Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sundaes

July 29, 2015

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sundaes | Faring Well #vegan #recipes

Throughout my time in school it was difficult for me to make friends that “stuck”. I spent many lunch breaks in the library alone, and weekends hanging out with my mom (but she is the coolest and I think you would have hung out with her too). This began in grade school and lasted through college. It wasn’t until after college that I grasped a better understanding of “why” this had always been. I can’t say I’ve ever been able to click with the majority of the people around me. They weren’t interested in me, I wasn’t interested in them. We could pretend, but those fragile relationships would shatter to pieces in no time. Every time. I can’t blame the people I went to school with, or even myself. We were just different. Minus one girl, who was my complete opposite in all of the ways that didn’t matter, but the same in all the ways that do. She and I were independent enough to do our own things, pursue our own passions, be driven and creative in our own realms, and then crash on the couch together from time to time and watch movies while eating spoonfuls of peanut butter from the jar with chocolate chips sprinkled on them (I’m looking at you, Staci <3). She was the first person I met that “got” my differences, and I “got” hers. We could go months between talking, and then meet up like it was yesterday. Our friendship continues to this day, and in the same way. She helped me realize that I wasn’t going to get along and fit in with everyone. And that was okay. But sprinkled throughout this big ole world were people like her, people who would naturally gravitate towards one another and just “click”.

This was the case for when I first met Virpi. We sat next to one another during the workshop day at the Saveur Blog Awards this past June. Within moments of striking up conversation, I knew, this was one of my people. Virpi is the kind of person who never makes you feel as if you are boring her, and lets you make mistakes in how you talk. You can be weird, say something different or jumbled, just let loose and be yourself. Because she already loves you. You didn’t have to earn it or do a darn thing. We kept finding ourselves gravitating towards one another throughout our time there, and were side by side the whole night at the awards. Thank goodness we had each other to push the other up on stage when they won, because we were both stunned silly we couldn’t even move! I remember many heartfelt conversations with her over those few short days that I will cherish forever. I’m so happy to have a new friend in her, even if she lives far away in Finland. If its one thing I love about the blogosphere, its how much it shrinks our world. In honor of Virpi and her beautiful work, I bring you today a creation based on the recipes out of her newest e-book “Kind Ice Cream for You”! Her e-book (co-written with her friend Tuulia Talvio) contains some of the most inspiring, drool worthy ice creams I have ever laid eyes on. They are all made using the most wholesome ingredients (no dairy, gluten, or processed sugar) and I get to give away a copy to two very special people today! (See below for the details on the contest.)

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sundaes | Faring Well #vegan #recipesStrawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sundaes | Faring Well #vegan #recipes

I could easily have made any of the sixty recipes in this book for you today. Flipping through I found myself literally drooling and considering eating nothing but ice creams for months. (There is a snickers ice cream cake in there, for crying out loud.) What is extra special is how Virpi and Tuulia give you more than just the recipes. They outline the different ingredients used in their ice creams, the effect they have on the outcome, and the different methods explored in the book. Thats right, not all require an ice cream maker – there is a whole section on “instant ice creams”! Its from this section that I bring you these little sundaes today. I took her instant Coconut Sundae and added strawberries to the batter to make it strawberry flavored – and then made her cake crumble, coconut whipped cream, and chocolate sauce to take it to cheesecake status! Oh my goodness-golly-gosh. All you need is a food processor or high speed blender to whip this ice cream together – its so simple, and perfect for summer.

THE CONTEST >> To win a copy of “Kind Ice Cream for You”, leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite frozen summer treat is, and who “your person” is that you would like to share it with. This is open to everyone in the world! The contest will run through next Tuesday, August 4th (holy shenanigans its going to be August already!). (Contest is now closed.)

Ps. My reason for creating this specific flavor for you today is because it just so happens to be a very special person’s birthday. My dad. And I know one of his favorite ways to treat himself is to go to Barnes & Noble, get a cup of coffee + a slice of cheesecake, and just relax. So here is a little cheesecake for you today daddy, make sure to take a moment and treat yourself this weekend – you deserve it! xo

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sundaes | Faring Well #vegan #recipesStrawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sundaes | Faring Well #vegan #recipes

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE ICE CREAM SUNDAES
Makes four small (pictured above) or two good sized sundaes.

Strawberry Ice Cream
2 frozen bananas
1 can full fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
1 tablespoon raw honey (or maple syrup)
a few drops vanilla extract

Cake Crumble
1 cup raw macadamia nuts
2 fresh dates (I used 3 dried)
1/2 teaspoon cardamom (I used cinnamon)
pinch of sea salt

Coconut Whipped Cream
1 can full fat coconut milk
a few drops vanilla extract
optional teaspoon of honey or maple syrup

Chocolate Sauce
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
2 tablespoons brown rice syrup*

*Using all brown rice syrup will create more of a chocolate frosting consistency. If you wish for the sauce to be runnier, substitute pure maple syrup. If you want the sauce to fall somewhere in the middle of the two, use one tablespoon brown rice syrup and one tablespoon maple syrup.

Begin by making the cake crumble. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until it resembles a crumble. If you wish for it to clump together more, feel free to add a teaspoon of honey or maple and pulse a few more times. Place a few spoonfuls of the crumble at the base of your serving glasses. Transfer extra crumble to an airtight container, which can be stored in the refrigerator for a week, or the freezer for one month.

Next make the ice cream. Wipe out the bowl of your food processor and add the frozen bananas, fresh strawberries, honey (or maple), and vanilla. Open the can of refrigerated coconut milk and scoop out the thick cream that has separated from the water. Add the cream to the processor bowl, and blend until smooth. Divide the ice cream batter between your serving glasses, cover, and place in the freezer to set for at least two hours.

When ready to serve, make the coconut whipped cream by scooping out the thick layer of cream from the refrigerated can. Add this to a bowl with a few drops of vanilla. Add the sweeter now too, if using. Whip with a hand mixer until thick and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Cover and refrigerate if not using right away.

Whisk the chocolate sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Remove the sundae glasses from the freezer (if they have been in the freezer for longer than four hours, give them 10 to 20 minutes to thaw a bit on the counter). Add a scoop of whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and a few more cake crumbles for good measure (fresh strawberries are a nice touch too) and dig in!

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75 Comments

  • Reply Emily July 29, 2015 at 6:06 am

    You have such a ways with words. Agree that the truest friends who stick by you and love unconditionally are a rare treasure. As for these sundaes, they are the cutest ever- perfectly styled in every way. :) My favorite summer treat- I know it’s not original, but it’s hard to beat a melty drippy ice cream cone on a hot summer’s day!

    • Reply Faring Well July 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      You are the kindest, thank you Emily <3. And I agree, a drippy ice cream cone on a hot summer's day sounds pretty fab right now :)

  • Reply Natasa | My daily sourdough bread July 29, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Love it, love it, love it, you guys are totally rocking! My absolutely favorite two this summer are simply frozen blueberries in whipped cream and nectarine ice cream and my person to share it is my boyfriend and his 3-years old nephew who sneaks in to our place just to persuade us to make icecream for breakfast at 7 am :)

    • Reply Faring Well July 30, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Aw that is the cutest! That boy knows whats good in life ;)

  • Reply Sarah July 29, 2015 at 6:41 am

    My word, this looks and sounds terrific! My favorite frozen treat in the summer is a “banana whip.” It is made by freezing bananas, putting them in a champion juicer- and boom! Out pops the fluffiest, creamiest “ice cream.” I also like to add toppings like carob powder, bee pollen, berries, and coconut whipped cream. I would prefer to eat this with my grandfather, as I first discovered such a possible treat when we were at the Jersey shore together. Cheers! Xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well July 30, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you Sara! And this banana whip sounds incredible, totally opening my eyes to something new here!

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full July 29, 2015 at 7:04 am

    WOW Jessie, I feel like every time you write a post, I can crazily relate to your experiences. It’s crazy. Growing up, I didn’t really have friends that “stuck” either. I’m definitely a bit of a weirdo, and I always felt so awkward in social situations… I was never one of those kids who knew the “right” thing to say in a given social encounter. But in high school I met a girl who was just as weird/awkward as I was, and she is like a sister to me now. And we’re also both independent enough to do our own thing, but then reconnect with each other when we’re together.

    But going through life with that sort of set of experiences and norms, it kind of conditions you to expect not to really “click with people”. So when you do, it’s like aljfweiohflasukheflk I LOVE THIS PERSON!! I’m actually becoming really good friends with this awesome girl I met at work, who is just as silly and ridiculous as I am!! And it’s so exciting because it’s like, YES this person gets my weirdness!! :) It’s an awesome feeling.

    So I’d probably pick my new friend to share my favorite frozen treat (popsicles) with, to celebrate friendship and finding people who click :)

    • Reply Faring Well July 30, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      That is just the neatest, Sarah! We DO have so many similarities. Hopefully one day we can hang in person. I think we would get along just swell ;). Congrats on your new friend, she sounds just awesome! <3

  • Reply lynsey | lynseylovesfood July 29, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Jessie these are beautiful, and i love how you shared your story of friendship. i am lucky enough to have met an amazing group when i was young and they have stuck with me my whole life… good news for this introvert!! I am heading up to a cottage this weekend with those girls and feel i should bring the goods to make these for them. xo

    • Reply Faring Well July 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      That is so wonderful! That is very good news for an introvert indeed. Sometimes life deals us those wonderful cards. I’m so happy for you. Hope you have just the loveliest weekend with your group! <3

  • Reply Jana du Plessis July 29, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I am of the shy, quiet type. But when I do meet a friend who understands my trail of though, shares my values and contests my opinions in the most insightful way, it becomes a comfortable, happy and delightful relationship. I have found that in my best friend–my boyfriend. And some softly swirled dark chocolate ice cream with decadent chocolate brownie bits would be my favourite treat to enjoy with him.

    • Reply Faring Well July 30, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Oh my goodness that does sound downright heavenly! So glad you have found “your person” in him, the best.

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life July 29, 2015 at 7:45 am

    What a lovely post Jessie!
    I’ve always felt like an outsider, not just in high school, but even in college and University…and I still do sometimes today. I would always find myself having to work so hard trying to fit in, knowing deep down that I was forcing things too much and that I wasn’t true to myself.

    As I’m growing, I’m learning to accept that I cannot please everyone and that I cannot be friends with everyone (even the ones I’d madly like to be friends with!). No matter how hard we try, sometimes we’re just not meant to fit in, and that’s totally ok.

    There’s one person who always makes me feel at the right place, one person I’m always and will always be myself with, and that’s my twin sister. She’s been away abroad for the past 3 months and we’re finally being reunited next week, right in time for our birthday! I would totally share my ice cream with her. I’d probably pick a mint & chocolate chip sugar cone because it reminds me of us growing up…I can’t count how many of those ice cream cones we’ve had together!
    P.S. These cheesecake sundaes are definitely on my to-do list now. Thanks for sharing Vanelja and Tuulia’s recipe.:)

    • Reply Faring Well August 1, 2015 at 6:47 am

      Aw thank you so much Sophie! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and recipe. How wonderful that you have your twin sis! I think its crazy how so many of us can relate here, just shows more of us feel awkward and out of place than we thought! Hope you have the best birthday next week with you sis returning – how perfect! And I hope you get to eat lots of mint chip ice cream :) thats my favorite too <3

  • Reply Samantha July 29, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Can’t wait to make this! My favorite summer time treat would have to be the classic banana split sundae, which I’d share with my bf :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 1, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Oooo I like it! Classic and yummy. This sundae might be good on top of a banana too – split style! ;)

  • Reply Rebeca July 29, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Darn, Jessie, your posts are always SO GOOD. Not only because the recipes are fantastic, but your writing makes them 100 x times better.
    I do have a handful of friends from school, but I’ve never been one to click with most people around me – quite the opposite. When I started uni, I felt so out of place and like such a weirdo! I pushed myself to talk to people but there was no common interest. Eventually, I met a girl who was a bit awkward and crazy, just like me, and we clicked right away. We’re still friends nowadays, and even if we don’t talk for months, it still feels the same.

    These sundaes make me wish I liked bananas – they look so good! As for my favourite summer treat, I’ll have to go with simple fruit popsicles. My person to share them with? A boy I’ve met pretty recently who also gets me.
    (And happy birthday to your dad!)

    • Reply Faring Well August 1, 2015 at 6:51 am

      Rebeca! You are too kind. That just made my morning. I am so glad you enjoy them. Sheesh! And I’m happy you found your person who you can click with – it only takes one to make feeling out of place not that terrible :). And as for not liking bananas, maybe you could make these with another frozen fruit like frozen mango to keep it creamy? Worth a try if you like mango :). Or just sub in more strawberries! The coconut cream will keep it creamy enough, I think! And you are the sweetest for wishing my dad a happy bday, thanks Rebeca <3 hope you have the best weekend!

  • Reply Ashley July 29, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Oh, my lawd…these sundaes look delicious! And coming across your site is such perfect timing – my husband and I are trying to make the switch to an almost-completely plant-based diet and I have been trying to figure out how to keep sweet treats in the picture.This is a whole lot of awesome. I’m so glad I found your site!
    My favorite frozen summer treat would have to be honeydew melon ice (a recipe that I now want to modify since the original calls for sweetened condensed milk) and I love sharing any kind of food with my husband and family, especially my nephews.
    Lovely post.

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Oh yay! I’m so glad this was such a good find for you. And that honeydew melon ice sounds amazing <3 thank you for sharing. And thank you for your kind words Ashley!

  • Reply Heidi July 29, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Hi from another outsider! :-)

    I’m rather basic when it comes to most foods. I love pulling a carrot out of the ground and after brushing of the dirt, munch away. My favorite frozen thing these days is a banana on a stick dipped in cinnimon. It just works. I share these (usually!!) With my best friend/hubby Bill.

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Ooo that sounds interesting! Might have to give that one a try. Thank you for sharing, and yay for best friends that are also hubbies :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 5, 2015 at 5:09 am

      Ps. CONGRATS Heidi! You’ve been randomly selected to win one of the copies of “Kind Ice Cream For You”! If you could send me your email address through my “Contact” page so I can send you the download code that would be great :) happy ice cream making!

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High July 29, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Aw, this post is so sweet! I can relate in many ways — I don’t have a lot of friendships that lasted throughout high school and college, because as time went by, our common ground drifted apart and left us little to relate with each other. A lot of my college friends don’t understand my blog at all and sit around and scratch their heads wondering why I do what I do. Oh well. You just gotta hang on to the few folks you connect with, and, well, screw everybody else!

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle! It seems we all have our own version of feeling like an outsider. So glad to have met and connected with you :)

  • Reply Shanna July 29, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Jessie, I completely relate to your story.

    I have struggled with finding friendships that last as well, even the work relationships that have formed are ultimately superficial and that makes me feel icky. It’s very touching to know that there are so many folks out there who feel the same. I don’t have an issue being an introvert, or being different and independent enough to realize those differences and embrace them – but it does seem like a pretty BIG world in some moments all alone.

    Thank you for this beautifully truthful post. I tend to feel that I resonate so much with bloggers all over the web, it’s just a bit sad that they all live far away! Sending much kinship love from the other side of the Rockies!

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Aw thank you so much for writing all of this, Shanna! So sweet of you to share, I really appreciate it. This blogging world gets smaller everyday with all of the similarities we get to share, and connections we make. Hugs from this side of the Rockies right back at you!

  • Reply Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation July 29, 2015 at 9:39 am

    This is a beautiful post – your writing, the recipe and those pictures!
    So glad you found soone you clicked with :)
    I also feel I’m not part of ‘mainstream’ – the way I eat, the way I look, the way I talk, so I could REALLY relate to this blog post.

    I’d LOVE to win this e-book. It sounds amazing. So my favourite frozen treat at the moment is a vegan mango and coconut float (currently on my blog). It’s creamy and delicious and guilt free :). I love sharing it with my 5 year old as his eyes light up when he has a taste, which in turn makes my day :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      So amazing how so many of us can relate. Thank you for your kind words Kimberly! You’re the sweetest. Having a son to share treats with must be so amazing :). And that float sounds INCREDIBLE! <3

  • Reply The Clever Carrot July 29, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Just saw this on IG. Congrats to Virpi/ Vanelja on this ebook. As for this post, Jessie I appreciate your heartfelt words and honesty. Sista, I think in one way or another, we can all relate. True connections are hard to come by and when they do, time and distance don’t mean a thing! XO Emilie

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Right?! I think its true. Just reading through all of these comments so far has been proof enough. So glad to have found another kindred spirit in connecting with you <3

  • Reply J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats July 29, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Passion fruit popsicles (from the street vendors on the beach always) with my dad, because everyone else always opted for the Cornetto cones…

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Mmmmm! Those sound amazing ;) Thanks for sharing, J.S.!

  • Reply Sydney | Modern Granola July 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

    This is such a sweet post! I love it when you can find a kindred spirit that will celebrate your victories and you theirs. That’s so cool. My sister and I understand each other on such a deep level, and we always know what the other one needs, whether it’s space, a hug, or a pep-talk.

    This cheesecake ice cream looks and sounds amazing! My goodness! It looks like a blast to make too. Can’t wait to give this baby a try!

    Hope your dad has an awesome birthday!
    xx Sydney

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Thank you for your sweet words Sydney! I appreciate them <3. That is so neat that you and your sis are so close. Hope you two get to enjoy this yummy sundae together sometime! (Ps. thank you for the bday wishes for my dad! you're too kind!)

    • Reply Faring Well August 5, 2015 at 5:10 am

      Ps. CONGRATS Sydney! You’ve been randomly selected to win one of the copies of “Kind Ice Cream For You”! If you could send me your email address through my “Contact” page so I can send you the download code that would be great :) happy ice cream making!

  • Reply Ashley July 29, 2015 at 10:13 am

    My favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream! I would share with my partner…if I have to. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Oh you are so welcome! That is one classic I will always love too <3 thanks for commenting Ashley!

  • Reply KJ July 29, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Jessie I’m glad you’ve been able to find a few buds! I know it can be tough!! My few long lasting friendships have always been with people I never ever expected to be friends with. I’m good at small talk but I’ve never been good at making long lasting friendships. Remember its about the quality of the friendships – not the quantity :)
    My favorite frozen treats are either brownies from the freezer or cashew ice cream. I’d love to win this e-book since my ice cream skills are less than superb :) I could probably use the tips Virpi and Tuulia have in there.
    I’d use the e-book to whip up a treat for my parents who’ve been searching my hometown for vegan places to take me when I come home for a visit. Its cute :)

    -KJ

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks so much KJ! Quality over quantity for sure <3. And that is so cute about your parents, I'm sure you and they both would love this e-book - then you could stay in and eat ALL the ice creams :)

  • Reply gail July 29, 2015 at 10:35 am

    These look delicious! And once made may fill in for my favorite frozen treat. In the meantime I will say berry cardamon popsicles shared with m.

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks so much Gail! Those popsicles sound delicious <3

  • Reply Lane | Modern Granola July 29, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Pretty recipe! And I love your words on finding your people. It sometimes takes patience to find the tribe that really resonates with you, but they always come forward in the perfect timing :)
    Great post!
    xx Lane

    • Reply Faring Well August 3, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      So true, Lane! Thank you for that :)

  • Reply Cady | Wild Heart of Life July 29, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Hey Jessie!

    What yum sundaes you’ve got here! I not only enjoyed your post so much, but also reading through the comments to see how other people have also felt like “loners” quite often. I think a lot of us who express our creative voice through an internet platform have a little bit of this in common. My mind runs a million miles an hour and people often comment on my daydreaming or say that I have “my head in the clouds”. I’ve always been a bit of a lone wolf, and sometimes I envy those that have best friends or travel in sitcom-esque inseparable groups. I’m more of a social introvert. I can put on a social face, but I do find it incredibly taxing and I need a long trail run or some focus time in the kitchen to recharge my batteries. When my boyfriend and I got together almost two years ago, wowed literally spend hours laughing at nothing and never becoming tired of each other. I’ve never met anyone I feel so perfectly comfortable around with zero need to put up a front. We love to spend evenings watching Parks & Rec for the nth time through and scarfing down an entire pint of ice cream each. (We also have ravenous appetites in common. HA!) I love Luna & Larry’s Ginger Cookie Caramel and his is Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked.

  • Reply krystal July 29, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    This looks AMAZING … can this be my favorite frozen treat? If not, I’m way into blending up frozen bananas with all kinds of mix-ins. Recently I made a roasted banana ice cream recipe from Sprouted Kitchen and poured it into popsicle molds to freeze instead of into my ice cream maker – SO CREAMY and good. Trust the added lemon juice.

    If my hubs wasn’t around to share with, it’d be my best friend Marissa. We have very different personalities but similar goals and outlooks. We push each other to be the best versions of ourselves and can always be brutally honest to work through our problems. She’s a keeper. :)

  • Reply Neko July 29, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    My latest favourite frozen treat is a simple mix of coconut milk+honey+ginger, simmered for 10 minutes to meld flavours, strained, and then frozen in popsicle molds. Sometimes I up it a notch and melt in chocolate chips, either way its easy and so, SO good. As for sharing it, that would be with my friend Melanie. We’re on the same vibe and always fall back into our friendship whenever we can get together/talk. She’s brilliant and I’m so happy to have her in my life. And the first time I made these, I made them for her and her partner.

  • Reply Grace July 29, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Whoa, I can totally relate to your school days – I would spend the entire lunch period hiding out in the art room drawing and doodling. I’ve definitely learned over time that it’s not the amount of friends you have but the quality of your friendships that matter. These little sundaes are the perfect thing to make and share with that special friend! So cute and delicious looking! I’ll definitely be checking out Virpi’s blog too! Yum!

  • Reply Joanna July 30, 2015 at 3:23 am

    My favorite is plain and boring on its own but it compliments so many flavors. Vanilla ice cream. Topped with peanuts, peanut butter, chocolate, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, crushed saltines and maple syrup, wheat germ. Vanilla ice cream can take you anywhere. :o)

  • Reply Becca | Spices and Spatulas July 30, 2015 at 6:05 am

    love love LOVE the cake crumble at the bottom of these ice cream cups! My favorite summer frozen treat is any kind of dessert I make with my friend Emily. Most recently we made vanilla bean frozen yogurt and it was amazing! We love to make things for my blog together; I photograph, she stirs/pours/whisks. She might hate me a little while I’m forcing her to be a hand model, but it’s always worth it when we finish cooking and eat whatever we’ve just made straight out of the mixing bowl or baking dish.

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens July 30, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I was definitely awkward growing up, and still am. Once I meet someone I click with (like you did with Virpi) it’s totally fine and I am super bubbly and fun to talk to, but sometimes I get intimidated easily and am just so quiet around new people. I’m working on it, though! My favourite frozen treat would either be raw nana ice cream or dairy free pistachio gelato, and I would share it with my boyfriend because he’s my other half, gets my quirks, and is just as quirky as me. Pistachio gelato became one of “our desserts” (couples have “songs”, we have “dessert”) after we visited Italy and had, seriously, the best pistachio gelato ever. We visited the same gelateria every night and by the end of our stay I could order my gelato in Italian!

  • Reply Jenn @ A Toast to the Good Life July 30, 2015 at 9:09 am

    This looks amazing. And I LOVE the jars you used! I have some myself and they are the perfect size for desserts. Definitely giving this recipe a try! Sounds delicious. xo

  • Reply Vanessa July 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Ihana blogi!!! <3 Lemppari frozen treat: Pappagallon lakujätski. Nammmmm. <3

    And the same in English. My fav treat is liquorice ice cream by Pappagallo. Simply delicious!!! And who else to share it with than my hubby.

  • Reply Kristan@the-broken-bread July 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Jessie, you are a very talented lady! Not only do you take incredible pictures, make delicious food, but you are a wonderful writer. I loved ever single thing about this post, especially your honesty. I am glad that you were able to make such a genuine connection with someone, and to thick you were brought together all because of blogging, crazy! Hope are well sweet friend!

    xox

  • Reply Karen Schulz-Harmon July 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog – we are definitely kindred spirits! And I can’t wait to try the recipe above! If I had to choose a favorite frozen dessert, it would probably have to be a simple scoop of butter pecan ice cream. I would share it with my dad, as it was his favorite first. However now that I eat a plant-based diet, I think I might have to create a veganized version of this recipe, as I have yet to see that flavor on the shelves in the non-dairy ice cream section. :)

    +K

  • Reply kristie {birch and wild} July 30, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    This is so gorgeous. I have not yet checked out Virpi’s blog, but I will now (and her instagram account looks amazing).

  • Reply Amanda | Pickles & Honey July 30, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Gorgeous, Jessie! The words, the recipe, the photos. Thank you for introducing me to Virpi…I could get lost in her Instagram. Oh my. <3

  • Reply cristina rose July 30, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    this looks so easy and yummy <3
    I love love love ice creams, the cashew ones or dreamy ones… i would share some vegan ice cream with my supervisor at the hospital because she's taught me so much and she makes me laugh and smile, its not work, it is just enjoyable and everyone loves ice cream!!!!

  • Reply Jessica @ Sweetest Menu July 30, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    These ice cream pots are adorable! I just found your blog and I am in love! So gorgeous and your photography – WOW!

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout July 31, 2015 at 7:52 am

    wow this looks soooo good! I was going to make banana ice cream today but now I think I have to jazz it up a little with this recipe! beautiful photos, super stoked to try this out :)

  • Reply Jane July 31, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    i think this might be my new favourite! It sounds amazing. I’m going to share with my daughter. We are both lactose intolerant. I can’t wait to whip it up. Both my daughter and I are loners and enjoy each other’s company.

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff || TENDING the TABLE August 1, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Love this! I can really relate to having a hard time making friends. I’ve really only had a handful of good friends throughout my life, but I like it that way. Quality over quantity right? Thanks for being so open and honest and making me feel less like an introverted, antisocial weirdo ;) Anyways, my favorite frozen treat has got to be coconut popsicles! And that friend I’d share them with…Zoe. She’s my person and we’ve remained friends despite going to different schools and living on opposite sides of the country. In high school we used to eat pints of Ben and Jerry’s and watch Sex nd The City…cause that’s what friends do right!?

  • Reply M + K August 2, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Well said! Lucky for us, as twins, we were born with a bestie! We love this recipe by the way! It looks amazing and sounds pretty simple to make

    M + K
    Bloglovin

  • Reply Lola August 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Jessie, I found your blog while checking out the nominations for Saveur Blog Awards, and I’m so happy I did. Your recipes and photography are gorgeous, but what I love most in reading blogs is that I feel like I get to know a little the person behind it. Your personal stories are really touching.
    As for my favourite frozen treat, homemade popsicles are the best, but when I go out to get some ice cream I almost always go for pistachio. That said, last time I had a cucumber-yogurt one with black sesame seeds on top and it was amazing, like eating a slightly sweet frozen tzatziki. Really refreshing!

  • Reply Jared August 2, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    My favorite treat… well goodness I really love the popsicle I ate as a child that was red, blue & white sort of had these long ribs down the treat vertically, I cannot remember the name but boy was that refreshing and especially after chasing down the ice cream truck! The person with whom I would share would be my Mama. So we could catch up and just have some mother, son time alone. Amazing recipe and you totally rock! I will make this this week to try it. Thanks

  • Reply Anne August 3, 2015 at 12:48 am

    What a lovely post again Jessie! I always recognize so much from what you are telling in your posts. I love them so much and it’s such a pleasure each time te read some of your story’s again. I recently met such a “click” friend, and it was so nice! When we started talking at a meeting from a food festival where we where going to be volunteers we almost finished each others sentences and everything we said we recognized from each other and we had so much in common. It was so great to meet her and we immediately decided that I would come to Amsterdam, where she lives, to meet here and do cool stuf we both like so much! Sadly till now it didn’t come that far but I think it’s surely gonna happen very soon! I have made chocolate, avocado and coconut ice popsicles one time and they were delicious! But i definitely want to make some ice cream with the taste of coconut and summer fruits like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries! Then that would be something frozen i would share with my “click-friend” Alina!
    Thankyou for such a wonderful post again.

    Love,

    Anne

  • Reply Bec Norris August 3, 2015 at 2:06 am

    What beautiful words Jessie! I have been following you for a while as your recipes and adventures are nothing but an inspiration. Just searched Virpi’s new e-book and wow what a beautiful creation so a big congratulations to your friend.
    Now onto my favour summer treat… the first thing that comes to mind is my childhood and bursting out of the house a at the faint sounds of Mr Whippy coming down the street. I am not sure if Mr Whippy exists on your side of the world but down under he is a pretty common occurrence. The weather would be hot and the sprinklers would be full speed ahead out the back. We even has a plastic water slide out on the grass covered with flowing water from the backyard hose. I would walk to the furthest corner of the yard, turn around and sprint as hard as my little legs would take me and leap onto the plastic lining. It was a little too much fun and probably one of most most favourite childhood memories. But back to Mr Whippy – every kid in the neighbourhood that was home at the time, would race out the front door just in time for the ice-cream van to turn into our street. Back then soft serve, covered in chocolate sauce and 100’s of 1000’s was a mere $1 or maybe even less is just got got soft serve! And who was I sharing this delightful summer treat with? I can’t really recall any one particular person being special in my life at the time but it was probably my mum or grandma and I definitely do remember most of my cousins and a friend or two joining me on the steps of our house as we covered ourselves in sticky ice-cream. :)

  • Reply Nina August 3, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I LOVE ice cream! So much that I asked for an ice cream machine for Christmas a few years ago! I think my favourite flavours are vanilla, straciatella, bitter almond, hazelnut, fior di latte, cinnamon, yoghurt melon sorbet and lemon sorbet. Most of them are “Italian-style” and they can’t easyly be found in supermarkets so I’m glad I can make them at home! Oh and I love the Chunky monky by Ben and Jerry’s, gotta try to make a homemade version!
    But if I had to choose a favourite treat (at least at the moment), it would by the dessert my mom made me a few days ago as I was visiting my family : chopped melon, lemon sorbet, crushed meringue and whipped cream. It was delicious and I’d love to share it again with my family, now that I’m back home from my vacations!

  • Reply Joy August 3, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Thank you for writing what you did in this post. In a strange coincidence, I was questioning my lack of ability to be friends with the people around me, always wondering why everyone else seem to click easily and I only click with the rare person. But as true with you, when you click, you CLICK and it’s wonderful.

    My favorite summer frozen treat is chocolate chip ice cream. And I love to share it with my husband, who is my best friend and someone I am so happy I clicked with so many years ago.

  • Reply betty August 3, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    So pretty! And that e-book! I’ve been eyeing it for weeks. My favorite summer treat is ice cream, of course, and I’d share it with my husband and my dog. :) There’s this ice cream place in Boston (JP licks) that sells “cow paws” – basically a frozen treat for dogs. We always get one for her when we bring her, otherwise she’d just stare at our cones with puppy eyes until we feed her some. :)

  • Reply Maryanne August 3, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    My absolute favorite this summer had been banana ice cream made in my food processor. Just can’t get enough of it. I would share it with my adorable, wonderful husband. My birthday was last Wednesday July 29th so this would be an awesome birthday gift. (Hint, hint)

  • Reply Sarah August 4, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Jessie, what a lovely, genuine and (I feel) courageous post! Thank you. I think there are actually more people than you would think who can relate to your post. I think we (the introverts, the ‘outisders’ or the social ‘weirdos’) are actually pretty prevalent. We just learn to keep to ourselves after one too many awkward silences!! Some people require less of a friendship, and are simply happy to have people they can hang out with, but some people require more- perhaps a meeting of the minds and soul? I used to think that the blogosphere was composed of extroverts, those people who are so confident to shine and don’t question themselves, and who seem to have no problem ‘connecting’ with other people. But the more I come across beautiful blogs, such as your own, with honest and reflective posts, I realise that it is probably more made up of those beautiful souls who perhaps feel that they don’t often have a place in the ‘real world’. (I know I’ve often felt that way.) I don’t doubt that your blog will open you up to a world full of beautiful, like-minnded, embracing individuals.

    Your strawberry cheesecake ice-cream sundays look incredible, too, by the way. Come summer, they are definitely going to be on my to-make list!!

  • Reply natasha August 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I can totally relate with you on the “having friends that stuck” situation! And it wasn’t just in high-school, i think i’m probably having the worst time right now dealing with it, being in college and almost all my friends being gone to study some place else, it really sucks :'(…
    Even though it’s technically winter here (hello from south america!) it’s 33°C outside so i’m definitely giving this recipe a go now! My favorite summer dessert has always been chocolate-chip dulce de leche artisan ice cream from a local place that makes me pity anyone who doesn’t live here! And as pathetic as it may sound, i’d share it with my dad ‘casue he’s awesome and he has so many fond memories of his college days involving ice cream, hehe :D

  • Reply Heidi August 4, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    This is a very nice post. I would share a watermelon slush with my boyfriend

  • Reply Catherine August 4, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    This looks amazing. I love the story behind your post too. I would share this frozen treat with my dad because he would love it! My favorite frozen treat is frozen bananas blended with peanut butter and cinnamon!

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