Choco-Vanilla Bomb | the N’ice Cream Cookbook

May 18, 2016

Choco-Vanilla Bomb // from the N'ice Cream Cookbook #vegan #recipe

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!

Choco-Vanilla Bomb // from the N'ice Cream Cookbook #vegan #recipe

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.

Choco-Vanilla Bomb // from the N'ice Cream Cookbook #vegan #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.”

Choco-Vanilla Bomb // from the N'ice Cream Cookbook #vegan #recipe

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.

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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.

Choco-Vanilla Bomb // from the N'ice Cream Cookbook #vegan #recipe


  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha May 18, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Her book seems amazing! Anyway, my favorite ice-cream flavor as omnivore was cookie, because I love the match between the smooth texture of the base and the crunchy of the cookies! I should really try a vegan version at home :D

  • Reply Saniel May 18, 2016 at 3:35 am

    My Favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate with brownie chunks covered in swirls of caramel. Thanks

  • Reply Jess @ Nourished by Nutrition May 18, 2016 at 3:46 am

    I want this cookbook!!! I’ve been drooling over the beautiful pictures Virpi and Tuulia have been teasing us with over the past couple weeks! I ate ice cream regular as a child and my go to was always cookie and cream OR plain vanilla. But vanilla only because of toppings. My favorite was nerds. YES, those crunch, tart colorful candies. My favorite ice cream shop had them as 1 of their 100’s of topping choices and I couldn’t resist —A bowl of vanilla with a side bowl of nerds please— Nowadays, I haven’t tried to make that many vegan ice creams but with this book I think ice cream would become the staple of my diet.

  • Reply Laura Fairchild May 18, 2016 at 4:27 am

    It’s nearly impossible to pick a FAVORITE ice cream flavor! My dad’s favorite growing up was always mint chocolate chip, so I’m tempted to say that. But I have to say my absolute favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough. I was the girl who would literally take it out of the freezer, scoop out all the raw cookie dough chunks, eat them, and then put the carton back in the freezer and pretend like I didn’t do it! Now that I’m vegan, I make my own chocolate chip cookie dough banana ice cream at home. I’d love this e-book to try new nice cream recipes!

  • Reply Frances May 18, 2016 at 5:02 am

    My favorite ice cream is green mint chip. I am visiting Europe right now and I’ve had ice cream EVERY SINGLE DAY! It’s been magical!! 🍦🍦🍦

  • Reply Carolyn May 18, 2016 at 5:12 am

    favorite flavor is definitely anything with peanut butter…I make banana ice cream with pb, then swirl in some homemade strawberry jam for a killer take on the ol’ pb&j!!!

  • Reply Sue Ellen May 18, 2016 at 5:23 am

    I love banana, peanut butter, and chocolate nice cream. Also fresh fruit nice cream. This cookbook looks amazing!

  • Reply Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table May 18, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Stunning book, and a mouthwatering recipe that is easy and accessible to everyone – how can you go wrong? My favourite ice cream flavour is passion fruit, which isn’t that hard to make vegan ;)

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full May 18, 2016 at 6:32 am

    This book sounds amazing!! My favorite ice cream growing up was always peppermint, or mint chocolate chip. :)

  • Reply Kiki May 18, 2016 at 7:23 am

    My favorite ice cream flavor is salted caramel!

  • Reply Heather S May 18, 2016 at 7:37 am

    My favorite ice cream flavor is Lemon Custard! :)

  • Reply Claire May 18, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I like a good ‘ol vanilla :)

  • Reply Ashley Mauceri May 18, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Chocolate chip cookie dough! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  • Reply Bella May 18, 2016 at 8:27 am

    I so can’t wait to read this! It will probably be the only cookbook I actually ever buy! My favorite ice cream flavor is frozen blended bananas with almond butter and sea salt. I have no idea why it tastes so, so decadent, but it does, and it’s amazing. Can’t wait to try this recipe! :)

  • Reply Skye Amanda May 18, 2016 at 8:40 am

    i can’t choose a favorite as that would be leaving out the other oh so delicious flavors and i believe in the equality of goodness.

  • Reply Melissa Parrish May 18, 2016 at 8:45 am

    my favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip! when I was a kid I thought Lance Bass and I were meant to be because we shared the same favorite ice cream flavor! 🙊

  • Reply Ally Alanis May 18, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I want this so bad! I recently discovered I’m lactose intolerant so all these nut milk ice creams are looking BOMB. I’d have to say my favorite flavor is a classic mint chip! Love to see this cookbook’s take on it!

  • Reply Lori May 18, 2016 at 9:27 am

    This book looks amazing! My favorite ice cream flavors are a tie between salted caramel and strawberry rhubarb. Now I’m craving ice cream!!

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow May 18, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I feel like I’d say the same thing as scott if I ate this ice cream. Looks/sounds amazing, Jessie! As for ice cream flavors, I made a black garlic + cookies ice cream for the blog recently and I cannot stop making/eating it. It’s dangerous to have in the house. Happy hump day, friend, and all the gratitude back! xoxox

  • Reply Cat May 18, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I will devour pretty much any flavour of ice cream, but I think a traditional vanilla chocolate chip ice cream is still my ultimate favourite :)

    As a side note in response to the beginning of your post, it is always such a pleasure to read your posts, as they are always filled with such beautiful, simple photographs and positive energy. Keep up the good work, and thank you for continuing to do what you do.

  • Reply Sherry May 18, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I’m usually not an ice cream person until I recently made my own last week and I have to tell you, I can never go back to store bought ice cream! I love that I can create my own flavors and know exactly what’s in my ice cream. My favorite flavor right now is coconut and raspberry :)

  • Reply Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow May 18, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Oh you’re so sweet saying all that! You’ve created such a Wonderful space with Faring Well. And thanks for sharing this wonderful cookbook <3

  • Reply Clara May 18, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    My favorite ice cream flavor is banana, with caramel sauce and chocolate. I also love pistachio :) Thanks for a lovely post.

  • Reply Jacky May 18, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    My favorite is rosewater!

  • Reply Maia May 18, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Dark chocolate sorbet with raspberries!

  • Reply Taylor O. May 18, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    so excited about this nice cream book! just bought a vitamix and want to make all the banana ice cream! literally have an obsession & love trying new recipes.

    I love anything chocolate & PB as well as with chunks of like brownie or fudge. yum!!

  • Reply Melissa K. May 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    This book looks GREAT! Hope I win!
    My favorite ice cream flavor is mocha (chocolate and coffee)!

    • Reply Faring Well May 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Congratulations Melissa! YOU WON. Emailing you now :)

  • Reply Patti Gunderson May 18, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    My favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio almond!

  • Reply Sophie MacKenzie May 18, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Man oh man, does that look good or what?! I’m with Scott on this one ;)

  • Reply Casey the College Celiac May 18, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Anything chocolate! Or, with nice cream, bananas and blueberries! :D

  • Reply Paula May 18, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Growing up there was a vanilla ice cream with peanut butter swirl. Have not seen it since, but I still dream about till this day.

  • Reply Lantana May 19, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Oh YUMM!! I always forget how much I love ice cream until summer days roll around.. & then nothing in the world sounds better! This recipe particularly looks amazing. I love Virpi’s blog- in fact I think yours & hers are the two I keep coming back to, because I love the recipes & photos you both post- but I think mostly because through both vanelja & faringwell it shines through that the lady behind the posts does what she does out of sheer delight:)

    As for my favorite kind of ice cream- I would have to say Cappuccino Chunky Chocolate (This flavor is from Braums, an ice cream restaurant in Oklahoma… Does this exist in other states in the US??). Quite honestly, once coffee enters the picture as far as ice creams go, my decision is made!

  • Reply Virpi @ Vanelja May 19, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Jessieeeee!! This post made me so happy! Especially when you wrote what Scott had to say about the portion. :D
    And ALSO that you finally found the world of banana nice creams! Welcome – this place is something else, right!?
    Anyways, loads of kisses and enjoy our book babe! <3 <3 <3

  • Reply Deanne Maxwell May 19, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Coffee ice cream it is! Sweet and simple and delicious!

  • Reply Jana @ delectablymine May 19, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Yummy!! Choosing a favorite ice cream flavor is so difficult! I’d probably have to choose either cookies n’cream or dark chocolate brownie!!

  • Reply Natalia M May 19, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I could eat cinnamon & roasted pistachio ice cream for every meal! Well almost, but that’s how strongly I feel about it :)

  • Reply Preston May 19, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Classic vanilla for me!

  • Reply Katya Chekhovskiy May 19, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Favorite ice cream? COFFEE!!!

  • Reply Heidi May 19, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Ever since I learned about using frozen banana’s for a fantastic vegan ice cream, I’ve stayed true to the original. Sometimes I’ll add I a swirl of strawberry jam, but honestly, the plain banana’s works wonders for me. ☺

  • Reply Ada May 20, 2016 at 6:21 am

    I love anything with chocolate and nuts. I recently had a toasted coconut flavor that was really good too! Peanut butter, banana, and chocolate is such a good combo. Yum!

  • Reply Angela May 20, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I love chocolate ice cream! Can’t wait to get this book!

  • Reply Courtney West May 20, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I feel like I could write a dissertation about all the lovely flavors of vegan ice cream I’ve had the joy of eating but my favorite would have to be the vegan coconut chai from Fat Cat Creamery here in my hometown of Houston, Texas :)

  • Reply Susan May 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I love any flavor with some chocolate in it !

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore May 21, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Yay!! This book came to print!! I know there’s technology and kindles and such but man, I just love cookbooks in printed form! My favorite is cream is probably mint chocolate chip and a close second is like a caramel coffee flavor :)

  • Reply Theresa May 22, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Salted caramel cluster!

  • Reply Grace May 24, 2016 at 6:27 am

    My favorite is to make three flavored: chocolate, peanut butter, and salted caramel. And, then I top it with toasted coconut. It is an amazing combination!

  • Reply Shira Isenberg May 24, 2016 at 11:28 am

    This book sounds amazing! My favorite flavor is chocolate peanut butter!

  • Reply Megan | The Uprooted Beet May 24, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    This looks so creamy and delicious! My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chai. A vegan ice cream spot in Austin, TX called Sweet Ritual makes it, and it’s the perfect blend of sweet and spicy!

  • Reply Carolsue May 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Vanilla or strawberry are my favorite flavors.

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