!

  25. I love blueberries but have never tried it with basil, sounds very tempting though and also soooo healthy… Perfect for spring and summer. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      I love how super healthy this is! 🙂

  26. Oooooooh, the blueberry + basil combination is so intriguing. I bet this smoothie is so refreshing! And people say being an adult is boring. I think getting new appliances is so fun. 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe…that’s awesome! You are so right. 🙂

  27. Oh snap, I just bought a Vitamix too! I have always been intrigues by the blueberry basil combo, I’ll have to try this out in my fancy new machine 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      That’s so cool that you just bought a Vitamix too! I’ll bet you’ll be up to some awesome creations. 🙂

  28. Kelly says:

    This smoothie sounds fantastic – I love blueberry smoothies and totally intrigued by the idea of adding basil 🙂 Yay for your new mixer too and can’t wait to see more smoothies 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! 🙂

  29. Basil + blueberries sounds like a super interesting combo that I need to try! Love the color of this beauty – it looks so fresh and healthy to me!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you, my friend. 🙂

  30. You have really educated me on blenders, Tina! I have heard of Vitamix and Blendtec (in fact I’m sponsoring a Blendtec giveaway right now), but I had no idea why they were so expensive or fancy. All I have is a stick blender, and that has served me fine to make smoothies. Now I understand what all the hubbub is about! I didn’t know that even a regular blender could have trouble making a smoothie (with ice). Now you’ve got me thinking I need a fancy blender and a bunch of frozen fruit. And some straws. This looks amazing, and I think I’ll include it in a superfood roundup next week if that’s OK. Thanks (and sorry this is so long)!

    1. Tina says:

      I always love seeing your comments, Andi. 🙂 I’d be honored for you to include this smoothie in your superfood roundup!
      I definitely learned a lot about blenders lately, that’s for sure, and it was fun sharing my shopping and purchase adventures with everyone.

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