Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie

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I am starting a new series of posts that are going to be our summertime favorites.  You can see some of our favorites that I have posted in the past if you scroll down on the sidebar to the right ===>.  I am going to start off today sharing what is probably my favorite smoothie – the Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie.  It is so easy to make and tastes delicious!  Of course, if you don’t like one of the fruits, just substitute for another favorite of yours.  It’s very versatile!

Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 6 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Combine, strawberries, banana, coconut flakes, almond milk and honey in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Add in the 6 ice cubes and process until smooth.
  3. Pour into a 12-16 oz. glass and enjoy!!
Notes
**If you use fresh strawberries rather than frozen, just increase your ice amount until you get the consistency that you desire.

If you aren't a fan of almond milk, feel free to substitute with a milk of your choice.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!  🙂

Almond Joy Cookies

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I mentioned in my last post that I have a new fondness for International Delight creamers.  I have so many recipe ideas swirling in my head that they have been keeping me up at night.  I just can’t wait to make all of them!

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When I spotted the Almond Joy creamer in the grocery store I immediately grabbed it and knew that I had to do some fun things with it.  I mean who doesn’t love chocolate, coconut, and almonds?  Then you put them together and they are heaven!  Well, unless you are like my hubby and don’t like coconut.  Which I just can not understand.

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These cookies are so soft and delicious! Yum! You can adjust the amounts of chocolate chips, coconut and almonds to your liking too. I say the more the merrier.

Almond Joy Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • ¼ cup Shortening
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Almond Joy Creamer
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (or Vanilla Extract)
  • 2¼ cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1½ cups Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut (I use sweetened)
  • ¾ cup Almond Slivers
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and shortening. Add the sugars and beat until creamy. Add the egg, creamer, and vanilla, Mix well.
  2. Mix in the flour, baking soda, and salt just until mixed.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips, coconut, and almond slivers with a spatula.
  4. Scoop ¼ cup of dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes (baking time may vary).
Notes
* I prefer my cookies slightly underbaked so they are nice and soft. If you prefer a crunchier cookie, then add 2-3 minutes to baking time.
* I use a stand mixer for these as it makes baking life so much easier!

 

Skinny Strawberry Coconut Milkshake

There isn’t much better on a hot summer day than a nice tall milkshake.  One of my favorites is a Strawberry Coconut milkshake.  I am trying to eat healthier these days, especially with a beach vacation only a few weeks away!  I thought I would share my favorite skinny recipe with you.

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Just three ingredients.  Can’t get much easier than that!  If you are worried about it not being sweet enough, trust me, that is no concern.  If for some reason you feel you need more, feel free to add some Stevia or other sweetener to taste.

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Skinny Strawberry Coconut Milkshake
 
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Ingredients
  • 2½ cups No Sugar Added Strawberry Ice Cream
  • ¾ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • ¼ cup Unsweetened coconut
  • ½ tsp Xanthum Gum, optional
Instructions
  1. In a blender, add ice cream, almond milk, and coconut.
  2. If desired, add the Xanthum gum.

Enjoy!  Let me know what you think! 🙂