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Mocha Mint Smoothie

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Holiday Greetings! Can you believe Christmas is in only 3 days? To me, it feels like December just started and then all of a sudden Christmas is only a few days away and everyone is scrambling to get ready. I guess the holidays have a way of creeping up on you.

This season I have been super into anything chocolate and mint flavored. Peppermint mocha coffees (or, if you’re around the south shore of MA, Girl Scout Cookie coffee from Marylou’s which is DELICIOUS and tastes exactly like a thin mint), minty hot chocolate, chocolate bars with peppermint, peppermint bark, you name it!

I recently learned about Chobani’s #MadeWithChobani project and felt inspired to see what I could come up with. I thought, what better way to feature Chobani in a recipe than to incorporate it into my favorite flavor combination and thus the idea for this Mocha Mint Smoothie was born.

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My Mocha Mint Smoothie includes vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt, chilled coffee, cocoa powder, peppermint extract, frozen bananas, and milk. It’s creamy, filling, and packed with flavor. And bonus – it’s healthy! I slurped mine down after the gym today and it was the perfect post-workout snack. I used vanilla yogurt to keep things simple but for a real treat you could use Chobani’s Indulgent Mint and Dark Chocolate flavor!

Mocha Mint Smoothie
makes 1 smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup Chobani Greek yogurt (vanilla, plain, or mint and dark chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup chilled coffee
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder or chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Few drops of peppermint extract (about 1/8 tsp)
  • Sweetener of choice (stevia, coffee creamer, etc.)*
  • Optional: ice cubes for a thicker smoothie, protein powder for extra protein

*Sweetener of some sort is recommended to balance out the strong flavors of the coffee and unsweetened cocoa powder.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Sweeten to your liking and enjoy!

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Happy Holidays! 🙂

Honey Cinnamon Iced Latte

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This may be the longest I’ve gone without posting a recipe to Hungry Hannah. Lately I’ve had a few co-workers and family members ask if I’ve posted recently on my blog and I’ve felt sad each time to say no. I still love food, blogging, photography, and cooking, but these days my chances to create a recipe post from start to finish are limited. I plan to continue posting when I can but it won’t be as frequently as the old days. I appreciate those who have continued to read HH, and new readers too!

September 29th was National Coffee Day and while I’m a couple weeks behind, I still wanted to contribute some love to one of my favorite things in the world: iced coffee. I always enjoy trying new coffee shops and unique coffee flavors or recipes.

This past summer, Dan and I tried out a highly-rated coffee shop in the North End of Boston called Thinking Cup. Thinking Cup serves Stumptown Coffee, the famous roasters from Oregon, in a variety of classic and unique drinks. My personal favorite is, of course, their Honey Cinnamon Latte. I was unsure if honey would go well with coffee but I found that it blended perfectly into their delicious espresso. This drink became a quick favorite and any time Dan and I are near a Thinking Cup, I have to stop by to get one.

Thinking Cup’s Honey Cinnamon Latte features a homemade honey and cinnamon syrup with freshly brewed espresso and milk. I recreated the coffee by making my own honey simple syrup infused with cinnamon and used a stove-top espresso maker to brew the coffee. These little guys are easy and inexpensive if you’re looking for a quick espresso or latte in the mornings:

Stove-top Espresso Maker

If you don’t own an espresso maker, you can simply brew a cup of strong coffee – dark roast or espresso blend will get you the most authentic flavor. The honey cinnamon syrup is so tasty I bet it will be enjoyable no matter what type of coffee you make! I prefer this coffee iced only because I’m an iced coffee fanatic, but I’m sure it’s delicious hot as well.

Honey Cinnamon Iced Latte
inspired by Thinking Cup

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Ingredients:
makes one latte

  • For the syrup: (makes roughly 1/3 cup – use the extra for another coffee or even over pancakes!)
    – 1/4 cup honey
    – 1/4 cup water
    – 1/2 tsp cinnamon (plus a cinnamon stick, if available)
    – 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    – optional: 1/2 tsp maple extract
  • 2 shots freshly brewed espresso or 1 cup strong-brewed coffee
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1% but any type will work!)
  • Honey Cinnamon syrup
  • ice cubes

Directions:

  1. To make the syrup, combine water, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a saucepan. Cook over very low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom, until honey is melted. Let cool while preparing coffee.
  2. Prepare the coffee using your preferred method.
  3. Combine your fresh espresso/coffee, milk and sweeten to your liking with the honey cinnamon syrup. I used about 3 tsp. Stir and finish off with ice cubes and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 🙂
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Start by making your honey cinnamon simple syrup

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Always a perk if you have a cute jar to store the extra syrup in.

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Brew your delicious coffee!

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Combine your coffee, milk, and syrup, and enjoy! 🙂

Tiramisu Iced Coffee

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Happy National Coffee Day! A few days ago, I was having trouble thinking of what kind of recipe I should post this weekend so when I heard that September 29th is National Coffee Day, I instantly knew what my post would be about.

Coffee is one of my favorite drinks – specifically iced coffee. It was a slow growing love for me. As a kid, my mom would let me sip her coffee and even let me get my own small size once or twice. In high school, I began drinking raspberry or cinnamon iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. In college I fell in love with dark roast coffee and have been mildly obsessed with coffee ever since then.

I have my go-to orders at my favorite coffee places (Iced French vanilla dark roast at Dunkin and Iced vanilla latte or iced hazelnut at Starbucks), but sometimes homemade iced coffee is just as good. Last summer I discovered the cold brew method of making iced coffee which has become increasingly popular and doesn’t even require a coffee maker. Since moving into my new apartment, I began enjoying espresso at home too. My roommate Jill has a mini Bialetti Moka Pot, which is basically a manual stove-top espresso maker, so I’ve been having fun playing around with that.

Not only does coffee help me get through the day, but I just love the flavor of a good coffee and it always seems to put me in a good mood. I was reading last year that sipping on a cup of caffeinated coffee actually released endorphins – one of the many reasons to drink it!

Last night my family went out for my sister’s birthday, and we ate at Macaroni Grill. I had never been there before and got a delicious blood orange Italian soda and some awesome appetizers. But the part of the meal that stood out the most to me was the tiramisu for dessert. I’ve never been a huge fan of tiramisu, but this stuff was good. It wasn’t too sweet and had just the right amount of coffee flavor – delicious! After browsing some recipes online , I had the idea to make a tiramisu-inspired iced coffee. It has a bold coffee flavor with a hint of vanilla and cocoa. It’s probably hot coffee season for most people by now but I’m gonna keep sippin’ my iced coffee as long as I can. 🙂

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Tiramisu Iced Coffee
makes 1 coffee

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strong-brewed coffee, chilled (I used espresso roast)
  • 3/4 – 1 cup milk
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp coffee creamer (I recommend vanilla or amaretto) or other sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp coffee liqueur or extract (Kahlua would work here!)
  • whipped cream or cool whip to top
  • cocoa powder to sprinkle

Directions:

In a tall glass, combine coffee, milk, sweetener, and coffee liqueur (and iced cubes if desired – I did mine without) and stir to combine. Top off with whipped cream and cocoa powder and enjoy 🙂

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What’s your favorite way to enjoy coffee?

Kori Coffee

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Today I’m excited because I have a cool new way of drinking coffee to share with you guys: Kori Coffee.

Kori Coffee, also sometimes referred to as Kori Kohi, is a method of preparing coffee that originated in Japan (“Kori” translates to “ice” in Japanese). Strong brewed coffee or espresso is frozen into ice cubes and then served in a glass with milk poured over it. As the coffee cubes melt, the milk slowly becomes infused with the coffee flavor and makes for one awesome iced coffee.

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I’ve seen a similar recipe floating around Pinterest but didn’t think much of it until I read more about it on the blog Honestly Yum. They explain the method a little more and use it to make an iced mocha, which also sounds delicious. I was excited when I found this method because I’ve been looking for new ways to enjoy iced coffee and this one pretty much knocked my socks off. (Except that it’s obviously too hot to even consider wearing socks in this heat.)

Traditionally Kori Coffee is also served with corn syrup or a simple syrup to sweeten. I chose to use sweetened coffee creamer in addition to my milk instead of syrup, but it’s up to you how sweet you want your coffee. You can choose to use just plain milk, or sweetened almond or coconut milk, or milk with sugar added to it – up to you! I used skim milk and So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla Creamer, which I highly recommend. It’s rich and creamy but fat free and is perfect in iced coffee.

Kori Coffee is a bit mellower than your typical iced coffee with a richer milk taste, but the coffee flavor intensifies as you sip. Definitely up there with some of my favorite coffees 🙂 This method of making coffee is also perfect for the summer, because as your coffee melts, you don’t need to worry about it getting watered down!

Kori Coffee (Japanese Iced Coffee / Milk with coffee ice cubes)
adapted from Iced Mocha with Coffee Ice Cubes on Honestly Yum and Pepper.ph

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Ingredients:
makes 1 iced coffee

  • 6 – 8 oz. strong brewed coffee, frozen into 1 oz. coffee ice cubes (a standard ice cube tray will do the trick)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp sweetener of choice: your favorite coffee creamer, sugar, simple syrup, or a few tsp of stevia*

*If using sweetened milk, you can skip this ingredient.

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Coffee ice cubes and milk (I added my sweetener directly to the milk)

Directions:

Place your coffee ice cubes in a glass. Pour your milk and sweetener over the ice cubes and stir. If you wish for your coffee to start melting quickly, you can warm the milk slightly before adding it to the ice cubes. But if you live in an area with warm weather like I do, your coffee will start melting in no time 🙂

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At first, your coffee will look like this. Then as the coffee cubes slowly melt…

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…It will look more like this. Enjoy! 🙂

Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake

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First of all, I want to apologize for my absence lately. I had my wisdom teeth out on the 7th and so I’ve been kind of under the weather these past few days. I aim to post a new recipe on here at least once or twice a week, but I’ve unfortunately been falling short lately. I realize that probably bothers nobody except me, however, so onto the food!

I can’t  eat solid foods yet because my gums are still quite swollen and sore, so I’ve been trying to make the most of this and exploring new smoothies and protein shakes. My mother drinks a protein shake every morning for breakfast, consisting of “Tropical Dreamsicle” flavored protein powder and Vanilla Silk, and it’s pretty tasty. She also has chocolate and vanilla protein powder that she’s been letting me use, so this morning I decided to whip up a shake.

In addition to desperately missing eating solid food and actually chewing (instead of just sloshing stuff around in my mouth), I’ve also missed my iced coffee. I’m allowed to drink coffee, but somehow drinking it out of a cup instead of through a straw isn’t quite as satisfying. (In case you’ve never had your wisdom teeth out, you’re not supposed to use a straw after having them removed because you may disrupt the blood clot that’s formed over the wound and could lead to a painful infection called a dry socket – ouch). I did have some leftover iced coffee in the fridge this morning, so I decided to combine it with protein powder to make a coffee protein shake, yum!

If you’re unfamiliar with protein powder, fear not; I knew little about it until a few months ago. Powdered whey protein is a simple way to add protein to your diet and is used by many athletes to build lean muscle and lose fat. Protein is, of course, essential to the human diet and helps to keep you feeling full for longer. I used to think that only athletes or body builders used whey protein, but I’ve come to realize that’s not true and that anybody can use it! It comes in an endless variety of flavors and can be added to smoothies, shakes, oatmeal, etc. To learn more about it, click here.

This shake tastes like a thick iced coffee, but is loaded up with protein, so you’re getting your caffeine boost and protein all in one. My version uses vanilla-flavored protein powder and has a fairly strong coffee flavor, but feel free to use whichever flavor powder you like; chocolate, almond, raspberry, banana – anything will do! One scoop of protein powder (using the scoop the packaging provides you with, which is  a little less than a 1/2 cup) has 25g of protein. Substitute Greek yogurt for regular yogurt and your shake has over 30g of protein! It’s perfect for a morning when you don’t have time to cook a real breakfast, or just want a quick pick-me-up before the gym.

Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake

Ingredients:
makes 2 servings

  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup chilled strong-brewed coffee (using the cold-brew method, or simply prepare a strong cup of coffee ahead of time and refrigerate)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt (use Greek yogurt for extra protein!)

Directions:

Simply combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse for 30-40 seconds or until all ingredients are blended. If a thicker consistency is desired, add more ice. Serve immediately. This recipe makes 2 servings, so if you only need one serving, freeze the rest for later use.

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(The straw is just for looks, of course – I still need to wait another week or so before I can use one again!)

Hopefully I’ll be feeling better soon and can get back to eating real meals and writing up recipes for them!