We all love classic flavor pairings – like strawberries and bananas or peanut butter and jelly – but many of us aren’t daring enough to try more unusual combinations. Fortunately, smoothie bowls (pictured above) are gaining popularity and motivating people to step outside of their comfort zone.

That’s why today I’m sharing a few of my favorite flavor pairings that are also a bit unconventional, accompanied by recipe inspiration. Read on if you’re willing to take a walk on the wild side!

Raspberry + Peanut Butter

I mentioned peanut butter and jelly as a classic flavor pairing above. Typically, we see peanut butter paired with jelly flavors such as grape and strawberry, but the sweet tartness of raspberries creates a flavor unlike any other!

Try It: I like to spread peanut butter on a piece of toast and top it with fresh raspberries.

Strawberry + Basil

The idea of using basil in any recipe with a sweet fruit may seem a bit absurd, but I promise it is absolutely delicious. Basil and strawberry may be an odd combination but the peppery nature of basil makes for a great complement to the sweetness of the strawberry. It’s also very refreshing,

Try it: Strawberry Basil Lemonade


Olive Oil + Ice Cream

Olive oil ice cream is quite popular with foodies lately! First popularized by Chef Mario Batali, olive oil gelato is a definitely a favorite among food lovers.

The olive oil combined with heavy cream creates an amazingly smooth texture. This texture, combined with a subtly savory flavor is divine!

Try It: Olive Oil Gelato with Maldon Sea Salt


Tell Me: What’s your favorite unusual flavor pairing?