Classic Tomato Soup

This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese…

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This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese for a cozy meal.

Tomato soup recipe

An essential every home cook needs? This classic Tomato Soup recipe! There’s nothing more homey than a big pot bubbling on the stove with its bright garlicky aroma. Add to that a browned, gooey grilled cheese from the griddle and well: it’s basic in all the right ways. Just a like a classic Caesar salad or avocado toast: a great tomato soup is not rocket science but always, always satisfying. This recipe is beyond easy to make and will please everyone in the family (even the picky ones).

Want more soups? Go to Top Healthy Soup Recipes.

What’s in this tomato soup recipe?

Tomato soup is like a good potato salad: everyone has their own family recipe. Here’s our own family favorite: it’s so quick and easy! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Canned tomatoes: fire roasted if possible
  • Vegetable broth
  • Garlic powder and onion powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Optional ingredients: basil, heavy cream
Tomato Soup Recipe

Flavor secret: fire roasted canned tomatoes

The key to the flavor in this tomato soup recipe? Fire roasted tomatoes. This type of tomatoes is roasted over a flame before canning, which makes the flavor sweet and developed right out of the can. You can absolutely taste the difference versus a plain canned tomato, which can taste bitter. Plus, you can cook fire roasted tomatoes for less time since the flavor is good right away (always a plus!).

Where to find fire roasted tomatoes? They should be available at your local grocery store, offered by several brands. If you can’t find them, simply substitute the best quality canned tomatoes you can find. It really makes a difference in this tomato soup!

Tomato Soup

How to make tomato soup: basic steps

There are lots of ways to make a great tomato soup recipe: here’s our magic formula! The only chopping required is you’ll have to mince some fresh garlic. Other than that, most of the cooking process is just waiting for it to simmer. Here are the basic steps:

  • Step 1, Chop & sauté: Mince the garlic, then sauté in olive oil for 30 seconds.
  • Step 2, Simmer: Add the canned tomatoes, broth onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Step 3, Blend: Immersion blend or carefully blend the soup (optional).
  • Step 4, Add butter: Add butter and salt to taste. Voila!

Add-ins: fresh basil or heavy cream

Want to spice up your tomato soup recipe? Here are two simple things you can do to add massive flavor to this simple soup:

  • Add ½ cup chopped basil while simmering. This adds the best tomato basil flavor!
  • Add a drizzle of heavy cream to finish. This incorporates a delightful lightly sweet richness and warmth to the texture.

Want more variations? Scroll down for a few more ideas.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese

This tomato soup recipe is fantastic paired with a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich! Here’s how to take a regular grilled cheese and make it gourmet:

  • Use sourdough bread or an other artisan loaf.
  • Spread mayo on the outside of the bread instead of butter. It adds great savory flavor!
  • Use a combo of shredded smoked gouda and cheddar cheese. The smoked gouda really takes it to gourmet status!
  • Add jam or a sliced apple inside. The sweet and savory combo makes it! Try it with tomato, fig or apricot jam, or a thinly slice apple or pear.
Tomato Soup Recipe

Sides to serve with tomato soup (grilled cheese and more!)

Of course, no tomato soup recipe is complete without a toasty grilled cheese on the side! But we’ve got a few more ideas to complete the meal as well. Here are a few of our top sides to serve with tomato soup:

  1. Grilled cheese: Try an avocado grilled cheese or spinach artichoke grilled cheese.
  2. Bread: Grab an artisan bread loaf.
  3. Crackers & cheese: Opt for homemade crackers or almond crackers.
  4. Salad: Try goat cheese apple salad, spinach salad, kale salad, or chopped salad.
  5. Muffins: Try classic corn muffins.

Variations: more tomato soup recipes

Want more flavor variations? This one is our classic, but here are our top tomato soup recipes to make on a regular basis:

This tomato soup recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Tomato soup recipe

Classic Tomato Soup Recipe


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese for a cozy meal.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28-ounce can and 1 15-ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • Optional: ½ cup chopped fresh basil, 1 splash heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil to medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute until light brown and fragrant. Stir in both cans of tomatoes, vegetable broth, garlic powder, onion powder, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and basil (if using). Bring to a simmer.
  2. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes until slightly thickened and the tomato flavor mellows. Then immersion blend the soup or carefully transfer to a blender and blend until smooth (this step makes it creamier; you can skip this step if you’re ok with the texture as is).
  3. Stir in the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons salted butter. For a richer soup, you can also stir in a splash of heavy cream.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Tomato soup recipe

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Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Espresso

This iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso is so delicious: both refreshing and cozy! Here’s how to make it…

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This iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso is so delicious: both refreshing and cozy! Here’s how to make it even better than Starbucks.

Iced brown sugar oat milk espresso

Ready for one of the more interesting espresso drinks to come your way? Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Espresso. Just the ring of it sounds like a certain ultra popular coffeeshop, and you’re right! It’s a Starbucks invention. Here’s the thing: the Starbucks version of this shaken espresso tastes just okay. The homemade version? It tastes great. It’s deliciously nuanced, cozy, and just sweet enough, cinnamon forward with a warm nuance from the brown sugar syrup. Really, you’ve gotta try this!

What’s an iced brown sugar oat milk espresso?

The iced brown sugar oat milk espresso is a Starbucks drink that combines shaken espresso, oat milk, and brown sugar syrup. It’s essentially an iced latte, but the espresso is shaken for a frothy texture and it has slightly less milk. The Starbucks version of this drink says it uses brown sugar syrup to add a hint of warmth, but in our opinion it’s difficult to detect in the flavor. This homemade version brings all the flavor notes in strong! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Espresso
  • Brown sugar syrup: made in 5 minutes with brown sugar!
  • Cinnamon
  • Oat milk: best quality
Brown sugar syrup

Make an iced brown sugar oat milk espresso…better than Starbucks

The iced brown sugar oat milk espresso at Starbucks tastes overwhelmingly like oat milk: it’s pretty one note flavor-wise. When we ordered it, we had big expectations! But you get none of those brown sugar or cinnamon flavor notes. (In fact, the whole drink just made me thirsty.) Making it homemade makes one incredible drink: you’ll get dark espresso notes, cozy brown sugar, spicy cinnamon, and creamy oat milk all in one sip. Here are the basic steps:

  • Step 1: Make the brown sugar syrup.
  • Step 2: Make a double shot of espresso.
  • Step 3: Place the espresso in a jar with 1 ½ tablespoons syrup and ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon and shake!
  • Step 4: Add ½ cup regular oat milk and enjoy.

Use high quality oat milk

Another note: make sure to use best quality oat milk: it really affects the flavor! Some oat milks can have an artificial aftertaste: experiment and find one you love. (We enjoy Planet Oat: let us know your favorite brands.)

How to make espresso

Espresso methods

The main thing you’ll need to know for your iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso? How to make great espresso at home. The best option is a countertop espresso machine, but it’s a bit pricey. We’ve got several different methods for how to make espresso without a machine. Here’s what to know:

  • Espresso roast coffee: Use a fine grind on the espresso beans. Some brands we recommend: IllyStarbucks or Intelligentsia
  • Espresso machine: An espresso machine is the best option: it makes incredible espresso! There are various machines in different price ranges.
  • Portable espresso maker: manual espresso maker is a more affordable option, and it makes great espresso.
  • French press: French press espresso is another great affordable option!
  • Moka Pot: You can also make strong espresso-like coffee in a Moka Pot (Bialetti).

How to make brown sugar syrup

The only other thing you need to do for this drink? Make homemade brown sugar syrup! It takes just 5 minutes and makes a jar of ¾ cup you can use for all your future drinks. A simple syrup is just that: simple! The basic premise is that you combine equal parts sugar and water. Here’s what to do for this one:

  • Combine sugar and water: Place ½ cup each brown sugar and water in a small saucepan on the stove.
  • Heat until dissolved: Heat over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until fully dissolved. Do not simmer!

That’s it! You can store it refrigerated for up to 1 month. It’s enough to make 8 of these iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espressos! You can also use it on pancakes and waffles.

Iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso

More coffee drinks

Love coffee drinks? We’ve got all the Starbucks specials and more! Here are a few homemade espresso drinks to try:

This iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Iced brown sugar oat milk espresso

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Espresso


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso is so delicious: both refreshing and cozy! Here’s how to make it even better than Starbucks.


Ingredients

  • 2 espresso shots (2 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar syrup (or more to taste)
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup regular oat milk (unsweetened)

Instructions

  1. Make the brown sugar syrup: Add ½ cup brown sugar and ½ cup water to saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved (don’t simmer) for 1 to 2 minutes. Keeps in the refrigerator for 1 month (makes ¾ cup).
  2. Make the espresso: Make the espresso using an espresso machine, manual espresso maker, French press, or Moka Pot.
  3. Shake: In medium jar, combine the espresso, brown sugar syrup, and cinnamon and shake until well combined. Remove the lid, fill the jar with ice and add the oat milk.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Coffee

Keywords: Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Espresso

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Easy Breakfast Burrito

This genius breakfast burrito recipe is irresistibly satisfying and so easy to whip up! It’s got two layers of eggs…

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This genius breakfast burrito recipe is irresistibly satisfying and so easy to whip up! It’s got two layers of eggs for massive savory flavor.

Breakfast burrito recipe

Need ideas to start your morning? Or love breakfast for dinner? Try this genius Breakfast Burrito Recipe! In just 15 minutes, you’ve got a burrito that’s bursting with zesty flavor. Many breakfast burrito recipes call for rice or cooked meat or potatoes: and who has time for that in the morning? (Not us.) You’ll need just 5 minutes to cook two layers of eggs here: one chorizo-spiced and one cheesy. Take a bite and it’s irresistibly savory and delicious, with all the right cozy textures. We even make this Tex Mex classic for a quick dinner, it’s so darn good.

Ingredients in a quick breakfast burrito recipe

It’s hard to plan ahead for mornings, and it’s hard to meal prep. So here’s a breakfast burrito recipe that you can whip up in a flash! This recipe makes 2 burritos, and you can freeze one for later too. Here are the quick and simple components: no meat browning or potato cooking required!

  • Eggs
  • Spices: chili powder, garlic powder and cumin
  • Salt and butter
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Avocado
  • Pico de gallo
  • Large 10″ tortillas
Breakfast Burrito Recipe

The trick: two layers of eggs

Here’s the cool thing about this breakfast burrito recipe: you need no meat, because the spiced eggs stand in for meat! Here’s a break down of how this trick works, with a total of 2 eggs per serving:

  • Spiced eggs: Adding chili powder, garlic and cumin to scrambled eggs makes them taste like a combination between taco meat and chorizo. Really! We made up this concept for our Amazing Egg Tacos and have been riffing on it ever since.
  • Cheesy eggs: Of course, any breakfast burrito needs a layer of cheesy eggs! Combining these two layers makes a satisfying bite where you don’t miss the meat.

How to roll a breakfast burrito

The hardest part about a breakfast burrito? Rolling the burrito! This is notoriously challenging, so here are a few of our top tips:

  • Tortilla size: Breakfast burritos need large tortillas, at least 10″ (or up to 12″).
  • Tortilla type: We have the best luck with flour tortillas. Some gluten free or grain free tortillas work, but it depends on the brand.
  • Warm it: It’s helpful to bring the tortilla to room temp or lightly warm it in the microwave before rolling. This helps to reduce breakage.
  • Rolling tips: Fold the tortilla in half over the filling, then tuck it around and underneath the filling, forming a tight roll. Fold in each side of the burrito, then roll it up. Keep it as tight as possible while rolling.
Breakfast Burrito

One last step: toast it!

This is totally optional, but who doesn’t love a breakfast burrito that’s toasted on the outside? They get those lovely golden marks on the outside, which makes it look (and smell) absolutely irresistible! All you have to do is heat a little butter in a skillet, then cook on medium high heat for about 1 minute per side. It works like a charm!

Leftover storage: how to freeze it

This breakfast burrito recipe makes 2 servings. It’s also an easy recipe to multiply: you can make a double or triple batch if you like! If you happen to have leftovers, you can freeze the burrito for later. This is preferable to refrigerating the burrito, as it can become very soggy. There are still concerns with a breakfast burrito becoming soggy after freezing it, so here are a few small tips to keep in mind:

  • When you assemble, add a small handful of shredded cheese on the tortilla first. This can help to form a moisture barrier.
  • Let the egg filling come to room temp before rolling. This prevents extra moisture as well.
  • Freeze wrapped in foil. Store up to 1 month.
  • To reheat, place it in foil in a 350 degree oven and bake until warmed through, about 15 minutes.

And that’s it! It results in the tastiest, easiest breakfast burrito around. And remember: you don’t have to wait for breakfast for this one! Try it as an easy dinner.

More savory breakfast recipes

Savory breakfast is where it’s at! Here are a few more breakfast recipes that make mornings more delicious:

This breakfast burrito recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten free, use gluten free tortillas (just be careful of the brand, as some gluten free tortillas can be more brittle).

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Easy Breakfast Burrito


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 burritos
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This genius breakfast burrito recipe is irresistibly satisfying and so easy to whip up! It’s got two layers of eggs for massive savory flavor.


Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon each chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 mashed avocado, divided
  • ¼ cup purchased pico de gallo, drained and divided
  • 2 10-inch large tortillas (burrito size)

Instructions

  1. In one medium bowl, whisk together 2 eggs with the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and ⅛ teaspoon of the salt. In another medium bowl, whisk 2 eggs with ⅛ teaspoon of the salt, then add the shredded cheese.
  2. In a skillet, heat ½ tablespoon butter. Add the first bowl of eggs and cook over medium low heat, scraping as the eggs solidify, about 1 to 2 minutes total. As you scrape, they’ll start to form together into a meat-like texture. Remove the cooked eggs to a plate. Then add ½ tablespoon butter to the pan and do the same thing to cook the second bowl of cheesy eggs.
  3. Bring the tortillas to room temperature or lightly warm them in the microwave: this helps them to not break when wrapping the burritos.
  4. Place the tortilla on a cutting board. Place the toppings in the center of the tortilla: a sprinkle of cheese (optional but can help reduce sogginess of the tortilla), the spiced eggs and the cheesy eggs, 2 tablespoons of the drained pico de gallo, and the ½ mashed avocado. Fold the tortilla in half over the filling, then tuck it around and underneath the filling, forming a tight roll. Fold in each side of the burrito, then roll it up. Repeat with the other burrito. Cut in half and serve. (You can freeze the leftover burrito if you like. Let the egg filling come to room temperature first. Place a foil wrapper under the tortilla before you roll it. Roll it up and freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat in the foil in a 350 degree oven until warmed through, about 15 minutes or so.)
  5. Toast the burrito (optional): Add a bit of butter to a skillet, and add the wrapped burrito. Cook on medium high heat for about 1 minute until golden, then flip and toast the other side for another minute.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Burrito
  • Cuisine: Mexican inspired

Keywords: Breakfast burrito, Breakfast burrito recipe

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Rum Punch

No one can resist this Rum Punch recipe! Here are the classic ingredients that make a perfectly balanced tropical flavor.…

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No one can resist this Rum Punch recipe! Here are the classic ingredients that make a perfectly balanced tropical flavor.

Rum Punch

Here’s a cocktail recipe that’s so pristine, it’s no wonder it’s got a long history. Try this Rum Punch recipe! The concept of rum punch goes back to the 1600’s, though this one is closer to a Planter’s Punch from the early 1900’s. The balance of the ingredients is ideal: instead of overly saccharine is perfectly sweet tart, fruity, and tropical. In fact, it’s so good you won’t be able to resist another sip. Try this easier spin on the Mai Tai: and prepare to be amazed.

What is rum punch?

What’s rum punch? A punch is any drink that includes fruit juices, either non-alcoholic or alcoholic, often served in a large bowl with glasses. The first printed record of a punch dates back to 1632 in English documents, a concept borrowed from India. Modern punch evolved in the 1650’s with Jamaican rum. The single serving punch, called a sling, came about after that (the most famous of which is the Singapore Sling).

Some of the oldest punches are rum-based, and were made using the following recipe in a rhyme: “One of Sour, Two of Sweet, Three of Strong, Four of Weak.” This rum punch recipe is similar to Planter’s Punch, which originated in Jamaica and was first published in an 1878 London magazine. Our recipe adds pineapple, orange and grenadine, which is traditional in many rum punch recipes you’ll find today. The rum punch ingredients you’ll need are:

  • White rum
  • Dark rum
  • Pineapple juice
  • Orange juice
  • Lime juice
  • Grenadine
Rum punch recipe

Types of rum

Many rum punch recipes use more than one type of rum. Why is it necessary? Different types of rum add a lot of nuance in flavor. Taste the different varieties, and you’ll find that they almost taste like different liquor. You can use only one type if it’s all you have, but it’s worth seeking out two types for the flavor difference. Here’s an outline on types of rum:

  • Dark rum has a deep, caramel flavor and notes of cinnamon and spices (see Dark Rum Drinks)
  • White rum has a straightforward flavor rum with the signature fruity finish
  • Aged rum, aka golden or añejo rum, has notes of vanilla, coconut, almond, citrus, or caramel
  • Coconut rum is a sweet coconut-flavored liqueur made with rum (Malibu is the most popular)

Because Malibu rum is so sweet, make sure to use it in combination with another rum. But if all you have is white rum or dark rum, you can use just one type of rum in a pinch.

Grenadine syrup

Buy grenadine or make homemade

Got grenadine on hand? Grenadine is a red non-alcoholic syrup with a sweet tart flavor, commonly used in cocktails and mocktails. Many people think it’s cherry flavored, but it’s actually made from pomegranate juice! It’s been used in grenadine cocktails for hundreds of years, from the Singapore Sling to the Shirley Temple.

Much of the grenadine on the market today has artificial sweeteners and colors. Look for an all natural grenadine, or you can make homemade grenadine! It’s easy to make with pomegranate seeds.

How to make rum punch

This rum punch recipe is for a single serving drink, in the tradition of the classic Singapore Sling or Hurricane. But you can serve it in a punch bowl, too! Here’s how to make rum punch (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Stir: In a hurricane glass, add 1 ounce each white rum and dark rum, 2 ounces pineapple juice, 1 ounce orange juice and ½ ounce lime juice.
  • Top with grenadine: Top with ½ ounce grenadine, which will settle to the bottom and make a gradient effect. Serve garnished with an orange slice and cocktail cherry!
Rum punch ingredients

Or, serve it in a punch bowl

If you’re making rum punch for a crowd, the best way to serve it is in a punch bowl! It’s easy to multiply the quantities for 8 drinks. Simply replace each ounce with 1 cup of the ingredient! Here’s what to do:

  • Add all ingredients, including the grenadine, to a punch bowl.
  • Add a few handfuls ice to cool.
  • Garnish with orange slices!

And that’s it! This rum punch has risen to the top of our favorite drinks to make: we hope you’ll love it too! It’s great as a tropical drink or beach drink, and works in any season.

More rum drinks

Love rum? Here are a few more top rum cocktails to try:

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Rum Punch

Rum Punch


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink (or 8 drinks)
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce* (or 1 cup) white rum
  • 1 ounce (or 1 cup) dark rum
  • 2 ounces (or 2 cups) pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce (or 1 cup) orange juice
  • ½ ounce (or ½ cup) lime juice
  • ½ ounce (or ½ cup) grenadine
  • For the garnish: orange slice, cocktail cherry

Instructions

  1. For the single serving: In a highball glass, stir together all ingredients (in ounces), except for the grenadine. Fill the glass with ice and top with the grenadine. Garnish with the orange slice and cherry.
  2. For party size (8 servings): Place all ingredients in a punch bowl or pitcher, and add a few handfuls of ice. Add orange slices or wheels as a garnish.

Notes

*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Rum punch, rum punch recipe

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Loaded Baked Potato & Toppings

Mix and match baked potato toppings for the best easy dinner: a Loaded Baked Potato! It’s customizable to any diet…

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Mix and match baked potato toppings for the best easy dinner: a Loaded Baked Potato! It’s customizable to any diet and eater.

Loaded baked potato

It can be hard to find a dinner idea that works for everyone, and here’s one we fall back on time and time again: the Loaded Baked Potato! Mix and match any variety of baked potato toppings and you’ve got a delicious dinner that works for almost any diet. We recently did this when we were feeding a crowd (my family in town for a visit) and everyone loved it! There are endless ideas for customizing the meal and it lets every eater get creative. Here’s how to make a loaded baked potato bar and some great topping ideas.

The type of potatoes to use

The best potatoes for a baked potato? Russet potatoes or sweet potatoes. Russet potatoes are the type you’ll generally find for a baked potato. They’re called starchy potatoes and come out with a fluffy texture when baked. Contrast that with waxy potatoes like Yukon gold, red potatoes, or fingerling potatoes: these are best for roasting and mashing.

Sweet potatoes are also a great choice! They have slightly more fiber and different vitamins, as well as a beautifully sweet flavor. Interestingly, they’re very similar in nutrition to the russet potato. (Read more about the nutritional differences at Sweet Potato vs White Potato.)

Baked potato
Use russet potatoes and place them right on the oven grates: no foil required!

Loaded baked potato cooking methods

There are several ways to make a baked potato! Cook the potato, then load it up with the toppings. Here are our top methods for baking a potato, with a few alternative ideas:

  • Classic: Make a classic whole baked potato! Rub the skin with olive oil and prick it with a fork. Place it right on the oven grates (no foil) and bake 20 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Then flip and bake 25 minutes more until fork tender (keep baking up to 15 minutes more until tender, depending on the size).
  • Quick baked method: Make a quick baked potato! Cut the potatoes in half and rub with olive oil prick with a fork. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, until tender. Mash the tops lightly with a fork before serving.
  • Grilled: Go to Grilled Baked Potato for instructions.
  • Sweet potato: Make a baked sweet potato instead! Use the quick baked method above.
Baked potato toppings

Baked potato toppings

Got your baked potato cooked? Let’s load it up! Here’s where it gets fun and creative. There are two methods for making loaded baked potatoes: you can lay out all the toppings and let the eaters choose, or make up just the ingredients for one of the flavor combinations below. Here are some of our favorite baked potato toppings:

Options for every diet!

The best part about a loaded baked potato bar? There are options for many diets! A loaded baked potato is naturally gluten free. Depending on the toppings, it also works for vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and omnivore diets.

Of the toppings above, we highly recommend the Vegan Queso as a cheesy vegan topping. The Walnut Taco Meat is also a stellar meat substitute.

Loaded baked potato

How to serve a loaded baked potato

Ready to eat? Here’s how to serve a loaded baked potato: make a baked potato bar!

  • Set out the toppings in bowls as a baked potato bar. It’s fun to lay them out in small bowls and allow the eaters to top the potatoes at the table (or at an island or table if you’re serving a crowd).
  • Accessorize with a green salad. Cut the starchiness with a fresh green salad, like this Arugula Salad, Kale Salad, Tossed Salad, or Mexican Salad.

More healthy dinner ideas

Looking for more easy healthy dinner ideas? Here are some of our top choices:

This loaded baked potato toppings recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Baked potato toppings

Loaded Baked Potato & Toppings!


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Mix and match baked potato toppings for the best easy dinner: a Loaded Baked Potato! It’s customizable to any diet and eater.


Ingredients

  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups purchased pico de gallo
  • 15-ounce can black beans
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup canned corn (or thawed frozen)
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Sour cream (or cashew cream)
  • Other topping ideas:

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. (Alternatively, you can use our Quick Baked Potato or Baked Sweet Potato methods.)
  2. Bake the potatoes: Scrub the potatoes and pierce them all over with a fork. Rub each potato with olive oil. Place the potatoes directly on oven rack (with a tray on rack below to catch any dripping oil). Bake 20 minutes and flip with tongs. Bake additional 25 minutes and check for tenderness with a fork. The fork should easily pierce the potato to the center. If not tender, continue baking, up to 15 minutes more depending on size of the potato.
  3. Prep the toppings: Meanwhile, drain and rinse the black beans and mix them with the kosher salt. Drain or thaw the corn. Chop the cilantro. Or follow the notes above for other topping ideas!
  4. Serve: When the potatoes are done, open the tops with a fork and top with the pico de gallo, seasoned black beans, corn, guacamole, cheddar cheese, cilantro and sour cream. Or follow the notes above of your choosing. Enjoy!
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Loaded baked potato, Baked potato toppings

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Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Tacos

These sweet potato tacos are a dinner idea everyone will love! Roast black beans and veggies on a sheet pan…

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These sweet potato tacos are a dinner idea everyone will love! Roast black beans and veggies on a sheet pan and add your favorite toppings.

Sweet Potato Tacos

When the cooler temperatures start to creep in, our minds turn to all the fall produce. Here’s a great recipe that straddles the season: these Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos! Throw almost any seasonal veggies onto a sheet pan, season them up, and they work as a delicious taco filling! The best part: you can add the black beans right on the roasting pan. It comes out zingy and delicious: top with pico de gallo, cheese crumbles, and a dollop of sour cream. Our family couldn’t get enough! Even our generally wary 4 year old admitted to loving the sweet potato.

Ingredients in sweet potato tacos

This sweet potato tacos recipe is inspired by our local farmer’s market, Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, who challenged us to create a recipe with seasonal produce we could find at the market. This concept works with just about any vegetables you want to throw onto a sheet pan, and you can add the black beans right onto the tray. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Bell pepper
  • Onions (we used red and white)
  • Black beans
  • Olive oil
  • Cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder
  • Pico de gallo (purchased or homemade)
  • Goat cheese or feta crumbles: we used local goat cheese from our favorite vendor (Caprini Creamery!)
  • Sour cream or other sauces (see below)
Sweet potato black bean tacos

Throw it all on a sheet pan

These sweet potato tacos might take a bit of time to roast, but like any sheet pan meal they’re simple because you throw everything right onto the pan. Here are a few notes about the process:

  • Roasting the black beans with the veggies makes them come out crispy. It adds an interesting bit of texture to contrast the tender potatoes.
  • Got other veggies? Use them too. Roughly estimate substituting the quantities. For example, use a medium zucchini instead of one of the onions. Let butternut squash stand in for half the sweet potato, etc!
  • Use parchment paper for easy cleanup. We don’t recommend using silicone baking mats, because the veggies can come out mushy and steamed instead of crisp on the outsides.
Sweet potato tacos

Toppings for sweet potato tacos

Once you’ve got the sweet potato tacos veggies in the oven, you can clean up and focus on the toppings. For these tacos we’ve got some required toppings, and some optional flavors that take them over the top. Here’s what to know:

  • Pico de gallo: This topping is required because it adds just the right acidic hit from the lime and tomatoes. You can find it at most grocery stores or make homemade pico de gallo. It’s great for this transitional time of year where there are still tomatoes at markets and in your garden.
  • Goat cheese or feta crumbles: It’s optional, but goat cheese is surprisingly delicious on a taco! We used goat cheese from our market, and it pairs perfectly with the roasty potato.
  • Sour cream: Some kind of creamy element is a must in tacos. Try sour cream, or…
  • Optional sauces: Guacamole adds even more creamy goodness. A favorite homemade sauce is this Chipotle Ranch, which is smoky, savory and stunning (try Chipotle Sauce for a vegan option). Another great idea is Cilantro Lime Crema (or Cilantro Sauce for a vegan option.) If you have the time, a sauce is a great addition: but it’s not required!

Tips on warming tortillas

One last tip for making these sweet potato tacos: warming the tortillas! It’s impossible to make a good taco with a cold, leathery tortilla. Here’s how to warm tortillas like a pro:

  • Place them over the flame of a gas burner (preferred!). Place each tortilla directly on a gas burner for a few seconds per side, turning with tongs. This lightly chars the edges and warms the tortillas (so they’ll look like the photos). Then throw them into a tortilla warmer!
  • Warm them in the oven. If you don’t have a gas burner, you can warm them in the oven. Go to How to Warm Tortillas. You can also char them with a kitchen torch, if you’re a stickler for a charred tortilla (and we are).

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of these tacos in the comments below.

Sweet potato tacos

More easy dinner ideas

This easy healthy dinner idea was a huge hit in our house, as are most of our sheet pan dinner recipes. Here are a few more you might enjoy:

This sweet potato tacos recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan (with a vegan sauce), plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free (with corn tortillas).

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Sweet Potato Tacos (Sheet Pan!)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 tacos
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These sweet potato tacos are a dinner idea everyone will love! Roast black beans and veggies on a sheet pan and add your favorite toppings.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 large or 3 medium)
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon each chili powder and garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)
  • Pico de gallo, for serving
  • Sour cream, goat cheese or feta crumbles (optional)
  • Chopped cilantro, for the garnish
  • Optional sauces: Guacamole, Chipotle Ranch, Chipotle Sauce (vegan), Cilantro Lime Crema, or Cilantro Sauce (vegan)
  • 12 tortillas

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Adjust the oven racks for roasting two trays. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop the veggies: Slice the onion and slice the bell pepper into wide slices. Chop the sweet potato. Place it in a large bowl with the black beans (drained and rinsed). 
  3. Season the veggies: Mix in the olive oil, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and kosher salt and stir until everything is evenly coated. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (we prefer this to silicone baking mats because it results in crispier veggies). Spread the vegetables evenly onto each sheet.
  4. Roast the vegetables: Place the sheets into the oven and bake for 20 minutes (do not stir!). Remove the pans from the oven, rotate them, and roast another 10 minutes (for 30 minutes total) until tender and lightly browned on one side. Cut the lime into wedges and spritz the veggies with fresh lime juice to taste (2 wedges per sheet).
  5. Warm the tortillas: Warm and char the tortillas by placing them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm. (See How to Warm Tortillas.)
  6. Assemble the tacos: Layer 2 tortillas, then top with the roasted vegetables, pico de gallo and cheese crumbles, if using. Top with sour cream or the alternative sauces, and chopped cilantro.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: Sweet potato tacos

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How to Make Cold Foam

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Here’s how to make cold foam: the Starbucks recipe for a frothy topping fit for iced coffee and cold brew!

How to make cold foam

What’s the deal with cold foam? It’s just that good. You’ve probably seen this trend at Starbucks lately, and let me tell you: we’re generally wary of any food trend. But this one absolutely holds up! Cold foam is the answer to a whipped topping for iced coffee drinks, and man is delicious. The creamy topping adds just the right frothy charm, without added calories. Even better: you can make it at home! Here’s how to make cold foam: a DIY Starbucks recipe so you can enjoy this treat at home.

What is cold foam?

Cold foam is frothed nonfat milk that makes a frothy topping for cold coffee drinks like iced coffee, cold brew, iced cappuccinos and nitro coffee. It simulates the frothy topping of the steamed milk in a latte or cappuccino, but at a cold temperature so it doesn’t melt when hitting the drink.

Cold foam sits atop a drink with a thick, frothy texture, and gradually settles in as you sip it. Because it’s made with nonfat milk, it adds only a handful of calories to the drink: but the lightly sweet crema topping has a major pay-off in texture! Over here we’re wary of most trends: but this one is absolutely delicious.

Starbucks Cold Foam

Best milk for cold foam

You might think that a full fat milk would make the creamiest, richest cold foam. Some homemade recipes even call for whole milk or heavy cream. But guess what? Skim milk makes the thickest, sturdiest cold foam. That’s because it has a larger percentage of protein when compared to whole milk or 2%.

In contrast, whole milk makes the best steamed milk for a latte! Why? The lipids keep the bubbles small, making the best microfoam texture for latte art. So if you see a cold foam recipe using heavy cream or whole milk: run the other way! Skim milk is your best bet.

Starbucks cold foam

Starbucks launched cold foam in 2014 with the opening of its Reserve Roastery in Seattle. It was first served atop the Americano Con Crema drink, which had a thick dollop of coffee-spiced foam. Today, Starbucks offers cold foam as a topping that you can add to many drinks for an extra 50 cents. Starbucks cold foam drinks include the following:

  • Cold brews
  • Nitro cold brews
  • Iced lattes
  • Iced mochas
  • Iced cappuccinos
  • Iced espresso
  • Iced London Fog tea latte, Iced matcha tea latte, or Iced chai tea latte
  • Violet drink, pink drink, or dragon drink
Frothing milk

How to make cold foam (DIY Starbucks recipe)

How to make cold foam at home? It’s very simple to make this treat to top all your homemade iced coffees and cold brews: and an incredibly impressive! Here’s what you’ll need to do (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Grab a milk frother. The absolute best way to make Starbucks cold foam at home is using a special tool: a handheld milk frother. At only $10.90, it’s the best tool for making thick, fluffy foam and absolutely worth the purchase. (Hey, that’s just 22 Starbucks orders of the stuff!).
  • Consider other tools. If you prefer not using a milk frother, a French press is your next best bet, if you have one. Head to How to Froth Milk for more. Keep in mind: we don’t recommend using a whisk for cold foam, because the bubbles get very large and the texture is too loose.
  • Froth for 15 to 20 seconds. Add skim milk and simple syrup to a tall cup and froth until very fluffy. It takes only about 15 seconds, and it’s amazing how quickly it whips up! (For the French press instructions, click here.)

Variation: add vanilla!

Want to step up your cold foam? You can add a hint of vanilla extract to add a delicious nuance to the flavor. At first we wondered whether this would turn the topping a light brown color. But after testing it, it doesn’t make a perceptible difference in whiteness versus the original. Add a very small dash and you’re in business!

Cold Foam recipe | What is cold foam

Drinks that use cold foam

You can use cold foam on any type of chilled tea or coffee drink! Try a dollop of thick, lightly sweet foam on a glass of:

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How to Make Cold Foam (DIY Starbucks Recipe)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s how to make cold foam: the Starbucks recipe for a frothy topping fit for iced coffee and cold brew!


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Add milk and simple syrup (and vanilla extract, if using) to a pitcher or narrow jar. Fully submerge the milk frother.
  2. Turn on the frother and froth until the milk starts to thicken, slowly pulling the wand towards the top of the milk. Froth about 15 to 20 seconds total, until the foam is thick and stabilized. Add to the top of cold brew, iced coffee, or an iced latte.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Frothed
  • Cuisine: Coffee

Keywords: How to make cold foam, cold foam

Hot drinks that use frothed milk

There are so many coffee and tea drinks that use frothed milk! Once you’ve mastered this method, you can play barista with these drinks:

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Coffee Smoothie

Wake up to this frosty coffee smoothie recipe! The fragrant coffee flavor is paired with banana, oats and almond butter.…

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Wake up to this frosty coffee smoothie recipe! The fragrant coffee flavor is paired with banana, oats and almond butter.

Coffee Smoothie

Are you a coffee lover? Here’s a way to drink your cup of joe with a few healthy ingredients in the mix. Try this Coffee Smoothie! Because if you’re going to drink coffee, why not add bananas, oats and almond butter to the mix? This puree has just the right bittersweet flavor without lots of added sugar, and smooth, creamy texture. Drink it as a tasty afternoon snack (tastes like a milkshake!) or add protein to make it a morning meal. You choose!

Ingredients in this coffee smoothie recipe

This coffee smoothie recipe has taken us a while to hone to perfection: because it’s hard to get just the right coffee flavor and icy texture! Luckily, we finally found the combination that gets it to the consistency of a Wendy’s frosty, but using healthy ingredients. The recipe is similar to a drink at a local coffee shop in town: there they call it the Healthy Elephant (so you can call it that, if you like!). Here’s what you need for this recipe:

  • Frozen bananas
  • Espresso, cold brew or strong coffee: see notes on the methods to use below!
  • Oats
  • Almond butter
  • Milk of choice: dairy or non-dairy
  • Honey
  • Ice
Coffee Smoothie recipe

Coffee methods to use

The key to this coffee smoothie recipe? Strong coffee. You must use a very strong coffee or espresso to get just the right coffee flavor, otherwise it’s much too weak. This is key to making a great coffee smoothie, so don’t skimp here! Here’s what to use:

Coffee banana smoothie

How to freeze bananas

The other necessity for this coffee smoothie recipe? Frozen bananas. This is important because you want to get an icy, creamy texture without watering down the flavor with too much ice. For most of our smoothie recipes we try to use non-frozen bananas, but in this one it is key.

  • How to freeze bananas? Slice them into rounds and place them on a baking sheet so they don’t clump together. For this smoothie, you can just throw the slices into a sealed container if you’d like.
  • How long to freeze bananas? The shortest time you can get away with is 1 ½ hours. Or just freeze them overnight!

Sweeten to taste!

What we like about this coffee smoothie recipe is that it’s not too sweet! It lets the bitter coffee shine through, with just enough sweetness from the banana and honey. But keep in mind: you can sweeten this coffee smoothie to taste! The sweetness definitely depends on the bananas, so if they’re not as ripe you may need more honey.

Want to make a vegan coffee smoothie? No problem! Use maple syrup or agave syrup to sweeten, and of course your favorite non-dairy milk (ours is oat milk).

Coffee Smoothie

Adding protein to this coffee banana smoothie recipe

Want to drink this coffee banana smoothie as a breakfast? You’ll probably want to add a little protein for staying powder. The best way to add more protein here? Protein powder. We don’t often use it, but it’s a nice way to pack in quite a bit without affecting the overall flavor too much. Here’s how to find a healthy protein powder:

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of this creamy coffee smoothie in the comments below.

More coffee drinks

Love coffee? Us too! Here are a few more coffee drinks you’ll love:

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Coffee Smoothie


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small or 1 large smoothie
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Wake up to this frosty coffee smoothie recipe! The fragrant coffee flavor is paired with banana, oats and almond butter.


Ingredients

  • 2 medium frozen bananas (sliced and frozen at least 1 1/2 hours)
  • ¼ cup Old Fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • ¼ cup milk of choice (dairy, oat milk or almond milk)
  • ¼ cup espresso, cold brew, Moka pot coffee, or strong coffee (brewed double strength)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey, plus more if desired (agave syrup or maple syrup for vegan)
  • 1 cup ice
  • Protein adder: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional

Instructions

  1. If you haven’t already, slice the bananas and freeze them for at least 1 ½ hours until solid.
  2. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Taste and add additional sweetener if desired.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothies

Keywords: Coffee smoothie, coffee smoothie recipe, coffee banana smoothie

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Watermelon Slushie

The watermelon slushie is an ultra refreshing summer drink! All you need is three ingredients for this icy treat. Here’s…

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The watermelon slushie is an ultra refreshing summer drink! All you need is three ingredients for this icy treat.

Watermelon slushie

Here’s an icy treat that’s absolutely ideal for summer. Who needs ice cream when you can have a Watermelon Slushie? Blend ripe melon, lime and a little sweetener and you’ve got one deliciously refreshing sweet puree to sip. It’s a hit with adults and kids alike! Our 4-year-old went crazy over it, and we love that it’s a healthy-ish treat to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Ingredients for a watermelon slushie

This watermelon slushie is the perfect summer treat because it’s laid-back and no-frills. All you need is 3 ingredients, plus ice! Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:

  • Ripe watermelon (do not attempt this if it’s not ripe!)
  • Lime
  • Sugar

All you’ll do is blend these ingredients until they form watermelon juice, then add ice until a slushie texture forms. Here are a few things to note about the texture!

Watermelon slushie

Achieving the perfect slushie texture

The texture of this watermelon slushie is icy yet loose. Because it’s not a watermelon smoothie! Here are a few things to note:

  • Want it frostier? You can add a few more ice cubes. But the more ice you add, the more diluted the flavor becomes. Don’t add too much ice! When we tested with 4 cups of ice instead of 3, the flavor was too mild.
  • Enjoy right away! The slushie texture is perfect right out of the blender. It does melt quickly, so make sure to enjoy it right after you make it. It doesn’t store well!

How to find a ripe watermelon

The most important thing for a watermelon slushie? Find a ripe watermelon! Don’t even attempt to try this with an unripe melon: no amount of sugar can make up for the lack of flavor. Here’s what to know about finding a good melon:

  • Shop in watermelon season. It’s the best way to find a sweet, juicy melon.
  • Look for the field spot. Most watermelons should have a patch on the bottom, which is where they were resting on the ground before being picked. If the patch is yellow, the watermelon is ripe (if it’s white, it’s unripe).
How to Cut a Watermelon

Why to drink a watermelon slushie

Why make a watermelon slushie? You might not need convincing, but here’s what we think:

  • Watermelon is high in lycopene, an antioxidant, which studies show could help curb your risk of cancer and diabetes as part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s also got loads of vitamins. (Source WebMD: Health Benefits of Watermelon)
  • It’s very hydrating. Watermelon is 92% water, so it’s super hydrating!
  • It’s frosty and delicious. The best reason? It tastes incredible.

More healthy watermelon drinks

There are so many ways to drink watermelon! Here are our top healthy watermelon drink ideas:

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Watermelon Slushie (3 Ingredients!)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 small or 2 large
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

The watermelon slushie is an ultra refreshing summer drink! All you need is three ingredients for this icy treat.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 cups ice

Instructions

  1. Chop the watermelon into cubes. Blend the melon, sugar and lime juice until it becomes liquid.
  2. Add the ice and blend until a slushie consistency forms (resist the urge over-blend). Split between 4 small or 2 large glasses. If desired, garnish with fresh mint and a watermelon wedge. Enjoy immediately: it does not save well. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Drinks

Keywords: Watermelon slushie

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Vanilla Mug Cake

This vanilla mug cake recipe is everything: moist, sweet, and perfect for toppings from sprinkles to fruit to ice cream!…

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This vanilla mug cake recipe is everything: moist, sweet, and perfect for toppings from sprinkles to fruit to ice cream!

Vanilla Mug Cake

Need a sweet treat that takes literally 5 minutes to make with ingredients you have on hand? Meet the ultimate Vanilla Mug Cake! This one is so moist, so sweetly vanilla-scented, it feels like it’s a fancy from-scratch baking project. Except it’s a cake made in the microwave. The mug cake is an internet trend that’s totally worth trying: because it really is that delicious. And easy.

Ingredients in this vanilla mug cake recipe

A mug cake is a single-serving cake mixed in a mug and cooked in the microwave. The microwave “bakes” the cake in under 2 minutes. It might sound like one of those Pinterest experiments doomed to fail…only it isn’t. This vanilla cake comes out surprisingly moist and fluffy, beautifully sweet and perfect for toppings of any kind! Even better: you probably have all the ingredients on hand in your pantry and fridge. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Milk (oat milk or almond milk, for vegan)
  • Butter (coconut oil or neutral oil, for vegan)
  • Vanilla
Vanilla Mug Cake

Cook time varies based on microwave

All you’ve got to do is mix the ingredients together in a mug, then nuke it for about 1 ½ minutes! Now, here’s an important thing to note. Cook time for a mug cake varies based on the power of your microwave. Here’s how to make this vanilla mug cake recipe fit any microwave:

  • Cook 60 seconds on high, then check. It’s possible that your cake could be done now, if you have a high powered appliance.
  • When is it done? It looks cooked and springs back when you touch it. It will still look fairly moist on top. But if it’s super gooey, keep going.
  • Cook 20 seconds, then another 10 if not cooked. If it’s still gooey, go for another 10 second burst. You don’t want to overcook it, so air on the side of caution!
Vanilla Mug Cake

Make sure to cool before eating!

Here’s the other most important thing about this vanilla mug cake recipe. Make sure to cool it for 2 to 3 minutes before digging in. Why?

  • Cooling solidifies the texture. Take a bite too soon and it’s much too hot: the way that the microwave cooks it different from an oven. Don’t rush this part!
  • After 2 to 3 minutes, it’s solidified and still warm. Don’t worry: it will still be warm after a few minutes! Dig in and it has a beautifully fluffy, moist texture and sweet vanilla flavor.

Vanilla mug cake mix-ins!

The concept of vanilla mug cake is very loose: you can easily add mix-ins to customize it!

  • Dark chocolate chips: This is what we used! You can omit, but just 2 tablespoons chips makes a deliciously gooey texture.
  • Peanut butter: Add a dollop of peanut butter to the center of the batter.
  • Cookie dough: Add a ball of edible cookie dough to the center (room temp or frozen). Or try our chickpea cookie dough, a healthy-ish option.
  • Chocolate mint candies like Andes mints
Vanilla Mug Cake

Vanilla mug cake toppings

This vanilla mug cake is the ideal canvas for toppings of any kind! Make it as a birthday cake vanilla mug cake with sprinkles, or go for a fruity topping. Might we recommend this all-natural strawberry puree? It’s full of beautiful, pure berry flavor. Here are some of our other favorite toppings:

  1. Vanilla ice cream
  2. Homemade whipped cream: try classic or dairy free
  3. Strawberry sauce: try strawberry sauce or strawberry puree
  4. Raspberry sauce: opt for raspberry sauce or raspberry compote
  5. Fresh berries or cherries
  6. Chocolate sauce or caramel sauce

What would you add? Let us know in the comments below!

This mug cake recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based and dairy-free.

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Vanilla Mug Cake


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large or 2 small
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This vanilla mug cake recipe is everything: moist, sweet, and perfect for toppings from sprinkles to fruit to ice cream!


Ingredients

  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 small pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk (or non-dairy milk for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (or neutral oil or coconut oil for vegan)
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Mix: In an 8 or 12 ounce microwave-safe mug, mix dry ingredients. Stir in the melted butter, milk and vanilla. Mix well, until a smooth batter forms.
  2. Microwave: Place a paper towel under the mug in the microwave, then cook on High 60 seconds. Check for doneness: if it’s still gooey and wet on top, microwave another 20 seconds, then another 10 seconds. It is done when the top looks cooked and springs back when you touch it; if it’s still gooey, try another 10 second burst. The exact timing depends on the microwave: ours works well with 60 seconds, then another 30 seconds.
  3. Cool: Important: wait for about 5 minutes for the cake to cool down from piping hot to warm. Don’t taste right away: it doesn’t taste right. But cooling a few minutes does the trick! Top with whipped cream, ice cream, or strawberry puree and serve warm.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: Cake

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