I am so grateful for you, do you know? I was reading through and responding to comments from last week’s posts yesterday, and couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed by the kindness you share with me each week. Here I am, trying to think of how to give to you each week – when in return I’m the one receiving so much more. Thank you for entrusting a few minutes of your day to me, allowing me to share something new with you and benefit from your presence. You give this space meaning. Your joys, your struggles, your questions, your praises. I value every single one, and am so grateful for this space we have cultivated together! I hope you have fun here each week, because I am having such an unreal blast.
One of my favorite things to use this space for is raving about sweet friends in the blogging world who are creating beautiful cookbooks! And today I get to share one I am oozing with excitement for, the N’ice Cream Cookbook by Virpi and Tuulia. I met Virpi at the blog awards last year and wrote about how much I adore her and her initial e-book last summer. Being from Finland, it is quite exciting that she was able to bring her gorgeous vegan and natural sweetened ice creams she created with Tuulia to the US in printed book form! All eighty of them, you read it right, eighty! I think we all need to go on an ice cream diet for a month. Who is with me? Below I write more about what you can expect in this gorgeous cookbook, as well as about the recipe I’m sharing with you today! I can hardly keep my pants on I’m so excited. Make sure to pop down below the recipe for the details on the giveaway too – yippee!
ABOUT THE COOKBOOK
Ice creams made with coconut milk, others with cashews, some with both, and all with love. Blends of frozen bananas and fruits, creamy avocado, nut butters, and plenty of vanilla. Jazzed up with chocolate, berries, homemade caramels, chocolate sauce, and raw cheesecake cookie crumble. Whether you have an ice cream maker, popsicle mold, high speed blender, food processor, or simply a spatula and bowl – Virpi and Tuulia equip you to make delicious and wholesome ice creams at home. The book is broken down into sections, one of which teaching about the various ingredients used in vegan and naturally sweetened ice creams to achieve the flavor and texture you seek. Other sections include churned ice creams, instant ice creams, milkshakes, and even specialty recipes for cakes, ice pops, and cookie sandwiches. They include a section at the end where you will find those special add-on recipes that can take your treat up a notch. These include recipes for coconut whipped cream, homemade chocolate sauce, berry jam, raw cookie crumble, and even your own caramel! I cannot express how beautiful and thoughtful this book is, and if you love ice cream, it truly belongs in your loving home.
ABOUT THE RECIPE
Have you ever had a recipe you wanted to try, that seemed so easy – almost too easy – but because you had never attempted it before you put it off? That was me with banana n’ice cream. Its been a sensation for so long now, yet until I received this book, I lacked the feeling of empowerment I needed to take the first step. Oh my goodness is this going to be happening weekly in our home from now on! Especially this particular recipe from the N’ice Cream cookbook. Here Virpi and Tuulia add dates and vanilla to the base banana n’ice cream blend, and after setting aside half of the ice cream they blend chocolate and peanut butter into the remaining. The two creams get layered into jars, given a swirl, and topped with additional peanut butter and fresh berries! The name fits the recipe so well, it is a “bomb” of deliciousness in your mouth. I’ll leave you with what Scott said after downing his first bite, “I want to eat this, every night.”
Reprinted by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Virpi Mikkonen and Tuulia Talvio, 2016.
Makes 2 servings.
4 frozen bananas (about 4 cups sliced)
1/3 cup (80 ml) unsweetened almond milk
2 fresh dates, pitted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons peanut butter, plus extra for serving
pinch of sea salt
fresh berries, for serving
Combine the bananas, almond milk, dates, and vanilla in a (high speed) blender and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender as necessary. Transfer half of the vanilla mixture to a bowl and set aside (in the freezer, if you’d like, to keep extra cold).
Add the raw cacao powder, peanut butter, and salt to the remaining mixture and blend until smooth. Pour the vanilla and chocolate mixtures alternately into two small bowls. Serve with extra peanut butter and berries – enjoy!
Enter to win a copy of the N’ice Cream cookbook by leaving a comment below telling me your favorite ice cream flavor! Contest is open to US residents only, and will run through next Tuesday, May 24th.