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Pineapple Basil Smoothie Reipce

At Whole Foods, they have a pineapple-basil gelato that is amazing and I thought a smoothie version would be super refreshing. This recipe is a keeper — and just a bit healthier. 😉

At Whole Foods, they have a pineapple-basil gelato that is amazing. Almost as amazing as their orange-fig gelato. Or maybe those flavors are sorbets. I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. They’re freaking delicious.

Well, I happened to have an excess of pineapple and basil on hand yesterday. Enter the pineapple-basil smoothie. It tastes like the pineapple-basil gelato/sorbet/whatever had melted and poured itself into my glass. And it was good.

green smoothie with pineapple and basil

green smoothie with pineapple and basil with hand

green smoothie with pineapple and basil

Teri holding green smoothie

Pineapple Basil Smoothie

green smoothie with pineapple and basil

Pineapple Basil Smoothie Reipce

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  • Author: Teri
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Category: smoothie
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: smoothie


A sweet, sorbet-flavored smoothie! The best summer treat with no crap!



  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  • 1/2 c milk + extra as needed
  • 1 T flax meal
  • 1.5 cups fresh pineapple
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 510 ice cubes


Combine everything in a blender and process until smooth. The basil flavor is much more pronounced than the pineapple so adjust the amounts as your heart and tongue desire.


Note: this was pretty sweet. And this is coming from the girl who is currently eating a sleeve of Oreos, even though I’m fully aware they are made with all sorts of chemicals and likely carcinogen.

Keywords: smoothie, pineapple, basil, breakfast, snack

Point is, I like me some sweetness, but not so much in the morning and not that much. So I’d probably add some plain greek yogurt next time to balance some of the sweetness.

teri and dog, holding green smoothie

Enjoy and let me know what you think!!

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  • Megan (Running Foodie)

    I LOVE basil, but my dad thinks it tastes like soap. Weird!

    • Teri

      hahaha! That’s hilarious!

  • Nicole @ yuppie yogini

    I agree that there are too many good blogs and not enough time! Your weekender helps simplify things for me. 🙂
    That basil smoothie looks interesting. I love basil and recently had a chocolate filled with basil cream. It was awesome. Nobody ever thinks of basil as a compliment to sweet foods.

  • Jenn @ Lean Body Pilates

    We grow our own basil and I frequently find myself blogging about it in one way or another… I am DYING for that pineapple basil sorbet!

  • [email protected]

    I adore basil, it’s so refreshing! I have to agree with you about the oreos, especially the double-stuffed ones. The mint oreos are delicious too!

  • Samantha Cernock

    I love how you include your favorite posts from other blogs.

  • allison

    That shake looks delicious!!!!!!! I love when unexpected foods are pared together, pineapple and basil, who’d have thought? I always add a banana to my shakes and i wonder if it would absorb some of the pineapple’s sweetness?

    Double stuff mint oreos= my weakness!!!!

  • sassy molassy

    Loved all those linked blog posts. Many of them I had already read, but some I had not. The pineapple basil smoothie sounds great! I just bought some fresh basil today for a caprese salad. And I may just have to finally break down and buy a food processor to make my own pesto!

  • BroccoliHut

    What a unique smoothie combo! I always love WF recipes.
    I can’t resist dark chocolate M&Ms. My mom always keeps a stock, and I always seem to be grabbing a few to nibble on.

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)

    Oreos. Do they still make the golden ones too? I cannot resist those things. Love your Weekender as always!

  • Lee

    I really like all those low-fat ice creams (Skinny Cow, etc). I know they have like ten million ingredients in them and everything, but I like the way they taste.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers

    That smoothie sounds insanely delicious- I LOVE pineapple & basil!! 🙂

  • Anna

    Oatmeal cream pies. It’s the marshmallow middle-I can’t resist.

  • Alycia [Fit n Fresh]

    The bad processed food I can’t resist….. PEEPS! I just love those little suckers, especially when they’re old and hard. Mmmmmm

    And of course I buzzed your post – duh!

  • Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme

    I love basil. Pesto specifically. And also a nice BTM (basil, tomato, mozz) sandwich. Yumm, one of my favorite things about summer is that you can find it easily.

    I love sour gummies and sour jelly beans! 🙂

  • Katie

    I love basil so much! This morning, actually, I opened the fridge, pulled out my basil and just stood there smelling it for about 5 minutes. It is hands down my favorite smell on earth, and the taste is pretty stellar, too.

    I love ALL cereal. Processed, sugary, ALL of it. Luckily, some of the healthy ones taste good enough to fool my taste buds, but I could eat cereal for the rest of my life.

  • Robyn

    I’m actually not so big on basil. I’ll eat it and use it in recipes, but I definitely have to be in the mood for it — otherwise, it can be a bit overpowering to me. Your smoothie recipe sounds really good, though — I loooooove me some pineapple.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter

    Your smoothie looks like an amazing lunch-time meal. I think I have all the ingredients 🙂

  • [email protected]

    Looks good – I can’t wait to try it!

  • Lisa

    I love basil. One of my favorite salads is fresh basil, mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes. YUM!

  • Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle

    Girl Scout thin mints. Can eat an entire box in one sitting. Not that I know this from experience (ok, so maybe it’s happened once or twice…or maybe ten times, but who’s counting??)

  • [email protected] Food Loving Polar Bear

    I love basil! but I’ve never thought to mix pineapple and basil, interesting 🙂