Category: Beverages

Coconut Pineapple Smoothie

Enjoy a simple, delicious Coconut Pineapple Smoothie, made w/ coconut Greek yogurt, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk (or other refrigerated milk).
Enjoy a simple, delicious Coconut Pineapple Smoothie, made w/ coconut Greek yogurt, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk (or other refrigerated milk).

Well, well, well… Summer is almost here! I don’t know about you, but when it’s hot outside, I enjoy a cold fruit smoothie for breakfast or a snack.  Thick, cold and creamy, and full of flavor, this coconut pineapple smoothie with only 4 ingredients is a personal favorite of mine!

One of the other COOL things about this smoothie is that it can also be FROZEN, to enjoy later in the day as a frozen (like ice cream) treat. YUMMO. You can read about that further down in this post.  Here’s how to make this delicious smoothie:

What’s IN This Smoothie?

This coconut pineapple smoothie only has 4 basic ingredients, plus an optional garnish. They are: frozen pineapple chunks, a frozen banana, coconut-flavored Greek yogurt, and milk. I love to use refrigerated coconut milk (not the canned kind), but any milk that you enjoy or have on hand will do the trick.

Ingredients for the smoothie are yogurt, pineapple, banana and milk.

Let’s Get This Blending Party Started

Making the smoothie is a cinch. We ALL KNOW it is not rocket science to make a smoothie, but here’s what ya need to do. Pour the milk into a blender. Add the frozen pineapple chunks, coconut yogurt and banana (peeled and still frozen). By using frozen banana and pineapple, you will NOT need to add ice (which could water down the drink a bit).

Mix on high speed (pulsing if needed), until the mixture is completely blended, creamy and smooth. TIP: You may need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides a couple of times to make sure the ingredients fully combine. This usually takes only 1-2 minutes. Once fully blended, your coconut pineapple smoothie is ready to serve.

All four ingredients are placed in a blender, and mixed until smooth.Once the ingredients are fully blended, the coconut pineapple smoothie is ready.

Ready To Serve The Coconut Pineapple Smoothie!

The recipe will make enough for two medium sized servings, but if you’re really hungry, then by all means go for it, and make it one huge smoothie! It will be really cold, due to the addition of that frozen pineapple and banana.

Here is a coconut pineapple smoothie, served with a straw.

One of my FAVORITE ways to enjoy this smoothie is to add a small pinch of ground cinnamon to the top of the drink before serving. I love the little hint of cinnamon flavor. This is absolutely optional, but I highly recommend it, because it looks good and tastes good.

The coconut pineapple smoothie has a sprinkle of ground cinnamon on top for garnish.

You Can Freeze The Coconut Pineapple Smoothie, Too!

Another way I enjoy this, is to only drink half of the finished smoothie. Then I take the other serving and place it in a sealed freezer-safe container and place it in the freezer for 1 hour or more. This will become an amazing afternoon snack!

Once it has frozen most of the way through, remove it from the freezer, grab a spoon and dig in. It will “feel” like you are eating coconut pineapple ice cream. When partially frozen, it will have the texture of thick frozen yogurt. Leave it in the freezer longer than a couple hours, and it will become very firm, so you need to let it sit out for 10 minutes or so to soften it up before scooping.

Freezing a portion of the smoothie is a great way to enjoy it in another form, like ice cream You can also freeze it for another day, then let it defrost to drinking consistency, and enjoy round #2 of the smoothie as a beverage.

The smoothie can also be frozen to be eaten later like ice cream.After freezing for an hour, the smoothie "ice cream" is ready to scoop and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this delicious fruit smoothie recipe, perfect for any time of the day, or any time of the year! Thanks for stopping by. Take care, and have a wonderful day, full of love, hope, and joy.

Looking For More SMOOTHIE Recipes?

You can find all of my smoothie recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few of our family favorites include:

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Coconut Pineapple Smoothie
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
3 mins
 

Enjoy a simple, delicious Coconut Pineapple Smoothie, made w/ coconut Greek yogurt, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk (or other refrigerated milk).

Category: Beverage, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: coconut pineapple smoothie
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 150 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 5.3 ounces Coconut Greek yogurt (Oikos Triple Threat)
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks (do not thaw)
  • 1 medium frozen banana (do not thaw) , peeled and cut in chunks
  • ½ cup coconut milk or other milk , refrigerated (not canned)
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon (for garnish-optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour milk into blender. Add frozen pineapple chunks, coconut yogurt and frozen banana chunks. By using frozen banana and pineapple, you will NOT need to add ice (which could water down the drink).

  2. Mix on high speed (pulsing if needed), until mixture is completely blended, creamy and smooth. TIP: You may need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides a couple of times to make sure the ingredients fully combine. Once fully blended, the coconut pineapple smoothie is ready to serve.

  3. Garnish each drink with a pinch of ground cinnamon, if desired. Enjoy!

  4. IF FREEZING: Place smoothie in covered, freezer-safe container. Freeze for 1-2 hours. If freezing longer than that, remove frozen smoothie from freezer about 10 minutes before eating to allow it to soften up a bit.

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Pineapple Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 285mg8%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 67IU1%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer

It’s SO EASY to make yummy Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer from scratch, in 10 minutes, using only 4 ingredients! A great addition to morning coffee!
It's SO EASY to make yummy Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer from scratch, in 10 minutes, using only 4 ingredients! A great addition to morning coffee!

Do you put creamer in your coffee? I sure do! As much as I WISH I could drink my coffee black, I just can’t do it! UGH. I LOVE coffee, but don’t want it to TASTE like COFFEE. Does that make sense? I seem to only enjoy coffee if it is flavored with creamer! Ha Ha!

Well, we have bought our fair share of coffee creamer at the grocery store, but I also like to know how to make my own from scratch at home! I also enjoy knowing exactly what is in my creamer! It’s also good to know I can make coffee creamer in a pinch, if necessary!

I’ve experimented with a recipe for cinnamon roll coffee creamer before, with great results, so it was time to try a new variety. Enter this recipe for Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer, from Aimee at Shugary Sweets! Since I love créme brulee for dessert, it seemed likely I would enjoy this creamer, too! The creamer is so very easy to make, and only takes 4 common ingredients!

How To Make Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer

Start with a 12 ounce can of EVAPORATED milk. Note that it is NOT condensed milk. This recipe will use EVAPORATED milk. That is important!

Evaporated milk is used to make Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer.

Pour the evaporated milk and the brown sugar into a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-low, and whisk these two ingredients, to combine.

Continue whisking and cooking the créme brulee coffee creamer on medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes, until all the brown sugar has dissolved.

Evaporated milk and brown sugar are cooked until sugar is dissolved.

Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the milk and vanilla extract. So far, so good, right?

NOTE: Any type of milk is fine to use (low-fat, non-fat), but whole milk will yield a “creamier” taste to this coffee creamer.

Milk and then vanilla extract are added to the pan when making Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer.

Once mixed fully, pour the créme brulee coffee creamer into a container. You can use a quart sized canning jar, OR a clean old coffee creamer bottle, as shown in the photo below.

I find it easiest to use a funnel to fill the bottle, which I insert directly into the top. It helps to prevent spills!

The Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer is poured though a funnel into storage container.

There you have it! You just made créme brulee coffee creamer! I ended up with about 24 ounces of creamer. Now it is time to dress up that dark, plain cup of coffee!

Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer, ready to add to a hot cup of coffee.

Aw… that’s better. Now my coffee is ready to enjoy!  I would point out that this creamer is not overly sweet, so if you like your creamer really sweet, you may want to slightly adjust the brown sugar amount that you add at the beginning.

Keep the coffee creamer stored (covered) in the refrigerator. It’s shelf life will be the same as the expiration date on the carton of milk that you used to make this recipe. Enjoy!

The coffee with créme brulee coffee creamer is ready to drink and enjoy!

See how easy it is to make your own homemade créme brulee coffee creamer? I bet you hardly even broke a sweat!  Hope you like this creamer. Enjoy your mug of coffee, and have a GREAT day!

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Original Recipe Source: https://www.shugarysweets.com/creme-brulee-coffee-creamer/

Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
It's SO EASY to make yummy Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer from scratch, in 10 minutes, using only 4 ingredients! A great addition to morning coffee!
Category: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee creamer
Servings: 24 (2 T. per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 46 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk (one can)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Pour the evaporated milk and brown sugar into a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-low, and whisk these two ingredients together, to combine. Continue whisking and cooking the creamer on medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes, until all the brown sugar has dissolved.

  2. Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the milk and vanilla extract.  NOTE: Any type of milk is fine to use (low-fat, non-fat), but whole milk will yield a "creamier" taste to this coffee creamer.
  3. Once mixed fully, pour the créme brulee coffee creamer into a container. You can use a quart sized canning jar, OR a clean old coffee creamer bottle. TIP: I find it easiest to use a funnel to fill the bottle, which I insert directly into the top. It helps to prevent spills!

Nutrition Facts
Créme Brulee Coffee Creamer
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 46 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valencia Orange Hot Chocolate

Make decadent, gourmet Valencia Orange Hot Chocolate from scratch in under 10 minutes! This easy recipe makes 2 servings, and is packed with flavor!
Make decadent, gourmet Valencia Orange Hot Chocolate from scratch in under 10 minutes! Recipe makes 2 servings, and is packed with flavor!

I just found out that today is NATIONAL HOT CHOCOLATE DAY while writing this blog post.Who knew? Certainly not me… until a few minutes ago when I saw this “news” on Facebook. What??? I didn’t even KNOW there was such a thing, but I sure do love a yummy mug of hot chocolate every now and then!

Several days ago, it was FREEZING cold outside early in the morning. Having just come in from walking our dog a couple of miles, I was really cold, and knew a cup of hot chocolate would warm me up! I’ve made hot chocolate from scratch many times over the 40+ years we’ve been married, but this time wanted to “kick it up a notch”!

The decision was made to create a Valencia orange hot chocolate, because orange and chocolate is a favorite flavor combination of mine. I’ve used this flavor combo before, in my delicious recipe for chocolate chip orange scones.

I tweaked the “normal” way I make hot chocolate from scratch, and this easy to make hot chocolate is the result! YUM! Best part? I didn’t have get in our car, drive somewhere, and pay close to $5 for a mug of it!

How To Make Valencia Orange Hot Chocolate

Place the cocoa powder, granulated sugar, a dash of salt, and 1/4 cup of the milk (save the rest for later) into a medium sized saucepan. Note: The dash of salt helps bring out the flavor!

Whisk these ingredients together. You will notice that there are a lot of lumps while the milk is still cold! That’s okay… they will go away, I promise!

Whisking cocoa powder, milk and sugar in saucepan for Valencia orange hot chocolate.

Heat this mixture on medium high heat, continuing to whisk as it cooks. As it cooks and the milk gets hot, the lumps will dissolve into smooth chocolate goodness.

Continue to cook (and whisk) until the ingredients become fully blended, and the sugar has dissolved. Cook only until the chocolate starts to boil.

The Valencia orange hot chocolate is cooked until the sugar dissolves.

Once the milk begins to boil, add the remaining 2 cups of milk to the saucepan. Stir, then add the orange zest, orange extract and 2 heaping Tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips. The added butterfat from the chocolate chips adds to the creamy chocolate flavor, for sure!

Turn the heat down to a low simmer. Continue cooking on low heat, stirring often to prevent burning, until the Valencia orange hot chocolate is fully heated through, and all the chocolate chips have melted.

Taste Test The Valencia Orange Hot Chocolate Before Serving

At this point, you should taste test a spoonful of the hot chocolate. If you want more orange flavor, add a tiny bit more orange extract. If you want it sweeter, add a tiny bit more sugar (then heat until sugar has dissolved).

Once you’ve fine-tuned the Valencia orange hot chocolate to your personal liking and everything is heated through, remove the pan from the heat. It is now ready to serve!

Additional milk is added to pan of Valencia orange hot chocolate and is heated through.

Serving Valencia Orange Hot Chocolate

Ladle or pour the Valencia orange hot chocolate into two mugs.  Garnish each mug of steaming hot chocolate with a nice amount of whipped cream (I used spray whipped cream).

Sprinkle the whipped cream with grated (or zested) chocolate and orange zest. I used a microplane to zest the oranges and a few chocolate chips to make the topping.

Once hot, Valencia orange hot chocolate is put in mugs, and topped with whipped cream and orange zest.

Another Way To Serve Valencia Orange Hot Chocolate

Another way to serve the finished Valencia orange hot chocolate is to top it with whipped cream, then shave some chocolate “curls” on top to garnish.

To make the chocolate “curls”, I used a milk chocolate bar (mini sized), and peeled off the chocolate curls right onto the shipped cream, using a hand held vegetable peeler.

Valencia orange hot chocolate can be topped with whipped cream and chocolate curls.

However you enjoy your Valencia orange hot chocolate served – plain or fancy, definitely top it with some sweetened whipped cream (or marshmallows)! That simple addition, alone, will make every sip of this delicious hot drink even better!

Whipped cream, orange zest, and zested chocolate top a mug of Valencia orange hot chocolate.

Hope you enjoy this delicious Valencia orange hot chocolate!  It absolutely was a warming treat on a cold winter day, let me tell you!  I really think you will enjoy this decadent beverage. Hope you have a great day!

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Valencia Orange Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
7 mins
 

Make your own decadent, gourmet Valencia Orange Hot Chocolate from scratch in under 10 minutes! This easy recipe makes 2 servings, and is packed with flavor!

Category: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange hot chocolate
Servings: 2 servings
Calories Per Serving: 268 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • cups low-fat milk (1%) , divided
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 Tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
For Garnish (OPTIONAL): whipping cream, orange zest, grated chocolate (semi-sweet or milk)
    Instructions
    1. Place the cocoa powder, granulated sugar, a dash of salt, and 1/4 cup of the milk (save the rest for later) into a medium saucepan. Whisk ingredients together. There will be lumps while the milk is still cold! Heat on medium high heat, continuing to whisk. As it cooks and the milk gets hot, the lumps will dissolve.

    2. Continue to cook (and whisk) until ingredients are fully blended, and sugar dissolves. Cook until chocolate begins to boil. Once it begins to boil, add remaining 2 cups of milk. Stir, then add the orange zest, orange extract and 2 heaping Tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips. Turn the heat down to low. Continue cooking, stirring often, until hot chocolate is heated through, and all chocolate chips have melted.

    3. Ladle or pour the hot chocolate into two mugs.  Garnish each mug of steaming hot chocolate with whipped cream, then sprinkle with orange zest and grated (or zested) chocolate. Serve, and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    NOTE: The caloric calculation per serving does NOT include the optional whipped cream, or chocolate garnishes. Also, this recipe is calculated using 1% low-fat milk. Full fat milk will make a creamier hot chocolate, but with additional calories.

    Nutrition Facts
    Valencia Orange Hot Chocolate
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 268 Calories from Fat 81
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 9g14%
    Saturated Fat 5g31%
    Cholesterol 14mg5%
    Sodium 138mg6%
    Potassium 559mg16%
    Carbohydrates 39g13%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 34g38%
    Protein 10g20%
    Vitamin A 520IU10%
    Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
    Calcium 348mg35%
    Iron 1.6mg9%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Triple Berry Banana Smoothie

    A Triple Berry Banana Smoothie is a delicious treat, with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, banana, spinach, orange juice, and Greek yogurt!
    A Triple Berry Banana Smoothie is a delicious treat, with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, banana, spinach, orange juice, and Greek yogurt!

    Do you enjoy cold, fresh fruit smoothies? We sure do at our house! Recently for lunch I made a Triple Berry Banana Smoothie, which included blended frozen raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries with a banana, orange juice, Greek yogurt and spinach! It was DELICIOUS!

    Here in the Portland, Oregon area, we’ve been experiencing many days with temperatures in the low 30’s this Winter. I realize that sounds like a “heat wave” to others experiencing absolutely frigid temps, heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions, BUT… it still was COLD.

    So in spite of everything my brain told me NOT to do on a freezing cold day, I made a really COLD fruit smoothie for lunch… ha ha! And guess what? IT WAS WONDERFUL!

    What’s IN A Triple Berry Banana Smoothie?

    The smoothie couldn’t be easier to make!  Here are the cast of characters… frozen berries (3 kinds- blueberry, blackberry and raspberry, bought in a fruit medley bag at Costco.

    I added non-fat plain Greek yogurt (a good source of protein), a handful of fresh baby spinach (trust me- the kids will NEVER know there’s a veggie in there!), a banana, and a small amount of orange juice.

    It’s EASY To Make This Smoothie!

    All the ingredients are placed into a blender and mixed until it is smooth! That’s it!  There is enough to make 2 (8 ounce) smoothies, or 4 little smoothies (for the kids).

    By using frozen berries there is no need to add ice to make the smoothie cold (which can possibly water down the drink).

    All the ingredients used to make a triple berry banana smoothie!

    Looking For Other Smoothie Recipes?

    If you are a lover of fruit smoothies, I would also recommend checking out my recipes for Orange Julius (copycat), Blueberry, Banana and Kale Smoothie, or a Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie! They all taste wonderful, and are very easy to prepare!

    You might also enjoy this Orange Julius (copycat).

    Maybe you would also enjoy this Blueberry, Banana, and Kale Smoothie.

    This Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie is another smoothie that is delicious.

    But for now… back to THIS incredible tasting triple berry banana smoothie! Once it is well blended, pour yourself a great big glass full… and ENJOY this yummy, filling drink!

    The best part is that it only takes a couple minutes to make, tastes GREAT, and is nice and cold from those frozen berries! Lip-smackin’ good!

    One serving of the triple berry banana smoothie.

    Hope you enjoy this triple berry banana smoothie! We sure did! The recipe for the triple berry smoothie is easily doubled, and can be easily adapted to use other berries you may enjoy.  It was a very light lunch for me that day, but it left me filling full and satisfied.  Have a wonderful day!

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    Triple Berry Banana Smoothie
    Prep Time
    3 mins
    Cook Time
    0 mins
    Total Time
    3 mins
     

    A Triple Berry Banana Smoothie is a delicious treat, with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, banana, spinach, orange juice, and Greek yogurt!

    Category: Beverage, Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: triple berry banana smoothie
    Servings: 2 (8 ounce) servings
    Calories Per Serving: 160 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups frozen berry medley (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
    • 1 large banana
    • 1 large handful fresh baby spinach leaves (approx. 1½ cups)
    • 3 heaping Tablespoons non-fat Greek yogurt
    • 1/2 cup orange juice (I used commercially prepared)
    Instructions
    1. Place all ingredients in blender. Make sure berries (or banana) are frozen before adding. By using frozen fruit, you avoid having to add ice cubes to the drink to make it cold, which can water it down.
    2. Process ingredients until well blended and smooth.
    3. Pour into glasses and serve!
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe yields approximately 2 (8 ounce) servings) or 4 (1/2 cup) servings.

    Nutrition Facts
    Triple Berry Banana Smoothie
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving (8 ounce))
    Calories 160 Calories from Fat 9
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 1g2%
    Sodium 3mg0%
    Potassium 418mg12%
    Carbohydrates 38g13%
    Fiber 5g21%
    Sugar 25g28%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 280IU6%
    Vitamin C 40mg48%
    Calcium 19mg2%
    Iron 0.6mg3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Blackberry Soda

    You will be surprised how EASY it is to make homemade, fresh blackberry soda, a refreshing summer beverage, using only a few simple ingredients!
    You will be surprised how EASY it is to make homemade, fresh blackberry soda, a refreshing summer beverage, using only a few simple ingredients!!
    I saw a recipe recently with instructions on “how” to make Blackberry soda using fresh blackberries, club soda, and a small amount of sugar.  Sounded interesting to me, especially since I have been picking wild blackberries in our backyard all summer long.

    I figured it would be “fun” to make my own flavored soda using nature’s bounty of fresh berries!

    Blackberry Soda / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    The recipe is so very simple; the soda is not too sugary (although if you want it sweeter, just add some more or a sugar substitute, to your taste!), and really pops with fresh berry taste!

    How To Make Blackberry Soda

    Start off by placing fresh blackberries (you can substitute frozen unsweetened blackberries that have been thawed), granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup of tap water into a blender.

    Process this mixture on high speed until completely blended and smooth.  This is what it looked like when done…

    Blackberry Soda / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    The next step is to place a sieve on top of a large bowl.  Pour the berry mixture (I did this in 2 batches) into the sieve.  Press the blackberries down and through the sieve using the back of a spoon.

    The seeds will stay in the sieve, and the thick blackberry sauce will drain into the bowl beneath.  I found it helpful to use a spatula to “scrape” the sauce from the bottom of the sieve into the bowl.

    Blackberry Soda / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

    Once all the blackberry sauce has gone through the sieve, discard the seed remnants left in the sieve.  For each 8 ounce cup, place 3 heaping Tablespoons of blackberry sauce (or more, to suit your taste). Add ice cubes, then fill the rest of the cup with club soda or sparkling soda.

    Give the soda a good stir, then taste. If you wish the soda to be sweeter, simply add a bit more sugar (or artificial sweetener), and stir to dissolve.  Serve cold; sit back and enjoy this refreshing and unique blackberry soda!

    Blackberry Soda / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

    The amount of sauce this recipes makes is 5-6 servings worth.  If you have any unused blackberry sauce, it can be stored (in a covered container) in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.  It’s convenient to have the blackberry syrup base handy, for a quick and tasty beverage!

    I sure hope you will try this simple method for making a fresh blackberry soda. It tastes really yummy on a HOT day… trust me!

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      Have a wonderful day, friends.

    Blackberry Soda / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

    Recipe Source:  http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com/2016/07/25/blackberry-soda/

    Blackberry Soda
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    0 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins
     

    You will be surprised how EASY it is to make homemade, fresh blackberry soda, a refreshing summer beverage, using only a few simple ingredients!

    Category: Beverage
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: blackberry soda
    Servings: 5 servings
    Calories Per Serving: 52 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups fresh blackberries (can substitute frozen, unsweetened, and thawed berries)
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup tap water
    • Club soda (1 liter bottle)
    Instructions
    1. Place fresh blackberries, granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup of tap water into a blender. Process this mixture on high speed until completely blended and smooth.
    2. The next step is to place a sieve on top of a large bowl. Pour the berry mixture (I did this in 2 batches) into sieve. Press blackberries down and through the sieve using the back of a spoon. The seeds will stay in sieve, and thick blackberry sauce will drain into the bowl beneath. I found it helpful to use a spatula to "scrape" the sauce from bottom of sieve into the bowl.
    3. Once all the blackberry sauce has gone through the sieve, discard the seeds IN the sieve. For each 8 ounce cup, place 3 heaping Tablespoons of blackberry sauce (or more, to suit your taste). Add ice cubes, then fill the rest of the cup with club soda or sparkling soda. Give the soda a stir, then taste. If you wish the soda to be sweeter, add a bit more sugar (or artificial sweetener), and stir to dissolve. Serve cold; sit back and enjoy a refreshing blackberry soda! (store unused sauce in covered container in refrigerator for 4-5 days).
    Recipe Notes

    Fresh berries are best, however frozen berries may be used, if unsweetened and thawed completely.

    Nutrition Facts
    Blackberry Soda
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 52
    % Daily Value*
    Sodium 35mg2%
    Potassium 77mg2%
    Carbohydrates 12g4%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 10g11%
    Vitamin A 105IU2%
    Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
    Calcium 22mg2%
    Iron 0.3mg2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

    You’re gonna love this super creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie, made with frozen bananas and Greek Yogurt. Enjoy this YUMMY drink any time of day!You're gonna love this super creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie, made with frozen bananas and Greek Yogurt. Enjoy this YUMMY drink any time of day!
    I LOVE the flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter, so making a breakfast smoothie using those ingredients was a fabulous idea! Yes… it WAS! This Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie was absolutely AMAZING!

    In our home, we love making smoothies, and love to experiment and try different flavor combos!  This chocolate peanut butter smoothie is extra creamy and thick!

    Who Wants A Nice, CREAMY Smoothie?

    It’s creamy, thanks to the addition of a frozen banana, cocoa powder, peanut butter, Greek vanilla yogurt (for protein), and a bit of milk.

    I’m not kidding… this chocolate peanut butter smoothie is amazing and tastes like a creamy milkshake! Using a pre-frozen banana eliminates the need to add chunks of ice. Ice can water down the smoothie and if not blended fully, can leave ice chips in the smoothie!

    The chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe, as written, makes one 12 ounce smoothie or two 6 ounce servings.  

    How To Make A Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

    Place a frozen medium banana, milk, Greek vanilla yogurt, peanut butter, and cocoa into a blender.

    *Note: if you use PLAIN Greek yogurt, you might want to sweeten the smoothie up a bit with honey. Blend the ingredients until they become very smooth and thick.

    Ingredients for this chocolate peanut butter smoothie go into a blender to mix.

    Pour the finished smoothie into a tall glass (or 2, if splitting it).

    Who Wants A Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie When It’s FREEZING Outside?

    ME!  I made this smoothie for breakfast on a morning when it was 36 degrees outside! Yep! To fancy up my smoothie I added a fancy umbrella straw! That way, my brain would think I was in a sunny warm and tropical location. Pretty smart thinking, right?

    Mind over matter and no brain-freeze, right? This creamy chocolate peanut butter smoothie would be a great afternoon treat for the kids (divided into small serving sizes, of course)!

    I used low-fat milk and light yogurt, so the total calorie count came in fairly low, which is not bad for a breakfast smoothie or snack drink. The recipe can easily be doubled, OR it can be divided into TWO or THREE smaller sized servings.

    Creamy chocolate peanut butter smoothie, served with a tropical umbrella straw!

    See how thick and creamy that chocolate smoothie is? YUM!

    A spoonful of chocolate peanut butter smoothie shows how thick it is!

    The chocolate peanut butter smoothie is really nice and thick. It tastes super creamy… and boy, is it GOOD! Hope you will give it a try! I think you will LOVE it!

    Want To Check Out Other Smoothie Recipes?

    If you enjoy this drink, be sure to check out some of my other smoothie recipes! They include:

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    Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
    Prep Time
    3 mins
    Cook Time
    0 mins
    Total Time
    3 mins
     
    You're gonna love this super creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie, made with frozen bananas and Greek Yogurt. Enjoy this YUMMY drink any time of day!
    Category: Beverage, Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chocolate peanut butter smoothie
    Servings: 2 servings (6 ounces) or 1 large (12 ounces)
    Calories Per Serving: 191 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 1 medium banana , FROZEN (see note section)
    • ½ cup low-fat milk
    • ½ cup light Greek vanilla flavored yogurt
    • 1 Tablespoon smooth peanut butter
    • 2-3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used 3)
    Instructions
    1. Place all ingredients in blender.
    2. Cover blender and blend for a minute or so, until all ingredients are fully combined and mixture is smooth and thick.
    3. Pour into a 12 ounce glass or two 6 ounce glasses, and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    I like to peel ripe bananas, cut them in half, and store them in re-sealable bags in my freezer. That way, it's very easy to grab a pre-frozen banana any time I need one for a smoothie!
    *If using PLAIN Greek yogurt, you may want to add a bit of honey to help sweeten the smoothie.

    Nutrition Facts
    Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving (6 ounce))
    Calories 191 Calories from Fat 45
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 5g8%
    Saturated Fat 1g6%
    Cholesterol 6mg2%
    Sodium 95mg4%
    Potassium 519mg15%
    Carbohydrates 31g10%
    Fiber 4g17%
    Sugar 17g19%
    Protein 10g20%
    Vitamin A 100IU2%
    Vitamin C 5.1mg6%
    Calcium 80mg8%
    Iron 1.4mg8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Lime, Cranberry & Raspberry Refresher

    Lime Cranberry Raspberry Refresher is a family-friendly, delicious, sparkling, non-alcoholic beverage everyone can enjoy, especially on warm days!
    Lime Cranberry Raspberry Refresher is a family-friendly, delicious, sparkling, non-alcoholic beverage everyone can enjoy, especially on warm days!

    Looking for a great tasting, bubbly beverage everyone can enjoy during the upcoming holidays?  How about a Lime Cranberry Raspberry Refresher? This non-alcoholic beverage also contains apple juice and sparkling water, and I think you will really like it!

    The lime cranberry raspberry refresher recipe is absolutely simple to prepare (ready in 3 minutes!), and makes eight, 1 cup servings.  It is full of cranberry-raspberry juice, apple juice, and lime infused sparkling water, so this drink has plenty of flavor!

    I found the recipe in a cookbook I own called “Cooking Light – Fresh Food Superfast”, changed the recipe up just a bit, and REALLY enjoyed it!  The cookbook got it right – a pitcher of this delicious drink certainly IS super fast to prepare!

    Lime Cranberry Raspberry Refresher Is Also Perfect For The Holidays!

    If you want to make a festive non-alcoholic beverage that everyone can enjoy (including the kids), consider making this refreshing drink during the holidays.  You can add fresh or frozen raspberries and/or frozen cranberries to each drink, and garnish each glass with a lime wedge, to make it even more festive looking!

    Looking For Other Refreshing, Family-Friendly Drinks?

    If you enjoy or are searching for other sparkling beverages like this that are non-alcoholic, you might also really enjoy my recipes for Pineapple, Lime and Mint Agua Fresca , Watermelon, Lime and Mint Agua Fresca, or homemade Blackberry Soda.  All are equally delicious!

    Showing another agua fresca refreshing drink with pineapple

    Any of these cold, refreshing beverages would taste GREAT on a hot day… don’t ya think?

    Showing another refreshing beverage with watermelon

    Another refreshing beverage using fresh blackberries

    Sure hope you enjoy this colorful, bubbly and flavorful lime cranberry raspberry refresher! We sure did. Have a wonderful day!

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    Recipe Adapted from: The cookbook called “Cooking Light – Fresh Food Superfast”, page 150, published 2011, Time Home Entertainment, Inc.

    Lime, Cranberry & Raspberry Refresher
    Prep Time
    3 mins
    Cook Time
    0 mins
    Total Time
    3 mins
     
    Lime Cranberry Raspberry Refresher is a family-friendly, delicious, sparkling, non-alcoholic beverage everyone can enjoy, especially on warm days!
    Category: Beverage
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: lime cranberry raspberry refresher
    Servings: 8 servings
    Calories Per Serving: 86 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 4 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
    • 2 cups apple juice
    • 2 cups lime flavored sparkling water
    • Ice cubes (optional, but recommended)
    • Fresh raspberries or frozen cranberries (optional)
    • Thin lime wedges (as garnish for glass-optional)
    Instructions
    1. Pour the cranberry-raspberry juice and apple juice into a large pitcher. Stir in 2 cups sparkling LIME water, until combined.
    2. Serve drink over ice cubes.

    3. (Optional) Add frozen cranberries OR fresh or frozen raspberries to each glass (for decoration).

    4. Garnish glass with a thin lime wedge, if desired.
    5. Serve, and enjoy!
    Recipe Notes

    If you wish to make this up ahead of serving time, mix cranberry/raspberry juice and apple juice in pitcher. Cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, add cold lime sparkling water to pitcher. Serve over ice, and other garnishes.

    Nutrition Facts
    Lime, Cranberry & Raspberry Refresher
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving (8 oz.))
    Calories 86
    % Daily Value*
    Sodium 29mg1%
    Potassium 160mg5%
    Carbohydrates 22g7%
    Sugar 21g23%
    Vitamin A 55IU1%
    Vitamin C 12.3mg15%
    Calcium 21mg2%
    Iron 0.4mg2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Pineapple Lime Mint Agua Fresca

    Make this cold, refreshing Pineapple Lime Mint Agua Fresca in 5 minutes! It’s a family friendly, fresh fruit beverage with only 75 calories per serving!Make cold, refreshing Pineapple, Lime and Mint Agua Fresca in 5 minutes! It's a family friendly, fresh fruit beverage with only 75 calories per serving!

    I recently tried a recipe for Pineapple Lime Mint Agua Fresca that I found in a Cooking Light cookbook I bought a few months back. Guess what? It tasted GREAT!

    The recipe took less than 5 minutes to whip up, and before I knew it, was chilling in my refrigerator!  The end result was a cold and delicious, family-friendly pineapple infused agua fresca, with a touch of lime and fresh mint, for added flavor!

    Here’s how you make it (enough for 4 one cup servings):  Place fresh chunks of pineapple, cold water, a tiny bit of sugar, and fresh lime juice into a blender.

    Fresh pineapple, water, lime juice and sugar are blended until smooth for agua fresca

    Blend the ingredients on high for about a minute until fully mixed and smooth.

    Pineapple chunks and fresh lime juice are fully blended.

    Hold a sieve over the serving pitcher. Strain the liquid through the sieve, directly into the pitcher. I used a spoon to help push the liquid through. Once all liquid has been strained through, discard any solids remaining in the sieve.

    Blended pineapple juice is drained through a sieve to remove pulp.

    Add chopped fresh mint leaves to the mixture.  Give the mixture a good stir, then cover the pitcher, and refrigerate until you are ready to serve! Serve when it is good and cold!

    Fresh chopped mint leaves added to pineapple lime agua fresca.

    Pour the cold pineapple lime mint agua fresca over ice into serving glasses.  The recipe makes enough for 4 one cup servings. If desired, garnish each drink with a pineapple wedge and/or a sprig of fresh mint!

    Serve, and enjoy this delicious, fresh, low calorie (75 calories per serving) agua fresca! It’s delicious!

    Pineapple lime mint agua fresca is served cold over ice!

    This refreshing pineapple lime mint agua fresca is super easy to make! My husband and I enjoyed it very much, especially since the day I made it our temps hit 90 degrees!  Hope you’ll give it a try!

    Have a great day – seek to bring out the very best in everyone you meet. You could be THE ONE who makes someones day a little bit better!

    Thank you for visiting this website. I appreciate you using some of your valuable time to do soIf you’re interested, I publish a newsletter 2 times per month (1st and 15th) with all the latest recipes, and other fun info. I would be honored to have you join our growing list of subscribers, so you never miss a great recipe! There is a Newsletter subscription box on the top right side (or bottom) of each blog post, depending on the device you use, where you can easily submit your e-mail address (only) to be included in my mailing list.

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    Recipe Source: The cookbook “Cooking Light Fresh Food Superfast”, Published by Time Home Entertainment, Inc., 2011, page 144

    Pineapple, Lime & Mint Agua Fresca
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    0 mins
    Total Time
    5 mins
     
    Make cold, refreshing Pineapple, Lime and Mint Agua Fresca in 5 minutes! It's a family friendly, fresh fruit beverage with only 75 calories per serving!
    Category: Beverage
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: agua fresca
    Servings: 4 servings
    Calories Per Serving: 75 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 3 cups fresh pineapple , cut into cubes
    • 2 cups COLD water
    • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint , chopped
    Instructions
    1. Place the pineapple cubes, cold water, sugar, and fresh lime juice into a blender. Blend on high for about a minute, until mixture is fully combined and smooth.
    2. Pour liquid through a sieve (to strain) directly into a pitcher. When done, discard any solids remaining in sieve.
    3. Stir chopped mint into liquid. Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap or a lid. Refrigerate the liquid until it is really cold and you are ready to serve!
    4. To serve, pour beverage over ice cubes, and place a garnish (if desired) of a pineapple wedge and/or a mint sprig on rim of glass.
    Nutrition Facts
    Pineapple, Lime & Mint Agua Fresca
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 75
    % Daily Value*
    Sodium 7mg0%
    Potassium 134mg4%
    Carbohydrates 19g6%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 15g17%
    Vitamin A 125IU3%
    Vitamin C 60.6mg73%
    Calcium 23mg2%
    Iron 0.4mg2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer

    Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer is a quick and easy, made from scratch recipe for making your own yummy coffee creamer (with the flavor of a great cinnamon roll)!Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer is a quick and easy, made from scratch recipe for making your own yummy coffee creamer (with the flavor of a great cinnamon roll)!

    Have you ever made homemade coffee creamer? I make creamers occasionally (mostly when I want to try a new flavor). I recently made a delicious Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer. Yum! It was the perfect addition to make my beloved coffee NOT taste like coffee!

    I found this particular recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try as I am a HUGE fan of cinnamon rolls. And coffee.

    Seriously… how could you go wrong mixing the two tastes together… in an easy to prepare coffee creamer?

    How To Make Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer

    Combine milk and half and half in a saucepan. Whisk in the brown sugar. Heat this up a little bit on LOW heat, but DO NOT BOIL.  Remove from heat.

    Milk and half and half are heated to make coffee creamer.

    Add the cinnamon and vanilla extract to the slightly heated milk mixture. Whisk to combine. The cinnamon will incorporate itself better into the creamer when the milk is warm.

    Cinnamon and vanilla are added to milk mixture for creamer..

    Once mixture has cooled slightly, you can add this cinnamon roll coffee creamer to your cup of coffee or store in refrigerator until ready to use.

    How Much Creamer Does This Recipe Make?

    This recipe makes approximately 2 cups of creamer, which fills a standard size creamer bottle up about half way.

    How Do I Store Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer?

    To store, simply pour the mixture into a covered container.  I like using empty, clean creamer bottles when I make homemade coffee creamer. Using a funnel really helps get it into the container!

    If you peel off the old labels from used, cleaned creamer bottles, you can see your beautiful homemade cinnamon roll coffee creamer inside!

    Pouring the creamer through a funnel into bottle.

    Cinnamon roll coffee creamer can be stored in refrigerator for 5-6 days once prepared.

    Be sure to give the bottle a little shake to mix ingredients back up before each use.

    Cinnamon roll coffee creamer in a plastic bottle.

    The original recipe called for heavy cream, and I tried it that way the first time I made this. The next time I ended up replacing the heavy cream with half and half.

    I did that because the whipping cream thickened over time from shaking the bottle each time before adding it to my coffee. It simply got way too thick over the course of a few days.

    Guess what? This cinnamon roll coffee creamer tastes great when made with half and half! Problem solved! That’s how I’ve made it ever since!

    Cup of coffee with cinnamon roll coffee creamer

    Hope you’ll give it a try! Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy this cinnamon roll coffee creamer that you made all by yourself!

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    Recipe Adapted From:  http://www.crunchycreamysweet.com/homemade-cinnamon-rolls-coffee-creamer-recipe-card/

    Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    4 mins
    Total Time
    9 mins
     
    Quick and easy recipe for making you own coffee creamer with the flavor of a great cinnamon roll!
    Category: Beverage
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cinnamon roll coffee creamer
    Servings: 32 (2 cups total)
    Calories Per Serving: 21 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 cup Half and Half
    • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (use pure vanilla extract for the best taste!)
    • 4 Tablespoons packed brown sugar (light or dark-I used dark)
    Instructions
    1. Pour the milk and half and half into a medium sized pan; add the brown sugar. Whisk to combine ingredients. Warm up the milk mixture on low, but do NOT let it come to a boil. When milk mixture is heated through, but NOT boiling, remove pan from heat.
    2. Add cinnamon and vanilla extract; whisk these into the milk mixture until fully integrated. Let creamer cool to room temperature, then pour into a large bottle or jar (I used an old, clean and empty "store bought" creamer container). Make sure the container you select has a lid.
    3. Cover the bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
    4. Before using, give the bottle a little shake each time to redistribute the ingredients. Enjoy!
    Recipe Notes

    *You MAY substitute heavy whipped cream for the Half and Half for a "creamier" creamer. I also tried it that way first, but found I didn't like the way the cream eventually "firmed or clumped up" after being shaken each time before using.

    Nutrition Facts
    Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer
    Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
    Calories 21 Calories from Fat 9
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 1g2%
    Cholesterol 3mg1%
    Sodium 6mg0%
    Potassium 21mg1%
    Carbohydrates 2g1%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Vitamin A 40IU1%
    Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
    Calcium 19mg2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Orange Julius (copycat)

    You’ll enjoy this Orange Julius copycat recipe for the famous cold, creamy, frothy orange drink! EASY and quick to make smoothie, with only a few ingredients!You'll enjoy this Orange Julius copycat recipe for the famous cold, creamy, frothy orange drink! EASY and quick to make smoothie, with only a few ingredients!

    When I was growing up, a treat my parents would buy for us occasionally was an Orange Julius, at the local mall. Did you ever have these cold drinks while growing up?

    I loved this ice cold, thick, frothy orange drink… it was a great “smoothie” way back before smoothies became the rage! This Orange Julius (copycat) version I found online comes pretty close in taste to the original, and makes 4 generous servings!

    The History Behind Orange Julius

    I discovered from searching it’s history that the original Orange Julius drink was created by a small business owner named Julius Freed in 1926. He opened an orange juice stand in Los Angeles, California.

    A friend of his (who happened to be a chemist) suggested a way to make the orange juice more frothy and thick, and once Mr. Freed began making drinks that way, sales at his little “juice bar” skyrocketed. The rest is history!

    What Exactly IS An Orange Julius Made With?

    This recipe uses orange juice and low-fat milk as the base for this creamy beverage, so it is low in calories.  The orange juice and milk are easily mixed with a few other simple ingredients (including ice) in a blender for an easy and quick, frothy and refreshing cold beverage.

    Oranges are used to make this copycat orange julius smoothie.

    There are many copycat versions online for Orange Julius drinks. Apparently the original recipe for the powdered thickening compound is still a secret to this day.

    Many published recipes use egg products (raw, pasteurized or egg substitute) to make this drink. This particular recipe for an orange julius uses no egg products at all, but is delicious, just the same!

    Other Smoothie Recipes

    If you enjoy cold smoothies like this orange julius, you might also want to check out my other smoothie recipes! All of my recipes can be found in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

    A few favorites (all picture below) are:

    I love smoothies ANY TIME of the year, but especially during the long HOT summer months!  I hope you will give this Orange Julius recipe (or any of the others mentioned) a try! I think you will LOVE it!

    Collage of 6 fruit smoothies for Orange Julius (copycat) recipe post

    The recipe (as written) makes approximately 4, eight ounce Orange Julius servings. This drink is perfect for a breakfast or anytime “treat” for you and your family or friends!

    Hope you enjoy this cold, citrus flavored smoothie… it’s so easy to make, and tastes so delicious!

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    Recipe Source: http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2010/06/copycat-orange-julius.html

    Orange Julius (copycat)
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    0 mins
    Total Time
    5 mins
     
    You'll enjoy this Orange Julius copycat recipe for the famous cold, creamy, frothy orange drink! EASY and quick to make smoothie, with only a few simple ingredients!
    Category: Beverage
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: orange julius
    Servings: 4 servings (8 ounces each)
    Calories Per Serving: 161 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups orange juice fresh squeezed (or commercial)
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
    Instructions
    1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until all ingredients are fully incorporated and mixture is smooth, thick and frothy!
    2. Pour yourself a glass, garnish with a thin orange slice, if desired... and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts
    Orange Julius (copycat)
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 161
    % Daily Value*
    Cholesterol 2mg1%
    Sodium 27mg1%
    Potassium 336mg10%
    Carbohydrates 35g12%
    Sugar 33g37%
    Protein 2g4%
    Vitamin A 365IU7%
    Vitamin C 62mg75%
    Calcium 87mg9%
    Iron 0.3mg2%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!You'll enjoy this Orange Julius copycat recipe for the famous cold, creamy, frothy orange drink! EASY and quick to make smoothie, with only a few ingredients!

     

     

     

     

     

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