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strawberry-basil smoothie | wit & delight

As someone who loves to bake (and once baked for a living), there always seems to be an enormous amount of bittersweet chocolate and sugar spilling out of my kitchen cupboards. The cold winter months didn’t help things, and I found myself consuming more comfort food than was necessary. There was a long hard talk with myself, and the journey of balance and moderation began. It’s been hard to move away from all the sweets, but slowly I’m finding good, whole foods to replace them.

strawberry-basil smoothie | wit & delight

strawberry-basil smoothie | wit & delight

strawberry-basil smoothie | wit & delight

When Kate asked me to share some of my go-to recipes here on Wit & Delight, this smoothie was the first thing that popped into my head. I’ve been making other variations of it quite frequently, but this strawberry and basil combination has become my absolute favorite. It’s just like summer in a cup, and I find myself craving one every afternoon.

strawberry-basil smoothie | wit & delight

strawberry-basil smoothie | wit & delight

A Simple Breakfast Smoothie
I like to use frozen strawberries here; they make the smoothie wonderfully cold, and then there is no need for ice (which will water the drink down a bit). If you’d rather use fresh berries you sure can, but you will need a add a handful of ice also. I like a lot of basil in this beverage and add 1/3 cup, but if you just want a subtle hint of it, add 1/4 cup or less. It also tastes delicious without the basil.

2 cups yogurt
10 ounces frozen strawberries (see note)
1/4-1/3 cup fresh basil (see note)
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve. Serves 2-3. – Sarah

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  1. Kelly Jo

    April 10th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    This looks incredibly delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Kat

    April 10th, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Yum, I am going to make this on Sunday morning 🙂 Obviously love the honey.

  3. Natalie

    April 10th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Delicious! SO excited to see a food contributor on Wit and Delight, can’t wait to see what else you have to offer!

    Natalie

  4. Kate

    April 10th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    So happy you’re excited, Natalie!

  5. Katie

    April 10th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    This sounds amazing! What a great combo.

  6. Kate

    April 12th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    If you try making it, let me know what you think!!

  7. Victoria

    April 10th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I’m loving all these contributors!! And strawberry and basil smoothies are one of my daily drinks – so good!

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  9. Siobhan

    April 12th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Hi, do you use vanilla pods, seeds or extract for this? I’m going to try it later.

  10. Sarah Kieffer

    April 12th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Hello! I use vanilla extract. I hope you enjoy it!

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  15. Christine

    May 24th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see any liquid in this recipe. I tried it as written, and it wouldn’t blend, then tried it again with a mixture of milk and apple juice. It tasted great– love the basil flavor! I’m wondering if you used any liquid in yours? thanks!

  16. Sarah Kieffer

    June 3rd, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Christine,
    Sorry for a late response! There isn’t any liquid in this recipe – I’ve never had any trouble with my smoothie blending. But I’m glad to hear that milk + apple juice worked for you!

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    January 25th, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    What kind of yogurt do you recommend?

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  21. Lauren

    May 23rd, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I just made this, and it is AMAZING!!! I used some half and half since I only had one cup of yogurt and it came with a sort of lemon compote so I added it in! I also switched out the honey for agave, because that’s all I had haha and I used fresh strawberries but I happened to have just made strawberry basil ice cubes so they didn’t water it down too much. Super happy about this new favorite drink!

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