Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – The Cottingley Secret – Toasted Coconut Mocha Smoothie

I have a new book and recipe to share this week!


When I was a teenager, I worked at Orange Julius and always loved their Mocha smoothie. It was always so creamy and delicious. Coffee and chocolate are two of my favorite things and this is what inspired me to make this smoothie. If you enjoy ice coffee, you’ll love this!

-Toasted Coconut Mocha Smoothie-


1/2 cup coconut milk

1/4 cup coffee

1/4 cup toasted coconut

1 TB honey or sweetener of your choice

1 TB cocoa powder

Dash of vanilla extract

1 cup of ice (Frozen banana is an option!)


The first thing you need to do is have some coffee, cold and ready. I usually make the coffee and either freeze it in ice cube trays or chill it in the fridge. Today I’m using chilled coffee.

You can use canned coconut milk, but I like to just make my own with shredded coconut. You can see how I do this on a previous post by clicking here.


Toast your coconut in a pan on the stove. Be careful, because it burns easily. Use low to medium heat until it’s just browned.

Add in the ingredients to the blender in the order listed above, saving a little of the coconut for garnish. Blend until smooth.

This smoothie is actually on the thinner side, but so delicious! I’ve seen variations that add ice cream which make it more like a shake which is even more delicious. You can mess with the ingredients to suit your taste. You could even add in some protein powder or other supplements.

Garnish with coconut and enjoy!



This week’s book

I decided to only add one book this week because I’m still reading See What I Have Done from last week and have a few giveaways I need to catch up on.

I’ve been waiting to read The Cottingley Secret for some time and will be starting it this morning. It sounds like a book I’m going to love and just look at that cover! It’s so beautiful. I won this in a giveaway a few months ago and I’ve seen some awesome ratings on it from a few of my friends lately. I’m really excited to get started on it!

Click the cover to add on Goodreads

The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor



“The Cottingley Secret tells the tale of two girls who somehow convince the world that magic exists. An artful weaving of old legends with new realities, this tale invites the reader to wonder: could it be true?” — Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker

One of BookBub’s Most-Anticipated Books of Summer 2017! 

Blurb: The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back one hundred years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden. Now, in her newest novel, international bestseller Hazel Gaynor reimagines their story.

1917… It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true—didn’t it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when one of the great novelists of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs’ authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But Frances longs for the truth to be told.

One hundred years later… When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather’s bookshop she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls’ lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present, and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself? – Goodreads


Do you like iced coffee or mocha smoothies? Feel free to share by leaving comments below. See you next time. 😉

24 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – The Cottingley Secret – Toasted Coconut Mocha Smoothie

  1. I’m not a smoothie fan normally, but this one looks great! Yum! Coffee and chocolate – could it get any better? The book also looks fascinating. Victorian-themed books are always a favorite. Have you read The Quincunx yet?

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  2. So I don’t drink coffee at all or any form of caffeine but I used to love iced coffee back in the distant days when I was a Caffeine addict (it was bad!) This does look amazing, I was reading the recipe trying to work out how I could convert it to a non coffee drink! 😂

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    1. Oh, I can’t have caffeine either! I use organic decaf coffee which has only a smidge of caffeine. I should habe mentioned that. I don’t tolerate caffeine at all. Hope this helps! 💗


      1. Thanks! I’m sure that I will 🙂 I have all the ingredients; I wanted to make it this morning, but it was sorta hectic getting started this morning. Got your message 🙂 I’ll answer soon!! And thanks-it’s good to be home!! ❤

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    1. Cool! The best way is to freeze the coffee in ice cube trays. It makes the smoothie more of a smoothie or thicker to have everything frozen. It works both ways though. Let me know how you like it and if you try some different ingredients. ❤

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  3. Jennifer C

    Hey M! I love this post! I love coconut and chocolate, but coffee – not so much. I know that’s weird! I hope you enjoy The Cottingley Secret. It’s such a great book!

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  4. What an amazing combination here. Coconut is such an intense flavor. I had coconut coffee for the first time this weekend. Reading this reminded me of it. I forgot how much I liked it in the mornings. Maybe I do need to find time to make this one. And the book… anything with “secret” in the title catches my eyes.


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