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Frozen Peppermint Mocha

This is a sponsored post featuring DREAM Latte™.  All opinions are my own.

I don’t know if you know this but I’m kind of a coffee addict. Like, I’m that person that starts thinking about my morning coffee at midnight and has to make a cup of decaf.

Something else you may not know about me is that I don’t drink any kind of cow’s milk, half and half, anything like that. I mean, I make exception for heavy cream every once in awhile just because heavy cream is delicious and I’m weak but other than that, I don’t drink any dairy. I don’t have an allergy, I just prefer to stick to nut milks. 

So I was excited to try the new DREAM Latte™which comes in two flavors: Caramel and Mocha! They are free of soy, lactose, dairy, gluten, and cholesterol. They are rich in calcium and vitamin D and are made from fair trade organic, non-gmo coffee beans.

Most importantly, they are delicious! I have to say, I’m not a mocha person but I’m in love with the DREAM Latte™ Mocha!

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

I wanted to make a frozen drink using the DREAM Latte™ because coffee shop frozen drinks are expensive. Plus, most coffee places still don’t have almond milk! Get with the times, coffee shops! Geez.

I went with a Frozen Peppermint Mocha because, like I said, I don’t usually love mocha so I never have peppermint mochas and then I’m always jealous when I hear other people talking about them. 

That’s weird, right? To be jealous of someone’s ability to like something that you don’t?

I know. 

But anyway, since I do like the DREAM Latte™ in Mocha, I made a quick simple syrup with peppermint extract and blended it all up with ice. Topped it with whipped cream (google coconut milk whipped cream if you’re dairy-free – it’s so easy!), chocolate syrup, and crushed peppermints. 

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

It was so delicious. Peppermint just gets me feeling all sorts of festive so I’m thinking this is going to become my official holiday drink this year. 

Everyone has an official holiday drink, right?

I don’t even know anymore.

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

Ingredients

For the peppermint syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
For the Frozen Peppermint Mocha:
1 (11-ounce) carton DREAM Latte™ in Mocha
1 - 2 tablespoons peppermint syrup (recipe above)
1 cup ice
whipped cream (try coconut milk whipped cream if dairy-free)
chocolate syrup (dairy free as needed)
crushed peppermints

Instructions

  1. To make the syrup:
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Lower to low and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Stir in peppermint extract.
  3. To make the Frozen Peppermint Mocha:
  4. Combine Dream Latte™ in Mocha, 1 - 2 tablespoons peppermint syrup, and ice in a blender and blend until no chunks of ice remain. Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and crushed peppermints, if desired.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/11/16/frozen-peppermint-mocha/

Frozen Peppermint Mocha

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DREAM™.

 

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One way I know that I am getting old is that I no longer like candy corn.

Like, it was only a couple years ago that I had one of my friends over to make those homemade butterfingers out of candy corn because our husbands said they didn’t like candy corn and we were all “WUT?! YOU DON’T LIKE CANDY CORN?!”

So obviously, we needed to trick them into eating (and enjoying) candy corn.

But now, bleh.

I even bought all those fun ones that came out this year. Pumpkin Spice, Caramel something-or-another, S’mores.

Nope. Hated all of them.

But I do love regular foods dressing up to look like candy corn. I made these cookies a few years ago and I absolutely had to make these Candy Corn Pudding Pops this year because I’m currently eating Fudgesicles like it’s my job and I figured these were kind of close to that.

Super simple – you use box pudding mixes and then you just layer them in popsicle molds and freeze overnight. These don’t taste like candy corn (if you can find candy corn pudding, go for it) but I used a cheesecake pudding for the white layer (white chocolate would also work) and then french vanilla with food coloring for the other two layers.

They turned out super cute and my kids were obsessed.

Click for the full recipe

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I swear this isn’t like all those times I Instagrammed a rice cake with M&Ms on top or Doritos and wine and hashtagged it paleo.

This is really paleo. And really delicious.

This recipe comes from Paleo Ice Cream: 75 Recipes for Rich and Creamy Homemade Scoops and Treats which is the newest addition to my cookbook collection. The book has basically every ice cream variety you could ever want, but Paleo-ized.

I mean, Maple Bacon Chocolate Ice Cream.

Yeah.

I, of course, am obsessed with all things fall right now (BECAUSE OMG SNOW IS COMING) so I had to give the Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream a try.

And I’m totally breaking my October 1st = Pumpkin Day rule but whatever. I had to share this with you.

I’m not gonna lie to you, I had serious doubts about the whole paleo ice cream thing. Paleo treats are really nice to have when you’re strict paleo but let’s be real, a paleo muffin tastes nothing like an actual muffin.

If I read your blog and you tell me a paleo biscuit tastes like a Cracker Barrel biscuit, I’m giving you major side eye.

So I worried that paleo ice cream would be nothing like real ice cream.

But basically, this ice cream is coconut milk (the canned stuff, not the refrigerated stuff), xanthan gum is optional but I definitely recommend it for the texture, honey as the sweetener, and some pumpkin.

(I totally saw xanthan gum at Walmart yesterday so you should be able to find it anywhere.)

It tastes like ice cream. Like pumpkin ice cream!

I did have to let it defrost for a few minutes before scooping but after that, it had nearly the exact texture of regular ol’ ice cream!

I’ve made paleo cookies, pizza, muffins, bread, etc, etc, etc and this paleo ice cream is the only thing that’s actually been super close to it’s non-paleo counterpart.

You should definitely check out Paleo Ice Cream if you’re looking for recipes like Oregano Ice Cream, Double Chocolate Candy Bar Ice Cream, or Toasted Almond Frozen Custard!

Click for the full recipe

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Happy Monday! I hope you had an amazing weekend and your week is off to a great start!

We’ve been having crazy storms recently that have made us cancel most of our outdoor plans. So when our local frugal blog posted about free military admission to the county fair on Saturday, I jumped at the opportunity to get out of the house.

It was free! We had to go!

And then we spent $80 to ride the rides. You got me, El Paso County Fair.

You got me good.

Buuuuuut, it was totally worth it to watch my 7 year old almost poo his pants on his first upside-down ride after insisting that he wouldn’t be scared at all.

But anyway, yesterday we had homemade popsicles while we (they) played in the mud that all these storms have created.

I finally broke down and bought popsicle molds after seeing so many great recipes this summer. And the first one was Strawberry-Watermelon Popsicles because I have been obsessed with all things watermelon this summer. Except actual fresh watermelon. Bleh.

These popsicles are just watermelon, strawberries, lemon juice, and a tiny bit of sugar. My kids loved them and I liked knowing where all the ingredients came from. Win all around!

Click for the full recipe

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Let’s talk about pie.

Because I cannot stop thinking about pie. Blueberry, strawberry, peach, cherry, I want ALL THE PIES.

It’s weird because I’m usually pretty meh about pie but right now, it’s seriously all I can think about. And the only reason I haven’t made one is because I’m pretty sure that I’d eat the entire thing in one go.

So I made pie ice cream! Key Lime Pie Ice Cream!

I feel like Key Lime Pie is one of those pies that is always good. I mean, it’s hard to go wrong with a graham cracker crust, tart filling, and whipped cream. Or meringue, if that’s what you’re into.

This ice cream has that tart base that we all love and it’s loaded with graham cracker pieces. I think it would be really, really good sandwiched between a couple graham crackers and then left in the freezer for awhile so the crackers soften.

Yep, that’s happening in my house today.

One year ago: Sarasota Lemonade
Two years ago: Marbled Chocolate Brioche
Three years ago: Split Pea Hummus
Four years ago: Baked Hushpuppies
Five years ago: Caramel Pecan Rolls
Six years ago: Israeli Couscous with Pistachios and Apricots

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup key lime juice (you can use the bottled stuff)
zest and juice of 2 limes
1/8 tsp salt
8 graham cracker squares, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, key lime juice, zest and juice of limes, and salt.
  2. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Once it has frozen, stir in graham crackers. Transfer to your freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/05/21/key-lime-pie-ice-cream/

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