Mango Coconut Smoothie

Mango Coconut Smoothie: Mango, Coconut Milk, Vanilla Yogurt, Ice Cubes

Mango Coconut Smoothie: Mango, Coconut Milk, Vanilla Yogurt, Ice Cubes

Mango Coconut Smoothie

Now that the weather is getting warmer, here’s a recipe for a tropical mid-morning pick-me-up.

Ingredients

1 – 14 ounce can Mango (substitute fresh mango where available)

1 – 13.5 ounce can Coconut Milk

1 – 32 ounce container Vanilla Yogurt

1 cup Ice Cubes

To Prepare

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Makes about 9 cups.

Avocado Smoothie with Chocolate (Jus Alpukat)

Jus Alpukat: Avocado, Yogurt, Vanilla Almond Milk, Honey, Coconut Palm Sugar, Carob Powder

Jus Alpukat: Avocado, Yogurt, Vanilla Almond Milk, Honey, Coconut Palm Sugar, Carob Powder

Avocado Smoothie with Chocolate (Jus Alpukat)

This is a healthier variation of Indonesian Avocado Shake. The traditional recipe uses fresh avocados and sweetened condensed milk with ice. This recipe substitutes Vanilla Almond Milk, yogurt, honey, and palm sugar for the condensed milk. If you can’t find almond milk, you could probably use regular milk and additional honey or sugar.

Ingredients

2 Hass Avocados

1 c. Vanilla Almond Milk

1/2 c. Plain Yogurt

1 Tbsp Raw Manuka Honey

1 Tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar

1 Tbsp Carob Powder *

Chocolate Syrup (for garnish)

* You can use cocoa powder if you can’t find carob powder

To Prepare

Blend all ingredients except for chocolate syrup in a blender until smooth. Drizzle the serving glasses with chocolate syrup. Pour the smoothie into the glasses and enjoy.

Serves 2.

Masala Tea (Chai)

Masala Tea: Water, Milk, Tea, Ginger, Green Cardamom, Palm Sugar

Masala Tea: Water, Milk, Tea, Ginger, Green Cardamom, Palm Sugar

 

Masala Tea (Chai)

Some people use a spice mix to make chai, but it’s really not hard to make your own, and it’s more authentic with fresh ingredients.

Ingredients

1 Mug Water

1 Mug Milk

3-4 Green Cardamom pods

1 inch Fresh Ginger, crushed or roughly chopped

2-3 Tbsp Loose Black Tea Leaves

2 Tbsp Palm Sugar

To Prepare

Put the Water, Milk, Cardamom pods, Ginger, and Sugar into a small pot. Heat on the stove until it simmers, not quite to boiling. Remove from heat, and stir in the Tea Leaves. Cover, and let the tea steep in the pot for about 5 minutes. Strain into mugs and serve hot, preferably with tea biscuits or Indian sweets.

Serves an intimate gathering of 2 or 3 dear friends.

Virgin Blueberry Mojito

Virgin Blueberry Mojito: Demerara Sugar, Lime Juice, Mint, Blueberries, Tonic Water, Ice

Virgin Blueberry Mojito: Demerara Sugar, Lime Juice, Mint, Blueberries, Tonic Water, Ice (Photo by Azi)

Virgin Blueberry Mojito

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Here is my recipe for Virgin Blueberry Mojito, for all you designated drivers out there. Hint: If your guests finish this too quickly and you need a quick and easy second round, have a 1 L bottle of cranberry juice handy to mix with the remaining 250 mL tonic water left in the bottle.

Ingredients

Juice from 10-12 small Limes

10 g Fresh Mint, chopped

350 g Demerara Sugar

125 g Blueberries

750 mL Tonic Water

2 Cups Ice

To Prepare

Put Sugar, Mint, Lime Juice, and Blueberries into a medium sized pitcher and muddle using a wooden spoon. Add Ice and Tonic Water. Stir gently and serve immediately.

Serves 4-6