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Avocado Coconut Smoothie

27 Jun

It’s been heating up around here. ¬†After the intensely endless winter we just had, I’m not complaining. ¬†Not one bit. ¬†We can finally enjoy those refreshingly cool treats of summer. ¬†I am rediscovering the wonders of smoothies. ¬†Mostly because they’re a foolproof way to get all my kids to eagerly gulp down a glass full of healthy nutrients. ¬†This Avocado Coconut Smoothie was a result of housing too many avocados that needed to be eaten. ¬†Or slurped.

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We’ve been loving on avocados this year. ¬†We frequently indulge in our favorite healthy snack, Fresh ‘n Chunky Guacamole, which is so delish that I make double batches to keep up with the demand. ¬†Our Creamy Avocado Pasta is a fab dinner for warm summer days. ¬†Now this Avocado Coconut Smoothie is definitely going into our warm-weather drink/treat rotation.

Avocado Coconut Smoothie

Avocados are quite popular as a sweet treat in many Asian countries.  Often, avocados are blended with sweetened condensed milk for a buttery, sweet milkshake-like treat.  I used unsweetened coconut milk in lieu of sweetened condensed milk, for a much healthier smoothie.  The coconut milk lends a wonderfully tropical flavor, balancing out the avocado beautifully.  Because my coconut milk is unsweetened, I used honey for just the right amount of syrupy sweetness.

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I always try to sneak in extra antioxidants into my smoothies, so I included baby spinach leaves in this one. ¬†You can’t taste the spinach at all, and it offers both color and nutrition to the smoothie. ¬†The overall result is a rich, indulgent, healthful treat that you can sip through a straw, enjoy with a spoon, or slurp straight up.

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This stuff is not only delicious, nutritious, but it’s also all-purpose. ¬†Breakfast, absolutely. ¬†After exercise, of course. ¬†Afternoon pick-me-up, yes. ¬†Dessert, totally.

Enjoy!

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AVOCADO COCONUT SMOOTHIE
(Makes 2 large or 4 small servings)

INGREDIENTS

1 large, just ripened avocado
1 cup whole Greek yogurt (vanilla or honey)
6-8 TB honey or agave nectar, depending on desired sweetness
1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1/2 – 3/4 cup crushed ice, optional

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients except ice in blender.  Blend until smooth.  If desired, add crushed ice and blend until desired smoothness.  Serve immediately or chill serve.  If serving later, place cling wrap directly over surface of smoothie to prevent any turning of color.

Source:  Chew Out Loud

Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce

6 Apr

If ¬†the “Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce” label wasn’t tempting enough, perhaps a little illustration will help…

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I’m not typically a sauce-and-sprinkles kind of gal; I’m more of a plain-jane when it comes to ice cream. ¬†One of my favorite indulgences is purely a great vanilla bean ice cream. ¬†I like it simple . ¬† But it’s my sweet boy’s 9th birthday this weekend, and I wanted to make an extra special ice-cream cake in honor of his precious 9 years in our lives. (More to come on how that cake turned out.) ¬†For now, we’ll focus on this decadent hot chocolate fudge sauce.

Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce

In search of the “best” hot fudge sauce, we padded around the kitchen and tinkered with variations of popular recipes, culminating in the gruesome task of taste-testing each chocolatey creation. ¬†Many recipes for hot fudge sauce include corn syrup, but the hands-down favorite ended up being a recipe with no added corn syrup.

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This super chocolatey hot fudge sauce is well balanced with just the right amount of sweetness, buttery-ness, and fudge-y goodness. ¬†It’s smooth and rich, and thickens nicely as it cools. ¬†Lukewarm sauce is perfect for drizzling over ice cream, allowing the fudge to gain that soft chewy texture – the sure sign of a successful hot fudge sauce.

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This hot chocolate fudge sauce keeps well and reheats beautifully. ¬†It is delish over fresh fruit, over pancakes or waffles, over cake… let those creative juices flow. ¬†You can’t go wrong with this.

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My boys will probably beg to make their own chocolate milk with this.  Let the fun begin!

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RECIPE: HOT CHOCOLATE FUDGE SAUCE (approx. 1 cup)

INGREDIENTS

3 oz semi sweet chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream
6 TB brown sugar
2 TB unsweetened cocoa powder
1 TB regular salted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
small pinch kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in small, heavy saucepan set over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, whisking constantly.  Once it reaches a boil, immediately reduce to simmer.  Simmer and whisk for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool to warm or lukewarm before serving.  Keeps well in sealed container in fridge.

Source:  Chew Out Loud, adapted from iowagirleats

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