Pina Colada Smoothie

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I have another great smoothie recipe to share with you all today! It combines two of my favorite tropical fruits: pineapple and coconut. The pineapple provides lots of natural sweetness, and the coconut milk adds a thick, creamy texture. Think of it as a virgin pina colada…. with protein powder.

This is a more high-calorie smoothies than I usually featured, and would not be helpful for those of you looking to lose some weight. The coconut milk contains a lot of fat (which is why it is soo delicious). If you want to slim this recipe down a little bit, substituting coconut water for the milk would still provide a subtle coconut flavor without all the calories. Coconut water is a great source of hydration, and is packed with potassium. However, I personally do not love the taste and somewhat slimy quality of coconut water. I will be sticking with my fatty coconut smoothie or nothing at all ūüėČ

Pina Colada Smoothie

1/4 cup coconut milk

3/4 cup water

1 banana, frozen

1/4 cup cubed pineapple, frozen

1 scoop protein powder

Add the liquids and then the solids to a blend. Blend until smooth.

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***In case you were desperately wondering when my camera will arrive as much as I am (which I’m guessing no one is), it officially left Miami yesterday at 6pm. I will be continually refreshing USPS in search of its latest location!

No Bake Coconut Molasses Bars

These bars are the result of a mistake in the kitchen that ended up creating something quite delicious (which does not happen very often-remember the pancakes?). I was working on a no bake cookie recipe and decided to add molasses as the sweetener on a whim. I forgot that molasses is a very strong flavor and completely overwhelmed the peanut butter. After a bit of experimentation with other flavors, I found that coconut flakes  mellows out the molasses and creates a nicer presentation than brown squares.

I struggled in the decision of whether to post these or not, since they were not what I was originally planning on making. But when the family ate all 12 bars in under 12 hours, I felt like that was evidence enough to their deliciousness!

No Bake Molasses Bars

makes 12 one inch bars

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup molasses

1/4 cup dried coconut flakes

Mix the first three ingredients together until the batter is smooth. Firmly press batter into a 9×9 (or smaller) pan. Cut into squares and remove, the first one might get a little squished but it gets easier to remove them after the first one. Press the bars into the coconut flakes to coat every side.

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Also today is the first day of Lora’s Burpee Challenge! I started off with 15 burpees (with jumps and push ups) and the plan is to add one burpee each day. I will say that 15 was a challenge today, and I am glad I have some accountability to continue with this when it gets really hard!