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Cinnamon & Honey Oat Milk Smoothie

It’s been a smoothie/cold-blended drink kind of week around here, especially as it was SO hot here (for the PNW it was), and the coming week looks to be nicely warm as well. Good thing I have an ample supply of non-dairy milk and frozen fruit for smoothies ūüėČ I’ll just say I am glad it isn’t 90+ like it was on Sunday/Monday. I’ll whine about 80, but much better than that 90-some degrees. We had perfect weather over the weekend for backpacking, then came home to blazing temps. Made me want to run back up the trail!

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Not¬†everyone¬†enjoys espresso as I do, and while I often feature frappes (such as yesterday) that are smoothies with coffee, let’s have a smoothie that will power you for your day – and is kid friendly as well, featuring Pacific Foods wonderful Oat Milk. With no coffee in sight ūüėČ

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Cinnamon & Honey Oat Milk Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup¬†oat milk
  • 2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips (preferably¬†chilled)
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • ¬ľ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced and frozen

Directions:

Add ingredients to a high-speed blender, process on high until smooth, tamping as needed.

Serve immediately in a large glass with a wide straw.

Makes 1 smoothie.

~Sarah

PS: Don’t forget to enter our current giveaway for your chance to snag some¬†delicious¬†non-dairy milks! Have a great 4th of July tomorrow and stay tuned – there is ANOTHER giveaway coming as well! This one is going to be fun and is sponsored by NuNaturals!

FTC Disclaimer: Pacific Foods provided Gazing In with product samples.

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Sarah’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Oat Milk Mocha Frappe

Yes kids, one can have a frappe that is thick, rich and possibly slightly healthy. And it can be made without a nut milk.

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Oat (Beverage) Milk is perfect for frappes. It is creamy, naturally sweet and has a flavor that lends itself to espresso.

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Oat Milk Mocha Vanilla Frappe

Ingredients:

Directions:

Add ingredients to a high-speed blender, process on high until smooth, tamping as needed.

Serve immediately in a large glass with a wide straw.

Makes 1 large frappe (about 20 ounces).

~Sarah

FTC Disclaimer: Pacific Foods provided Gazing In with product samples.

PS: Don’t forget to enter our current giveaway, for Pacific Foods non-dairy milks, to make your own creations!

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Cool Smoothies & Pacific Foods Giveaway

Happy July 1st! Did you know July is National Berry Month? And not only that, June was Non-Dairy Month (boy, what a busy summer so far!) The awesome folks at Pacific Foods sent me some flavors of their great non-dairy milks to use in recipes Рand sponsoring a giveaway for our readers of their delicious non-dairy beverages!

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While I have used a lot of Pacific Foods products, I had not tried their Hemp, Oat or 7 Grain Milks – and I can say after…why hadn’t I tried them? There will be even more recipes coming in the next week or two using the Oat – it is wonderful in breakfast and in frappes.

So…since it is National Berry Month and my strawberries are going crazy in my garden (see…maybe planting 150+ plants DID pay off!), and it is¬†shooting¬†rapidly to 90¬į+ today…nothing calls me more than a thirst and heat quenching smoothie. Well, maybe the heat is a good thing. My first blueberries are blue as well…so let’s celebrate! PS: See the Rafflecopter link at¬†the¬†bottom for our giveaway of all the milks you need to make your own berry smoothie!

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Strawberry & Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk¬†(used almond)
  • ¬Ĺ cup sliced strawberries
  • ¬Ĺ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 ripe banana, frozen or normal
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions:

Add everything to a high-speed blender, process on high until smooth, tamping as needed. Serve with a wide straw.

Note:

If your berries are not sweet (think early season ones), add a little preferred sweetener, such as maple syrup, as desired, starting with a Tablespoon.

Serves 1.

GIVEAWAY! Enter for a chance to create your own tasty smoothies at home with a variety of delicious Non-Dairy Beverages provided by Pacific Foods. Click the link below to enter:

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~Sarah

FTC Disclaimer: Gazing In was provided with product samples by Pacific Foods for potential review. Giveaway is hosted by Gazing In, one winner, US resident only, winner will be picked randomly by Rafflecopter and notified by Gazing In.

Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Alistaire having fun at the Hantavirus Hut!

You’d have to be cold-hearted to not squeal over how cute Alistaire is ūüėČ Yeah,¬†totally¬†unrelated to anything else in this post and I am OK with that! Little man turned 16 months old last week as well. Well, also, he has developed a love for blueberries ūüėČ His brother will have competition in the coming weeks as¬†the¬†bushes ripen!

When Kirk and I were feeling so bad last week, we didn’t eat for a good day and a half. Finally I was so hungry I thought maybe a smoothie would help, which it did. I made it with Nancy’s Cultured cream cheese, which has probiotics, that seriously made my tummy feel a lot better.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces cultured cream cheese, preferably organic
  • 1¬Ĺ cups milk, preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup granulated organic sugar
  • 1¬Ĺ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 56 whole wheat mini graham crackers, divided (or 7 normal sized ones)
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries, partially thawed

Directions:

Blend cream cheese, milk, 3 Tbsp of¬†the¬†sugar, vanilla and 48 of¬†the¬†crackers¬†(6, if using regular ones) in¬†blender, until smooth. Pour into a measuring cup, remove¬†¬Ĺ cup and pour that back into blender, reserve rest.

Add blueberries and remaining sugar to the¬†¬Ĺ cup cream cheese mixture in blender, blend until smooth.

Divide between glasses. Pour the reserved cream cheese mixture over top. Crush remaining crackers, sprinkle on top.

Serve with wide straws immediately.

Serves 2 to 3.

~Sarah

Tropical Morning Smoothie

My garden and yards are growing. I love as spring runs into summer, and the plants start filling out. And I know what will most likely make it, and what probably isn’t doing so hot. My sunflowers though are looking great!

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Our bee baths got even prettier. Walker and I added glass stones, the kind sold for using in vases, to them for a color pop. A tube that was about $5 was enough for all 3 baths. The baths must be working, I am seeing so many more butterflies as well in the gardens. Anything to help my friends!

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Walker enjoying his seat in the back yard. I find it funny/sad that after years of claiming I wouldn’t./…I planted a row of roses along this fence. But I realized…the one thing we left after buying the house on this side was a rose-bush. I¬†needed¬†plants that wouldn’t get “big” and were¬†attractive¬†yet¬†could¬†be mostly ignored. And yeah…roses filled the bill. Just seems like an old-person hobby. Kirk snickers and mentions how I must be getting old ūüėČ And how my getting garden clogs cinched that deal as well…..

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But onto the recipe for today – a smoothie for breakfast or anytime you¬†want to¬†sit and feel cheery. Especially if you have a yard to sit in and be mellow….

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I have included both vegetarian and vegan versions:

Tropical Morning Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (cow or unsweetened non-dairy, such as coconut)
  • 1 6 ounce carton¬†vanilla¬†yogurt (cow or coconut)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/3 cup frozen mango
  • 1/3 cup frozen papaya
  • 2 Tbsp roasted coconut chips (or natural shredded coconut)
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower butter (or favorite nut/seed butter)

Directions:

Add ingredients to a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix). Blend on high until smooth, tamping as needed.

Makes 2 drinks, each about 12 ounces. Serve immediately, with wide straws.

~Sarah

Cherry-Banana Yogurt Smoothie

Cool, refreshing and a bit different. Have you seen Silk’s new yogurt line? It is very good! It has 3 soy flavors, 2 almond.¬†Thanks¬†to some handy coupons that I got spat out at me from¬†the¬†machine at¬†the¬†checkout, I got a cheap way to try them¬†out.

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While the yogurt is amazing on its own, it rules in a smoothie. I can hope that this yogurt will be easy to find, as where most of¬†the¬†“yogurt alternatives” are not easily found outside of natural food stores. Granted, the ingredient list could be better…but I’ll take it!

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If you are feeling at all run-down, this smoothie will get you right back up.

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Cherry-Banana Yogurt Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cups frozen unsweetened cherries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 5.3 ounce cherry almond yogurt
  • 4 ice cubes

Directions:

Add ingredients into a high-speed blender, process on high, tamping as needed, until smooth.

Serves 1 large or 2 average glasses.

~Sarah

PS: Don’t forget to enter our Wholesome Sweeteners giveaway!

So Delicious Barista Style Creamer – A Latte and a Frappe

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As soon as I had heard about the new Barista Style Coconut Milk Creamers from So Delicious, I was waiting for them to show up in stores. So Delicious offered me the chance to try them out…and well? I wasn’t¬†disappointed¬† These creamers are a game changer.

And…..the best part? You can steam it! It makes an amazing latte, the¬†velvet¬†texture and richness reminded me of a Breve – the choice of low-carb fanatics in the early 2000’s, made with steamed half n’ half. Just without all the “I need to nap” after drinking it…..

It is shelf-stable, so look with the boxed milks or in the coffee aisle in stores.

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So you might be thinking…ummm….how does Sarah have a Romania mug from¬†Starbucks? (Or you might not care….hah) Kirk was on a business trip and was in Romania for a¬†couple¬†of weeks. Being the good husband he is, he visited the one in Cluj, which is in the county of¬†Transylvania, and brought me back a present. What a good husband ūüėČ

 

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One Creamy Latte

Ingredients:

Directions:

Add sauce or syrup to mug of choice. Steam creamer to about 150¬į, or¬†preferred¬†temperature. Fill cup half-way with steamed creamer, stirring well. Pull shots of espresso, add in and top with remaining creamer. Drizzle a little more sauce on top, if desired…and hey, some mini¬†marshmallows…well, that is if you happen to have a mini-espresso hut as I do….

Makes one Grande latte.

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The¬†frappe¬†we had this morning came out of a past¬†frappe¬†recipe that never fails me. Loaded with¬†caffeine¬†goodness, the¬†creamer¬†blends with¬†the¬†banana for a creamy drink. If you¬†remember¬†my post a few days back, I had frozen a bunch of¬†unsweetened¬†coconut milk¬†into ice cubes, then stashed them in the freezer. If you happen to not like banana, leave it out, the drink¬†won’t be¬†as creamy though.

Mocha-Banana Frappe

Ingredients:

Directions:

Add the ingredients in a high-speed blender, process on high until smooth, tamping as needed.

Serve topped with additional chocolate syrup drizzled on top.

Makes 2 16-ounce glasses, serve with wide straws.

~Sarah

FTC Disclaimer: We received complimentary product used in our recipes.

PS! Don’t forget to enter our¬†Wholesome¬†Sweeteners¬†giveaway!

Vegan De-Lites: Toasted Coconut Mocha Frappe

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I was inspired by a post on Minimist Baker for a coconut¬†mocha¬†frappe and set out to make my own version. Canned coconut milk is too rich for me in most cases, I prefer coconut milk beverage, with So Delicious unsweetened being my favorite. 1 fluid cup is 4.5 grams fat, where as canned canned coconut milk has on average 33 grams fat. Yes, 33 grams. I don’t care how healthy coconut milk is, that makes your morning frappe a milkshake. And with the added shredded coconut, you’ll be adding in more anyways. Although I am sure it was one fine tasting coffee milkshake…lol!

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On my first try I used one fluid cup espresso, which is 4 shots worth. Holy wake-up call. Way too much coffee! So I tried a different version, and it was perfect. If one is using double brewed coffee, and not making cold-brewed¬†espresso, then yes, maybe 1 cup would work. Instead, I used¬†¬Ĺ cup each espresso and coconut milk, which tempered the coffee flavor. Perfect!

One note though – if you don’t¬†like¬†a double shot in your drinks, then cut the espresso back further, and¬†substitute¬†more coconut milk. As well, your sweetness will depend on your chocolate syrup. Some are sweeter than others.

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Toasted Coconut Mocha Frappe

Ingredients:

Directions:

In advance, freeze an ice cube trays worth of coconut milk (each cube is about 2 Tablespoons worth, 12 per tray). Once frozen, knock out and store in a freezer bag. Make a couple of batches, they store well and can be used in nearly any smoothie or frappe, instead of ice.

Preheat oven to 350¬į, spread coconut for drink plus a bit more on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes, checking often and shaking pan. Remove when golden toasted, let cool.

Add the espresso, coconut milk, toasted and cooled coconut, chocolate syrup, cocoa powder and frozen coconut milk cubes to a high-speed blender. Process on high, tamping as needed, until smooth.

Pour into a large cup, top with extra coconut and drizzles of chocolate syrup. Serve with a wide straw.

Makes 1 large drink, filling a grande cold cup.

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Cold Brewed Espresso

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup¬†medium-ground¬†Arabica bean¬†coffee, preferably organic
  • Cold filtered water

Directions:

Add the filtered water and coffee grounds to a 1 quart narrow mouth mason jar, seal and shake till mixed. Set aside and ignore for 4 or more hours.

Strain through an unbleached coffee filter or a fabric Jelly Strainer Bag (these work really well) into a second mason jar (if you have a canning funnel, this helps the pouring and can support the jelly bag). If using the jelly bag, you can squeeze out the grinds for even more coffee. Dump the grinds into a compost bin if you have one, and rinse the bag out. Fill mason jar up to the top (if 32 ounces, 1 quart size).

Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, tightly sealed. Use in place of espresso, 2 fluid ounces per shot.

Notes:

What type of coffee roast you use is up to you. We like a darker roast, paler blends are just as nice.

~Sarah

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