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Six refreshing coffee drinks for the first days of summer


There’s no coffee lover who can do without a cup of their favorite drink — even on the hottest summer days. But you don’t have to make your usual coffee; you can make a cold coffee drink instead! It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a mixer or shaker because a common fork will perfectly accomplish this task. Professionals recommend to put at least one third of a cup of ice in your drink.

1. Classic Iced Frappe

INGREDIENTS
double espresso
1/3 cup of ice
100 ml (3.3 fl.oz.) of milk
sugar or chocolate syrup
chocolate sprinkles, coffee beans

PREPARATION
1. Crush the ice cubes using a blender, or you can wrap the ice in a towel and use a rolling pin to crush it.

2. Pour the crushed ice in a glass.

3. Take a separate bowl and use a shaker or a fork to mix the espresso with sugar, syrup and milk.

4. Pour the frappe in a glass with crushed ice.

5. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles and coffee beans.

2. Chocolate & Peppermint Pleasure

INGREDIENTS
50 ml (5 fl.oz.) of freshly brewed coffee
100 g (3.5 oz) of dark chocolate
mint syrup or liquor
ice cream

PREPARATION
1. Dissolve chocolate in filtered coffee on low heat.

2. Cool the mixture a bit and add syrup.

3. Blend it.

4. Crush the ice and put it in a glass.

5. Pour the drink in the glass with the crushed ice.

6. Put some ice cream in the glass.

7. Decorate with chocolate sprinkles

3. Banana Coffee For Sweet Teeth

INGREDIENTS
350 ml (11.6 fl.oz.) of strong coffee
100 g (3.5 oz) of ice cream
1 banana
A pinch of cinnamon
A pinch of grated chocolate

PREPARATION
1. Make coffee, filter it and cool it, then add the ice cream.

2. Mash up the banana, then add it to the coffee with ice cream and blend.

3. Put crushed ice in the glass and pour it into the drink.

4. Sprinkle with cinnamon and chocolate.

4. Orange Explosion

INGREDIENTS
200 ml (6.6 fl.oz.)of freshly brewed coffee
2 oranges
powdered sugar
whipped cream, cookie crumbs, nuts

PREPARATION
1. Zest the oranges and squeeze the juice.

2. Put the zest in a saucepan, and pour in a glass of water and the powdered sugar. Boil it on low for 5 minutes. Filter and cool the resulting syrup.

3. Make coffee, cool it and mix with the orange juice and syrup. Stir using a fork.

4. Pour your drink in a glass with crushed ice. Add whipped cream, and decorate with cookie crumbs and nuts.

5. Summertime Coffee Smoothie

INGREDIENTS
200 ml (6.6 fl.oz) of espresso
1 banana
150 ml (5 fl.oz.) of yogurt
A pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
A handful of fresh berries
whipped cream, chocolate syrup, sliced almonds

PREPARATION
1. Make coffee and let it cool.

2. Crush ice and put it in a glass.

3. Blend yogurt, banana, berries, coffee, cocoa, and cinnamon until smooth.

4. Pour the mixture into a glass.

5. Decorate with whipped cream, syrup and sliced almonds.

6. Quick cheesecake

INGREDIENTS
2 cups of espresso
2 teaspoons of raspberry syrup
2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup
strawberries
whipped cream
2 scoops of ice cream
cocoa powder
coffee beans

PREPARATION
1. Make coffee and let it cool.

2. Put crushed ice in the glass.

3. Cut berries into quarters and put on top of the ice.

4. Pour in syrups and coffee.

5. Decorate with whipped cream.

6. Put ice cream on top.

7. Decorate with cocoa powder and coffee beans.

WATERMELON STRAWBERRY LIME SLUSH

Watermelon and strawberry slush with a hint of lime for a refreshing summertime treat!

As the first watermelon enters the house, there is a rush of excitement.  Never seen out of season here, everyone gathers to fulfill their prolonged craving.  Three short months in New England, that’s pretty much it.

I actually had no plan to create slushies today, yet I found myself with a giant half watermelon completely frozen.


Because, well… it was in my freezer.

Apparently when you send a 9 year old boy down to the basement because the watermelon does not fit in the kitchen refrigerator, you need to give explicit instructions as to where said watermelon should go.


Which leads me to my advice regarding this drink.  It will make your life a heck of a lot easier if you cut the watermelon before freezing it.  Just in case you weren’t sure.

Watermelons take a really, really long time to defrost.

After hacking into that beautiful partially frozen monster, successfully avoiding a trip to the emergency room,  I tossed it in the blender with some lime juice.  It was good as is, but missing a little something.  In goes some strawberry puree leftover from recipe testing, and it added just the right touch.


I thought it was great, my husband thought it could be a little sweeter (I guess this is now a dessert drink).  So we compromised with just a teaspoon of sugar.  Totally optional, and I think it greatly depends on the sweetness of your watermelon.

Sugar or not, this is the perfect refreshing drink for a hot summer day.

INGREDIENTS
4 Cups Watermelon, Cubed and Frozen
½ Cup Strawberry Puree*
¼ Cup Lime Juice
1-2 Teaspoons Sugar, Optional

PREPARATION
1. Add watermelon, strawberry puree, and lime juice to a blender and puree until slush consistency. Taste and add 1-2 teaspoons sugar if desired for extra sweetness.

Tips
The strawberry puree can be made in the same blender with either fresh or defrosted frozen berries.

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STRAWBERRY AND CHIA SEED SMOOTHIE BOWL


Strawberries, yogurt and chia seeds along with a hint of chocolate are sure to get your morning off to a great start!

Looking for a new, healthy and delicious breakfast idea?  Smoothie bowls fit that description for sure. Strawberry yogurt smoothie and chia seeds make up the base.   Fresh strawberries, chocolate chips and more chia seeds make a flavorful and crunchy topping!  It is so much more fun to eat a smoothie with lots of goodies on top, right?

My kids went crazy for these – which is a win in my book.  With zero refined sugar, this is a breakfast I can totally get behind.  Actually we enjoy these smoothie bowls as a snack too, it’s really great any time of day. 

It might look a little fancy,  but it’s easy to make I promise!  Even if just for yourself, it is fun to make a pretty breakfast every once in a while 🙂  My family had the discussion about whether or not it is worth it to make your food look nice before eating it.  Especially for just one or two people.  I am not at that point yet, but I’d like to think I will still make the food pretty for just my husband and I when the kids are gone.  It sure will be quicker than making six smoothie bowls for sure!


ENERGY BITES


Full of many healthy goodies, peanut butter energy balls are exactly what you want to be snacking on! 

Introducing – The easiest snack you’ll ever make!  Made with all healthy ingredients and refined- sugar free.  These energy balls will satisfy all your late afternoon cravings.

This same recipe exists already on the blog, deep down in the archives.  Actually one of the first things I ever shared here on The Well Floured Kitchen.  I had made square energy balls, which is still an option.  Yet, most people are looking for round energy balls, so I thought it might be time for an update.

I did change one thing about them.  The amount of honey has been reduced to 1/3 a cup.  I was so happy to find that they are still sweet enough to appease my nagging sweet tooth.  Also, did I mention the hint of chocolate?  I used a couple tablespoons of my Navitas cacao powder – my favorite and I highly recommend it.  But these can definitely be made with any cocoa powder you have available.

They are so simple to make, literally dump all the ingredients in the food processor and give it a whirl.  They will form a dough in about a minute, then roll them into balls.  Little kids can easily help with this recipe, they will especially love rolling the balls.  Like playdough that you can eat.

Really the only downside is how quickly they disappear!  It makes about 30, depending on the size of the balls.  I use this 3/4 ounce scooper, which is about a tablespoon and a half.  With 6 of us, that is less than 4 each!  I need to start making a double batch.

Store them in the refrigerator, and grab one whenever the craving hits!

INGREDIENTS
1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
⅓ Cup Honey
¼ Cup Ground Flaxseed
½ Cup Sunflower Seeds
½ Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

PREPARATION
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until it is well mixed, and forms a dough.

2. Roll into balls. If the dough is too soft, place in the refrigerator for ½ hour until it firms up, then roll the balls.

3. Refrigerate until serving.

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PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIE SMOOTHIES

Finally, a smoothie I can embrace.  Although I make smoothies all the time, I never drank one until now.  Much to my dismay, I do not love fruit.  Why oh why do all smoothies have fruit?  I do tolerate a certain amount for my health, but it is not my favorite.  (BTW, this has been very helpful in growing adventurous eaters.  If they see you continuing to try a food you are not crazy about, they will be encouraged to do the same.)

But now that I’ve found a new way to enjoy a smoothie without fruit, I am excited by the possibilities.  I am on a mission for “fruitless” smoothies, or maybe just ones so tasty I don’t notice a bit of fruit.
Check out that straw!  Do your kids love to drink from a straw?  Mine do, but I hated throwing away all those bits of plastic.  Stainless Steel Straws have been a great eco-friendly alternative.

This smoothie tastes just like a cookie, but it is naturally sweetened with just a bit of honey.  Yum!  The sweetness will depend on your brands of peanut butter and yogurt, so adjust the amount of honey to your liking.

I did try making this with just whole oats and the immersion blender.  It was a bit too chunky for my taste.  Now I process the oats first in the blender, I like them ground just slightly larger than oat flour.  Then I just add the rest of the ingredients for a quick, easy and filling snack.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats, Finely Processed
2/3 Cup Whole Organic Milk
1/2 Cup Whole Milk Plain Yogurt
1/3 Cup Organic Peanut Butter
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Tbsp. Honey

PREPARATION
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or blend with an immersion blender.

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