Category: Beverages

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.

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Spiced Tea Mix

Spiced Tea Mix is perfect for gift giving during the holidays or for just sipping a cup of this orange-cinnamon-clove spiced tea by the Christmas tree!Spiced Tea Mix is perfect for gift giving during the holidays or just sipping a cup of this orange-cinnamon-clove spiced tea by the Christmas tree!
One of the Christmas memories I hold dear is the Spiced Tea Mix my Mom makes to give to friends and family! It’s so easy to make!

Sitting in front of our Christmas tree, enjoying the lights and ornaments, while sipping a mug of this hot, fragrant orange-cinnamon-clove spiced tea is something I always enjoy!

Christmas decorations are the perfect setting for sipping spiced tea mix by the firelight..

This recipe makes approximately 36 ounces of spiced tea mix. I filled 3 pint sized jars… 1 jar to keep, and 2 jars to give away as gifts.

I’ve heard it called “Russian Tea” before, but have NO CLUE why… Maybe people are “rushin” to drink it? (Get it? My complete fail at a joke). My apologies… Whatever you call this tea… make it. It’s delicious!

Ingredients Used To Make Spiced Tea Mix

Here are the ingredients before mixing…(Tang, Lemonade, Instant Tea, Sugar, Cinnamon and Cloves).

Dry ingredients for spiced tea mix placed in large white bowl.

Here are the ingredients for this spiced tea mix after mixing…

Spiced Tea Mix in white bowl, after combining ingredients.

Here is what the spiced tea mix looks like, once poured into jars… it looks pretty cool. The different layers of spices give each jar a unique look!

Spiced Tea Mix is placed in mason jars, for gift giving.

I enjoy giving his simple, “homemade with love”, Spiced Tea Mix as a gift to friends.

Place a simple bow on top, attach a cute gift card, and you will have a special homemade food gift for those you love!

Spiced Tea Mix in jars make a lovely gift for friends during the holidays!

But here’s how I most enjoy it… 2 Tablespoons Spiced Tea Mix, stirred into a mug of boiling water…perfect!

The mug in this photo (below) belonged to my mother-in-law and is special to me. She passed away and went to her heavenly home a few years ago. She is missed during the holidays, but she is thought of often.

She is especially thought of and missed when I enjoy a hot delicious drink (including this one), out of her old trusty coffee mug.

A delicious beverage made with spiced tea mix, in a white mug.
I really wish you could smell AND taste this delicious drink. It’s so warm with spices, and full of citrus flavor! Hope you will consider making up a batch of spiced tea mix for your family and other loved ones this holiday season!

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Recipe Source: My Mom (years and years and years ago)

Spiced Tea Mix
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
Spiced Tea Mix is perfect for gift giving during the holidays or just sipping a cup of this orange-cinnamon-clove spiced tea by the Christmas tree!
Category: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spiced tea mix
Servings: 62 servings (2 Tablespoons per)
Calories Per Serving: 60 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 27 ounces Tang Instant Orange Drink Powder
  • 3 oz. Powdered Lemonade Mix
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup instant tea granules
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Instructions
To Make The Mix:
  1. Stir all ingredients together in large bowl until completely mixed.
  2. Store spiced tea mix in covered, airtight container.

To Make Tea:
  1. Place 2 rounded Tablespoons mix into a mug of boiling water. Stir well. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Spiced Tea Mix
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 60
% Daily Value*
Potassium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 2mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Rise n’ Shine Juice

Rise n’ Shine Juice is a delicious citrus beverage flavored with red grapefruit, mandarins, oranges, lemons, apples, carrots, ginger, and a frozen banana!Rise n' Shine Juice is a delicious citrus beverage flavored with red grapefruit, mandarins, oranges, lemons, apples, carrots, ginger, and a frozen banana!

The other day I wanted a healthy, filling, and BIG blended juice for my breakfast. I ended up juicing a ruby red grapefruit, mandarin oranges, valencia oranges, half a lemon, and then… if that wasn’t enough, I added apples, carrots, fresh ginger, half a frozen banana, and a handful of crushed ice into the mix. I called it “Rise n’ Shine Juice”! YUM!

Making Rise n’ Shine Juice In A Food Processor

After juicing the citrus fruits, I strained out the pulp, then added the juice, along with sliced raw carrots, a small knob of fresh ginger, 2 sliced apples, and half a frozen banana into my food processor.

(FYI) * I have not tried this juice using a blender, but if you want to try it, you will definitely need to grate the carrots and apples, not slice them, to give them a better chance of being fully blended*.

See all the pulp? That’s a lot of citrus pulp strained out of the juice… Now all that is left to do is “pulverize” all the ingredients into a thick, cold citrus juice drink!

After juicing the citrus, strain and discard the pulp.

Time For A Cold Citrus Juice!

I blended all the ingredients up in the food processor, then added a small handful of ice to get it really cold, and mixed that in, as well. The beauty of it is that it actually tasted good, after completely pulverizing it!

The result was a delicious, slightly thicker than normal juice (thanks to the apple and carrots).  I liked it, certainly got my fruit requirement for the day in, it filled me up, and I froze the leftovers (recipe makes enough for 2!) for another day!

Cold leftover Rise n' Shine Juice is delicious, even the next day!

I really hope you enjoy this great tasting rise n’ shine juice!  If you enjoy cold breakfast smoothies or juice drinks, you might also enjoy my recipes for Triple Berry Banana Smoothies, Strawberry Smoothies , or a copycat version of an Orange Julius.

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Rise n' Shine Juice
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Rise n' Shine Juice is a delicious citrus beverage flavored with red grapefruit, mandarins, oranges, lemons, apples, carrots, ginger, and a frozen banana!

Category: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rise n' shine juice
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 324 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 Ruby red grapefruit
  • 3 oranges
  • 2 mandarin oranges
  • 2 small apples , peeled, seeded, cored, and sliced
  • 7 baby carrots , sliced
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger , minced
  • handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Juice the grapefruit, oranges, and mandarin oranges. Pour juice through a strainer to remove pulp. Pour juice into food processor (or heavy duty blender).
  2. Add apple slices, sliced carrots, frozen banana and ginger to processor. Process for several minutes until almost all of the apples and carrots have broken down.
  3. Add a handful of crushed ice to the processor. Process again, until ice is fully incorporated into liquid.
  4. Pour into serving glasses. Garnish with an orange slice, if desired.  Enjoy your fruit fix for the day!

Recipe Notes

If you are going to use a blender, be sure to GRATE the carrots and apple (instead of cutting and slicing them) before adding them to ensure they blend easier!

Nutrition Facts
Rise n' Shine Juice
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 1051mg30%
Carbohydrates 82g27%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 60g67%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 7380IU148%
Vitamin C 178.3mg216%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Peach Crumble Smoothie

Craving a fruit smoothie? How about a peach crumble smoothie, with cinnamon, oats (fiber), vanilla yogurt and honey? Tastes great and is very filling!Craving a fruit smoothie? How about a peach crumble smoothie, with cinnamon, oats (fiber), vanilla yogurt and honey? Tastes great and is very filling!
It was a dark, cold, and stormy morning…and believe it or not… I wanted an ice cold fruit smoothie for breakfast! Not just any old smoothie… I wanted a Peach Crumble Smoothie!

I love making smoothies, especially during the hot summer months, but found a recipe from Samantha at Five Heart Home on Pinterest at the beginning of January that caught my attention. It had finely ground up oats in it, so I knew that it would not only taste good, but would be very filling.

I think the fact that I also like Peach Cobblers, Peach Crisps, Peach Crumbles, etc. played a part in trying this smoothie! That fact alone pushed all my “Now I’m Curious” buttons.

Use Frozen Peaches To Make The Peach Crumble Smoothie

We happened to have a huge bag of sliced peaches left in my freezer from my picking adventure last summer at a U-Pick farm, so I grabbed the ingredients and made myself a smoothie for breakfast! Guess what? It was GOOD. It was THICK. It was FILLING!

Ingredients for the smoothie go into a blender to mix together.Frozen peaches are used to make the peach crumble smoothie.

The recipe made 2 smoothies, so I froze half.  The next day I thawed it for another peach crumble smoothie! It’s important to use frozen peaches, which eliminates the need for ice. I used some of the peaches I had preserved in the freezer from my last picking!

Fresh peaches picked in the middle of summer!

I sure hope you’ll give this recipe a try. It kind of tastes like you’re drinking a piece of peach cobbler, AND I’m pretty sure it will keep your tummy full until lunch time.  Whoa!

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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 favorites include:

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Author's signatureRecipe Adapted From: http://www.fivehearthome.com/2015/01/01/healthy-oat-smoothies-recipe-blueberry-muffin-smoothie-peach-cobbler-smoothie/

Peach Crumble Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Craving a fruit smoothie? How about a peach crumble smoothie, with cinnamon, oats (fiber), vanilla yogurt and honey? Tastes great and is very filling!

Category: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peach crumble smoothie
Servings: 2 servings
Calories Per Serving: 313 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups frozen peach slices
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Additional milk , if needed, to thin out the smoothie
Instructions
  1. Place the oats into a blender. Blend/grind the oats until they become a fine powder.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend until mixture becomes smooth. If necessary, add additional milk, to thin the smoothie out to your liking (it's pretty thick).
  3. Pour into 2 large glasses and serve. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Peach Crumble Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 715mg20%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 306mg31%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Homemade Amaretto

Make homemade amaretto, a sweet Italian almond flavored liqueur inexpensively at home! It’s easy, and can be used for cocktails or in other recipes.Make homemade amaretto, a sweet Italian almond flavored liqueur inexpensively at home! It's easy, and can be used for cocktails or in other recipes.
I recently whipped up some homemade Amaretto. It was so easy to make, it only took a few minutes. I wanted to have it on hand, to use in a few recipes, but didn’t want to go to the store to buy an entire bottle just for a small amount needed.

Really… why pay some serious bucks for an entire bottle, when all you need might be 1/4 cup for a recipe? So I decided to make my own! If you are familiar with Amaretto, you know that it is a sweet, almond-flavored Italian liqueur.

A lot of people use it in cocktails, but it can also be used in numerous recipes.  I adapted a recipe I’ve had for years, and ended up making a small bottle of amaretto (approx. 13-14 ounces) that will be more than enough for several recipes, plus a few more.

Is Homemade Amaretto Easy To Make?

Homemade Amaretto is totally easy to make.  You do need to have a bottle of cheap vodka in order to make this amaretto (you need 1 cup). I happened to have a bottle stuck away because I make my own vanilla extract, and use that as the base (but that’s a completely different recipe, right?)

So How Do You Make Homemade Amaretto?

Making the amaretto is very easy! Water, granulated sugar and brown sugar are cooked in a saucepan, on medium heat, until the sugars are dissolved.

Water, sugar and brown sugar are cooked until sugar dissolves.

Bring this mixture to a boil, then remove the pan from the heat. Let it cool completely.

Add Extracts

After the homemade amaretto has cooled completely, add the vodka, pure almond extract and vanilla extract, and stir to combine.

Vodka, almond and vanilla extracts are added to the homemade amaretto mixture in pan.

Have a clean jar ready for the homemade amaretto. Use a funnel to pour cooled amaretto liqueur into the bottle.

The homemade amaretto is transferred into a bottle by using a funnel.

Into the bottle goes the homemade amaretto. It sure smells good! In fact, even a year or two later, I occasionally open the bottle just to smell this liqueur… it smells heavenly!

Pouring the homemade amaretto into a funnel, then into the bottle.

Put a label on the bottle, add a cork or screw top to seal it, and store your homemade amaretto in a cool, dark place.

Homemade Amaretto is ready to store in cool, dark place.

If you are interested in making this recipe, you will discover you can make your own homemade amaretto for a fraction of the cost of buying it at a store. Hope you will consider giving this recipe a try. Have a great day!

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Author's signatureRecipe inspired by: Top Secret Recipe’s version of DiSaronno Amaretto

Homemade Amaretto
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Make homemade amaretto, a sweet Italian almond flavored liqueur inexpensively at home! It's easy, and can be used for cocktails or in other recipes.

Category: Liqueur
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: amaretto
Servings: 14 ounces ( 1 oz. per serving)
Calories Per Serving: 85 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar + 1 Tablespoon
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 Tablespoon almond extract (extract with no added oils)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a medium pan, add the water, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Mix to combine. Cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugars.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil; if all the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat. Set aside and let the hot syrup cool for 10-15 minutes.
  3. To the cooled mixture, add the vodka, almond extract, and vanilla extract. Mix well, to combine.
  4. Pour amaretto into a clean bottle using a funnel. Place cork or a top on the bottle to seal it. Store in pantry or cool, dark place.
  5. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Amaretto
Amount Per Serving (1 ounce)
Calories 85
% Daily Value*
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 5mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Calcium 3mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Raspberry Yogurt Smoothie

You’re gonna love this easy to make raspberry yogurt smoothie, with raspberries, banana, and Greek yogurt, sweetened with honey. It’s cold and delicious!You're gonna love this easy to make raspberry yogurt smoothie, with raspberries, banana, and Greek yogurt, sweetened with honey. Cold and delicious!
Well, it’s the New Year and it seems like everyone I know is on a new diet. Smoothies are all the talk this time of year. I happen to love smoothies. Here’s a great recipe for making a Raspberry Yogurt Smoothie.

They are so easy to make… just throw a bunch of “good for you” ingredients in the old blender,  and blend until you have a nice, cold, creamy, fruity beverage! Like this raspberry yogurt smoothie, for example!

I use Greek yogurt (for added protein) in a lot of the smoothies I make. I pick fresh raspberries each summer at a local U-Pick farm, so I always seem to have raspberries hanging out in my freezer, and bananas on our kitchen counter all year long. This is a GOOD thing when I want to make a cold fruit smoothie.

Fresh picked raspberries are perfect to use for jams and smoothies!

A lot of times I will double the amount of ingredients for any smoothie I make. Any leftover smoothies can be frozen and eaten later, when it will have firmed up, similar to ice cream, but better for you. Let it thaw a bit, then dish it up!

Turn A Raspberry Yogurt Smoothie Into A Popsicle!

You can also make popsicle-style treats with smoothies. Just pour the smoothie into a popsicle mold and freeze until later. It’s a wonderful, nutritious treat!

It's easy to turn a raspberry yogurt smoothie into a popsicle!

I’m pretty sure by now everyone has their way of making a fruit smoothie. That’s awesome!
This is my way… hope you’ll give it a try and enjoy a cold and delicious raspberry smoothie.

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Raspberry Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

You're gonna love this easy to make raspberry yogurt smoothie, with raspberries, banana, and Greek yogurt, sweetened with honey. Cold and delicious!

Category: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: raspberry yogurt smoothie
Servings: 1 large serving
Calories Per Serving: 383 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 banana , sliced
  • 3/4 cup plain, fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • whipped cream (as garnish... optional!)
Instructions
  1. Put the raspberries, banana, yogurt, milk, honey and vanilla into a blender. Mix well until creamy. Add the ice and continue blending until thick and smooth. If necessary, add a bit more ice to make smoothie the thickness you desire.
  2. If desired, garnish with a spray of whipped cream! Grab a straw, drink it up, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you want, you can drink a small portion and freeze the rest. After being frozen, it will firm up similar to ice cream. Let slightly thaw, and dish it up like ice cream. I've also poured extra smoothies into popsicle holders and frozen. It makes a great popsicle-style smoothie.

Nutrition Facts
Raspberry Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 725mg21%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 56g62%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 36.5mg44%
Calcium 296mg30%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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PeachBerry Smoothie

PeachBerry Smoothie is a cold and creamy, peach, raspberry, boysenberry, almond milk and yogurt filled fruit drink that tastes great any time of day!PeachBerry Smoothie is a cold and creamy, peach, raspberry, boysenberry, almond milk and yogurt filled fruit drink that tastes great any time of day!

Summer. Heatwave. Hot!  Making a delicious, creamy, ice cold PeachBerry Smoothie beverage to enjoy drinking and cooling down with…priceless!

I sure enjoy a cold, refreshing drink on a really hot summer day, don’t you? When you finally get tired of drinking large amounts of ice water or cold iced tea, how about making a really good tasting peachberry smoothie?

The Search Begins… In The Refrigerator!

The quest for to create this smoothie began as most of mine do…scouring the contents of our refrigerator or fruit basket to see what we had available.

During this scavenging for ingredients I came up with a couple of ripe peaches, some raspberries and some amazingly delicious boysenberries (can substitute blackberries).

These sounded like the beginning of a great peachberry smoothie to me, so I gathered the rest of the necessary ingredients and whipped a couple smoothies up for my husband and myself. Pretty tasty, if I might say so!

How To Make This PeachBerry Smoothie

Yummm… let’s hear it for the stars of this delicious fruit smoothie: Fresh peaches, raspberries and boysenberries. How can you go wrong with those?

Fresh peaches, raspberries and boysenberries ready for smoothie

Now add some vanilla flavored Greek yogurt and cinnamon to the fruit in the blender. This will help make the peachberry smoothie nice and creamy, plus add some protein!

Vanilla yogurt and cinnamon for smoothie added to peaches in blender

The next thing to do is add vanilla almond milk to the mix. Give it all a good blending until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Throw in some crushed ice to make it really cold and thick, and voila…an absolutely delicious peachberry smoothie!

Almond milk and yogurt added to peaches and berries in blender

I still think it’s weird that the color of the berries overtakes the beautiful orange color of the peaches…oh well.

This peachberry smoothie may not LOOK like it is full of fresh peaches, but it is, and it has lots of peach flavor!

Spoonful of fresh peachberry smoothie in glass with straw

This yummy peachberrysmoothie is wonderfully refreshing…and with some Greek yogurt for a protein punch and in season fresh fruit, how can you not love this satisfying and filling drink?

If You Are Interested In Additional Fruit Smoothie Recipes

If you enjoy fruit drinks similar to this peachberry smoothie, be sure and check out my other smoothie recipes, including Blueberry, Banana and Kale, Orange Julius (copycat), Peach Crumble, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Triple Berry Banana.

Hope you will give this recipe a try. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it! Have a wonderful day.

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PeachBerry Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

PeachBerry Smoothie is a cold and creamy, peach, raspberry, boysenberry, almond milk and yogurt filled fruit drink that tastes great any time of day!

Category: Beverage, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peachberry smoothie
Servings: 2 servings
Calories Per Serving: 180 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe peaches , peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 5-6 raspberries
  • 5-6 boysenberries (or blackberries)
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Peel, pit, and slice peaches.
  2. Puree first 6 ingredients in blender until well blended.
  3. Add crushed ice to blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve in 2 glasses. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
PeachBerry Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 202mg9%
Potassium 553mg16%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 540IU11%
Vitamin C 12.2mg15%
Calcium 331mg33%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Watermelon, Lime & Mint Agua Fresca

Watermelon, Lime and Mint Agua Fresca is an all natural, flavor-filled, family friendly beverage sure to refresh those you love on a hot summer day!Watermelon, Lime and Mint Agua Fresca is an all natural, flavor-filled, family friendly beverage sure to refresh those you love on a hot summer day!

Temps are in the 90’s in the Pacific Northwest this week…so here’s a fantastic, delicious and healthy beverage to guzzle on a hot, summer day… Watermelon, Lime & Mint Agua Fresca!

This refreshing, fruity, delicious drink is perfect on a hot day! It only takes 4 ingredients (if you include water) to make an entire pitcher full! Yum. This refreshing drink is colorful and all natural, too! A win-win!

Lucky for me, we had a huge watermelon in the refrigerator begging to be eaten, a lime laying on the counter, and I grow fresh mint in our garden. How could I NOT make this on a blazing hot day?

The watermelon agua fresca recipe is super easy…and I’m telling you, it’s wonderful! I found the recipe on Pinterest, and I’m sure I will be making it many times this summer! Hope you will give it a try. I think you and your family and friends will love it!

Watermelon used to make agua fresca!

How To Make Watermelon Agua Fresca

First you blend up the watermelon, a small bit of water, and lime juice, then you “muddle” (smash) some fresh peppermint into the watermelon juice. This releases the flavor of the mint. Then you strain out the peppermint leaves (if you want-I did), and serve the drink over crushed ice! That’s it! Easy peasy and yummy! Here’s some pics:

Blend up the watermelon chunks with lime juice and water. You can do this in a food processor or a blender.  Strain the juice once blended to remove any wayward seeds.

Watermelon chunks are blended with lime juice and water into puree

The next thing you do is add fresh mint leaves to a small portion of the watermelon juice. I don’t think you will even break into a hard sweat doing this step… just sayin’.

Fresh mint leaves are added to a small amount of watermelon puree

Then you “muddle” or smash up the leaves into the juice. I improvised and simply used the end of a wooden spoon to kind of grind the leaves into the bottom of the cup. The more you “smash” the leaves up, the more mint flavor is released into the watermelon juice.

Mint leaves are "muddled" into watermelon puree to release flavor

After straining out the peppermint leaves (optional), pour the watermelon, lime & mint agua fresca over a cup of crushed ice. Garnish the drink with a sprig of fresh mint to make it look oh so cute!

Watermelon agua fresca served over ice with fresh mint sprig

Now all you have to do is sit back, take a sip of this delicious watermelon agua fresca, and enjoy!

Watermelon Lime Mint Agua Fresca is ready to serve!

Hope you enjoy this cold, delicious, refreshing drink on a HOT day! You might also enjoy a family friendly Lime, Cranberry & Raspberry Refresher on a hot day!

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: Jennifer Chong at: http://blog.jchongstudio.com/2014/05/watermelon-lime-mint-agua-fresca.html

Watermelon, Lime and Mint Agua Fresca
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Watermelon, Lime and Mint Agua Fresca is an all natural, flavor-filled, family friendly beverage sure to refresh those you love on a hot summer day!

Category: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: watermelon agua fresca
Servings: 5 servings
Calories Per Serving: 56 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 5 cups watermelon , cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • juice from 2 limes
Instructions
  1. Place the watermelon chunks, water and lime juice in a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Strain the watermelon puree into a pitcher. (straining helps to remove any wayward seeds).
  2. Remove about 1/2 cup of the watermelon puree and place it in a measuring cup. Add the mint leaves.
  3. With a wooden spoon "muddle" the juice and the mint leaves together to release flavor. Basically just smash the leaves (or grind them into the bottom of the cup) over and over. Strain the leaves out of the puree when done (optional - I did), and pour the puree back into the pitcher.
  4. Mix the juice well to combine, and serve over crushed ice. Garnish with a mint leaf, if desired.
  5. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Watermelon, Lime and Mint Agua Fresca
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 56
% Daily Value*
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 223mg6%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1070IU21%
Vitamin C 21.5mg26%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Strawberry Smoothie

It’s EASY to make a homemade strawberry smoothie, with Greek yogurt, honey, fresh strawberries and banana! Cold, thick and creamy, you’ll enjoy this drink!It's EASY to make a homemade strawberry smoothie, with Greek yogurt, honey, fresh strawberries and banana! Cold, thick and creamy, you'll enjoy this drink!
It’s that time of year… it’s strawberry season! Who wants a strawberry smoothie? I do, I do! Doesn’t that sound delicious? Well it does to me!

It gets pretty exciting here when the amazingly wonderful Hood Strawberries come into season in the great Pacific Northwest! People head out to the local U-Pick farms to grab big bucketfuls of these local delicious and sweet Oregon strawberries!

I love to go pick extra strawberries at a nearby U-Pick farm, to supplement what the small strawberry beds in my backyard garden produce each year.

There’s just something about a creamy, cold morning smoothie, bursting with great strawberry flavor, that really gets me excited!

Here’s a picture I took last year while out on a morning strawberry picking “mission”.

Picking fresh strawberries is a fun part of making a strawberry smoothie!
Whether you go pick them yourself, or you grow them in your own yard, OR you buy them from your local grocer or at a Farmer’s Market, a tasty strawberry smoothie is a GOOD thing!

I love to have a strawberry smoothie for breakfast, especially as the weather warms up! They are also a great afternoon cold, healthy, and filling drink!

In most of my smoothies, I use plain Greek yogurt, because I like the extra protein I receive from adding it to the drink.

It also helps to grow our strawberries in our little raised bed garden!  That way, I always have them fresh picked or flash-frozen to make a quick strawberry smoothie, year round!

Fresh strawberries growing in our backyard garden can be used to make a strawberry smoothie!A bucket of fresh strawberries can be used to make more than one strawberry smoothie!
So, no matter how you get your fresh berries for your smoothies, I hope you will give this simple, delicious strawberry smoothie a try. Have a great day. Cheers… and bottoms up!

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Strawberry Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
It's EASY to make a homemade strawberry smoothie, with Greek yogurt, honey, fresh strawberries and banana! Cold, thick and creamy, you'll enjoy this drink!
Category: Beverage, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry smoothie
Servings: 2 large servings (or 4 small)
Calories Per Serving: 157 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 10 large strawberries , sliced
  • 1/2 large banana , sliced
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk (can use regular milk if desired)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 handfuls of crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend for a couple of minutes until ice and all ingredients have been fully incorporated, and the mixture is smooth. If you want the smoothie to be even thicker, add additional crushed ice.
  2. Pour into 2 large glasses and serve!
  3. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Recipe Source: my head trying to think of new ways to use my strawberries!

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 157
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin C 37.9mg46%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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