Mint Brownie Ice Cream

I’m going through Spain withdrawal.

I miss the beautiful beaches of San Sebastian, the narrow, winding city streets of Sevilla, and the outrageous architecture of Barcelona.  And as surprising as it may seem, after my less than appetizing diet while studying abroad in Sevilla, I actually miss the Spanish food.  More specifically, the helado. (Ice cream, for you non-spanish speakers).  I’m pretty sure I had a cup of helado every day while I was there, sometimes substituting it as my lunch or dinner.  It was a fantastic meal plan. The epitome of clean eating.

But now back at home, I’ve tried to avoid the ice cream and get back to my usual healthy diet of green smoothies, omelettes, and colorful salads.  I’ve been doing pretty well, but over the last few days I have been yearning for a rich, creamy cup of helado.  At first I tried to suppress the cravings, but I knew it was only time before I caved and bought the tub of Ben and Jerry’s.  Then, Friday night, came a great realization.

I have an ice cream maker.

I’m not exactly sure how I let this ice cream maker sit idly in my house for the past 5 years, but it has been there – lonely and cold.  And maybe it’s for the best that I didn’t capitalize on its existence five years ago, because who knows what my current state of health would be.  Nonetheless, once I remembered its fine presence, I took complete advantage of the opportunity to make my own ice cream (a healthy version, of course).  And I know you probably won’t believe me, and you will think I’m really exaggerating its success, but this dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan ice cream was AMAZING. It actually tasted exactly like the real thing and was easily comparable to my helado in Spain.  So for you nonbelievers who adamantly insist that a “healthy” ice cream could never taste good, much less as good as “normal” ice cream, I challenge you to try out this recipe and taste for yourself.  I have a feeling you’ll be helping yourself to a second scoop.

Vegan Mint Brownie Ice Cream

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Instead of the 1/4 cup of cane sugar that the original recipe calls for, I used a small spoonful of coconut sugar. This less sugar-intense version was definitely sweet enough for me.  Even if you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can freeze the batter and eat it as ice cream, it just probably won’t have the same smooth ice cream texture.

I have a feeling that there will be many more ice cream posts coming in the near future.  But who can blame a girl? It’s summer. It’s hot. And the ice cream maker is calling my name.

 

 

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No-Bake, 10-Minute Chocolate Heaven

Finals week has unfortunately, and quite abruptly, arrived.  All of a sudden, your life consists of hot Starbucks, carefully crafted Pandora playlists, comfy leggings and sweatshirts, elaborate Google Doc study guides, never-before-opened textbooks and… an empty refrigerator.

You finished the last of your groceries a few days ago and vehemently refuse to brave the grocery store for a restock. You will being heading home in less than a week – why waste the time? You’ll just eat out for the next six days.

Except, a tiny problem presents itself. Your refrigerator isn’t the only thing that college sucked dry. A brief peek at your desolate bank account reminds you about that pre-finals, de-stress shopping spree you gladly took part in. And that pre-finals de-stress happy hour adventure…. Uh oh.

Now you’re peering into the dark abyss that is your pantry shelf, surveying the unfortunate meal options you have to choose from. A slimy, black banana that you obviously forgot to eat, some mini boxes of raisins, a bag of mixed nuts, and… vanilla powder? ‘Why did I even buy vanilla powder?’

You get a little more stressed, quickly yearning for a decadent dessert to ease the tension.

Well, my friend. YOU are in luck. In just ten minutes, you can indulge in this nutritious, yet exceptionally delicious dessert that miraculously only requires your pitiful pantry leftovers… (plus a few extra add-ins). It’s vegan, raw, gluten-free, and finals-ready.

Chocolate Caramel Delight

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I would choose to eat this treat over a traditional piece of chocolate cake any and every day. I made it twice within a single week and plan to continue this trend over winter break. It’s roommate-approved and family-approved, meaning it tastes like the real thing.

So go ahead and whip this up as a post-finals reward or a pre-final energizer. It’s easy!