Roasted Banana Ice Cream from ”N’Ice Cream” + Crazy for Connection

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Roasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.comRoasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.com

Is Connection our Holy Grail?

You know how the dad in ’My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ is always tracing words back to their (seemingly) greek root? This week I’ve been totally like him although I’m not tracing things back to their greek roots (nor am I putting Windex on anything). I am tracing everything back to our urge for connectedness. I have a hunch that our longing to feel connected is at the steering wheel behind what we say, what we think and what we do. Basically, how we react or respond to this world in our everyday lives.

Think about it. The overwhelming joy when we meet a new person and really hit it off. Connection. When we have those moments of real, true bonding with a lover or friend. Connection. How we search for common traits in other people (style/favorite reads/travel spots/politics/parenthood etc) we’re looking for, that’s right – connection. You know how when something feels a bit off in a relationship, we tune in, read the other person and try to find common ground because we yearn to feel that gorgeous connectedness again? All seasons of Sex and The City, anyone?! A fun reflection of the importance of connection between both friends and lovers. The joy when someone you admire responds to your comment on social media?! We can even take fashion as an example of an urge for collective connection. Or why Apple is so successful! Sports are one of those examples too. 

(As you can see, I’m totally that greek dad).

When we feel connected to each other we are lifting one another and ourselves to new heights, and ..we all love that high.

I’d say that the core of our yearning for connectedness is our (often unconcious) longing for a pure state of Love. Of bliss. Of divine inspiration. The remembrance that we are One. Connection is what breaks old barriers. It’s what brings us to our next level and what takes us to a higher frequency.

I could end here but mark my surprise when this happened..

Fabian had the boys for the evening and I drove off to ’Ales Stenar’ (an ancient formation of stones on a hilltop by the ocean) to watch the sunset. As I walked around for a bit before settling down by one of the huge stones, I thought, ’So why do I feel least alone when I am by myself?’. I had been riffing on connectedness in my thoughts and journal for a few days. Had I been all wrong? I even got a little judge-y. ”How can I even think that?! Dancing and laughing in the sunlit kitchen with my whole family, now that’s connection. Right?!” Then it dawned on me. When I am ’just me’ and in nature, I connect to this planet, to this universe, to Love all on my own. In an instant I’m on that high we usually experience with other like-minded people. Just like that I am tuned in, tapped in, turned on and it is so powerful. 

Wherever we go we are searching for connectedness, we are looking for our tribe and I love that but when we go out in nature – open to fully see – we are HOME and THAT blows my mind every time.  

Hey! Please let us know when you feel the most connected in the comments below! Are you resonating with these reflections? It would be so awesome to get a little peek into your gorgeous thoughts!

You reading this must also mean that something here makes you feel connected in some way. May it be to inspiration, to the prospect of a good meal (or in this case, ice cream) or to this beautiful Greenylicious tribe. Whatever it is and whatever your path. I adore you. 

Roasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.comRoasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.com

Roasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.comRoasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.com

Fun & Fabulous Facts

– This rockin’ book!

Fellow Scandi bloggers, Virpi and Tuulia sent over their gorgeous kind ice cream baby ”N’Ice Cream” as a gift some months ago and I gotta say, it’s been one delish summer.. To share here, I decided on one of the more fall-y recipes as the seasons are beginning to shift. On the day of the photoshoot, while the cinnamon covered bananas where roasting in the oven, a thunderstorm came over us, and you guys it was total cosy perfection.

When the book arrived I kept it by our dinner table for the first few days to have it within reach as much as possible. There is just something about ice cream.. (not to mention the dangerously mouth-watering pictures). If you’re like, ’well, it’s just ice cream, I don’t need and entire book about it’ I say, Get ”N’Ice Cream” because it’s super innovative yet with easy-to-make recipes and full of fresh spark. Though I’ve yet to try all of my bookmarked recipes I’ve already got a few new tricks under my belt thanks to these talented ladies. Like pouring ice cream mixture into ice cube molds which I can then pop into the blender when ever I feel like a treat. Instant ice cream that doesn’t rely on only frozen bananas? Genius! Below a little recipe preview into the tasty gorgeousness of the book. A food-related road to that Holy Grail Mama Earth-connection ;)

Roasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.com

Roasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.comRoasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.com

Roasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.com

Roasted Banana Cacao Nib Ice Cream & Oat Thins from N’Ice Cream

It’s the fist time I’ve roasted bananas to use in an actual recipe and it’s the beginning of a beautiful relationship. My slightly adapted version of Virpi and Tuulia’s recipe uses a little less milk, an added Tonka bean (the ice cream is also super delicious without it so don’t fret if you can’t get a hold of one) and oat thins, date syrup and coconut chips to serve, because.. Toppings!

Serves 6

Ice cream
5 very ripe bananas
2 teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon
½ cup full-fat coconut milk
½ cups unsweetened plant based milk
1/4 tsp pure ground vanilla / 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tonka bean (so delicious but can be optional)
½ cup raw cacao nibs or crushed raw chocolate

To serve (optional)
drizzle of date syrup/maple syrup/honey
coconut chips
cacao nibs
oat thins, recipe below
sliced bananas

Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Slice the bananas into 1-inch/2–3-cm pieces and spread them on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the bananas with the cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes until the bananas are brown and soft. Remove from the oven and let cool completely, 40 minutes.

Combine the bananas, coconut milk, plant based milk of choice, and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste, and add more cinnamon or a splash of sweetener, if desired. Add the cacao nibs and stir with a spoon.

With an ice cream maker:
Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and prepare according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately or transfer to a freezer-safe container, cover, and freeze until ready to serve. Let the ice cream thaw for 10 to 15 minutes. Scoop ice cream into bowls and serve with suggested toppings.

Without an ice cream maker:
Pour the ice cream mixture into a freezer-safe bowl and freeze for about 4 hours, mixing well every 30 minutes. Scoop ice cream into bowls and serve with suggested toppings.

Oat Thins
3/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup oat flour
1/4 extra virgin coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp maple syrup, or other sweetener
1/4 cup oat milk or other plant-based milk
pinch sea salt

Preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Mix all cookie ingredients in a big bowl. The dough should be quite sticky. Drop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, creating 12 cookies in total. Flatten with the backside of a spoon until they are as thin as possible. Bake for 10-15 min or until golden. Keep a close eye towards the end not to burn them. Remove from baking sheet and let cool.

Roasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.com

Roasted Banana Ice Cream from "N'Ice Cream" + Crazy for Connection @ www.Earthsprout.com

Cheers to bowls full of fingerlickin’ delicious and healthy ice cream. And to connection, the home of Love. 

So let’s connect! Let your rambles flow below, I’ll be here (and on Instagram!) 

#Mamaearthrocks ;)

Ps. Is anyone headed to Vegomässan in Stockholm on Saturday? I’ll be on stage at 4.30 pm cooking up a storm with Karoline – Come by and say hi!

 

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12 Comments

  1. valentina | sweet kabocha
    1 september, 2016

    Wonderful recipe! Their book is really intriguing <3
    Btw, I loved your thoughts about connection. I'm a lonely kind of person – I feel much better alone than with people, only my boyfriend makes me feel even better than alone, I think that's the secret of our relationship :P
    I especially feel "connected" when I create something : a wonderful cake, a beautiful shot….

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  2. Inês
    1 september, 2016

    Beautifully written Elenore. And such an interesting insight, specially for today: new moon in Virgo and sun eclipse. There are no coincidences, right?!
    There is truly, if we have already found a way to connect to our inner voice, a quest for connection, that’s for sur. That’s what makes us smile with a kind comment on instagram, that’s what makes us write comments when someone we never met writes something that makes sence and echoes your own thoughts. That’s what makes us start a conversation with someone, there’s just a little voice that wants to build a bridge.
    The same goes to mother nature, I always need to insure that connection is healthy and strong, being from Portugal that for me means most of all to be close to the ocean (in the ocean during summer ;) ) or going to a special mountain called sintra and listen to the wind and loose myself in the light finding its way through the trees. I do feel I loose myself without that bound.
    So thank you for the bridge of love you build every time you write your posts that are so much more than recipes. That being said, the recipe sounds AMAZING and your photos are genius!
    Sending love right back at you!

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  3. hannah-phoebe
    1 september, 2016

    Oh Elenore your words are so beautiful and so wise and so true. If I’m honest, I have yet to feel that connection – which is why I search for it so desperately in the 3D realm when actually it really exists in a sorta 4D metaphysical place. it sneaks in when we’re *not* searching, i believe. in fact it might even be that it comes once I have let my *need* go, once i can know that i am ok and i am fine with or without a sense of connection that suddenly i realise i *am* connected to everyone and everything at the most basic level. I know that to be true but can i really *feel* it?
    food for thought… and food for bellies – I have has that book for a month or two now and still not made anything *megablush*

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  4. Jo
    2 september, 2016

    Oh my gosh, I love ‘nicecream’ but finding ways to mix it up a bit is something I really need to try! Roasting the nanas is such an awesome idea (I’m in love with roasted plantains at the mo too, have you tried?!) I’m defiantly going to try this one. I have to admit I had to look up Tonka beans.. I’d never heard of them before now! They sound intriguing! As for connectedness, I completely get you on the being at one with mama nature part. I am an introvert and love my own company but am so amazed by the buzz we get when we meet someone who we spark with. Yet in nature when we tune in we can feel so connected to the whole universe. The source. It’s hard to tap in with the noise of everyday living with wildlings running around and constant distractions but being still in the wideness of nature brings me right back to that connected feeling. Thank you for your reflection!
    I’m always so grateful for our connection we’ve made through social media and the passions we share! I feel you darling. Isn’t the internet wonderful?! xx

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    3 september, 2016

    […] deep thoughts about connection and a delicious ice-cream, from Virpi‘s and Tuulia‘s book, N’ice […]

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  6. Sophie
    4 september, 2016

    This is one of the few recipes from that book that I have yet to try, but your stunning version is totally got me revved up! I totally feel you connection vibes. There is nothing like being alone with mama nature, in the woods, or the forrest. It’s like coming home to the warmest arms imaginable. I totally had one of those blissful connection moments last night when the light hit the trees just right, and the late summer sun warmed my skin, as a flock of birds took off overhead. It’s awe inspiring and unimaginable how full and overwhelmed with beauty you can become in such a single moment. xox

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  7. Tuulia
    5 september, 2016

    What a beautiful post, Elenore! You’re a truly special and inspiring woman! <3 and thank you so much for sharing the n'ice cream love, your creation looks absolutely di-vi-ne! xo from Finland!

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  8. Lisette
    6 september, 2016

    Goosebumbs dear Elenore! You nailed it with words. I feel your words and know their meaning, only that already gives me a deep feeling or connectedness right now, so thank you. I love the light you shine on this inner experience and believe you are totally right here. I just had a great AHA moment because of your post. In nature there is already, and so easy to tap into, such a gorgeous, pure and ever flowing connectedness that brings us directly to our core, our deepest feeling of love. Eating a gorgeous vegan icecream like this one however is just a wonderful way of feeling a tiny, all for myself, blissful moment, which I cherish more and more. Thank you for sharing!! <3

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  9. Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow
    6 september, 2016

    The ice cream looks so gorgeous, I have bananas ready needing eating, great inspiration!! I love so many kinds of connection. Hearing true words that you understand, reaching out, someone reaching back and caring, sharing a smile and eye contact. Most connected and alive for me is in wild nature, near water, and when I feel most strongly I am connected to my spirituality and on the right path. I feel what you say about feeling most connected alone. Other people crowd the mind, especially if you are a people-pleaser and want to give and give. The inner narrative flows only when alone I find, and there is adventure, creativity, truth and self-knowledge xx

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  10. Marilyn duBois
    6 september, 2016

    THank you, Eleonore, for the magnificent woman you are, your writing,your food, your photos!!! I needed this spirit hook up this morning! Was feeling down about being alone until I read your thoughts on connection when alone in nature. Brought tears to my eyes! Love how I’m so taken care of – brought right where I receive a gift, just when I need it most! I’m connected to Europe, specifically Scandinavia where I fell in love with a Danish guy while visiting Copenhagen. He took me into an incredible forest, we took a horse drawn carriage to Baden & we danced – totally out of a story book. I’m connected to food – my Dad was in the restaurant business & I lived in France in my early 20’s. I’m connected to the vitality of life, which is what you express way better than anyone I know – So, I’m connected to you! I send my love!

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  11. Joanne
    6 september, 2016

    Beautiful words (and images!) that definitely connected with me! Thank you for your wonderful self. xx

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  12. Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    20 september, 2016

    Can you believe I have never roasted bananas!? This ice cream sounds DIVINE, and I am head over heels for this book too – I just adore those two ladies. I love your words on connectedness here as well lady, you hit the nail on the head. I feel most myself when immersed in nature. Alone. Yet I feel the most connected when I am getting to share things with people I love (and who love me). Something about the sharing and excitement and love, whether it be going on a boat ride, hiking a mountain, or sharing a cookie. I hope you have a joyous week ahead Elenore, hugs on hugs on hugs!

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