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‘Frozen Monkey’ Smoothie and ‘Power Potion’ Juice

Recently on Serious Eats: two very enticing — and very different! — ways to energize. The Frozen Monkey smoothie is a magic elixir of coffee, chocolate, and banana inspired by Hoboken NJ’s long-defunct cafe of the same name. Power Potion is so named because of some pretty fascinating evidence that beet juice almost magically improves athletic performance. What’s not to love? Check out the recipes below, and click on the photos to read the full posts on Serious Eats.

Talk to you soon.

Carolyn xx

Frozen Monkey Coffee Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is inspired by Hoboken NJ's now long-defunct Frozen Monkey cafe, which used to make a similar shake with Tasti D Lite as a base. Their version fit perfectly into my urban 20-something lifestyle, in which, for better or worse, coffee and Tasti D were each a featured food group. These days I prefer to whiz up my own with a combination of frozen bananas and homemade almond milk standing in for the frozen dessert.


  • 2 frozen bananas, sliced
  • 4 shots espresso, cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (see note above)
  • 2 teaspoons raw cacao powder or regular cocoa powder
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds


  • Combine all ingredients in the jar of a blender and blend on high speed until perfectly smooth, about 30 seconds. Divide between two glasses and serve immediately.
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    Recipe Notes

  • You can use any milk of your choice. I use homemade almond milk for mine.
  • Power Potion Beet Carrot Apple Juice

    This brightly colored juice is a sweet combination of beets, carrots, apples, clementines, and ginger.


    • 2/3 cup (5 1/2 ounces) fresh beet juice from about 2 medium beets, including some stems
    • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) fresh carrot juice from about 2 medium carrots
    • 2 teaspoons (1/3 ounce) fresh ginger juice from an about 1-inch piece ginger
    • 1/3 cup (5 1/2 ounces) fresh clementine juice from about 2 clementines, peeled
    • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) fresh apple juice from about 1 large apple, cored and quartered


  • Stir juices together thoroughly, divide between two glasses, and serve immediately.
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    Recipe Notes

  • Juice the ingredients in the order listed for maximum yield. Except for the clementines, there is no need to peel ingredients as long as you've scrubbed them well to remove any earthy bits. I sometimes trim the ends of beets and carrots if they look a little too gnarly. Use your power-judgment.


    Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.

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