Banana Pina Colada Mocktail Recipe #YouMexiCan

As you know I’m an ambassador for Old El Paso and someone who is always on the hunt for delicious, fresh Mocktails. Combine the two and you’ll have a need for a delicious Pina Colada Mocktail recipe. Today I proudly bring you my Banana Pina Colada Mocktail recipe which I know you’ll love.

Pina Colada Mocktail

Pair this frozen drink with any of your Mexican meals and you’re in for a Fiesta! Need some ideas for a Mexican dinner? I can help, here are a few of our favourite recipes.

Chicken Fajitas

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Crescent Roll Tacos

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Banana Pina Colada Mocktail

Pina Colada Mocktail

  • 2 frozen ripe bananas
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 can coconut milk – frozen into cubes
  • Fresh pineapple wedges for garnish

Preparation:

Add the first 4 ingredients into your blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.Pour into 4 glasses, garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and serve! It’s that simple to create this delicious, Mexican Mocktail!

Banana Piña Colada Recipe #YouMexiCan
Author: Julie Elsdon-Height
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen ripe bananas
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 can coconut milk – frozen into cubes
  • Fresh pineapple wedges for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add the first 4 ingredients into your blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into 4 glasses, garnish with a fresh pineapple wedge and serve.

Disclosure: I’m part of the Old El Paso Ambassador program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Easy Halloween Dessert – Timbit Spiders

In preparation of our Halloween festivities I was on the hunt for an easy Halloween dessert when I came across these Easy Halloween Eyeball Donut Holes from ThisLilPiglet.net. What a GREAT idea, she uses donut holes (Timbits here in Canada) instead of having to make her own cake pops…brilliant I say!

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Following her lead, I went out and grabbed a 40 pack of Timbits from Tim Hortons, some icing and candies to become the BEST Mom ever!

Timbit Spiders – Easy Halloween Dessert

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Ingredients:

  • 40 donut holes, no glaze or powder from your favourite donut spot
  • Icing
  • Food colouring of your choice
  • Assorted candies of your choice (string liquorice for legs)
  • Appetizer sticks (we used forks)
  • Toothpicks
  • Cupcake cups
  • Coloured sugar

Preparation:

Put your icing into a bowl and drop in a few drops of food colouring and mix well until you reach your chosen colour. Place your Timbit onto the appetizer stick (or fork) and ice it all around. Pour some coloured sugar into a cupcake cup and the iced Timbit into it, coating it well.

Use the toothpicks to apply the spider’s legs, simply put one end of the toothpick into the liquorice and one end into the Timbit. Put on candy eyes/mouth and you are done!

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Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe

Easy recipes are the key to my dessert success, I openly admit that I’m not the most amazing cook but I’ll tell you when I nail it, I nail it! This Peanut Butter Brownie recipe is ridiculously simple and sure to impress anyone you share it with. This past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada and my sister generously offered to host 22 of us in her home. I offered to bring a dessert and had planned to make my Cheesecake Cups when my nephew asked for brownies.

Well I’m not one to back down from a challenge so I did what any good net-savvy woman would do and turned to Pinterest. Once again I was drawn to images of Peanut Butter Brownies and so here I am offering you what I ended up developing after trying a few batches (much to the delight of my neighbourhood children samplers).

Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box (18-19 oz) Brownie mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup chocolate frosting

Preparation:

Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe

Preheat your oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl combine brownie mix, butter, cream cheese and egg. Mix until dough becomes very thick and sticky and spoon into bottoms of 18 paper-lined muffin pan cups. Place in the oven for 18 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.

 

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In another bowl stir together peanut butter and powdered sugar.

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Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon onto the top of each cooled brownie cup, frost and enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Julie Elsdon-Height
A delicious Peanut Butter Brownie
Ingredients
  • 1 box (18-19 oz) Brownie mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup chocolate frosting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl combine brownie mix, butter, cream cheese and egg.
  4. Mix until dough becomes very thick and sticky and spoon into bottoms of 18 paper-lined muffin pan cups.
  5. Place in the oven for 18 minutes.
  6. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  7. In another bowl stir together peanut butter and powdered sugar.
  8. Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon onto the top of each cooled brownie cup, frost and enjoy!

 

 

 

Cream of Potato Bacon Soup Recipe – Cuz Baby It's Cold Outside

I come from a long line of potato lovers, perhaps this is because my Irish Grandmother insisted that potatoes were served with every meal but if I typed that I’d be guilty of stereotyping right? Cough. It’s been 5 months since my fantastic parents moved into our home and knowing my Mum’s love of potatoes I’ve been amassing copious amounts of potato recipes to try. My most recent favourite is a Cream of Potato Bacon Soup recipe which Mum ad I played with until we hit a winner.

Cream of Potato Bacon Soup Recipe

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Ingredients:

Cream of Potato Bacon soup recipe ingredients

  • 8 good sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pound of bacon, cut into slices
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, cut into slices
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of sour cream for garnish
  • 1/4 cup green onion for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Begin by cooking the bacon in a dutch oven until it’s at your desired crispness. Once bacon is done, remove it from the pot and drain all but 1/4 cup of the grease. Add the onions and garlic to the bacon grease and saute until the onion turns clear and softens. Add in the cubed potatoes,mix to ensure they’re well coated in the grease. Saute for  4 minutes and add in the bacon. Now you’ll pour in enough chicken stock to just cover the potatoes. Put on the lid and simmer until the potatoes are tender.

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While this is simmering, get out another pan and melt the butter with medium heat. Add in the flour and cook, whisking consistently for 2 minutes. Now add in the cream, continue stirring constantly until it comes to a boil and thickens.

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Once your cream mixture has thickened, stir it into your potato mixture in the Dutch oven. Next transfer half of the mixture into a blender and puree it.

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Transfer the puree back into the pot and stir well.

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Now you simply have to season to taste using the green onion and sour cream. Pour into bowls and enjoy!

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Cream of Potato Bacon Soup Recipe- Cuz Baby It’s Cold Outside
Recipe Type: Soup
Author: Julie Elsdon-Height
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Serves: 8
A delicious Cream of Potato Bacon soup recipe
Ingredients
  • 8 good sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pound of bacon, cut into slices
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, cut into slices
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of sour cream for garnish
  • 1/4 cup green onion for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cooking the bacon in a dutch oven until it’s at your desired crispness.
  2. Once bacon is done, remove it from the pot and drain all but 1/4 cup of the grease.
  3. Add the onions and garlic to the bacon grease and saute until the onion turns clear and softens.
  4. Add in the cubed potatoes,mix to ensure they’re well coated in the grease.
  5. Sauté for 4 minutes and add in bacon.
  6. Pour in enough chicken stock to just cover the potatoes. Put on the lid and simmer until the potatoes are tender.
  7. While this is simmering, get out another pan and melt the butter with medium heat.
  8. Add in the flour and cook, whisking consistently for 2 minutes.
  9. Now add in the cream, continue stirring constantly until it comes to a boil and thickens.
  10. Once your cream mixture has thickened, stir it into your potato mixture in the Dutch oven.
  11. Next transfer half of the mixture into a blender and puree it.
  12. Transfer the puree back into the pot and stir well.

Chicken Soup Kicked Up a Notch & a Giveaway! #ChickenDotCa

At this time of year I feel like I’m cold almost all day. There’s no real reason for it, yes the temperature outside is dropping but to my husband’s dismay I’ve turned on the heat. Wether it’s a psychosomatic thing or not I’m chilly and when I feel like this there’s nothing like soup to make me feel all warm and cosy. Funnily my family get bored of my chicken soup quickly… so I have to kick it up a notch and get going on come different flavours to make them love soup as much as I do.

When looking for healthy, delicious soups I often head over the the Chicken Farmers of Canada recipe page. Here you’ll find dishes that are super simple (a requirement for me) and a variety of flavours which will make even my picky eaters happy.

Broccoli, Potato & Chicken Soup

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This easy, creamless soup looks big on effort but is not. Potatoes provide the soup with body and Emmental cheese lends its distinctive flavour. This makes a lot, and is perfect for company. It doesn’t require a lot of time to put together, and the delicious combination of broccoli, cheese, and chicken makes this recipe well worth a try!

Chicken Chilli with Pumpkin & Chocolate

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Chili loves pumpkin and chocolate! Use these fun ingredients to help revitalize an old favourite. The pumpkin adds fibre and body while the chocolate and cocoa powder blend in creating rich, smooth flavour. Make this quick, warming dish with lean ground chicken to hit the spot on a cold day.

These are just a few of the recipes I’ve Pinned to try. Go check out the site, there are some tasty looking Crockpot recipes as well!

Easiest Ever Southwestern Dinner

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The ideal weekday slow cooker recipe – one that can be put together in minutes with extremely flavorful results that appeal to all ages. This recipe fits the bill on all points. Try it once, chances are you have everything you need right now, and this recipe will become a constant in your repertoire.

Velvet Chicken & Corn Soup

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This silky soup comes together very easily, thanks to your slow cooker. Aromatic ginger infuses this Chinese-inspired soup with loads of flavour. A finishing touch of tamari, an aged soy sauce, brings all the flavours together into one comforting chicken soup.

These are just a few of the recipes they have listed which I’m going to try out. Are you like me, please tell me you’re feeling the cold these days and suddenly crave soups like a mad woman? or man?

GIVEAWAY ALERT

The fine folks at Chicken Farmers of Canada have provided me with a lovely prize for you soup lovers! One Canadian reader will win this set of bowls and a thermos (which is amazing, I have one and it’s wicked good).

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To enter simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below, winner will be drawn on November 8th and have 48 hours to respond.

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Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign by ShesConnected. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

The Secret to Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Growing up we had eggs on our table constantly, from big English fry ups on the weekends to cold salad plates my Mum almost always included eggs. One would think that I’d be a STAR at boiling and peeling my own hard boiled eggs but I must admit that I’ve failed in this area for most of my life.

Way back when I was a hip 20-something gal I found myself craving an egg salad sandwich. I pulled out my one pot, added in the water and salt and let it boil on high for about 10 minutes. What resulted was not a lovely boiled-egg as I had hoped, I ended up phoning my Father whose laughter could be heard for miles.

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As a married woman I was determined to master this and thankfully my husband’s grandma gifted me a little appliance which made it simple. It was shaped like a chicken and clucked when the eggs were done! It was adorable and produced perfectly cooked eggs every time!

For a long time I had the pleasure of serving up these eggs, peeling was simple….until it kicked the bucket and I realized it was time for me to grow up and make my very own boiled eggs. I Googled the steps and was convinced I had the knack, until batch after batch came out with super tight membranes which made them un-peelable.

What the heck is the key to making the perfect easy-to-peel boiled egg?

Exasperated I did what I know best, I asked someone in the know. Turing to my cousin who happens to be a chef (and a Brit who loves to mock me) I bared my soul, knowing that he would laugh at my inability to master a basic kitchen skill. In typical style he did take the Mickey out of me for a bit but then gave me the key….the SECRET!!

The Secret to Easy-to-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Easy to peel hard boiled eggs

It’s very simple really, place your eggs into your pot and fill with water until it’s approximately 2 inches above the eggs. Add in 1 tablespoon of vinegar for every 6 eggs, do NOT add salt as this seals up natural cracks and makes the membrane under the shell difficult to peel.

Now place the pot on the stove and turn the burner onto high. Once the water boils you’ll need to start a timer, for white eggs it’s 7 minutes and for brown eggs it’s 9 minutes.

Once they’ve reached the required time remove the pot from the burner, drain the hot water and put the eggs under cold tap water.

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The membrane pulls off easily

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Perfect hard boiled eggs

Peel and enjoy!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Cups Recipe $400 Giveaway #EggItForward

Here in Ontario it’s Thanksgiving weekend which always gets me to thinking of the blessings in my life. As I take the time to truly reflect on my journey, I’m struck by the amazing opportunities, people and gifts I’ve been given. There were times in my life when I had much less, when my health failed, when finances were in the gutter…so many times when people would step in with a gesture of kindness which would change my negative perspective. I can remember right after my first daughter was born I found a homemade meal on my doorstep with a loving note from someone wishing us well. It probably the BEST meal we’ve ever eaten and reminded us that we had folks pulling for us.

With this in mind I’m so happy to have teamed up with This Lil Piglet to invite you all to #EggItForward to someone in your life. We are giving you a chance to win $250 towards your local food bank AND $150 Burnbrae Farms gift basket, including coupons. Details about this fantastic giveaway are at the bottom of the post…way below these delicious photos…oh and be sure to check out This Lil Piglet’s Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecake, you’ll thank me later.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups Recipe

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups Recipe @SoberJuilie.com #EggItForward

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup  graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup  plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 3 Tbsp.  butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp.  vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup

Preparation:

Begin by heating the oven to 325°F.

Mix the graham crumbs, 2 Tbsp. sugar and butter until they are well blended.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cup base

Now press the graham cracker mixture onto bottoms of 18 paper-lined muffin pan cups; I found it easy using an ice cream scoop.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups Muffin tin

Set aside the muffin tins and beat cream cheese, remaining sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups mixing

Now pour the cream cheese mixture over crusts in the muffin tins.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups before baking

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until centers are almost set, then cool completely.

Spread evenly with 1/3 cup strawberry jam, (I was far too generous and ended up with very messy cheesecake cups), garnish with fresh strawberry halves and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups Recipe @SoberJulie.com #EggItForward
Strawberry Cheesecake Cups
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Julie Elsdon-Height
Serves: 18
Lovely Strawberry Cheesecake cups which are perfect to take to gatherings.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. HEAT oven to 325°F.
  2. MIX graham crumbs, 2 Tbsp. sugar and butter until blended; press onto bottoms of 18 paper-lined muffin pan cups.
  3. BEAT cream cheese, remaining sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crusts.
  4. BAKE 25 to 30 min. or until centers are almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours.
  5. Spread evenly with 1/3 cup strawberry jam. Garnish with fresh strawberry halves and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

#EggItForward Giveaway

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One lucky Canadian winner will recieve a donation of $250 in their name to their local food bank AND a $150 Burnbrae Farms gift pack full of swag and coupons.

 

It’s simple to enter:

  1. Often food is used to show our appreciation. First tell me how you give thanks using eggs around Thanksgiving in the comments below.
  2. Pin one of the 2 finished Strawberry Cheesecake Cup images in this post to Pinterest.
  3. Mandatory Entry: Using Instagram via Twitter or simply Twitter, tweet your favourite recipe you use to #EggItForward and include another fellow Twitter pal. You can either tweet a picture of that recipe OR just tell us in a tweet using the hashtag #EggItForward using the following format:

For example: ” @BurnbraeFarms I would share my Strawberry Cheesecake Cups with @ThisLilPiglet #EggItForward “

Note: You can tweet directly on Twitter using a statement OR via Instagram through to Twitter using attaching a picture to your tweet. You can enter as many times as you want on Twitter BUT always use this format.

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

Apple Maple Pecan Skillet Pancake Recipe

With Autumn in the air here in Ontario it’s the perfect time to head out to the apple orchards and begin some baking. The choices are endless, from apple pies to apple brown betty we love them all! Today I decided to try something different, I wanted to incorporate some good old Maple Syrup and delicious pecans. This Apple Maple Pecan Skillet Pancake recipe can be used for either a breakfast or dessert dish. It’s a lovely breakfast on a Saturday morning or accompanied by some ice cream for dessert.

I hope you all enjoy it!

Apple Maple Pecan Skillet Pancake Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 small McIntosh apples peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, split into two portions
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup pecans, broken into small pieces

Preparation:

Begin preheating your oven to 425 degrees.Next peel your apples, coring them and cutting them into 1/4 inch slices.

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Melt the butter in an oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Once melted, throw in your apple slices and allow them to cook for about 6 to 8 minutes until they’re soft.

Apples cooking

Add in the brown sugar and cinnamon and continue cooking on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes until they’re caramelized.  While they’re cooking, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and flour. When the apples are lovely and soft, gently pour in your batter and move your skillet into the preheated oven for 12 minutes.

Apple Dessert Mix

After 12 minutes, pull out the skillet and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar over the top. Drizzle the maple syrup onto this lovely creation, sprinkle the pecans on top and return to the oven for approximately 5 minutes or until it’s all nice and brown.

Apple Maple Pecan skillet pancake
Apple Maple Pecan Skillet Pancake Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Julie Elsdon-Height
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
A lovely dessert jammed with caramelized apples, maple syrup and pecans
Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 small McIntosh apples peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, split into two portions
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup pecans, small pieces
Instructions
  1. Begin preheating your oven to 425 degrees.Next peel your apples, coring them and cutting them into 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Melt the butter in an oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Once melted, throw in your apple slices and allow them to cook for about 6 to 8 minutes until they’re soft.
  3. Add in the brown sugar and cinnamon and continue cooking on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes until they’re caramelized. While they’re cooking, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and flour. When the apples are lovely and soft, gently pour in your batter and move your skillet into the preheated oven for 12 minutes.
  4. After 12 minutes, pull out the skillet and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar over the top. Drizzle the maple syrup onto this lovely creation, sprinkle the pecans on top and return to the oven for approximately 5 minutes or until it’s all nice and brown.

WIN a KitchenAid Diamond Blender & Berry Smoothie Recipe #KADiamondBlender

Blenders have become the bane of my existence! There is nothing more frustrating that trying to whip up a Mocktail or smoothie only to have the ice caught in the blade of a blender. Usually I have to unplug the thing and begin prying the ice out to get things moving. It’s definitely a first world problem but one that could easily raise my blood pressure far too high. KitchenAid recently tasked me with testing out the new KitchenAid Diamond Blender and I was amazed to see that I just couldn’t jam this sucker up!

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As of today I’ve made 3 smoothie recipes, 2 Mocktails and many purees using ice and not once did it jam. This is a gorgeous machine and it performs wonderfully!

Recipes Made with KitchenAid Diamond Blender

Last week I shared two recipes 20 second smoothie recipes with you which I made using the KitchenAid Diamond Blender. The first was the Energy Boost Smoothie which was in the recipe card which came with my blender. It is a gorgeous blend of fruits to fuel you up!

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 The second is the Good for You Green Smoothie, this recipe also came with the blender and I must admit I wish I’d tried a green smoothie sooner because it’s delicious!

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Today I’m happy to share yet another recipe which I made using the diamond blender, I know you’ll all appreciate the fact that it only takes 20 seconds to make and it’s oh-so delicious!

Berry Smoothie Recipe

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Ingredients:

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  • 1/3 cup blackberries
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup of water

 Preparation:

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Toss all of your ingredients in, turn it on for 20 seconds and it’s ready. That easy; no prying ice out of a blade or any fuss.

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KitchenAid Diamond Blender Review

The KitchenAid Diamond Blender, with exclusive diamond blending system, provides the ultimate blending performance to stir, chop, mix, puree and liquify, with pulse 1-5 settings and crush ice mode.   A robust motor, unique one-piece, BPA-Free diamond pitcher, stainless steel blades and electronic controls combine to create a powerful vortex that is fast and thorough for exceptional blending results.  Additionally, Intelli-Speed® Motor Control senses contents and maintains optimal speed to power through all ingredients. Retails for $199. 

What I love:

  • Looks beautiful (yup that matters!)
  • Crushes ice in seconds EVERY.SINGLE.TIIME.
  • Has a 60 oz BPA free shatterproof, scratch proof, stain proof, dishwasher friendly pitcher
  • Rubber feet on the base to hold it in place when I twist off the pitcher
  • Evenly blends ingredients by using the pulse option.
  • Five blending settings—stir, chop, mix, puree, and liquefy

Final thoughts:

This blender has renewed my faith! It hasn’t failed me yet and has been actively used by myself and my kids on a daily basis. There is no fuss and even better no splatters on my counters, this blender is worth every single cent in my eyes.

WIN a KitchenAid Diamond Blender

Today I have the pleasure of announcing I’m giving away one KitchenAid Diamond Blender a very lucky Canadian reader!

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The #KADiamondBlender giveaway will run until October 20th, the winner will have 48 hours to respond via the email they enter with. All entries will be verified so please take your time and enter properly. Simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below and GOOD LUCK!

To check out other amazing KitchenAid products, recipes and connect with the folks there check out the KitchenAid Canada Facebook page where they’re active and very FUN.

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Disclosure: I was provided one KitchenAid Diamond Blender to perform this review but as always all opinions are my own.

 

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Good for You Green Smoothie Recipe

Listen I may be a smoothie lover but somehow up until now I’ve avoided trying one of the many green smoothie recipes which I’ve come across. I would love to tell you it’s because I just haven’t had the time but honestly it’s because the colour turned me off. I have this innate reflex to turn my nose up at any food that is good for me and generally speaking green foods are just that. Put me at a table with lovely carbs, fatty cheeses and a bunch of lean meats and bed and my inner foodie screams for the not -so good for me choices. Thankfully I have a smarter side, one which is health focused and much braver than weak Julie. This week I took the plunge and made myself my first green smoothie recipe.

I found this green smoothie recipe in my KitchenAid Diamond Blender package which I’m reviewing…yup she’s a beauty and so is this simple, healthy recipe.

Green Smoothie Recipe

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Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup cucumbers, diced
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup water

Preparation:

Just like my Energy Boost Fruit Smoothie this one is simple!

Place all ingredients into the blender and blend on medium/high until it reaches your desired consistency. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

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Don’t forget to come back to see what else I’m making with my KitchenAid Diamond Blender…..pretty soon there will be a giveaway for my Canadian readers…..

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