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Cooking Light Recipe Makeover: Lower Fat Piña Colada

Written by Liz –

Cooking Light's Piña Coladas

The June issue of Cooking Light features a recipe makeover for that refreshing summertime treat: Piña Coladas, shown above (photos by Randy Mayor, recipe and content by Cooking Light). They use Carnation evaporated milk to help lower fat but keep the creamy flavor:

“You’ll like our way of losing almost all the sat fat while keeping the delicious coconutty goodness. Freezing the pineapple adds a velvety texture and keeps the cocktail frozen longer. The riper the pineapple, the more concentrated the flavor will be.”

Sounds good to us! Excerpt below is from June 2012 issue of Cooking Light.

Lighter Piña Coladas recipe by Cooking Light

Lighter Piña Coladas

Nothing says “escape” like a creamy, ice-cold piña colada: cocktail in hand, feet in the sand, music in the background (hopefully not that dreadful piña colada song, the last #1 hit of the 1970s, unless it’s a guilty pleasure). Unfortunately, nothing says “better head to the gym” like a piña colada, too: 425 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat, most of which comes from the mysterious goo known as cream of coconut. We’ll show you how we kept the vacation-worthy flavor while slashing fat and calories. At just 158 calories, it’s all pleasure, no guilt.

Tip #1: Homemade Coconut Milk

Lighter Piña Coladas recipe by Cooking Light

We make our own infused coconut milk to replace heavy, sugary cream of coconut. This cuts 176 calories and 8 grams of sat fat per drink. Save day-of prep time by doing this step (step 1) the night before.

Tip #2: Fresh Pineapple

Pineapple peaks in summer; it’s sweet, slightly tart, and juicy. Sub fresh fruit for some of the canned juice and save 44 calories per drink. A splash of juice adds more acidity.

Tip #3: Gold Rum

We opted for the darker variety, with its hints of caramel and molasses, which better complement the creamy coconut and tart pineapple.

Piña Colada Recipe for Success

Lighter Piña Coladas recipe by Cooking Light

Freezing the pineapple adds a velvety texture and keeps the cocktail frozen longer. The riper the pineapple, the more concentrated the flavor will be. Get the recipe here.

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Related better-for-you frozen cocktail recipes:

Green Jalapeño Margarita recipe
Green Jalapeño Margarita
strawberry margarita recipe
Frosty Strawberry Margaritas

Homemade Ice Cream and a Natural Bliss Recipe Contest

Written by Chris

Twice the Bliss Recipe Contests

Have you heard the news? Nestlé Coffee-Mate just launched their Twice the Bliss Recipe Contests. Here’s your chance to share your original Natural Bliss recipe with the world. You could be one of their lucky winners and have your recipe published…or you could win a trip to NYC to film your recipe creation with celebrity chef Claire Robinson! Visit their Recipe Contests tab to enter.

Need a little inspiration?

Homemade Milk Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

If you follow me on Instragram, you know I’ve been going a little crazy with ice cream and frozen yogurt recipes. And for good reason; hello warm weather! I’ve been using Natural Bliss to replace heavy cream traditionally used in homemade ice cream. Pictured above is Homemade Milk Chocolate Ice Cream made with Vanilla Natural Bliss. I shared this with our staff recently – homerun! Fold in mini chocolate morsels or chopped toasted nuts during the last minute or so of churning for an added treat.

Strawberries & Cream Frozen Yogurt Recipe

Sweet Cream Natural Bliss is used in this Fresh Strawberries & Cream Frozen Yogurt. Natural Bliss acts as the “cream,” macerated strawberries add the depth and nonfat Greek yogurt adds the tartness this frozen yogurt needs. I think this was our staff’s favorite.

Fresh Mango, Coconut, Lime Ice Cream Recipe

This Fresh Mango, Coconut & Lime Ice Cream is a favorite of my daughter (she’s holding the cone in the image above). Fresh mangoes have a luscious texture that becomes velvety when puréed, which makes them well-suited for ice cream. This ice cream has more of sherbet texture, largely due to the fact that we are using refrigerated coconut milk. This milk is a lot thinner and has less fat when compared to canned coconut milk. Canned coconut milk can easily be substituted if you desire more of an ice cream texture.

"No Ice Cream Maker Needed" Berry Ice Cream Recipe

This “No Ice Cream Maker Needed” Berry Ice Cream is a snap to put together. Simply whirl together frozen berries and/or chopped fruit, Lowfat Vanilla Natural Bliss and fat-free milk in a food processor for instant ice cream (a food processor is best for this recipe since the mixture is so thick). Enjoy immediately or transfer to a covered container and freezer for later enjoyment. As it freezes, this ice cream takes on more of a sherbet texture.

I can’t wait to see how you use Natural Bliss!

Also, just a reminder, our All Things Chocolate recipe contest ends June 8. Enter before it’s too late!

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More Inspiration:

Thin Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
Thin Vanilla Oatmeal
Cookies
Vanilla Ricotta Crème with Fresh Berries Recipe
Vanilla Ricotta Crème
with Fresh Berries

May is for Strawberries: A Berry Good Month!

Written by Jenny

Strawberries and Cream Sherbert Recipe

May is National Strawberry Month and it couldn’t happen at a better time of year! Reason being is my grandparents would come and visit us for Memorial Day weekend, when we would attend a parade in the area (my grandfather was a World War II veteran) and later, have a barbeque. Once the dishes were cleared away, my grandmother, mom or I would start to hull strawberries for my grandfather’s favorite dessert Strawberry Shortcakes. The strawberries were most always bought from the local farmer’s stand. I can still taste those berries from the stand of long ago when I go strawberry picking with my daughter. Like back then, many of the berries never make their way into the bowl!

For some great tips on strawberries, see Chris’ April 2011 post with more strawberry recipes.

There are many recipes to celebrate the bounty of strawberries this month brings. Here are two new strawberry recipes from our kitchens.

Strawberries & Cream Sherbet is the perfect treat for the hotter months approaching or already here for some of you. I love the simplicity of this recipe and the evaporated milk brings the creaminess without all the fat and calories. Plus, no ice cream maker required!

Strawberries & Cream Sherbet (shown above)

Ingredients for 10 servings, 1/2 cup each:

Directions:

PLACE frozen strawberries, evaporated milk, sugar and lemon juice in food processor; process until smooth.

POUR into 8-inch-square baking pan. Place in freezer for about 20 minutes, until ice crystals begin to form around edge of dish. Using fork, stir icy portions into middle of pan. Repeat, stirring edges into center every 20 minutes or until frozen (about 1 hour). Cover tightly. Freeze for up to 2 months. To serve, scoop into small paper cups, paper cones or martini glasses.

TIP: 3 cups fresh, whole strawberries can be substituted for frozen. Freeze berries before using.

Strawberry Wheat Germ Smoothie Recipe

Continuing on the smoothie kick, Strawberry Wheat Germ Smoothie made with nonfat dry milk will have you licking your lips and spoon. It’s loaded with good-for-you nutrients like Vitamin E and C, folic acid and calcium and is “berry good” to boot!

Strawberry Wheat Germ Smoothie

Ingredients for 2 servings, 1 cup each:

Directions:

PLACE frozen strawberries, orange juice, dry milk, ice and wheat germ in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

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More strawberry recipes:

Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe
Strawberry Shortcakes
 Strawberry Cheesecake Pie Recipe
Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

Creamy Smoothies Perfect for Summer

Written by Liz –

Super Fruit Bliss Green Smoothie recipe

We love smoothies here at Nestlé Kitchens. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been obsessed with mixing up green concoctions for fruit smoothies (or margaritas), and my colleague Chris has been using Natural Bliss to create creamy smoothies as well. They are my favorite thing to drink on a warm summer morning, and also just after a run. It’s a good treat when you want to cut down on ice cream, and using Natural Bliss gives smoothies that creaminess you crave.

Our friend Susan of She’s Becoming Doughmesstic created a bunch of delicious, interesting new smoothies using Natural Bliss, and I just can’t get enough!

Here are a few of them for you to try. You can find the rest on Meals.com.

Super Fruit Bliss Green Smoothie (shown above)

Ingredients for 2 servings:

Directions:

PLACE acai juice, blueberries, pomegranate juice, spinach, Coffee-mate, sugar and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Frozen Avocado Mocha Bliss recipe

Frozen Avocado Mocha Bliss

Ingredients for 2 servings:

Directions:

PLACE cooled coffee, Coffee-mate, avocado, cocoa, sugar and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
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Whipping Evaporated Milk: Seasonal Fruit with Sweetened Lime Topping

 

Seasonal Fruit with Sweetened Lime Topping recipe

Did you know you can whip evaporated milk to create a slimmer version of whipped cream? Evaporated milk is a lower-fat substitute for half-and-half, light cream or heavy cream. It’s also super convenient since it’s a pantry staple, and shelf-stable.

Whipping evaporated milk is much easier than I expected! You only have to chill the milk well, then whip for several minutes with a mixer, adding any flavoring you like (I like to add Cognac and lemon) and a little bit of sugar (powdered and granulated both work fine).

Watch the video above to see how easy it is to whip evaporated milk.

Seasonal Fruit with Sweetened Lime Topping

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 8 cups sliced seasonal fruit or berries, such as mangos and strawberries
  • Spiced chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

POUR evaporated milk into small mixer bowl; place beaters into mixture. Freeze for about 30 minutes or until ice crystals form around edge of bowl. Meanwhile, place about 1 cup fruit in each of eight dessert dishes.

BEAT evaporated milk on high speed for 1 minute or until very frothy. Gradually add sugar and lime juice; continue beating for 2 minutes or until mixture is stiff. Immediately top each serving of fruit with about ½ cup whipped topping. Sprinkle with nuts.

NOTE: For whipped evaporated milk that holds up to 30 minutes: Sprinkle 1 teaspoon gelatin over 2 tablespoons water in small, microwave-safe bowl; let stand for 2 minutes. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 40 seconds; stir. Let stand for additional 2 minutes or until dissolved. Pour 1 cup evaporated milk and dissolved gelatin into small mixer bowl; follow recipe above. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 30 minutes.

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More whipped evaporated milk recipes:

Frozen Key Lime Pie recipe
Frozen Key Lime Pie
Whipping Evaporated Milk
Whipped Evaporated Milk

 

Simple Smoothies Made Fresh with Local Produce

Written by Chris

Orange Vanilla Bliss Recipe

I’ve been on quite the smoothie kick lately. This was initially driven by a recipe assignment, but now I guess you can say I am a little obsessed. It seems like I have been blending continuously for months now! Nestlé Coffee-mate has a new line of all-natural creamers that, dare I say, might just be the perfect addition to smoothies!

If you haven’t heard, Nestlé Coffee-mate recently introduced an all-natural (dairy) coffee creamer line called Natural Bliss. It’s made of only four simple ingredients: milk, cream, sugar and natural flavor. It comes in three delicious flavors: Vanilla, Caramel and Sweet Cream. It’s also gluten free and has ZERO trans fats. Got to love that! New to the line is Low Fat (YAY!) Vanilla. It has 20 calories per tablespoon compared to 35 in the regular version.

Nothing beats farm-fresh produce – especially in smoothies! Every chance I get, I load up at my local farmers’ market. I recently picked up the sweetest, juiciest cara cara (pink navel) oranges grown just a few miles away and used them in this Orange Vanilla Bliss smoothie. The flavor, oddly enough, is very similar to an Orange Julius beverage – remember those?

Orange Vanilla Bliss Recipe

Orange Vanilla Bliss

Ingredients for 2 servings:

Directions:

PLACE orange juice, Coffee-mate, banana and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Divide between 2 glasses; enjoy!

Green smoothies seem to be all the rage lately. And they should be! Spinach is comprised of approximately 51% protein – pretty cool, right?

Green Mango Smoothie Recipe

If you aren’t wild about spinach, give kale, mustard greens or collard greens a try. The addition of these leafy green vegetables provide your body with sources of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, and K, folate, calcium, magnesium and iron. You most likely won’t even know they are there! In fact, this is the smoothie my daughter liked most and it took her forever to guess what made it so vibrant green. This Mango Green Smoothie uses Sweet Cream Natural Bliss (I think it might just be my favorite of all the flavors!).

Green Mango Smoothie Recipe

Green Mango Smoothie

Ingredients for 1 serving:

Directions:

PLACE mango, spinach, coconut water, Coffee-mate, lime juice and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

I can’t wait to share additional Nestlé Coffee-mate Natural Bliss recipes that Doughmesstic created in a future post. I had a blast blending up all of her recipes last week! What’s your favorite way to use coffee creamer (other than in coffee)? Let me know in the comments below.

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Other Smoothie recipes:

Blissful Fruit Smoothies Recipe
Blissful Fruit Smoothies
Iced Caramel Bliss Coffee Recipe
Iced Caramel Bliss Coffee
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