By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
It’s time to get wild again, friends! The Wild Blueberry Association has challenged us healthy living bloggers to create another nutritious, delicious smoothie using wild blueberries. I mentioned last year that despite the colder temps, January through March is actually peak smoothie season. I don’t know about y’all, but wild blueberries are absolutely, positively in my freezer all year round. They’re so easy to mix into oatmeal, yogurt, baked goods and of course, toss into smoothies.
So what makes wild blueberries different than regular cultivated bloobs? For one, they’re smaller and they’re also not planted. The wild blueberry barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada have been there for thousands of years, growing wild and creating a diverse crop with a mixture of tart and sweet flavors. Plus wild blueberries have 2x the antioxidant capacity of larger cultivated blueberries.
My Wild Blueberry Mango Basil Smoothie recipe was actually inspired by a drink from our recent trip to Walt Disney World. Our first dinner in EPCOT was at La Hacienda de San Angel, where my brother ordered this amazing Mango Blueberry Basil Margarita. I’ve seriously been dreaming of this cocktail since then and rather than wait for summer time to recreate it, I decided to turn it into a non-alcoholic smoothie! You only need a few ingredients–frozen wild blueberries, frozen mango, almond milk and fresh basil. If you prefer soy or cow’s milk instead of almond, that can be swapped, no problemo! Then just toss all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and get ready to start sipping. I took more inspiration from the margarita by adding a sweet chile rim, but if you aren’t a fan of heat–feel free to skip it!
Grab my smoothie recipe below and be sure to check out all of the RD-approved wild blueberry smoothie creations using #wildyoursmoothie. Also, head on over to the Wild Blueberry Association’s website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to discover even more Wild Blueberry recipes.
- 1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 2 1/2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
- 3-5 leaves fresh basil
- 2 TBSP sugar
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Garnish with additional frozen berries and basil leaf. Serve immediately.
- *For optional sweet chili rim: combine sugar and cayenne on a small dish or plate. Wet rim of glass using lemon/lime juice or water, roll edge of glass into sugar mixture.