The Little Epicurean

Nov 12 2013

Blender Giveaway and Two Amazing Smoothies

Hyper Monkey Smoothie // the little epicureanThis month I am celebrating #smoovember with Hamilton Beach!

Chilly autumn mornings are tough.  I can’t roll out of my warm, comfy bed.  And even after I’m dressed and ready for the day, I’m still a slow and a bit brain dead.

Breakfast usually solves that.  I made these two very different smoothies that have been known to brighten and perk up even my most dreadful Monday mornings.

TheLittleEpicurean_hyper-monkey-ingredients-listOh, yes.  Espresso, peanut butter, banana, milk, AND CHOCOLATE!  I’m all about indulgences (in moderation, of course).  Instead of my usual latte, this Hyper Monkey puts a happy bounce in my step, it makes me smile from ear to ear, and it has enough caffeine to keep me sane for hours.

Okay, it may not be the most nutritious breakfast drink out there, but it sure it delicious!  And it is a breeze to make in my new Smoothie Smart blender.  The recipe makes enough for two and is meant to be shared.


Ever have trouble figuring out what buttons to press on your blender?  One of the many reasons I am in love with this new blender is its “auto smoothie” feature.  It takes all the guesswork out of smoothie making! I also really like the spout on the lid cover.  It makes pouring my smoothies much cleaner and easier.  (Have you ever tried to pour a blended drink directly from the blender only to have it splash all over the kitchen counter?  Yup, this spout helps prevent such mishaps for ever happening again.)

Hyper Monkey Blended Drink, serves 2


3/4 cup whole milk

1/4 cup strong espresso, slightly cooled

1/2 cup frozen banana

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped

ice, as needed

agave syrup, optional to sweeten


1.  Pour milk and espresso into blender jar.  Add frozen banana and peanut butter.  Add about a half a cup of ice.  Cover with lid and press auto smoothie button.

2. Taste smoothie and add agave syrup as needed to sweeten.  Add additional ice if thicker consistency is desired.  Add chopped dark chocolate and pulse for a couple seconds until chocolate bits are distributed (and added ice is blended).

3.  Remove blender from machine, open spout and pour into 2 glasses.  Serve immediately.  Garnish with a banana slice and additional chocolate chunks.

And now for something a little healthier…

Happy Green Monster // the little epicureanIf my Hyper Monkey is a little too much for you, maybe you’ll like his healthy veggie-fruit smoothie!

Juicing was all the craze this summer.  Everyone, their mothers, and their grandmothers were juicing.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a juicer.  But no worries, my Smoothie Smart blender does the job!

This Happy Green Monster truly does make me happy.  I feel so refreshed, alive, and rejuvenated after a glass of this good green stuff.

TheLittleEpicurean_green-monster-ingredientsVegetables in your smoothie?  YES. I was hesitant at first, but I assure you, it tastes amazing. (And no, it doesn’t taste like a salad.) 

This green smoothie is packed with all sorts of good stuff- vitamins and nutrients from the raw kale and spinach, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits from the pear, and the coconut water to help hydrate you.  This is one drink you don’t have to feel guilty about, and its a great way to increase your veggie intake.

Asides from breakfast, these two smoothies are great afternoon pick-me-ups!

TheLittleEpicurean-1I was really surprised by the power and strength of this Smoothie Smart blender.  With smoothies, juices, and blended beverages so popular these days, I think its a good idea to have a solid blender.  Instead of going out to buy your drinks, experiment at home and make your own concoctions!

If you happen to try out my recipes or make your own, be sure to snap a photo of it and share it with the hashtag #smoovember!

Happy Green Monster, serves 2


1 cup coconut water

1/3 cup coconut milk

1 Tbsp agave syrup

juice of half a lime

1 pear, peeled and cored

2 handfuls spinach

2 handfuls kale


1. Pour coconut water, coconut milk, and agave syrup into blender jar.  Squeeze in juice of half a lime.  Add pear, spinach and kale.  Cover blender with lid and hit auto smoothie button.

2.  Remove blender jar from machine and open spout.  Pour into 2 glasses. Serve immediately. Otherwise, place in refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

TheLittleEpicurean_happy-green-monsterAre you thirsty yet?

Now it’s your chance to win your own Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender!


To enter the giveaway: Leave a comment with your favorite blended beverage.  Be sure to “like” The Little Epicurean on Facebook.

Comments are moderated and may not show up right away.  One comment per person, please.  Giveaway only open to U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Winner must be willing to provide a valid shipping address (no P.O. Box) in order to receive prize.

Comments close at 11:59 PM (PST) on Monday, November 18.  The winner will be chosen at random and notified Wednesday morning.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, winner forfeits prize and another winner will be chosen at random.

Be sure to leave a valid email address, or I won’t be able to contact you if you win.  Once the winner has been chosen, The Little Epicurean will then notify Hamilton Beach, and Hamilton Beach will mail you your smoothie blender set!

Disclosure: Hamilton Beach is providing the Smart Smoothie Blender and Single Serving Blender set for this giveaway.  I received the same blenders for review.  All opinions are my own.

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Giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations lucky comment #17!






Hyper Monkey Smoothie

49 Responses to “Blender Giveaway and Two Amazing Smoothies”

  1. November 12, 2013
    12:06 pm
    MiYun says...

    My favorite blended beverage includes blueberries, ice, Greek yogurt, peanut butter and bananas. It is very delicious.

  2. November 12, 2013
    12:45 pm
    Cassy says...

    My favorite smoothie has agave, Greek yogurt, and strawberries. It’s addicting.

  3. November 12, 2013
    1:51 pm
    Andrea says...

    This summer, the combination of grilled peach, almond milk, greek yogurt and a dash of honey was on repeat!

  4. November 12, 2013
    3:16 pm
    yayhugs says...

    The happy green monster sounds awesome! My favorite thing to add to any smoothie is a frozen banana. Makes everything rich and creamy.

  5. November 12, 2013
    3:18 pm
    Jessica T says...

    Favorite smoothie: Pineapple, kiwi, lemon, apple, and carrots!

  6. November 12, 2013
    4:34 pm
    Brandee James says...

    My favorite is a PB&J smoothie I used to get all the time in NC. Blueberries and peanut butter!

  7. November 12, 2013
    10:17 pm
    Melissa says...

    My daily smoothie of orange juice, ice, banana, strawberries, blueberries, and a handful of spinach is my favorite blended drink.

  8. November 13, 2013
    4:30 am
    Carole S says...

    My favorite blended smoothie includes almond milk, almond butter, raspberries, bananas, protein powder and honey. From the beverages you posted in this blog I would prefer the green one for sure.

  9. November 13, 2013
    6:00 am
    Julie says...

    like u on fb Julie A Scott Laws like smoothies with strawberries and vanilla yogurt
    thanks for the giveaway

  10. November 13, 2013
    7:55 am
    Sarah says...

    YUM Coffee almond banana smoothies!

  11. November 13, 2013
    9:22 am
    Emma W. says...

    Mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc) with a bit of apple juice :)

  12. November 13, 2013
    9:26 am

    My favorite blended beverage is frozen strawberries and blueberries with non fat yogurt, honey and mint. A wonderful afternoon snack!

  13. November 13, 2013
    10:45 am
    tara pittman says...

    coffee drinks

  14. November 13, 2013
    11:30 am
    Vunda V says...

    i love mango blended smoothies! and i like your fb page

  15. November 13, 2013
    11:38 am
    Jessica says...

    Current favorite smoothie: kale, banana, almond milk, ice, and honey. Even my super picky 7 year old loves it!

  16. November 13, 2013
    11:50 am
    Cat Clayton says...

    I like frozen coffee drinks.

  17. November 13, 2013
    12:12 pm

    We are big banana smoothie fans so really looking fwd to trying out this recipe! New follower on FB :)

  18. November 13, 2013
    1:00 pm

    my favorite is a blend of spinach, blueberries, frozen banana, and almond milk!

  19. November 13, 2013
    2:20 pm

    I love smoothies and always have to add greens no matter what!

  20. November 13, 2013
    2:55 pm
    Marci says...

    My favorite is a blend of apple juice, yogurt, banana, peanut butter, and chocolate. Yum!

  21. November 13, 2013
    3:48 pm
    Vera K says...

    My favorite blended beverage – I have this every morning – apple juice, a banana, juice of 1/2 lime, an orange, turmeric, cayenne pepper, ground flax seed, frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, and gingeroot.

  22. November 13, 2013
    4:19 pm
    Tori Stiles says...

    I work from home and therefore make smoothies almost daily. I usually just whip up whatever goodies I have in my fridge/freezer. Today I made a smoothie with fresh squeezed orange juice, raw sliced ginger, kale, swiss chard, sliced apples, half a squeezed lemon, organic frozen raspberries, and oats–super smoothie!

  23. November 13, 2013
    5:00 pm
    Becki says...

    I love a blend of banana, chocolate protein powder, lots of spinach and ice with either water or almond milk… So yum!

  24. November 13, 2013
    8:23 pm
    Shikha says...

    I love spinach, coconut water and pineapple, it tastes like pina colada!

  25. November 13, 2013
    10:10 pm
    tiffany says...

    Favorite oatmeal, nutella, banana, milk, yum!

  26. November 14, 2013
    12:48 am

    orange juice, diet sprite cranberry, and raspberries

  27. November 14, 2013
    10:09 am
    chuck derr says...

    mixed berries yogurt

  28. November 14, 2013
    11:01 am

    I like mine with cocoa powder and bananas…feels like I’m being super naughty when I’m not! I like to throw in protein powder to up the healthy factor!

  29. November 14, 2013
    1:44 pm
    MaryAnn says...

    My favorite smoothie has banana, orange juice and vanilla yogurt. Liked on facebook.

  30. November 14, 2013
    8:34 pm
    India London says...

    I love my spinach, pomegranate, pear, red grapes and flax seed!

  31. November 14, 2013
    9:43 pm
    Emily says...

    My fave daily breakfast smoothie consists of spinach, frozen blueberries, banana, almond milk, splash of apple juice, and honey!

  32. November 15, 2013
    7:38 am
    Mary M says...

    mixed berries are my favorite

  33. November 15, 2013
    11:24 am
    candace says...

    i love smoothies with green tea, orange, and bananas

  34. November 15, 2013
    12:12 pm
    Stan Ragets says...

    My favorite is milk, yogurt, banana and blueberries/stawberries. A nice, powerful, and protein packed supplement after a workout!

  35. November 15, 2013
    5:00 pm
    Eric Risner says...

    I love strawberry smoothies!

  36. November 15, 2013
    10:25 pm
    Cathy O'Connell says...

    My go to smoothie is vanilla yogurt or milk, peanut butter, and banana

  37. November 16, 2013
    7:31 am
    meredith says...

    Ive gotten into green smoothies!

  38. November 16, 2013
    1:11 pm
    nikitheo says...

    Avocado with cucumber and unsweetened almond milk!

  39. November 16, 2013
    10:32 pm
    Kathy M says...

    Almond milk, avocado, raspberries, Greek yogurt, spinach and a bit of honey.

  40. November 17, 2013
    9:01 am
    Janet says...

    My favorite blender drink is yogurt, flax seed meal, spinach, peanut butter and berries. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  41. November 17, 2013
    11:29 pm
    James Kennedy says...

    I like all the variations of the green smoothies. Yum

  42. November 18, 2013
    8:57 am
    Annette says...

    My favorite blended (adult) beverage is a margarita. But since I can’t drink those daily, I like blending an orange with water, stevia, ice, and vanilla extract. It’s a nice treat and a great way to drink more water.

  43. November 18, 2013
    12:01 pm
    Sarah says...

    I just got back from my honeymoon in Japan and now I think my favorite blended drink must include matcha!

  44. November 18, 2013
    7:42 pm
    Al Tegelan says...

    Your posts ate amazing! I want a green smoothie!

  45. November 18, 2013
    9:12 pm
    Angela says...

    My favorite blended beverage is a frappuccino!

  46. November 19, 2013
    9:57 pm
    Maryanne says...

    Thank you for your entries! And thanks for sharing all your favorite blended drinks. I can’t wait to try some of them out!

  47. February 10, 2016
    1:26 pm
    Monica Escalera says...

    My favorite beverage is still the beginners luck smoothie. It has all of my favorite flavors and fruits, so great I stumbled upon it! Thank you for the great ideas you bring to my table.

  48. October 27, 2016
    9:57 am
    Sarah B. says...

    Hi! The Happy Green Monster Smoothie sounds great, but I am wondering what type of coconut milk you mean? I assume it’s the milk beverage substitute (similar to soy or almond milk), but I also stock canned culinary coconut milk in my cupboard for cooking, and figure that could be good too? Thanks!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      I use canned coconut milk. I like it because it’s richer in texture and flavor. However, the lighter coconut milk (sold in cartons and similar to almond milk/soy milk) works, too.

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