Blackberry Mint Smoothie
I usually add a banana to smoothies for creaminess, but I wanted this one frostier…icier…slushier. Something about the mint and the blackberry called for something sharp and refreshing so I left the smoothing banana out.
I do a combo of sweeteners here (honey and maple syrup) so it doesn’t end up tasting like either one. Don’t use too much mint – subtlety is the key to it’s sublime flavor. I add parsley for it’s staggering health benefits. Feel free to leave it out altogether but, if you just add a bit, I think it deepens the earthy blackberry. (It also complements raspberries and blueberries).
Kale is just a staple in my smoothies. I rarely make one without it, it’s such a superfood. The smoothie is generally just the delivery system for the kale. But, in this case, you’ll drink it for absolute enjoyment as well.
This sure woulda been a good picture if I had the focus right. (Just look at the sharp edges of that glass!)
You can have this picture instead. That deep, plummy color looks just like what it tastes like: rich blackberry mint sorbet. Yum!
- 1¼ cups water
- ½ bunch red kale, stripped from stalk
- ¼ bunch parsley, stems and all
- 1 small stalk mint (or about 4 small leaves)
- 1 10 oz pkg frozen blackberries
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- dash salt
- Strip kale from stalks. Put liquids (water, honey, maple syrup, lemon juice) and salt into Vitamix.
- Put kale, parsley, mint, and blackberries into Vitamix.
- Turn on Variable 1, immediately increase to ten, then high.
- Blend for 30-60 seconds.
Is it a smoothie or is it dessert? I think it just depends on what kind of glass you choose!