Last week a certain boyfriend of mine informed me that he refused to even consider the possibility of purchasing a certain sparkly accoutrement for a certain {barren} finger of mine until our families met each other.


So this weekend…we’re making it happen.

His family. My family. Our apartment. Dinner, dessert, and wine. Lots and lots of wine.  (Really. So. Much. Wine.)

Don’t worry. I’m not in a state of panic. Not in the slightest.

(But it’s totally reasonable to start taste testing some of that wine now, right?)


Now that it’s summer, in addition to dessert, I kind of feel like we need a classy refreshing beverage to drink with it.

Because, I mean…cake is great. But cake PLUS a matching smoothie in 90 degree weather.?

Classy to.the.max.


Which is why I’m SO excited to share with you a fabulous new smoothie recipe e-book written by two of my favorite ladies – Faith Gorsky of  An Edible Mosaic and Alyssa Brantley of Everyday Maven – that is being released TODAY.

Talk about perfect timing.


Part of the beauty of all of this is that when I say e-book, I actually mean e-books. Plural.

The first, Blend: The Basics gives tons of tips and tricks to help you make your smoothies as fabulous as they possibly can be, including how to wash fresh produce, flash-freeze fruit, and put together a smoothie kit, and many more. This half of the duo will be FREE until July 5th, at which point it’s price will go up to $7.99.

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The second, Blend: Artisanal Smoothies for Food Lovers, Summer Vol 1 is a compilation of 25 summer and fall-themed smoothies, such as Gingered Apricot, Minted Strawberry Melon, Vanilla Fig, and, of course, the Maple Walnut Coffee Smoothie that I made (and loved).  This will be priced at $9.99. After July 5th, the two books can be bought as a set for $14.99.

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To purchase either or both of these, click on these links:

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BLEND has truly been a labor of love for Alyssa and Faith, as they are pretty obsessed with creating and elevating smoothies to an artisanal-quality level. They have been working on this project for the last year and a half, and their hard work has certainly paid off as the smoothie recipes that have resulted from it have perfectly balanced flavor profiles that are achieved through the use of clean, easy-to-find, healthy delicious ingredients.


The first smoothie I tried from BLEND was the maple walnut coffee smoothie, which I paired with a tiramisu that also uses the maple coffee flavor combo to infuse it with delicious flavor.  The two were truly the perfect pair and, either served together or separately, make for fabulous summery treats.

And if you weren’t already excited enough about the prospect of all the delicious smoothies contained within these ebooks, Alyssa and Faith have put together a giveaway of epic proportions to celebrate the release of their book. See below for the details!!

Win over $1750 in prizes during the BLEND: Artisanal Smoothies for Food Lovers Launch Party!You need to enable javascript to enter this campaign !
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Maple Walnut Coffee Smoothie
Makes 1-2, adapted from Blend: Artisanal Smoothies for Food Lovers, Summer Volume 1


  • 2 tbsp walnuts
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp instant espresso or coffee
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 6-8 ice cubes


  1. Put the walnuts and oats in a blender and pulse until ground to a fine powder.
  2. Add all of the remaining ingredients (except for the ice) and process until smooth.
  3. Add the ice and pulse until pulverized. Serve immediately.

Green Mountain Tiramisu
Serves 10, adapted from Bake It Like You Mean It

For the ladyfingers layer:

  • 3 eggs, separated, at room temeperature
  • 2 drops fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup (70 g) bread flour
  • 6 tbsp (50 g) cornstarch

For the filling: 

  • 1/2 cup dark rum, divided
  • 1 tsp powdered gelatin
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup (250 g) mascarpone

For the assembly:

  • 1 cup strong coffee, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (20 g) Dutch-process cocoa powder


  1. For the ladyfingers layer, preheat the oven to 425. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk, combine the egg whites, lemon juice, and salt. Whisk until the mixture is foamy. With the mixer on high, slowly pour in the granulated sugar, and keep whisking until the egg whites form stiff peaks but aren’t dry. Transfer the egg white mixture to a clean bowl and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of the stand mixer (don’t bother cleaning it), combine the egg yolks and maple syrup. Whisk on high until pale and thick. Sift the flour and cornstarch into the yolk mixture and incorporate with a large rubber spatula.
  4. Add a third of the egg whites to the yolk mixture and stir gently until incorporated. Add the remaining whites and gently fold into the batter until there are no longer any white streaks.
  5. Spread the batter into the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  6. For the filling, pour half of the rum into a microwaveable bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it in an even layer, allowing it to bloom. Let it sit for 3 minutes. Microwave at 50% power in 10-second intervals until gelatin has completely dissolved, swirling the bowl in-between each one.
  7. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the egg yolks, maple syrup and remaining rum. Set the stand mixer bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Whisk constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens so that it coats the back of a spoon. Transfer back to the stand mixer and whisk on high speed until the bowl is cool. Transfer to a clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  8. In the same stand mixer bowl, combine the heavy cream and mascarpone. Beat until they form stiff peaks.
  9. Remove the egg yolk mix from the fridge. Add a spoonful of it to the bowl containing the gelatin. Stir until completely combined. Pour the gelatin mix into the bowl with the yolk mix. Stir to combine. Add a third of the cream-mascarpone mixture to the egg yolk-gelatin mixture. Stir to combine. Add the remaining cream mixture and gently fold it into the yolk-gelatin mixture until well combined.
  10. To assemble, run a paring knife along the edge of the sheet pan that the ladyfinger layer is on, to release any bits of ladyfinger that have stuck. Invert the sheet pan onto a cutting board of the same size or larger. Remove the parchment paper from the cake.
  11. Cut the cake into 3 strips, each 3 1/2 x 16 inches.
  12. Put one ladyfinger strip on a serving platter and brush it lightly with the coffee. Spread a third of the filling onto this layer. Sift 1 tbsp cocoa powder over it. Cover with a second ladyfinger strip and brush this with the coffee. Let cake set in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the freezer and brush the top layer with the remaining coffee. Spread it with the remaining filling and smooth. Dust with an even layer of the remaining cocoa powder. Serve immediately.


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65 Responses to Green Mountain Tiramisu and a Maple Walnut Coffee Smoothie {GIVEAWAY}

  1. Barbara says:

    Congrats to Alyssa and Faith on the ebooks. They’re going to be a big success…everyone loves smoothies.
    Your tiramisu will be the perfect dessert for the “families”… marvelous flavors and so pretty!

  2. Wow, so much going on in this post! I am loving the look of your tiramisu, first of all.
    And that smoothie – amazing! It has so many of my favorite flavors!!! I am going to need to make that ASAP with the suuuper hot temps coming our way in the next couple days…
    Best of luck with your families meeting this weekend 🙂

  3. So wait, you are staging a meeting between your two families and no alcohol is being inserted into the smoothie? You’re very brave 😉

  4. Tiramisu isn’t typically my dessert of choice, but when I was reading your post this morning and saw your pic, it made me crave it really badly!!! It could be because I haven’t had breakfast yet and would probably eat my own arm if I had to…but I think it’s more likely because it looks so creamy and delicious.

    And OhMyGosh, a meeting of the families!!! That is beyond exciting. I hope it goes really well. My husband’s and my family get togethers have been slightly awkward (though not bad per se), but hopefully your two families have more in common. I also hope that this means your “sparkly acoutrement” is forthcoming…preferably before the end of summer 😉 Fingers crossed!!

  5. Amy says:

    The BLEND promotion is all over the place…how did I miss out! It’s awesome. More importantly – much more importantly – DUDE, wedding bells are so in your future and I am dying over here.

  6. Jeanette says:

    Loving the BLEND recipes – can’t wait to try this one. I made the pina colada smoothie for my kids for breakfast – what a treat!

  7. Good luck with the big weekend. Meeting of the parents is always stressful. 🙂

  8. I’ve always wanted to try making Tiramisu, it looks like everything I love in a dessert–cream and rum and yum.

  9. Congrats to Alyssa and Faith on their ebook! Thank you for the posting.

  10. What an exciting weekend you have coming up, lady! Good luck! I’m sure it’ll be fabulous 🙂

  11. Jessie says:

    Ooh, good luck! I’m sure you’ll both have a fabulous weekend, and really, with this delicious pairing of cake and smoothie, everything will be just dandy. I’m so glad you enjoyed Faith’s and Alyssa’s new book – I plan to check it out myself!

    Have a GREAT weekend, Joanne! 🙂

  12. this post was a little all over the place… but good luck this weekend 😉 and bring on the wine!

  13. Gloria Baker says:

    Ahaa Joanne always I love your recipes but I. Love your friday recipes always are special. I love tiramisu and these e books sounds amazing.
    Have a lovely weekend Im sure all will be great! And with your food amazing!

  14. Everything will go well this weekend. I know this because I am a seer and we know such things. The tiramisu sounds fabulous. Do keep us up to date regarding the naked finger. I’d offer you a pair of gloves, but somehow I don’t think that’s what you have in mind. Again, I’m a seer and we know such things :-). Have a greatday. Blessings…Mary

  15. Foodycat says:

    Good luck with the family meeting!

  16. Oooh good luck this weekend! The “Big Family Meet” for my bf and I was a little awkward at first but maybe that was because there was no alcohol involved…;p…so you will be fine this weekend! Loving the coffee themed recipes today!

  17. Lynn says:

    We’re all pulling for you to get the ring! Good luck – I’ll bet they all like each other, especially after wine.

    Tiramisu looks divine!

  18. AH good luck tomorrow night, yes… wine is the best way to get through that type of event. Though, I am sure it will go really well!

  19. Monica says:

    That tiramisu looks so divine! It amazes me how hard you must work with all these delicious meals and great pics!

  20. sandra says:

    tiramisu… yumm!!

    and your smoothie looks amazing – so refreshing. more like a slushie, actually, which is a good thing.

  21. Pam says:

    Both smoothie & tiramisu look amazing. Good luck this weekend. I am sure it will be a great time.

  22. Beth says:

    Good luck with the family meeting event. I’m looking forward to reading about it next week!

  23. Joanne, first off – thank you for helping us spread the word about BLEND and second – OMG, meeting of the families. That is so cool – I am sure it will all go fabulously and I think MUCH wine is needed. xoxoxo

  24. Eileen says:

    Aw, I’m sure your dinner will be just great. 🙂 That smoothie is intriguing–I don’t think I’ve ever used walnuts in one. And I can’t remember the last time I ate tiramisu. Clearly this must be rectified at once!

  25. Good luck this weekend. Try to not stress yourself out. It will go great. A little wine until the big day never hurt either. Fabulous dessert and drink combo. Love it!

  26. Good luck with the dinner, girl! It’ll all be worth it in the end. The smoothie and tiramisu looks fab, and what a fun giveaway! The Blend book looks awesome- can’t wait to check it out. Also can’t wait to hear how the Meeting of the Families goes!

  27. Erica Berman says:

    Mmm, that smoothie looks delicious! Good luck with the dinner, I’m sure it will go great!!

  28. Faith says:

    First of all, I am insanely excited for you and the prospect of that ring! 🙂 You are an amazing person and friend and deserve every good thing and ounce of happiness.

    And a HUGE thank-you to you for participating in our launch party event! Alyssa and I were both honored. I’m so happy you liked the Maple Walnut Coffee – it’s a huge hit here too!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, gorgeous! xo

  29. Such a gorgeous tiramisu and a great giveaway, thanks for sharing! Good luck with the dinner!

  30. Carrie says:

    Good luck with the family get-together! It’s always nerve-wracking to bring families together. All of my husband’s family are in his home country, so we ended up traveling there a few years ago so I could meet them. The language barrier made things even more interesting, but they were very kind to me during our visit. 🙂
    The tiramisu looks scrumptious and very refreshing for summer!

  31. Hi there. I haven’t been here in a long time 🙁 not good….but now I will be visiting often, I added you to my feely feed to make sure I don’t miss a post!! Tiramisu is my ultimate favorite dessert, besides flan and ice cream. What a great looking one. I will be checking out the eBooks too! Have a great wknd.

  32. That Girl says:

    Good luck this weekend! It’s a good first start.

  33. That tiramisu looks killer!

  34. That tiramisu looks heavenly! And the smoothie sounds like a great match for it.

  35. Sippity Sup says:

    Always taste the wine before the party and remember to breath, you’re gonna be fab. GREG

  36. I can see how these two would pair together perfectly! I’m a smoothie lover and that sounds great. You will have a wonderful weekend I’m sure of it! I’m glad you’re all getting together and can’t wait to hear about it 🙂

  37. This Tiramisu is gorgeous Joanne. Is it terrible that I want to swipe my finger across the top and lick the creamy goodness right off?!

  38. Reeni says:

    I love the idea of a smoothie paired with tiramisu! Double deliciousness for my sweet tooth! What a beautiful tiramisu! I love that it is free form instead of crammed into a pan.

  39. Hey Joanne, we are so excited for you ! All good things to come, and it starts with this weekend! I am sure it will be a wonderful experience for everyone involved. Now, to mention about this post, happens to be MY FAVORITE DESSERT and SMOOTHIE- of course- you already knew that – right ? All I say is Delish, delish, and Awesome!!

  40. Christine says:

    Know the family meet-up will go wonderfully! Congratulations! The tiramisu looks incredibly delicious. That’s my fav dessert. And the slushy would be so good on a hot day. Thanks for the link to the free ebook and for the fab giveaway!!

  41. Gday! Love maple and walnut combination, true!
    Your recipe, photo looks delish and what a great way to celebrate with family than with a smoothie on the day Faith’s and Alyssa’s e-book comes out too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  42. I love coffee flavor anything and this is such a unique blend for a smoothie. Very creative Joanne!

  43. Kari says:

    Sounds like an exciting weekend! And a little nerve wracking, granted 😛 This smoothie sounds fantastic too and I think I’d like it more than traditional tiramisu, which I’ve always found to be a bit, well, much.

  44. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’m so excited there could be an announcement any day. What an incredibly special time in your lives. I think if I was getting my family together with my in-laws, I would be needing something much stronger than wine. I think I would be on the gin xx

  45. Johanna GGG says:

    I can see that coffee might be the order of the day but it is not my cuppa tea (to coin a phrase) but I love smoothies and must check these ebooks out – good luck with the families meeting up – would love to be a fly on the wall

  46. The texture of that tiramisu looks just perfect!

  47. AH, good luck lady! And this smoothie-dessert combo sounds to die for!! Nothing like that to take the nerves away.

  48. Eeek! Good luck!

    Michael’s dad and my dad are the only ones who haven’t met each other annnnd yeah….I’m ok with putting that off for as long as possible. Eesh my dad will just not make a good impression *sigh*

  49. Gwen says:

    This is my kind of smoothie! Anything with coffee involved 😉 Tiramisu is my favorite dessert in the world, yet I’ve not tried to make it myself yet…. YET!

  50. If I pass a plate, can you pass along a slice of this tiramisu?

  51. Michelle says:

    Good luck, Joanne! I will drink some wine for you. In celebration, of course. This smoothie looks REALLY good!

  52. What an awesome flavour combination for the smoothie! Hope the dinner goes off well 🙂

  53. Wow!!!…I simply love this! I wish all the success on the ebooks to the girls!…wish I had the courage to make the tiramusu …nice!!!

  54. Kim says:

    Not sure which one I want to eat first, the smoothie or the tiramisu! I love that combination of ingredients for a smoothie. Will definitely have to check out their e-book. However, that tiramisu looks absolutely heavenly. Love that it has a ladyfinger layer in place of the actual cookies, very cool.

  55. Cathleen says:

    I have never made tiramisu before, but this looks fantastic! I am definitely wanting to make it now 😉

  56. Oh my, good luck with that! Meeting the families is always a little nerve-racking. But what in life can go wrong when there’s tiramisu afoot? This looks delicious.

  57. Natalie says:

    cannot wait to hear how this weekend went! 🙂

  58. Mmmm. The smoothie sounds good. I hope the week-end went well.

  59. Ashley says:

    Good luck with the meeting of the families! Always an interesting experience when you get two families together like that. Hope it goes well!

  60. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This tiramisu looks terrific, I am craving this badly now!

  61. Laura says:

    I so feel your pain–I was SO nervous when our families met each other. And while it is true it went perfectly smoothly, I am pretty sure that is because everyone was on their best behavior lol.

    Love the tiramisu. YUM

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  64. Veronica says:

    I have not tried the tiramisu, although it sounds great, but my husband and I tried the mocha smoothie and it was fabulous!! Loved it! Thanks!

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