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I have 4 bananas quickly deteriorating in the heat which can only mean one thing: time for a smoothie!  This recipe was pinned by Amanda ZA from the Chiquita Banana website.  As a side note, I bought two 6oz tubs of Chibani yogurt this week, just to see what all the craze was about.  Last night we tried the Apple Cinnamon flavor, and neither Mike nor myself could get more than a mouthful down.  The texture is odd, the flavor is weak, and it left an overt sense of dryness in the mouth.  We left the  Honey and Vanilla flavor specifically to try in a smoothie.  (This is important in about 3 seconds)

Recipe:

2   whole Chiquita Bananas, frozen*, peeled and sliced
1   (6-oz.) carton non-fat Vanilla yogurt
1/3   cup creamy Peanut butter
1/2   cup non-fat Milk

Throw all these together and blend until smooth, serve immediately.  I used the Chobani Honey and Vanilla yogurt…

Verdict:

Mike’s Opinion:
Taste: 1/5
Presentation: 3/5
Notes: Very strange taste, and I think it comes from the yogurt.  It leaves your mouth feeling dry.  Did not like this at all.

Jen’s Opinion:
Taste: 1/5
Presentation: 3/5  (weird color)
Ease of preparation: 5/5
Ease of cleanup: 4/5
Availability of ingredients: 4/5

The flavor left a feeling of chalky dryness in my mouth, as well as an overwhelming flavor of the yogurt and peanut butter with no flavor of banana at all.  I took 3 drinks because I really wanted to like this smoothie, but I ended up dumping it down the drain for fear of my gag reflex…
I am not going to completely write this recipe off, as I have made smoothies with peanut butter and bananas before and loved them.  However, next time I will use vanilla yogurt as called for, and I will not use Chobani again.  (sorry Chobani fans…we are not a Chobani family)

Best Creamy Peanut Butter Chiquita Banana Smoothie

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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Drinks, Smoothie

 

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Light Frappuccino Recipe

It’s hot today (we’re talking 89 degrees at 7:00 this morning); my normal cup of hot coffee was not sounding at all appealing.  A nice cold frappuccino from Starbucks sounded about right this morning, so I pulled this recipe from my coffee stash board.  Originally posted by Mallory Lott from LaaLoosh.  This recipe promised to be 2 minutes away from a delectable, guilt-free coffee experience.  Disappointment ensues.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 tbsp instant coffee granules (regular or decaf)
2 tbsp fat free vanilla flavored coffee creamer, powdered
1/2 cup fat free milk
8-10 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy.
I do not own powdered coffee creamer.  I find the whole idea of  powdered creamer insulting to true coffee-drinkers–who wants powdered “milk” floating around on the top of their delicious morning courage?  I replaced the powdered creamer with CoffeeMate low-fat French Vanilla creamer.  I also added two tsps of sugar (I like my coffee light and sweet–flavor to your taste, I assumed).  Luckily, I had instant coffee (Coffeehouse) lying around, thanks to my mother-in-law who bought some while Mike’s folks were visiting 🙂
Sorry it’s a little blurry–my iPhone has not been taking great pictures lately)
I added all the ingredients together in my blender, and got a sick looking mixture:
Mix, mix, and mixed again.  (seriously 4 minutes of blending.  Perhaps I’ll pull out my never-used Magic Bullet the next time I try a blended drink).  Eventually, I got this:
The color looked right and the consistency (finally) looked correct; pour into an 8oz glass and….what?!   If that’s a grande, my whole perception has changed.  I feel like the recipe is actually for a standard “tall” from Starbucks, but the blurb on the blog is a bit misleading.
Verdict:
Mike’s Opinion:
Taste: 2/5
Presentation: 4/5
Notes: It looks good, but the flavor is dodgy.  There’s a weird aftertaste that I am not a fan of, and I feel like the whole thing is off.  It doesn’t taste like anything I’ve ever had from Starbucks, so the  name, if nothing else, is not correct.
Jen’s Opinion:
Taste: 2/5
Presentation: 4/5
Ease of Preparation: 5/5
Ease of cleanup: 5/5
Availability of ingredients: 5/5
I agree with Mike that the flavor is off and the aftertaste is bizarre.  It might be that 2 tbs is too much coffee (**gasp**) or perhaps there isn’t enough sugar for my taste.  I can barely taste the vanilla and I can’t identify the flavor that’s left in my mouth as anything other than dreadful.  I’m less than pleased that my track record of trying “healthy” versions of foods is once again finding those foods tasting awful and making terrible substitutions for the real deal.
This recipe definitely calls for some tweaking before I’d recommend it to anyone.
 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Coffee, Drinks

 

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Frozen Hot Chocolate

Serendipity is one of my favorite movies, and every time I watch it all I can think about afterwards is those humongous chocolate drinks Sara and Eve indulge themselves with in the Serendipity Coffee Shop.  Then, behold!  I found the recipe on Caitlyn Ryan’s board, pinned from a blog called Picky Palate.  Thank you, ladies!  I may have just died and gone to chocolate Heaven!

Recipe:

2 cups whole milk
Five 1.25 ounce packets of Hot Chocolate mix
4 cups ice
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or grated chocolate

Unfortunately I didn’t have heavy whipping cream, and at 11:00pm I didn’t want to run to Wal-Mart.  My impatience kicked in and I figured I’d give it a go without the whipped topping.  (Someday…whipped topping.  Someday).  I followed the recipe exactly as stated (aside from the topping), dumped it into frozen mugs that my husband conveniently keeps in the freezer, dropped in a straw, and drank deeply.
**Sigh**

Seriously, to me, it is that amazing.  I’m not sure I can survive the whipped topping.

Verdict:

Mike’s Opinion:
Taste: 3/5
Presentation: 5/5
Notes: The chocolate wasn’t all the strong tasting.

Jen’s Opinion:
Taste: 4.5/5
Presentation: 5/5
Ease of preparation: 5/5
Ease of cleanup: 5/5
Availability of ingredients: 3/5 (seriously, who keeps heavy whipping cream lying around?  That stuff is dynamite.)

Overall, delicious, but I  may try actually using real cocoa next time?

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Drinks

 

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