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Banana Berry Acai Bowl Recipe (vegan)

Coconut Milk Acai Bowl
Five minutes is all it takes to start the day with a powerfully good breakfast. To make this vegan acai bowl, simply blend coconut milk with fresh banana, acai berry puree and frozen blueberries. Spoon the blended acai mixture into a bowl and sprinkle with good-for-you ingredients like almonds, coconut and hemp seeds.

Banana Berry Acai Bowl Recipe (vegan)
1/4 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
1 medium fresh banana, sliced
1 pack (3.5 ounces) frozen acai berry puree (I used Sambazon pure unsweetened acai)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon chopped almonds
2 teaspoons unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon hemp seeds

Place coconut milk and half of the banana slices in a blender container. Run pack of frozen acai under hot water to thaw slightly; break into chunks. Snip open pack and drop acai into blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Add frozen blueberries to blender; cover and blend until smooth. Mixture should be thick; stop blender and scrape down sides as needed.

Pour mixture into a bowl. Top with the remaining banana slices, almonds, coconut and hemp seeds.

Makes 1 serving

Tip: I use a Vita-Mix high speed blender, which makes quick work of blending frozen fruit. If you use a standard blender, you may need to add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional coconut milk or slightly thaw the blueberries for easier blending.

Vegan Berry Acai Bowl
More acai bowl recipes:
Chocolate Pomegranate Acai Bowls from GI 365
Tropical Acai Bowls from We Are Not Martha
Acai Breakfast Bowl from Health Inspirations

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Grapefruit Oolong Tea Smoothie Recipe

Grapefruit Tea SmoothieI’ve been on an icy drink kick, a sure sign of summer. Whether it’s cold press coffee, fresh squeezed juice or fruit smoothies, I’m always sipping on something cool and refreshing.

My latest drink recipe is the iciest of iced teas. It’s a slushy mix of oolong tea, grapefruit and ice. I love adding a few drops of orange bitters to the mix to heighten the citrus flavor. If I’ve planned ahead, I’ll make ice cubes with oolong tea and use them in the drink. Oolong tea is mild, so the predominant flavor in this tea smoothie is grapefruit. I like to use red or pink grapefruit because they taste sweeter than white grapefruit.

Grapefruit Oolong Tea Smoothie Recipe
1 red or pink grapefruit
1/2 cup brewed oolong tea, chilled
Several drops orange bitters, optional
1 heaping cup ice cubes
Natural sweetener, if desired

Peel, section and juice grapefruit. (Cut grapefruit into supremes- remove all pith. Discard any seeds.) Add grapefruit sections and juice, tea, orange bitters and ice cubes to blender container. Cover and blend until smooth and slushy. Taste and add sweetener, if needed.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups (1 big or 2 small servings)

Tip: Since I like tart drinks, I don’t usually add any sweetener. If you prefer a sweeter drink, try adding a drizzle of pure maple syrup.Grapefruit Tea FrappeMore tea smoothie recipes:
Berry Tea Smoothies from Eating Clean Recipes
Matcha Blueberry Smoothies from Eating Clean Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Frappe Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Frappe DrinkThis week my kitchen has been in a swirl of orange. It’s been pumpkin this, pumpkin that, and more pumpkin. Let’s keep the theme going with a homemade pumpkin spice coffee frappe!

This blended coffee drink is the perfect expression of this time of year. It starts with my favorite drink of summer, cold press coffee, and collides with the king of fall flavor: pumpkin spice. I’m in love.

To make my pumpkin spice coffee drink, I start with strong brewed cold press coffee and blend in real pumpkin, light cream, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and lots of ice. Overly sweet drinks aren’t my thing, so I add just a spoonful of real maple syrup. One of the best things about making your own blended coffee drinks, besides saving money, is the ease of customizing. Add more or less sweetener or light cream to suit your tastes. Just don’t skimp on the whipped cream garnish, it’s not optional : )

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Frappe
3/4 cup cold press coffee, chilled
2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons half and half (light cream)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 cup ice
Garnishes: whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice

In a blender container combine cold press coffee, pumpkin puree, half and half, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Cover and blend to combine. Add ice; cover and blend until smooth and slushy. Pour coffee frappe into glasses. Top with whipped cream and additional pumpkin pie spice.

Makes 2 small blended coffee drinks (about 2 1/4 cups total)

Tip: Brew your own cold press coffee or buy some at your local coffee shop.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Drink

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