Out of all the orange juices to choose from at the grocery store, we prefer Valencia varieties for this recipe. It has a rich, vibrant color. Regular orange juice will work, but expect a greenish tint.
Process 1/2 cup orange juice and basil leaves in a blender or food processor 10 seconds. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a 4-cup glass measuring cup; add remaining 2 1/2 cups orange juice. Stir in honey.
Divide mixture between 2 zip-top plastic freezer bags. Place bags on a jelly-roll pan. Freeze 6 hours or until firm. Remove bags from freezer, and let stand 10 minutes. Break mixture into small chunks using hands.
Process chunks, in batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired.
*1 Tbsp. (3 packets) no-calorie sweetener, such as Splenda, may be substituted.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Tropicana Pure Valencia Orange Juice.
Pineapple-Basil Ice: Substitute pineapple juice for Valencia orange juice. Proceed with recipe as directed.
Per serving: Calories 77; Fat 2g (sat 0g, mono 0 g, poly 1g); Protein 5g; Carb 19g; Fiber 3g; Chol 0mg; Iron 5mg; Sodium 3mg; Calc 19mg.
Fresh Orange-Basil Ice: Substitute fresh orange juice for Valencia orange juice. Omit honey. Proceed with recipe as directed.
Per serving: Calories 56; Fat 3g (sat 0g, mono 1 g, poly 1g); Protein 9g; Carb 13g; Fiber 3g; Chol 0mg; Iron 3mg; Sodium 1mg; Calc 16mg.
White Grape-Mint Ice: Substitute white grape juice for orange juice and fresh mint leaves for basil leaves. Omit honey. Proceed with recipe as directed.
Per serving: Calories 50; Fat 1g (sat 0g, mono 0 g, poly 0g); Protein 7g; Carb 7g; Fiber 4g; Chol 0mg; Iron 7mg; Sodium 2mg; Calc 19mg.