Banana Basil Smoothie (recipe)

Banana Basil Smoothie

Since mid-December I have spent my weekdays consuming mostly raw dishes and drinks. Smoothies in particular have become my staple breakfasts (and sometimes stand in for lunch and dinner as well!). They can be simple, just 2 or 3 ingredients, or elaborate, containing everything but the kitchen sink. This recipe for a Banana-Basil smoothie veers towards the simpler side of the spectrum which is why I like it so much. Submitted by a reader to GoneRaw.com (one of my favourite sites for raw recipes), I was first a bit wary to make it because basil and banana just didn’t strike me as a winning combination. Let alone basil in a beverage. Then I thought of mints and mojitos and thought, well maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. Well it’s far from bad, in fact it’s pretty darn good! The basil turns this from just being another banana smoothie and transforms it into something slightly more complex, something slightly more sophisticated. Because we always have bananas on hand, and we grow our own basil, this is one drink that I have been making rather regularly especially when I get those mid- evening cravings but am not quite yet ready for ‘dinner’ ;)

Banana Basil Smoothie
Source: GoneRaw.com

INGREDIENTS:

2 ripe bananas, peeled, chopped
10 fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup filtered water
2 tablespoons agave (or raw honey)

METHOD:

1. Blend the ingredients in a blender until liquefied and smooth.
2. Serve immediately or chill the smoothie in the refrigerator for an hour or until ready to serve.

This post has been submitted to Weekend Cookbook Challenge: 5 Ingredients Or Less

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  • http://chezannies.blogspot.com Nate

    That is a super easy recipe! I wonder how different varieties of basil, or even different herbs from the mint family would taste with bananas.

    Nate’s last blog post..Thai-Inspired Caesar Salad Recipe

  • http://chezannies.blogspot.com Nate

    That is a super easy recipe! I wonder how different varieties of basil, or even different herbs from the mint family would taste with bananas.

    Nate’s last blog post..Thai-Inspired Caesar Salad Recipe

  • http://www.cococooks.blogspot.com courtney

    Love, love, love smoothies. Where is your DB challenge?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Courtney – I just posted it!!! Got home much later than planned! :)

  • http://www.cococooks.blogspot.com courtney

    Love, love, love smoothies. Where is your DB challenge?

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Courtney – I just posted it!!! Got home much later than planned! :)

  • http://iliketocook.blogspot.com Sara

    That sounds really interesting – bananas and basil! Thanks for taking part in WCC this month.

    Sara’s last blog post..Say you, say Tuile – Savory Tuiles

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Thanks Sara :) Lol @ Say You, Say Tuile, looks like we both had 80’s songs stuck in our head when doing this challenge :)

  • http://iliketocook.blogspot.com Sara

    That sounds really interesting – bananas and basil! Thanks for taking part in WCC this month.

    Sara’s last blog post..Say you, say Tuile – Savory Tuiles

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Thanks Sara :) Lol @ Say You, Say Tuile, looks like we both had 80’s songs stuck in our head when doing this challenge :)

  • Chataigne

    Now if you can get me to like, much less understand, channa punch, then I must crown you “miracle worker”:-)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Chataigne – I doh understand Channa Punch either :O That’s one I am gonna have to take a raincheck on :lol:

  • Chataigne

    Now if you can get me to like, much less understand, channa punch, then I must crown you “miracle worker”:-)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Chataigne – I doh understand Channa Punch either :O That’s one I am gonna have to take a raincheck on :lol:

  • Jaz Borden

    Loving the new look of the site!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Thanks Jaz! :)

  • Jaz Borden

    Loving the new look of the site!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Thanks Jaz! :)

  • http://watkinslynn.typepad.com/pages_pucks_and_pantry/ Mrs. L

    I never would have thought of combining bananas and basil, I’ll have to give this a try!

    Mrs. L’s last blog post..Small Plates – February 02, 2009

  • http://watkinslynn.typepad.com/pages_pucks_and_pantry/ Mrs. L

    I never would have thought of combining bananas and basil, I’ll have to give this a try!

    Mrs. L’s last blog post..Small Plates – February 02, 2009

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasonbodden Jason Bodden

    This smoothie was amazing! Flavour fuh so and healthy! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasonbodden Jason Bodden

    This smoothie was amazing! Flavour fuh so and healthy! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=773576063 Naomi Phillip

    I just made this, it was REALLY good, I used a very strong flavoured raw honey I think it made all the difference. Um um ummmmm

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=773576063 Naomi Phillip

    I just made this, it was REALLY good, I used a very strong flavoured raw honey I think it made all the difference. Um um ummmmm


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