Blackberry Smoothie with basil (Green Smoothie/Green Thickie)

Blackberry Smoothie with basil

Green Thickie recipe

Blackberry Smoothie with basil Green Smoothie/Green Thickie

This fresh, sweet and aromatic blackberry smoothie has a twist.  It contains basil which works amazingly well with blackberries in this Green Smoothie.  The two are a match made in heaven.  If you don’t believe me you really have to give it a try . It’s such a treat for your taste buds and really gets your senses working (in a good way).

Blackberries in season

Blackberry Smoothie with basil Green Smoothie/Green ThickieBlackberries are just coming into season here in the UK but I know this varies across the world and if you can’t get hold of fresh blackberries you might be able to get hold of frozen blackberries.  I actually used frozen blackberries in this recipe as they are cheaper than fresh ones here and they’ve got the added benefit of making the smoothie lovely and cool without having to go to the trouble of freezing them myself.

We refer to blackberries as brambles here, and I’ve heard that they get called black caps in the US.

Benefits of Blackberries

  • Blackberries are low in calories.  One cup of Blackberries only contains around 62 calories, but don’t let that fool you, this is a recipe for a complete meal smoothie (Green Thickie) so it will fill you up if you replace your normal meal.
  • Blackberries are extremely high in antioxidants and can fight off free radicals which cause cancer.
  • They have inflammatory properties which is good for reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Two cups of Blackberries contains more than the amount of recommended daily vitamin C.  So you can get your daily quota in just one serving (contains 2 cups) of this recipe.  Vitamin C is great for the immune system.

Picking Blackberries

The best thing about blackberries is that you can actually freely pick them, costing you nothing.  If you can’t find anywhere in the wild to pick them, you can always visit a pick your own farm.

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As I’ve recently moved to the north of Scotland (Inverness) and also have a baby I’ve not got round to finding anywhere that I could pick blackberries yet, but it’s on my to do list for the future.

Some people say that thorny blackberries taste sweeter, so just be careful to only touch the blackberry, not the thorns while you are picking it.

Blackberries don’t ripen once they’re picked so make sure they are ripe when you pick them.

How to tell if blackberries are ripe

You can tell if a blackberry is ripe before you pick it as:

  • It will come away freely from the branch
  • It is a deep black colour, not purple or red
  • It is plump and firm to the touch

Blackberry Smoothie with Basil

Blackberry Smoothie with basil (Green Smoothie/Green Thickie recipe)To be honest, I’m not actually a massive fan of raw blackberries.  I find them a bit too tart for my liking.  That could be because they are picked unripe, who knows!  Anyway, throw them into a smoothie or a crumble and they take on a whole new dimension.

This blackberry smoothie just has the freshest taste ever.  It might sound a bit too unusual for you, but I really think it’s worth pushing yourself out of your comfort zone for this one.  This is another smoothie that would be on my ‘regular smoothies’ list if blackberries were a bit cheaper here or if I could find a place locally to easily pick them.

This smoothie was originally found on Choosing Raw, and I loved it so much I actually featured it on my Top 10 Green Smoothies list.  I have now decided I had to turn it into a Green Thickie (as I need my smoothies to fill me up!) so I’ve added in some oats, a few almonds and some raisins to sweeten it up.  I think it’s just perfect!

[tweetherder]You might enjoy picking some free blackberries for this Blackberry smoothie with basil. [/tweetherder]

I can’t wait to take my baby blackberry picking when she’s a bit older.  Do you ever go blackberry picking?


Blackberry Smoothie with basil (Green Smoothie/Green Thickie)

Blackberry Smoothie with basil Green Smoothie/Green Thickie

This fresh, sweet and aromatic blackberry smoothie has a twist. Basil works amazingly well with blackberries in this Green Smoothie.

  • Author: Katherine Kyle
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Green Thickie
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Drink


  • 2 Cups Water (If you are drinking this straight away substitute one cup of water for ice)
  • 1 Cup Basil, loosely packed (Or any other mild green if you really can’t face basil but it really is delicious with the basil)
  • ¼ Cup Almonds (or any plain seeds if you don’t eat nuts, or leave out for less calories).
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract (Pure or ground vanilla has a better flavour)
  • ½ Cup Raisins (or any other dried fruit which can also be pre-soaked for a smoother blend)
  • 4 Cups Blackberries (I used one punnet of frozen blackberries)
  • 1 Banana


  1. Blend the ingredients in the order listed.
  2. Blend the greens and liquid first and then blend the rest of the ingredients.
  3. This creates more space in your blender.
  4. Add more water if required to thin it out.
  5. Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.
  6. If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your ingredients before blending.


The calories shown are for half of the ingredients listed as this smoothie serves 2. If you want less calories add less oats.


  • Serving Size: 550 ml/20 oz /1 pint
  • Calories: 549
  • Sugar: 44g
  • Sodium: 20mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 102g
  • Fiber: 25g
  • Protein: 15g


This has been shared with Wellness Weekends, Healthy Vegan Fridays and Fight Back Friday.


  1. Yum!! I love the pairing of the basil & blackberry flavors! Sounds divine :).

  2. Hi, Katherine,
    I just discovered your site and have looked over enough of your content to know that I just have to ask you to join in over the weekly Wednesday link-up. If you would like to or are able to, many would benefit from your site. Love your practical and helpful posts. Thank you.

    • Hi Jacqueline. Thank you that’s so very kind of you. I’ve added your blog hop to my regular list now and I usually submit to all my blog posts first thing in the morning (UK time) with all the ones that are live at that time. Thank you for hosting that great blog hop.

  3. Oh Yum! This looks and sounds delicious ;D
    Thanks for sharing it at the PP last week. xo Ella

  4. Blackberry and basil … I can see how it works… fascinating combination. Thank you again for sharing another healthy smoothie with us on foodie friday.

  5. I love the fresh combination of the Blackberry and Basil, we grow both so it is a great Smoothie for us. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Blackberries and basil, huh? That’s a unique combination! We used to have a HUGE blackberry bush growing wild in the yard of one of our former homes. I really miss that bush. We also had a fig tree! Why did I ever move? Good question! I sometimes ponder over that myself! Thanks for linking this up at Meatless Monday recipe hop :)

    • Oh wow, blackberries and fig trees! I’ve only ever tasted properly ripe figs a few times and adore them. I’d never stop eating them if I grew them myself. Most of the figs in this country are picked unripe. That’s a shame you moved away. That is my dream for later on in life to grow loads of my own fruit.

  7. P.S. I officially need a smoothie now, going to go make one with spinach, almonds, banana, quinoa and mango! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. YUM I love basil in smoothies! It just elevated them to a completely new level :)

    Thanks for sharing on Healthy Vegan Friday! You always have the most wonderful stuff to share!

  9. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  10. I drink green smoothies daily. I’d love to have you join my weekend link party at:

  11. i love blackberries. fresh or frozen. they’re fabulous :)

    thank you for sharing your post with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! I hope to see you again this week with more incredible seasonal and whole/real fresh food ideas :) xo, kristy

  12. This looks so delicious! So healthy, too! Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I am so excited to explore your awesome blog. :)

  13. Katherine, this looks great, never thought about using basil in a smoothie! I recently bought a vitamix so think I will try this out soon! I did a no-no, I put my stick stirrer in without the lid and broke it…. dumb I know, lol!

    Anyhow, I love your pictures and this is going to be chosen as my top 3 this week! And thank you so much for linking up with Healthy 2day Wednesdays as always! Hope you have a blessed week and hope you’ll be linking up this week! I also wanted to let you know we are looking for another person to co-host H2W’s with us if you are interested! :) (just email me!)

    • Hi Rachel

      Aww that’s such a shame you put your stirrer stick in your vitamix. If you think that was dumb, I put my fingers in my juicer while it was running! That was really dumb. I hope you manage to get a new one.

      Thank you so much for featuring my recipe this week and for inviting me to co-host with you. I’m honoured that you asked me and have emailed you. I hope you got it!

  14. I like the addition of basil :) Got it tweeted and pinned! :)

  15. The Style People says

    this is a great recipe and the photography is amazing, very elegant. Here’s a smoothie recipe i have for mangoes, its all natural with no sugar too.

    I think i’ll follow your recipe exactly, and make this for myself after my workout! Great idea! loved it.

    – The Style People

  16. I do appreciate your sharing this Blackberry Smoothie recipe with Basil. I have been looking for other recipe varieties and found it here.

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