Last night the first episode of my new podcast went live on iTunes, so naturally I had to celebrate with my favorite dessert. But when I went to the freezer for the mint chocolate chip ice cream, we were all out. I briefly considered trekking to the corner store for a pint, but it was cold out and I was already in my pjs, so I decided to gather my resources and improvise.
While I’ve been wanting to make legit ice cream in an ice cream maker for ages, my current go-to diy ice cream is made with frozen bananas, and it is absolutely amazing. After a few minutes in the food processor, these frozen bananas become incredibly sweet and creamy. This banana “ice cream” is also a perfect base for tons of fun topping combos, such as mint chocolate chip. This ice cream is so sweet and fresh, it’s the perfect no-fuss summer dessert.
I guess my version isn’t *technically* chocolate chip because I love little bits of grated/finely chopped chocolate in my ice cream. Eating Evolved chocolate (paleo AND vegan) would be perfect for this recipe, but if you’d prefer to use chocolate chips I’m sure that would be great too.
If you make this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, be sure to leave a comment and/or share it with me on Instagram!
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Coming home to this Diner-Style Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash after school + volunteering + a long bus trip in high heels (!!) last week was such an amazing feeling.
I’d prepped everything the night before, so by the time I was ready to eat (aka 5 minutes after I got home) all I had to do was heat it up in a skillet- the edges get crispy and AMAZING- fry an egg to put on top, and dig in.
Beyond being incredibly easy, this dish is warming, perfectly spiced, soft + crunchy (love that whole texture sitch), and salty-sweet.
Essentially, it’s the whole package. Easy, quick, healthy, and delicious. This is the kind of meal you make when you come home to an empty fridge and need to get dinner on the table asap OR as a side dish for a nice, real, grown up dinner (because I’ve heard some people make those sometimes).
If you make this Diner-Style Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash, be sure to snap a photo and share it with me on Instagram. I LOVE seeing all your creations, it really makes my day.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Really, I want to know. Tell me in the comments, on Instagram, send me a letter, mail me a pint. Whatever it is, I am 99% sure I would love it too, because I just love ice cream. Especially really quality ice cream that comes in creative flavors. But honestly that stuff is pretty expensive, so I also love to make my own. Such as this Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream.
This ice cream is rich, creamy, crunchy, AND dairy free. Made with only three ingredients, it really couldn’t be easier to throw together as soon as a craving hits. The base of the ice cream is frozen bananas, but the banana flavor doesn’t really come through in the final product. Because even though I love bananas, sometimes I just want chocolate, and that’s what this recipe delivers.
There are a few tense moments while you blend up the ice cream, because key is to avoid over-mixing at all costs. The moment all the chunks of banana are gone, it’s time to stop mixing, because otherwise you’re ice cream will be a syrupy mess. Other than that, this stuff is BEYOND easy.
I can’t wait to experiment with different ice cream flavors and different styles of dairy free ice cream this summer (coconut milk ice cream, anyone?) but for now this Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream is rocking my world.
Sitting in the sun on the front steps of my house on a warm spring afternoon, with a good book and a bowl of Salted Almond Fudge Ice Cream in hand is pretty much my definition of pure bliss.
Combine frozen bananas, cacao powder, and salt in food processor.
Allow to thaw for 5 minutes.
While bananas thaw, roughly chop almonds and set aside.
Pulse contents of food processor just until smooth. DO NOT over mix, or ice cream will become syrupy.
Stir almonds into ice cream and serve!
If you do not have salted almonds on hand, just add a little extra salt to the ice cream. If you can resist devouring this ice cream immediately, I recommend allowing it to sit in the fridge for about 5 minutes to firm up a little.
Sometimes I struggle with giving the people I love space to grow and change. I fear that I will no longer be able to connect with someone I care about or that they may lose interest in me. So and I have a tendency to distance myself from people in an effort to protect myself from loss.
Recently I’ve felt this happening with one of my best friends. We’re at pretty different points in our lives and don’t have many overlapping interests, so it makes sense that we haven’t been as close. I know friendships fluctuate though, and there may absolutely be a point when she once again feels like the Christina to my Meredith (we’re both obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy).
But I spent the afternoon with this friend and I realized how much I’d missed her and her family. As a strong introvert, it’s rare for me to find people that allow me to completely relax, and she is definitely one of those people. I think it’s the unconditional love I feel from her that allows me to be completely free from self consciousness.
If there’s someone in your life who makes you feel like this, or who you wish you were closer with, take a moment to call/text/write them a letter, then come back and make them some applesauce. Because obviously applesauce is the most authentic and complete expression of love.
But truly, this is such a great gift to others, yourself, and your entire household (it will make your kitchen smell AMAZING as it cooks). Sharing warm bowls of applesauce with my family gave me all the cozy warm feelings (both in my stomach and my heart).
I’m so interested in what you have to say, so let me know your thoughts about friendships, Grey’s Anatomy, and/or applesauce here or on Instagram.
3 cups chopped apples, such as fuji, gala, or honeycrisp (about 2 large apples)
½ tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 cup water
Melt coconut oil in large, heavy bottomed pot.
Add chopped apple, cover, and cook on medium low for 30 minutes.
Add ginger and water to pot, bring to boil, then cover and simmer.
Continue to simmer for an hour, periodically mashing apples with a large fork or potato masher. (Alternatively, blend in food processor once cooking is done. I haven't tried this, but I imagine it would create a smoother sauce.)
As I begin looking at colleges, one of my top priorities is warm weather. I am absolutely miserable in the cold, so the stress of college AND freezing my butt off? No thanks.
Even though California winters are pretty mild, I bundle up in puffy coats and drink tea until spring. This afternoon I was having trouble doing my math homework because I keep stopping to hold my hands up to my heater, so if I were to live anywhere colder than CA, I’m pretty sure my academic performance would suffer.
Phew. The post-Christmas blues are real. I absolutely adore everything about the holiday season, from peppermint mochas to playing Christmas carols on the piano (badly). And once Christmas is over, sometimes everything seems to fall a little flat.
This year, I’m starting new projects, reading new books, and taking the time to set goals for the new year. Finding more to look forwards to is a great way to move past that post-holiday slump, but I was still feeling a little blue today.
As I often do, I found solace in the kitchen. This cozy bowl of “oats” was born from:
1. my constant craving for oatmeal
2. the abundance of leftover sweet potatoes in my kitchen
3. my desire to create a paleo-friendly oatmeal recipe.
This meal is so perfectly cozy, comforting and vitamin-packed, I promise you will be left glowing and satisfied.