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ADELCASALE Posts: 756
12/9/12 12:47 P

I use almond extract every day in my green smoothies

JDMAKEIT2HOT Posts: 8,455
12/9/12 9:37 A

I never thought to use an extract in my smoothie. Thanks for the idea!

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12/5/12 10:33 P

That's a great idea, thanks. I've used vanilla extract but have never thought of using any of the other ones.

Hmmm, a green smoothie with mint extract?

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
12/5/12 9:04 A

I use extracts a lot. I just make sure they have no alcohol or added sugar. Vanilla is one of my favorites. i also like to use mint leaves instead of the extract.

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12/4/12 4:10 P

NAUSIKAA: Any chance you would be willing to share that Dark Chocolate Mint Oatmeal Bars recipe? I tried to look it up here on SP, but I'm not finding it. It sounds delish!


NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/4/12 3:16 P

If it were 100% fat (the worst case scenario as far as calories), it would be about 10 calories in 1/4 tsp. But McCormicks isn't oil based. I assume it's vodka but it could be something else, I guess. You probably only need a few drops of the McCormicks stuff, that's what I have and more than a few drops is overwhelming! I love adding mint extract to all sorts of things. This week I made dark chocolate mint oatmeal bars for a quick breakfast all week -- sooo delicious!

I have about 20 extracts in my kitchen. I use them in everything. The oil based ones are harder to use but they have more variety (I have peanut butter, hazelnut, almond, mandarin, peach, blackberry, raspberry, pineapple, strawberry, cran-raspberry, maple, orange and probably more than I'm forgetting. I make my own vanilla extract because I go through so much of it!)

Edited by: NAUSIKAA at: 12/4/2012 (15:16)
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12/4/12 3:09 P

The one I used is one of those tiny little bottles from McCormick, so I think it's oil based. Heck, even if it's only 20 calories, I'll take it! It completely enhances the flavour with such a tiny amount. I also bought one in Spearmint, so I'll experiment with that a bit. Now I'm thinking of all of the other extracts I can experiment with...almond, vanilla, butter, rum, etc,...there are endless possibilities! I'm so excited!

I remember when I was little, my mom would use some extract to entice us to our breakfast meals...seems like it was used on our cream of wheat maybe? Too many years ago to remember.

CALLMECARRIE Posts: 1,598
12/4/12 2:45 P

I use maple or almond extract in things like oatmeal once in awhile. Great idea to add it to smoothies. I never count the calories.

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12/4/12 2:33 P

I never thought to do so... I've added almond butter & a wide assortment of other "add-ins" but not extracts. Hmmm....

-POOKIE- Posts: 11,848
12/4/12 2:29 P

Is it oil based or a water based?

I track the almond essence I use as its oil based and 1/2tsp would have 20 calories.

I dont track water based vanilla extract.

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12/4/12 1:49 P

Does anyone else use mint (or any other) extract in their smoothies? I just tried it, and it was TO DIE FOR! Granted, I didn't realize that apparently "one serving" is 1/4 tsp rather than 1/2 tsp (I'll adjust next time around), but it added such a great minty flavour to the chocolate smoothie.

When I try to look up nutrition info for mint extract, I don't find any calories. Is it possible that this is completely harmless to add to my smoothies? It just tastes too good to be true!

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