Category Archives: Recipes

Brewin’ with Brandi: Morning Buzz Granola Recipe

Morning Buzz Granola RecipeWhen we walked into our test kitchen and were greeted by Brandi’s delicious granola recipe, we knew everything was going to be right in the world. Combining a nice selection of nuts, seeds and chocolate covered coffee beans (of course!), this tasty treat is sure to get your morning’s engine revving on all cylinders.

Watch Brandi tempt us with its grand awesomeness.

Recipe: Morning Buzz Granola


  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup almonds, sliced or chopped
  • 3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) of butter
  • 3/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans


  1. Preheat the oven to 300F degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper (for easy clean up!).
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, sunflower seeds, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and honey together, then heat until the butter melts and everything is well incorporated. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir well to combine; make sure that everything is well coated.
  5. Spread the mixture onto your baking sheet and then put it in the oven.
  6. Bake until the top is golden brown, which is about 15 minutes, then remove and break up the pieces slightly. Repeat after another 15 minutes and then after 10 minutes.
  7. Once the granola is golden brown throughout and dry, remove from the oven and sprinkle chocolate covered coffee beans over the warm granola; stir in.
  8. Allow the granola to cool and then serve! Cool it completely before storing, which you can do in an airtight container for up to a month.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Summer Fire a la GIGA 5 Recipe

Jura Giga 5 RecipeIf we had to choose one word to describe the recipes integrated into the Jura GIGA 5, it would probably be interesting. We’d love to meet the mad scientist who came up with such a wide array of selections, particularly because they incorporate rather strange ingredients that look peculiar on paper yet end up tasting quite nice in the cup.

Watch as Brandi guides us through yet another of these recipes on the GIGA 5, this time incorporating Monin’s coconut syrup and … lemon pepper! Yes, you read that right: We combine lemon pepper with espresso — ijole!

Recipe: Summer Fire a la GIGA 5

Brewin’ with Brandi: Apple Spice Latte Recipe

Recipe: Apple Spice LatteRecipes for apple spiced lattes abound, but have you ever tried one with fresh apple juice? When we asked Brandi to find a fun recipe that would incorporate a Breville Juice Fountain, she came back with this little gem — and we were very pleasantly surprised!

Despite copious evidence to the contrary, we’re not big fans of super sweet food; if you share the same proclivities, this recipe is great because all of the sweetness comes from the apple’s natural sugars. But even if you’re a fan of candy-coated candygrams, you could make this recipe work for you by either selecting an apple that has more natural sugar or adding a little Monin syrup into the mix (purists might prefer Cane Sugar, while the more adventurous may take the ‘spice’ element of this recipe seriously by incorporating Cinnamon).

In this how-to video, Brandi begins by juicing a few apples and then — using the Breville Barista Express — she froths almond milk and ‘juices’ some coffee. The results? Delicious!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 apples, juiced (yields about 1/2 a cup)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 oz espresso
  • dash of cinnamon & nutmeg

Recipe Directions

  1. Start by juicing your apples; if you produce more than 1/2 cup, measure out that amount and then combine with the almond milk in a frothing pitcher.
  2. Froth the milk and juice combination together until it has reached your desired temperature.
  3. Pull your shot of espresso and combine it all in your serving mug; garnish with a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Frozen Berry Yogurt Recipe

Recipe: Frozen Strawberry YogurtWith summer coming rapidly to a close, we wanted to rock a recipe that is both sweet and icy. With a wide array of naughty frozen delights available to you (like this or this), frozen yogurt truly is relatively nutritious — especially if you incorporate fresh strawberries into the mix! Right? Right.

Watch as Brandi demonstrates making this delectable dessert recipe on the Breville Smart Scoop ice cream maker.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled & quartered
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups plain yogurt

Recipe Directions

  1. Place quartered strawberries in a bowl and mix with 1/3 cup sugar and lemon juice. Gently crush with a fork and let site at room temp for an hour to macerate. After an hour, gently crush with a fork again to desired consistency or blend into a puree.
  2. Combine strawberries, yogurt and sugar and pour into the ice cream bowl. Set ice cream maker to YOGURT setting an churn.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Chocoberry Bliss

Sometimes, we’re in the mood for something that is simply delectable. If you feel the same way today — or any day — then this delicious milkshake might fit the bill. Watch as Brandi blends up a few of our favorite things into one blissful concoction!



Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend ‘em up until smooth. Enjoy!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Shakerato a la GIGA 5 Recipe

Jura Giga 5The shakerato is one of the tastiest summer drinks, we think, so when we saw that it was one of the options built into the guided recipe interface of the Jura GIGA 5, we were intrigued.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on our series of videos covering the recipes included with this machine, you know that they often have a rather unique approach … and the shakerato is no exception. Watch as Brandi takes it on.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Creamy Chai Chiller

A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy … no, we’re not talking about Brandi (this time!), we’re talking about today’s recipe. We love how the sweet and spicy flavor of Monin’s chai tea concentrate blends with the creaminess of soy milk, so this iced beverage is certainly one of our summertime favorites. Watch her shake it up.



In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and shake it like your life depends on it! Okay, maybe not that fiercely — but definitely make sure everything is well combined and on the frothy side. Pour over ice in a pint glass and serve!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Chocolate Cake Shake

Yes, we’re serious. No, we can’t believe we are, either. We probably shouldn’t let Brandi choose her recipes on her own anymore after she brought this bad boy out to play. Who on earth blends up a slice of chocolate cake and then drinks it?! Probably the same person who blends up a donut.

We apologize in advance for any and all of the havoc this wreaks on your lovely figure, love. Ijole!


  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 – 1 cup milk
  • (1) 8 oz. slice of chocolate cake
  • 2 shots of espresso


In a blender, puree the ice cream and the milk together. Add the cake and the espresso shot, continuing to blend and adding more milk (as needed) to get the right consistency. Serve with a straw and spoon in a pint glass, preferably away from any reflective surfaces.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Summer Sangria

One of the reasons we love sangria so much is that there is a seemingly endless number of ways to prepare it. In fact, you could probably drink sangria every night of the year and never have the same flavor combination twice. (And we’d be more than willing to test this hypothesis … you know, for science!)

This sangria recipe is perfect for summer because it incorporates a little bit of a tropical note, so even if you can’t enjoy it beach-side, you’ll feel like you are. Watch as Brandi crafts a pitcher of this deliciously refreshing beverage.



Fill a serving pitcher with ice and add fresh strawberries. Pour the syrups, wine and juice over the ice and strawberries. Mix in a bit and then add lemon lime soda (to taste).

Brewin’ with Brandi: Red Cool a la GIGA 5 Recipe

Jura Giga 5If there’s one word that we can use to describe many of the recipes integrated into Jura’s GIGA 5, it’s interesting. Many of them include the combination of ingredients that we wouldn’t have previously considered, but actually end up tasting quite nice.

Case in point: the Red Cool, which is a variation of the White Cool we crafted awhile ago. Watch as Brandi let’s the Giga do the heavy lifting to create this refreshing drink.


  • 4 teaspoons Campari
  • 1.5 oz espresso
  • ice
  • carbonated lemonade


Fill your serving glass with ice. Pour the Campari over the ice and then fill the glass with carbonated lemonade about 2/3 of the way. Pull your shot of espresso and pour it over the lemonade to create a layered look. Serve with two straws so that you can mix everything together before enjoying.