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.

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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.

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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Energy Boost Fruit Smoothie Recipe

As the weather has changed here in Ontario and I’m resentfully pulling out socks every morning I’m feeling more and more tired. Is it simply resenting the feel of these thicker clothes or does the reduction in sunlight actually have this affect on everyone? I don’t know but I do know that I cannot rely upon coffee to get me going in the mornings so I was on a quest to find a great smoothie recipe to give me the boost I need in the mornings.

Recently I was provided a GORGEOUS KitchenAid Diamond Blender for a future review (make a note to come back for that one!) which had a recipe from KitchenAid which is jammed with fruit to fuel me up! It’s their Energy Fruit Smoothie Recipe and I’m going to share it with you all simply because I prefer to think that I’m not the only one who is lagging these days. There is beauty in shared challenges right?

Energy Fruit Smoothie Recipe (serves 4)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of pineapple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium orange, peeled
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup crushed ice

energy fruit smoothie ingredientsPreparation:

You just cannot get more simple than this! Place all ingredients into the blender and blend on medium/high until it reaches your desired consistency. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

energy fruit smoothie preparation

There it is friends, a lovely smoothie which will get that fruit into your daily diet and help keep energy up!

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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…..

Limeade – A refreshing drink recipe

Here in Ontario, Canada we are in a bit of a late heat wave. It’s just plain gorgeous outside! It’s September and we’re here cleaning out our gardens and working up a sweat. Believe me when I say we aren’t complaining, after a very cool few weeks we embrace the warmth!

This heat had me looking around for a refreshing drink recipe and I found what I was looking for in one of my recipe books, Tacos, Tortas & Tamales by Roberto Santibanez. I took his Mexican Limeade recipe and changed it up a bit by adding in more ice and blending it with the recipe.

Limeade – A refreshing drink recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 2 limes, rinsed well, quartered and seeds flicked out
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 3 cups of water
  • Ice cubes for glasses
  • 1 lime for garnish

Preparation:

Place the lime quarters (with skins) and sugar in a blender. Add in 3 cups of water and blend until very smooth.

Fill your glasses with ice and pour the mixture into each glass. Garnish with lime wedges and add extra sugar to taste.

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Layered Tropical Smoothie

Lately our family is on a smoothie kick! It’s such a delicious, nutritious choice and oh-so simple to make. On a hot Summer’s day there’s nothing like tossing some fruit, a liquid and ice into the blender and enjoying the cool smoothie.

This week we decided to go tropical with our smoothie, we grabbed some coconut milk, coconut extract, kiwis, strawberries and a frozen banana and voila! The Layered Tropical Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie was born.

Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie

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Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 3 kiwis (one to slice for garnish)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-1/2 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut extract
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup ice

Preparation:

Begin by preparing the strawberry layer. Wash and hull your strawberries, cut in half and place into blender with 1 tsp sugar, water and 1/2 cup of ice. Blend until it reaches the consistency you desire. If you prefer to remove the seeds, omit the ice and strain the blended mixture using a sieve. Then return to the blender and blend with ice.

Now pour a small amount into each glass and set aside.

Smoothie mix

Rinse the blender and place the banana, 2 peeled kiwis, coconut milk, coconut extract, 1 tsp sugar and ice into it. Blend until it reaches the consistency you enjoy.

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Using a spoon, carefully pour the white layer onto the strawberry layer. If you pour into the middle it will push up the strawberry layer, creating a neat “bleed” effect which is a cool visual.

Garnish with a kiwi slice and serve.

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Layered Tropical Smoothie
Recipe Type: Drink
Author: Julie Elsdon-Height
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Serves: 8
A gorgeous layered tropical smoothie
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 3 kiwis (one to slice for garnish)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-1/2 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Wash and hull your strawberries, cut in half and place into blender with sugar, water and 1/2 cup of ice.
  2. Blend until it reaches the consistency you desire. If you prefer to remove the seeds, omit the ice and strain the blended mixture using a sieve. Then return to the blender and blend with ice.
  3. Now pour a small amount into each glass and set aside.
  4. Rinse the blender and place the banana, 2 peeled kiwis, coconut milk, coconut extract, sugar and ice into it.
  5. Blend until it reaches the consistency you enjoy.
  6. Using a spoon, carefully pour the white layer onto the strawberry layer. If you pour into the middle it will push up the strawberry layer, creating a neat “bleed” effect which is a cool visual.
  7. Garnish with a kiwi slice and serve.

Apple Pomegranate Soda – My Current FAV Drink Recipe

This week has been a challenging one to say the least and frankly today I found a wee bit of happiness in my favorite drink recipe Apple Pomegranate Soda. We came home from our little trailer in Muskoka to find that Creeping Charlie had officially decimated the backyard grass area. This stuff spreads like wild-fire and there’s no simple way of getting rid of it!

We refused to live with this vine creeping throughout the rest of the yard so we sucked it up and started digging it all out (and any remaining grass). This is heavy work for my husband and I putter away, breaking the good soil away from the roots and stashing it all into garden bags.

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As you can see I turned to a fan and a stool for this job, honestly it’s been a heatwave here! As we drove to the garden centre to order the new sod the car thermometer screamed that it was 42 degrees Celsius outside…WHAT?

Today we’ve turned all the earth and removed almost all of the roots/weed system just in time for the topsoil and sod deliveries tomorrow. WHEW talk about cutting it close.

To celebrate I decided to make my favourite drink recipe, a gorgeous Apple Pomegranate Soda and of course I have to share the recipe with you all. The flavours are amazing, so worth making to cool off on a hot day!

Apple Pomegranate Soda – My FAV Drink Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Sparkling water or seltzer

Preparation:

Place the apple juice, pomegranate juice, water and sugar into a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 1 hour or until you have 1 cup remaining.

Apple Pomegranate soda reduction

Place in the fridge to cool. Once cooled, fill glasses with ice and place 3-4 tablespoons in each glass. Top with sparkling water or seltzer, stir and serve.

Apple Pomegranate Soda drink recipe

Apple Pomegranate Soda – My Current FAV Drink Recipe
Recipe Type: Drinks
Author: Julie Elsdon-Height
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Total time:
Serves: 4
A gorgeous, flavourful drink sure to impress!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Sparkling water or seltzer
Instructions
  1. Place the apple juice, pomegranate juice, water and sugar into a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 1 hour or until you have 1 cup remaining.
  3. Place in the fridge to cool.
  4. Once cooled, fill glasses with ice and place 3-4 tablespoons in each glass.
  5. Top with sparkling water or seltzer, stir and serve.

 

 

My FAV Easy Strawberry Milkshake Recipe

We are all about easy recipes, and I’m excited to share my favorite EASY Strawberry Milkshake recipe. This week we have been at our trailer in Muskoka at MBC. I’ve posted loads about our life up here which you can read HERE. We live without a proper kitchen, to compound the space issue our 30 year old trailer doesn’t have propane so I cook using a hotplate, BBQ and other small electric appliances.

This is supposed to be “camping” and if my darling husband had his way we’d really be roughing it but personally I believe in eating well while camping. This week we made ourselves a treat after a friend dropped off some luscious strawberries she’d hand-picked for us and of course I had to share it here with you all!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of strawberries
  • 1-1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups french vanilla ice cream

Fresh strawberry milkshake

Preparation:

Begin by calling in recruits to help with washing and hulling the strawberries. Thankfully our friend who is Youth Counselor here stopped in to lend a hand.

Making fresh strawberry milkshake

Next cut each strawberry in half and puree in a blender.

Blending Strawberry Milkshake Recipe

Add in the milk and ice cream and mix until you reach desired consistency. Garnish with fresh strawberries and enjoy!

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Easy Strawberry Milkshake Recipe
Recipe Type: Drink
Author: Julie Elsdon-Height
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Serves: 4-5
A gorgeous, EASY Strawberry Milkshake Recipe
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of strawberries
  • 1-1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups french vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Hull your strawberries, cut in half and puree in blender
  2. Add milk and ice cream to the puree and mix until you reach desired consistency
  3. Garnish with fresh strawberries and enjoy!

 

Pomegranate Sparkler Drink Recipe

Yes it’s true I love pomegranate! It’s such a flavorful fruit, both tart and sweet at the same time. Recently I’ve shared a few blog posts about pomegranate with What is a Pomegranate & How to Peel It and my AMAZING Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail Recipe. Here I am again with my Pomegranate Sparkler Drink Recipe.

This will be my last pomegranate related post for a while, somehow I feel that my love of this fruit is overtaking my blog so I’ll just enjoy it quietly until the next time a recipe SCREAMS to be shared.

Pomegranate Sparkler Drink Recipe

Pomegranate Strawberry Sparkler Drink Recipe @SoberJulie.com

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup Strawberries
  • 1 cup ice
  • Sparkling Water
  • 1 tablespoon Lime juice

Preparation:

  • Combine pomegranate juice, strawberries, lime juice and ice in a blender and blend until you have an icy puree.
  • In each glass place some of the puree, until cup is approx 1/2 full.
  • Top each glass with sparkling water and garnish with a lime wheel.

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The BEST Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail Drink Recipe

The weather outside is glorious and I’m determined to enjoy it while I can, as a Canadian I am aware that snow is always on it’s way….it’s a matter of time. So in the spirit of Summer I’ve developed a gorgeous Pomegranate Mojoito cocktail. I’ll happily share this drink recipe with you all, and if you’re intimidated by Pomegranate don’t be; I’ve outlined a bit about this fruit in my recent blog post What Is A Pomegranate.

Mojitos are one of my favourite drinks, they are naturally tart because of the lime but the pomegranate lends a delicious sweetness to this one.

Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail Drink Recipe

Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail Drink Recipe @SoberJulie.com

Ingredients:

Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail Ingredients

  • 1 sprig of mint
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup (equal parts boiling water and sugar, cool before using)
  • lime wedge (add in a lemon wedge if you’d like)
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 4 ounces sparkling water

Preparation

  • Muddle the quartered lime, sugar and mint leaves (if you prefer to, remove the lime skin first)

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  • Place ice cubes in a high ball glass, add mixture and pour in pomegranate juice

Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail Step 3

  • Top with sparkling water and stir
  • Garnish with a mint leaf and serve

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The BEST Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail Drink Recipe
Recipe Type: Drinks
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
A tasty summer Mocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup (equal parts boiling water and sugar, cool before using)
  • lime wedge
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 4 ounces sparkling water
Instructions
  1. Muddle the quartered lime, sugar and mint leaves (if you prefer to, remove the lime skin first)
  2. Place ice cubes in a high ball glass, add mixture and pour in pomegranate juice
  3. Top with sparkling water and stir
  4. Garnish with a mint leaf and serve