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Decadent Roasted Peach Blackberry Smoothie

Decadent Roasted Peach Blackberry Smoothie

Decadent Roasted Peach Blackberry Smoothie

Yay! I finally bought myself some glass straws! I've been curious to try them ever since they came out several years ago. I like the uniqueness of the product, and I love when I can buy something once that can be used again and again.

I finally took the leap with my $15 bonus coupon from the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. I decided to get the Starter Set recommended by Strawesome for folks who are new to glass straws.

I'm going to share my recipe with you – scroll down for a little more about the straws and what I think of them.

Peaches are in season, as are blackberries. The peaches have been amazingly delicious, the juice just drips when bitten into, and they are so sweet.

This recipe (for me) is sweet enough with only the fruit. Feel free to add your sweetener of choice. You may want to roast the fruit the day before, but you can do everything in the same day.

Decadent Roasted Peach Blackberry Smoothie

Cut peaches in half, remove the pits. Cut into 1″ thick slices. Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of a casserole dish and line with peaches and blackberries. Place in oven preheated to 375°. Allow to roast for 30 or 40 minutes, until peaches are tender.

Remove from oven. Place fruit onto a large plate to cool. You can also put them into the refrigerator at this point.

Add fruit to blender. Add coconut milk [affiliate link], vanilla [affiliate link] and ice. Blend 10-30 seconds.

*I make my own coconut milk, click here to make your own in just six minutes!

Strawesome Glass StrawsI am totally loving my new straws! My set is crystal clear but they have all different kinds. There is really quite a large selection to choose from. Some straws are colored and some have special decorative designs like the ones in the image above. Some are “barely bent” and some are straight. The length ranges from the short (6″) to the blender smoothie straw (12″). There are skinny diameter (7mm) straws all the way up to the “bubble tea” straws which are 15mm in diameter and they even have carrying cases to take your straw with you wherever you go.

I'm now wishing I had decided on one of the super long decorative straws to call my very own!

It is a completely different experience using a smooth glass straw vs. a disposable plastic straw. It is hard to describe but part of it is the sensory aspect in that a plastic straw has a sharp thin plastic edge while the Strawesome straw is completely smooth with a thicker rounded surface.

The Starter Set cost $26.95. Shipping was $6.64. So after the coupon discount I paid $18.59 for four straws, one each of the following plus the cleaning brush:

  • See-Thru Short Straw 6″ 9.5mm diameter
  • See-Thru Short Smoothie Straw 8″ 9.5mm diameter
  • See-Thru Straw 8″ 12mm diameter
  • See-Thru Smoothie Straw 8″ 12mm diameter

Here are some facts about these straws:

  • Strawesome straws are made of borosilicate glass tubing which is the strongest commercially available glass. This is the same glass that Pyrex® is made from.
  • Borosilicate glass is non-toxic, so you can feel confident when drinking hot or cold liquids that no toxins are leaching into your beverage.
  • Annealed (slowly cooled to make it tougher and less brittle) so that it is dishwasher safe.
  • Handmade in the USA
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t love your straw, send it back to Strawesome for a full refund.
  • Lifetime guarantee against breakage. If you break it Strawesome  will replace it. (Is that so cool?!)

 

Decadent Roasted Peach Blackberry Smoothie
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large peaches
  • 6 ounces blackberries
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Cut peaches in half, remove the pits. Cut into 1" slices. Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of a casserole dish and line peaches and blackberries. Place in oven preheated to 375°. Allow to roast for 30 or 40 minutes, until peaches are tender.
  2. Remove from oven. Place fruit onto a large plate to cool. You can also put them into the refrigerator at this point.
  3. Add fruit to blender. Add coconut milk, vanilla and ice. Blend 10-30 seconds.
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Orange Red Grape Slushie

Orange Red Grape Slushie

 

Orange Red Grape SlushieLast week my husband made candied orange peels (candied with honey [affiliate link] for a holiday bread recipe) to save me the time from having to do it. He cut the peels from the oranges, and placed the oranges in the freezer.

Our son Matthew saw the oranges and wondered if they would be good in a smoothie. We put two frozen whole (peeled) oranges into the Vitamix with some water, ice and a dozen grapes. Blended on high and wow! This quick recipe is light and refreshing and super tasty.

If you want to add some protein, feel free to add one tablespoon of Collagen Hydrolysate Gelatin (affiliate link) – this is the kind that blends easily into cold ingredients without clumping.

Orange Grape Slushie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 1
 
Light and refreshing for a hot summer day.
Ingredients
  • 2 oranges, peeled and frozen
  • 12 red grapes
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a blender (preferably a high powered one that can crush ice and frozen fruit) and blend 30-60 seconds.

 
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Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

Cinnamon Apple Smoothie

Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

This smoothie was inspired by The Paleo Cupboard's Cinnamon Roll Smoothie. This recipe is compliant with both the GAPS Diet and the 21 Day Sugar Detox.

I'm doing a sugar detox. I'm sure you're saying, “What?!” In a nutshell, a few months ago I started to add back in some non-GAPS foods – since we are not meant to stay on GAPS forever – and I got a little carried away with white starches. Okay, and some “healthy” “organic” treats that contained sugar. And some quick breads made with coconut flour [affiliate link]. And I gained some weight… I'll tell you more about it tomorrow.

Today is Day 7 for me of the sugar detox. I have been doing pretty good with the restrictions. It is actually somewhat of a comfort to be back on track. I'm doing Level 3, which is pretty strict, but we are still allowed to have one piece of fruit daily. This smoothie contains half an apple and half a banana. It uses no addition sweeteners.

Cinnamon Apple Smoothie

  1. Place almonds and water into a high powered blender. Blend on high speed for about 20 seconds, or until creamy.
  2. Add herbal coffee, apple, banana, cinnamon, and ice cubes.
  3. Blend 5-10 seconds or until smooth.

Serves 1.

Cinnamon Apple Smoothie
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Recipe type: Breakfast or Snack
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Serves: 1
 
This not-so-sweet-treat is compliant with both GAPS and the 21 Day Sugar Detox.
Ingredients
  • 1 small handful of almonds, about 1 ounce
  • 1 cup water (or you can just use 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk)
  • ½ Granny Smith apple
  • ½ banana (frozen preferably)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup herbal coffee (my favorite is Delicious Obsession's)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place almonds and water into a high powered blender. Blend on high speed for about 20 seconds, or until smooth.
  2. Add apple, banana, cinnamon, herbal coffee and ice cubes.
  3. Blend until smooth.

 

 

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Cherry Banana Ice Cream Shake

Cherries are on sale so of course I had to buy some. They are the sweet dark red cherries which are just so delicious and sweet by themselves. But today I decided I wanted a cherry shake and so I created this delicious ice cream shake.

Serves two.

If you own a Vitamix Vitamix (affiliate link) throw everything into your blender and within a minute or two your ice cream shake will be ready to enjoy.

If your blender is less powerful you may find it helpful to add the cherries, honey and vanilla [affiliate link] first and blend until pureed. Then slice the bananas and blend until smooth.

Serves one or more.

If you love desserts like this, I have two cookbooks you really need to check out ASAP! Everyone Loves Pudding and Naturally Sweetened Treats.

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Chocolate Shake

Chocolate “Ice Cream” Shake (Dairy-Free)

 

This is one of my favorite chocolate indulgences…

Chocolate Shake

 

Over the years I have come up with many different variations of this treat and still it continues to satisfy my chocolate desires. What I love the most: When I find myself craving something I don't want to be eating – typically some kind of shake or frozen yogurt from a fast food joint – I remind myself I have frozen bananas in the freezer at home and can have one of these as soon as I get home, if I still want one.

Chocolate “Ice Cream” Shake

Place everything, except for the macadamia nuts [affiliate link] into your blender, I use my Magic Bullet (this is my Amazon affiliate link). Blend until completely mixed. If using the Magic Bullet [affiliate link] you may need to remove it from the motor base and shake the cup a few times to mix everything up. Add the macadamia nuts after thoroughly blended. I love the mouth feel of nuts in ice cream. This is a delicious substitute for ice cream, I would never miss ice cream ever again as long as I could have this.

Let me know if you get a chance to try it. 🙂  When you click on this image, my Amazon affiliate link will take you to Amazon to check out these gorgeous soda fountain glasses.

 

 

 

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Recipe: Coconut Milk Chocolate Ice Cream Shake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced into small pieces with a sharp knife
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 Tablespoons chunky peanut butter [affiliate link]
  • 3 crushed ice cubes
  • 1 egg yolk, optional
  • small handful of chopped macadamia nuts, optional
Instructions
  1. Place everything, except for the macadamia nuts into your blender,
  2. Blend until completely mixed.
  3. Add the macadamia nuts after thoroughly blended.

 

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If you love desserts like this, I have two cookbooks you really need to check out ASAP! Naturally Sweetened Treats for gluten-free dessert needs and Baker’s Dozen Volume 4, Chocolate Treats for amazing chocolate desserts and snacks.

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Dairy Free Cashew Nut Milk Mango Smoothie

Mango Smoothie Dairy Free Cashew Milk

Dairy Free Cashew Nut Milk Mango Smoothie

I made a delicious mango smoothie using Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream, (recipe at Elana's Pantry) which is made from raw cashews. The Vegan Vanilla [affiliate link] Ice Cream is delicious freshly made, it's similar to soft serve vanilla ice cream. But once frozen, it turns as hard as ice. A perfect way to use up these hard frozen bits is to make smoothies.

I prefer to use my Magic Bullet since I'm usually only making one serving. If I were making four or more servings, I might consider using my Oster.

Last night I shopped at Costco. I was having a bit of an anxiety attack until I got to Costco, because the price of vegetables (which I eat a lot of) has doubled and I guess will even triple here soon. Thankfully Costco hadn't raised all their prices, but I will brace myself for it to happen next week.

As a result of the anxiety, I found myself having some cravings, and I couldn't pass the lovely ripe mangoes which were 9 for $7.99. I also bought a Costco roasted chicken. I had to do something to counteract the smell of pizza wafting into my nose for the remainder of my 35 mile drive home. My son asked me to please order him a Costco pizza. It smelled good, but I wasn't tempted. That's because I was chowing down on the roasted chicken. Not organic or grass fed, but the sign said no MSG and I think it also said no gluten. Once home, I ate the ripest mango. Then I ate half of one of the wonderfully delicious perfectly ripe avocados I'd also purchased from Costco. I had to really work to persuade myself to go out and feed the goats and milk. It doesn't take too long since the girls aren't giving me much milk, but they still have to be milked at least once a day. When I got back in… I ate another mango… I think I ate another one somewhere along the way…

I have been avoiding fruit for the past week or so, and I guess I just couldn't take it another minute, at least not when coupled with my fear that I won't be able to eat soon.

Now I know many of my readers who follow GAPS are eating organic vegetables and pay far more than I am able, and you probably think $1.69 for a green bell pepper is cheap, since Whole Paycheck, sorry I mean Whole Foods sells them for $5.99 EACH. But I am accustomed to buying green bell peppers 4 for a $1, or 3 for $1, or maybe two for a dollar but I have never paid one dollar for one green bell pepper and it panics me to think of paying $1.69 for one green bell pepper.

I started to feel like I'm not going to be able to afford to eat here pretty soon. It scared me, and I guess it caused me to go on a bit of a binge.

Here is one last secret confession: I have been eating salami with nitrates from Costco. I went on a search last night to see why nitrates are so very bad for us, and found that they are a carcinogen. That's nice. I have been poisoning myself for the past couple of weeks.

I found some salami that does not have nitrates but it costs $7.99 for eight ounces. The name brand is Boar's Head. It is very delicious, but I can eat the entire stick over a day or two.

I resolve to stop buying the salami with nitrates.

Now, I should get to my recipe… last night, I put the ripest mango in the refrigerator. This morning as I was trying to figure out what I wanted for breakfast, I spotted the mango. And then I remembered the leftover hard frozen cashew nut ice cream. And our hens have been giving us 1 to 3 eggs [affiliate link] a day, so I have some good healthy eggs on hand… finally, here is my recipe.

  • 1/2 cup hard frozen cashew nut ice cream/milk, chopped into small chunks
  • 1 cup mango, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks

Mix the items together before putting into the blender. Here is what that looks like:

Mango Smoothie Ingredients

The chunks of cashew nut ice cream looks like pieces of cauliflower, don't they? 🙂  You can see the egg yolk mixed around on the mango and the cashew nut ice cream.

Blend until smooth. You may have to remove the cup and shake up and down to distribute the larger chunks of ice cream.

This is the kind of thing I need when I see those smoothies at the store, or milk shakes, or soft serve ice cream. Then I just tell myself I can make my own that's good for me, tastes a hundred times better and is naturally sweetened to boot!

Let me know if you try this smoothie, can't wait to hear what you think of it!

 

Recipe: Mango Smoothie Dairy Free Cashew Milk
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Recipe type: Smoothie
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A delicious mango smoothie with frozen cashew nut ice cream. This is a great way to use up frozen ice cream that has hardened.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup hard frozen cashew nut ice cream/milk, chopped into small chunks
  • 1 cup mango, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks
Instructions
  1. Mix the items together before putting into the blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. You may have to remove the cup and shake up and down to distribute the larger chunks of ice cream.
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Cantaloupe Smoothie

Cantaloupe Smoothie

Cantaloupe Smoothie

I bought a cantaloupe last night when I did some grocery shopping. I was so proud of myself to look at my shopping cart and the items in my cart and to realize how healthy they all are. Except my youngest son asked me to buy him Mountain Dew which is a blue color. That was the only icky stuff in my cart.

And well, nothing was organic or grass fed, so essentially, all icky. But let's just pretend everything was organic.

At any rate, I love cantaloupe and they were on sale for only 99 cents each, so I picked a ripe one. I know, I know, I've been trying to stay off fruit, but I just don't wanna. I actually felt like a “normal” person when we were on our vacation because I was able to eat fruit.

I thought it would be good mixed with some Cashew Vanilla [affiliate link] Ice Cream, no wait, Elena's Pantry calls it Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream. I had some leftover from a couple of weeks ago. I thought this was a perfect way to use it up.

  • 1 cup cantaloupe, cubed
  • 3/4 cup Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream, frozen solid and chopped into hunks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend together. Drink. Yummy.

Recipe: Cantaloupe Smoothie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup cantaloupe, cubed
  • ¾ cup Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream, frozen solid and chopped into hunks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Blend together.
  2. Drink

 
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Cashew Milk Vanilla Banana Shake

Cashew Milk Vanilla Banana Shake
Cashew Milk Vanilla [affiliate link] Banana Shake

Today I wanted something cold and creamy. Only, I'm not doing dairy and besides GAPS doesn't allow milk unless it is fermented (yogurt or kefir). I have heard about nut milks, and I've made Elana's Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream (which I call cashew nut ice cream) and I love it. But I didn't want to make a quart of ice cream… I will just eat the whole quart myself.

So I thought I would try making a single serving. I was very happy with the results and it hit the spot nicely on this hot muggy Arizona day.

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Place raw cashews into blender with the water. Blend on high about two minutes. Add banana and vanilla, blend until smooth. Add ice cubes, blend until thick and creamy.

I am very happy with this shake as a substitute for a thick, creamy vanilla shake. As you might notice, there is no additional sweetener, aside from the natural sweetness of the banana (and the cashews have a slightly sweet flavor as well

Recipe analysis at Calorie Count: Cashew Milk Vanilla Banana Shake.

Recipe: Cashew Milk Vanilla Banana Shake
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Recipe type: Smoothie, Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1 svg
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup water
  • ⅓ banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place raw cashews into blender with the water.
  2. Blend on high about two minutes.
  3. Add banana and vanilla, blend until smooth.
  4. Add ice cubes, blend until thick and creamy.

 
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