Coffee Granita

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Summer time is all about ice cream, frozen yogurt and anything sweet and cool to help beat the heat. And even though I love me some ice cream (even if my stomach doesn’t) I wanted to try something new. I realize I start a good number of my blog posts with “After I watched an Ina make….” and this one is no different, sadly. She whipped up her own coffee granita on the Barefoot Contessa and might have said her little catch phrase, “How easy is that?” and I might have maybe sat there on the couch captivated, nodding my head, answering her saying, “SO easy!” as the dog stared at me like I was a crazy person. Maybe…

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Banana Spice Smoothie


As a continuation of my last post where I discussed my love of utilizing spices in the winter, I give you this smoothie recipe:

This is nothing new. I’m merely food trending right now based on what I’ve read a bunch of toher blogs recently. Apparently, the new food-fad is banana spiced smoothies. I just haphazardly concocted my own and hoped for the best. It’s not like you can really screw a smoothie up, right? You would hope so…

As someone who doesn’t really like bananas, I could never drink a smoothie that it just made from only bananas, so I wasn’t sure if adding a few spices and vanilla yogurt would be enough for me to like it. But I really enjoyed it and I think it’s because of a few flavor-changing spices.

Cinnamon = happiness.

Nutmeg= a little bit of happiness.

And now I am no longer deficient in potassium.

I will definitely be making this again soon!


  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • About 2 handfuls of ice cubes

Berry Smoothie


My favorite smoothie is simple: strawberries, blueberries and a banana made with Greek yogurt and a touch of honey.

Two of the main ingredients: bananas and blueberries gross me out like no other. I think blueberries are just funky and I don’t really care for them at all when eaten alone. And bananas are the bane of my fruit existence…if that even makes sense as I described here.

There’s no real science to this recipe: I just throw 1 whole banana, a handful of blueberries and a few strawberries into the blender with 1 cup of Greek yogurt (Trader Joe’s vanilla bean is my favorite) with a few ice cubes. I add in a little honey and blend.

I don’t care what anyone says–this is NOT a meal replacement. It’s barely a snack replacement. I had this last night and went to bed with my stomach growling. It’s tasty and healthy and all of that good stuff but it also leaves me wanting a slice of pizza an hour later.

What are your favorite fruit smoothies? I am trying to branch out a bit!