Banana Ice Cream with Date Coconut Caramel

I’d been wary of banana “nice cream” for a while but I decided to give it a try the other night when I had an ice cream hankering but no ice cream. It turned out pretty good! It’s all about the toppings though.

{serves 1}

  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp date coconut caramel
  • dark chocolate chunks
  1. take bananas out of the freezer and give them a quick minute to soften slightly
  2. in a small food processor blend bananas and vanilla extract
  3. blend until they reach a smooth soft serve kind of consistency but not too much, you don’t want it to turn into a smoothie!
  4. then scoop out and top with your favorite toppings! mine are date caramel and chocolate chunks ATM

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Green Tea Ice Cream in Oatmeal-Nut Cookie Bowls

It was really hot for a few days and I made an executive decision that we would need a cool dessert.
summer bulgur-heirloom tomato salad

For Ice Cream:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup whey/milk
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp powdered cardamom
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  1. In a large bowl beat egg yolks and sugar
  2. scald the milk/or whey whatever you’re using, then remove from heat
  3. cut open tea bags and steep for four minutes
  4. strain through a find mesh sieve into a clean pot
  5. add heavy cream and bring to a simmer over medium high heat
  6. ladle 1/3 of the cream mix into the eggs and whisk well to combine
  7. add all of the egg mixture to the cream and cook over low heat, stirring until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon or somewhat close, about five minutes
  8. let cool in the fridge for about two hours
  9. put in ice cream maker and follow instructions

summer bulgur-heirloom tomato salad
For Oatmeal-Nut Cookie Bowls:

  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/3 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts + 1/4 cup almonds and  a little water ground into paste OR 1 cup almond or hazelnut butter/spread
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup honey
  1. mix all dry ingredients (oats, raisins, nuts and seeds) in a large bowl
  2. then mix in all wet ingredients (nut butter, applesauce, vanilla, honey) until gooey
  3. mold into whatever form you wish. i did some into cookie bowls and the rest into a loaf pan for protein-energy bars for my dad’s surf trip


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