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Last updated: February 13, 2023
A tasty and nutritious broccolini green smoothie recipe, with ginger, mint, apples, cucumbers, and a touch of honey.
Broccolini might not be the first vegetable you’d think of when experimenting with green smoothies. Unsurprisingly, it’s pretty challenging to find broccolini smoothie recipes anywhere online. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try it!
So I figured, let’s start experimenting with broccolini and see how it works out. Read on and see what goes into this smoothie and what it tastes like.
Please find the printable version of this recipe further below.
I’ve tried many combinations of greens and fruits with broccolini as a core ingredient, and I feel that the below recipe works quite well.
With every smoothie I prepare, the nutritional benefits come first. For me, it’s most important that the green smoothie I prepare is a healthy drink, and taste comes second.
I must admit, friends and family sometimes do avoid drinking my green smoothies because they expect something super sweet and delicious.
But my taste buds have changed slightly over the years, and I’ve become used to drinking smoothies that are prepared with nutrition in mind.
But please don’t let this put you off! The green drink that you can make from the below recipe is not only very nutritious, but it is also refreshing and tasty. It may not be for everyone, but I love it.
Below you can see what else goes into this broccolini green smoothie, apart from the broccolini, of course. If you like your smoothies to taste a bit sweeter, you could add an extra banana or some other fruit.
Broccolini Green Smoothie:
- 6 Stems of broccolini
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- 2 Lebanese cucumbers (or baby cucumbers)
- 4 Leafs of mint
- 2 Bananas
- Small piece of fresh ginger
- Water (2 cups) + ice cubes
- 1 Cup coconut water (optional)
- 1 Tsp honey (optional)
While broccolini can be consumed raw, it’s best to cook it for two minutes before blending. One cup of coconut water can add a lot of extra freshness to this drink, and honey adds a nice touch of sweetness.
A Powerful Smoothie
I personally love the mix of flavors in this green smoothie, but it really must be consumed cold. So make sure you let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour or so before drinking, in case you don’t have enough ice cubes handy.
I actually don’t like broccoli or broccolini as much as I like other greens, such as spinach and kale, but I find this smoothie very tasty and revitalizing. The nutritional benefits are great too, so I challenge you to try it out yourself!
We all know broccoli, but broccolini is still a bit of a mystery to some.
Broccolini looks and tastes similar to broccoli, but they are, in fact, quite different. Broccolini has much longer and thinner stems than broccoli and has much smaller florets.
This somewhat trendy vegetable was developed in 1993 by the Sakata Seed Company of Yokohama as a hybrid between broccoli and Chinese broccoli, named “aspabroc”. In Australia, the name broccolini is even trademarked.
Broccolini is often seen as baby broccoli, but they are not the same. Broccolini is sweeter and more mild-tasting than broccoli or baby broccoli.
Excited about broccolini? It’s a versatile green; it can be steamed, roasted, sautéed, and grilled. Check out this recipe for basic broccolini as a healthy side dish.
Interested in more vegetables with Chinese origins? Check out my guide to vegetables from China for a list of my favorites.
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A delicious and nutritious broccolini green smoothie recipe, with ginger, mint, apples, cucumbers, and a touch of honey.
- 6 stems Broccolini
- 2 Apples green
- 2 Lebanese (or baby) cucumbers
- 4 leaves Mint
- 2 Bananas
- 1 inch Ginger root
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Ice cubes
- 1 cup Coconut water optional
- 1 tsp honey optional
Cut the broccolini, apples and cucumbers in smaller pieces. The apples can actually be blended with skin and seeds.
Add the ingredients in the blender in the following order: bananas, broccolini, mint, cucumbers, apples, ginger, water and ice cubes.
Blend at high speed for 30 seconds, followed by 30-60 seconds at low speed.