The first time my husband Ted whizzed up this blueberry, apple and basil smoothie, it was Memorial Day weekend, when we'd just planted our basil in the herb garden, and a few leaves needed to be trimmed. On a whim, Ted tossed the leaves into his new blender. Who knew that blueberries and basil could be so happy together? You can use frozen blueberries or fresh, whatever is easiest to find. The fresh herb adds a little savory edge to what would otherwise be a sweet smoothie, just enough but not too much, a bit of brightness that tickles your tongue in a pleasant way. Now, if only we could do something to brighten up the color.
Blueberry, apple and basil smoothie
1/2 apple (use a tart variety like Gala), cored but not peeled, roughly chopped
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/2 tsp agave nectar, or more to taste
3 large basil leaves
5 ice cubes
Place all ingredients except the ice into a blender, and process until almost smooth. Add the ice, and continue processing until completely smooth.
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Pineapple ginger smoothie, from Gimme Some Oven
Blueberry mango smoothie, from Two Peas & Their Pod
Strawberry spinach smoothies, from Natasha's Kitchen
Simple clementine smoothie, from Green Lite Bites
Berry yogurt smoothie, from Barbara Bakes
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