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Christmas Trifle Recipes

Double Chocolate Mocha Trifle Recipe

The holiday season is made special by the richness of seasonal food that includes desserts and trifle. We have christmas easy trifle recipe. Many people love to make the seasonal food with traditional Christmas recipes while some like to experiment the new recipes. Variations can be done to the already existing easy christmas trifle recipes and new flavors can also be added.

The trifle includes custard, fruits and sponge cake. Trifle can also be made with yogurt, ice cream or gelatin. Trifle for Christmas is a best dessert which is very easy to make and children love to eat it.

Double Chocolate Mocha Trifle Recipe

Ingredients

  • warm water (2 TSP)
  • Cold milk (1 3/4 cups)
  • Instant coffee granules (4 TSP)
  • 1 package brownie mix (19.8 ounce)
  • Frozen whipped topping, thawed (2 cups)
  • 2 packages instant white chocolate pudding mix (3.3 ounce)
  • 3 bars chocolate covered toffee bars, chopped (1.4 ounce)

Method Of Making

  1. Get ready brownies according to package directions. Bake and cool completely. Slice into one inch cubes.
  2. In a bowl, beat together milk and pudding until mixture begins to thicken.
  3. Melt coffee grain in water and mix into pudding mixture. Fold in whisk topping.
  4. In a glass serving bowl, coat 1/3rd of brownie cubes, 1/3rd of pudding mixture and 1/3rd of candy.
  5. Repeat this procedure and chill 30 minutes in refrigerator before serving.
  6. Ready to serve
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One of the Best Gifts I’ve Ever Given My Mom

Blendtec Designer Series

My mother adores her kitchen appliances. I buy her one every year for her birthday if I can find something she doesn’t already have that I know she could use. She has two toaster ovens, a George Foreman grill, a pressure cooker, and just about anything else you could imagine for a kitchen. I noticed that her blender looks a bit old though. Her birthday was coming up, so I decided to pick her up something that will motivate her to try more recipes that involve using a blender.

I spent an entire afternoon reading blender reviews and trying to figure out which model to get her. I ended up splurging on a brand new Blendtec Designer Series that turned out to be absolutely fantastic. If you haven’t used a state of the art blender, let me tell you there are dozens of settings you would never even have thought of. It’s all automated. You simply put the stuff you want blended into the blending jar, choose one of the presets, and it knows exactly how long to blend and how much force to use.

After I gave my mom the blender and she tried it for the first time, she was hooked. We were both hooked actually, because since then I’ve gone over her house the past three nights in a row and have tried out two new soup recipes and made a total of five different kinds of smoothies. Maybe I’m getting carried away a bit, but I just love it! I’m glad I read all of those blender reviews, because the time I spent really paid off. Although the blender wasn’t cheap, my mom loves and appreciates it, and that’s what matters to me the most, plus I get to use it whenever I want!

minted pea and bacon soupThe first recipe we made was a super delicious minted pea and bacon soup. We really enjoyed preparing it, mostly because we were just excited to have a new toy in the kitchen and that we had an excuse to use it. In fact, we used the blendertoo much. We made so many smoothies that most of it went into the fridge and may never see the light of day, at least not as long as we keep having this much fun blending things. There’s something so satisfying about watching the blades work through ingredients so effortlessly. The frozen fruit chunks and ice we put in the blender didn’t budge the blades whatsoever. The motor is really powerful, far better than any I’ve ever seen. I imagine this is the kind they use at places like Tropical Smoothie.

The next recipe we made, spicy butternut squash, carrot and ginger soup, was just as easy and fun and came out just as good as the pea soup. My dad walked by and saw us using the new blender again and said, “I don’t know what you girls are up to, but I like it already!” We’re planning to make some different sauces and recipes this week with it. It’s safe to say that we have found the inspiration to start making our own sauces and cooking from scratch more often. We already cook a lot, but it feels great using new equipment.

If you don’t have a good blender, then you’re missing out. Blenders have really come a long way over the past decade or so. The Blendtec Designer Series we have is ideal for us, but there are plenty of other great brands out there to choose from. The sooner you get one, the sooner you can start churning through recipes left and right like us!

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5 Strawberry Banana Mango Smoothie Recipes

Strawberry Banana Mango

Mangoes are so good, I usually just eat them straight, by themselves, with a spoon.  I scoop the mango meat out of the mango skin as if I am scooping ice cream out of a container.

But sometimes I like to add a slice of mango to my smoothies, for a little extra flavor.  They go well with banana, and also with other tropical fruits like pineapple or papaya.  They are also a nice thing to add to a basic strawberry smoothie.

I usually use fresh mango in my mango smoothies, but I sometimes buy frozen mango pieces.  They are fairly cheap to buy this way, and they add to the nice texture of the smoothie.  I don’t like to add ice to my smoothies, so I usually add some kind of frozen fruit instead.  Sometimes that frozen fruit is strawberries, blueberries, or a frozen banana, but I also like to use frozen peaces or frozen mango pieces.  Sometimes a bag of mixed fruit slices will also contain some mango.

Fresh mango is my favorite option, but it is not cheap, and sometimes it is hard to find a ripe mango.  A mango should be a little bit soft when you use it.  Allow it to be nicely ripe, before you add it to a smoothie.  The flavor will be more sweet and full that way.  And the mango will be juicier, too.


Strawberry Mango SmoothieThis first recipe is really good.  It is fairly simple, too.  The protein powder is optional; the smoothie tastes great either way.

Strawberry Mango Smoothie

  1. 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
  2. 1 large banana
  3. 8 strawberries
  4. half a fresh mango
  5. 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Mango SmoothieThe next recipe is super easy.  If you want to make a quick smoothie with only 3 ingredients, and you want the smoothie to be excellent, then try this one.

Super Easy Mango Smoothie

  1. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 cup frozen mango pieces

Ginger Mango SmoothieThis ginger smoothie is really good.  If you like ginger, you will love this one.  Some ginger smoothie recipes only have half a teaspoon or one teaspoon of ginger in them.  But this one has a full tablespoon.
If you want to be cautious, try just a teaspoon of ginger to start with, then add a second teaspoon after, if you like it.

Ginger Mango Smoothie

  1. 1.5 cups almond milk
  2. 1 small banana
  3. 1 mango
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger

Strawberry Orange Mango SmoothieStrawberries, oranges, and mangoes all remind me of sunshine.  And they are all supremely healthy and tasty.  Try all three together, in this recipe.

Strawberry Orange Mango Smoothie

  1. 1 cup filtered water
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 orange
  4. half a mango
  5. 8 strawberries
  6. 1 scoop non-dairy protein powder (optional)

All I can say here is, yumm…


Pineapple Mango Smoothie

Pink Pineapple Mango Smoothie

  1. 1 cup almond milk
  2. half a banana
  3. half a mango
  4. half cup pineapple
  5. half cup strawberries

All the above recipes are based on almond milk, and banana.  But if you want to use rice milk or soy milk, those work well too.  I also like to use hemp milk, sometimes.

Try making your own nut milk; it is really easy.  Just soak a half cup of raw nuts for 8 hours, then add them to the smoothie.  For a little extra flavor, you can add vanilla.  Try doing this with almonds, but don’t stop there.  Try cashews, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, and any other kind of nut of seed that you like.  Each one adds a really different flavor and texture.  If you don’t like the seed ‘pulp’, then you can strain it out after you make your milk.

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