Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Banana Ice Cream (+ VIDEO!)

August 22, 2018

If there’s something you must know about me, it’s that I love the texture of frozen bananas. Something about a frozen banana takes it from a sad, mushy mess to next level goodness. Since my constitution runs cold, I’m not supposed to eat a lot of cold food, but I treat myself when it’s hot outside, which means I eat frozen banana ice cream a minimum of once a day during the summertime. When frozen bananas are cut up into chunks, they have a doughy texture I love using in frozen banana ice cream to mimic cookie dough chunks. I’m actually surprised that to my knowledge, no one has written about this, but I’m here to tell you my favorite frozen banana ice cream hack AND I filmed an IGTV episode to go along with it! CLICK HERE to watch the IGTV video.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH FROZEN BANANA ICE CREAM
(serves 2)

INGREDIENTS:
Frozen bananas
Raw cacao powder
Raw cacao nibs
Ghee (omit if v/veg)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Cut up your bananas into 1/2” width size coins and put them in the freezer for a few hours or overnight. I like to use these reusable silicone bags called Stasher bags.
2. Put about 4 medium size frozen bananas into a high speed blender (preferably one that has a tamper to make blending easier).
3. Put 1 Tbsp of raw cacao powder in with your bananas. Don’t put in too much chocolate as you want this to be a lighter choc flavor rather than heavier.
4. Add 1 Tbsp of ghee (omit if v/veg).
5. Add just enough water to blend it all together and still maintain a thick consistency. (I’m doing about 1/8 cup.)
6. Blend ‘er all up! Work from low speed to high speed and use your tamper to fully incorporate the ingredients. (You’ll know your mixture is ready when it forms 4 small mounds.)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Banana Ice Cream

7. Add about 2 Tbsp of raw cacao nibs to your mixture. These will be your choc chips.
8. Set aside your ice cream. Take a few of your frozen banana coins and cut them through the center each way into quarters. These will be your cookie dough bites.
9. Lightly sprinkle raw cacao powder over your cookie dough bites to give them an extra chocolatey layer. Put your cookie dough bites into your mixture.
10. Using a spoon, mix it all up. OPTIONAL: Add more raw cacao for extra chocolatey goodness.
11. Pour your ice cream into your bowls.
12. Bon appétit!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Banana Ice Cream

Watch me make this recipe on IGTV here!

Sunflower Girls

August 15, 2018

Sunflower Girls

You may remember me going to the Dixon sunflower field last summer at 5:30 in the morning. This past year, I did a fashion photo shoot there, this time at sunset. You may recognize one of the models, Serena, from the Smile Balm video I shot last year. Ever since my eyes feasted themselves on the ethereal dreamworld of Pull & Bear’s Spring 2011 campaign, I’d wanted to create a flower look with pressed flowers on the models’ faces. It was over 100 degrees that day and the field was open with no shade. We were afraid of rushing to catch golden hour, but got to the location way too early and had to wait hours for the sun to set. Serena and Robin are two of the funniest people I know and provided relentless entertainment. Once the sun got low, the golden hour went by in 30 speedy minutes. It was the shortest golden hour I’ve ever experienced! We ran back and forth to the car for outfit changes. Photo shoots always give me so much energy and anxiety, but I’m happy with the way they came out!

Sunflower Girls

Sunflower Girls

Sunflower Girls

Sunflower Girls

Sunflower Girls

Photography: Me
Makeup: Arielle Abelon
Clothing: Only Child and Waltz
Models: Robin and Serena

Off to work

August 8, 2018

Off to work

I swear, I get addicted to chambray every summer. This is definitely one of my more corporate looks, but I think the necklace and earrings give it playfulness that still feels me.

Off to work

The earrings and necklace are from Hey Moon Designs, which is a small jewelry line that focuses on minimal design with natural tones and geometrical shapes. Each clay piece is hand-marbled, formed, and assembled by Scarlet, the owner.

It’s been a little bit since I’ve checked in here on the blog. I had in mind to post these pictures two weeks ago, but my family and I are selling our house (!!!). Before y’alls get too excited, we’re just moving locally — nothing too crazy. But nonetheless, a change. I wrote more about the move here.

Off to work

There are a lot of things I want to do with this blog and my personal brand in the latter part of this year and 2019 — and believe you me, there will be some changes here! I finish up my BFA in Graphic Design at SCAD this coming year and am eager to have more headspace to focus on my personal endeavors. Hope your summer is going amazing and you’re killing it. Tell me what you’ve been up to this summer in the comments below!

Off to work

Off to work

Top and trousers: Crossroads
Medium Transport Tote in English Saddle: Madewell
Emma Go Adrienne Lucite Peep Toe Heels: Anthropologie (sadly sold out)
Earrings and Elara necklace: c/o Hey Moon Designs

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