Monday, February 4, 2013

Almond Joy Smoothie!

In this post I was going to talk about how when I was a kid I wasn't allowed sugary cereal and how great it would be to eat candy for breakfast and now as an adult I can realize that dream with this Almond Joy Smoothie! Or, I was gonna talk about how as a kid I loved Almond Joy's but hated almonds so I spit the almond out, and how Mounds seem like the reasonable solution to that problem, but my love for dark chocolate didn't develop until late in my twenties, but by then I also liked almonds, so basically my coconut candy options are now endless. If by endless, I mean I can choose from either Almond Joy or Mounds. 

But while those two things would be much more relevant to talk about in this post, I'm not going to talk about either. I know, I know you were probably really dying to hear about the things I was deprived of as a child and my weird candy hangups. But what I want to talk about is something I just can't keep in any longer. This is like a LIFE MOMENT. A big one. Up there with getting married and getting a dog. Maybe even bigger than both those things! Well, maybe not getting married, but probably bigger than getting a dog, but not quite as big as having a kid. Which is NOT what I'm going to announce. Let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

Drumroll please....


This particular house!

She's no beauty queen on the outside, at least as far as paint colors go, seriously former owner people you JUST repainted this house with THESE colors!? But she's got a lot of heart on the inside. And a big backyard. And a good location. And 3 bedrooms. And 2 1/2 baths. And a big master bedroom. And hardwood floors. And eventually she will have a kick ass redone kitchen. Can you tell I'm kinda in love?

So to celebrate, let's all drink Almond Joy Smoothies! Because the only thing better than candy for breakfast is healthy candy for breakfast!

Almond Joy Smoothie
One Serving

1/2 a frozen banana
1 1/4 cup coconut milk (from the carton - I used Original flavor)
2 tablespoons shredded coconut (I used unsweetened)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
2 tablespoons (creamy) almond butter
desired amount of ice

Blend all ingredients except for ice. Once blended, add ice and blend again until desired consistency is reached. 

*For a sweeter treat, replace the cocoa powder with chocolate syrup.

Love, Luck, and Happiness!

P.S. We are moving from Long Beach, CA back to our home town of Valencia, CA and I'm very nervous / excited / sad. It's such a mix of emotions! I'm going to miss all our friends in Long Beach, and the neighborhood we live in, and being close to the beach. But I'm excited to be closer to Adam's family and to be in a VERY family friendly area that we are already familiar with. It's crazy how grown up this whole thing feels.

P. P.S. As the move quickly approaches, I'm going to do my best to stay on a twice a week blogging schedule, but I may have to drop down to once a week once my kitchen is in disarray! But with the new house will come lots of DIY posts so that's exciting! So stick with me while I work this whole thing out! :)


  1. Congratulations Michelle! So so exciting!

  2. Congratulations on the new house girl! I can't wait to see what you do with it. For some reason, I thought you lived up near me in Northern CA. I don't know why I thought that :) You of seen our house when we bought it 14 years ago, scary! It was this ugly blue color on the outside and it was dated back to the 50's. We did a lot of work and now it's a brown shingled cottage. More my style!
    Ok, this looks smoothie looks amazing and I even think my kiddos would be fans!
    Congratulations again girl! Next up, BABY!
    xoxo, Jackie

    1. Thank you! I have a lot of work ahead of me with this one, but it should be fun. LOL, about the baby. But I guess that really is next up.

  3. Congratulations! I'm so happy and excited for you! Love this smoothie too!

  4. Ahhh so exciting! Katie told me on Friday and I am so happy for you! I can't wait to see how you and Adam make it yours :)



    Southern (California) Belle

  5. May joy and prosperity reign forever in your new home xoxoxoxo

  6. May joy and prosperity reign forever in your new home xoxoxoxo

  7. Congrats on your new house!!! That is super exciting news and such an awesome time in your life. Too bad we wont't be LBC neighbors when I move back in a few months. I am totally bummed about that.

    I love this smoothie recipe and am going to have to try this ASAP. I am working on an Almond Joy Raw Bar recipe for a post next week. Maybe I will eat a bar and drink the smoothie together for a double whammy of almond joy bliss.

    1. Awww, that's a bummer we will miss you! Long Beach is great, I'm sad to leave.

  8. So exciting! Congratulations :) As for this smoothie...really wishing I had a blender in my dorm room, this is getting bookmarked to make next time I'm home. Yum!

  9. Congrats on the new house! How exciting!
    Love this smoothie! Almond joy's are my favorite and I'd drinking this for breakfast!

  10. congratulations! i'm sure it'll be stunning when you're finished with it (especially the kitchen - fun!)

  11. What a beautiful smoothie, Michelle. thanks for linking up with Food on friday. The latest one is on garlic. I do hope to see you again soon. Cheers

  12. HI! Do you know how many calories or WW points this is?

  13. Hi - This looks really good, but I was wondering if you post anywhere the nutrition facts for your recipes? Thank you!!


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