Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 Ice Cream Galore [Summer Special]

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Hello lovely,
do you remember my 2014 Ice Cream Galore? Then you know what time it is!

The agenda is the same as last year: over the course of July i presented to you a total of 21 raw vegan Ice Creams. Yep, that's right. 21 raw, vegan, dairy-free ice creams made of plants (or rather: fruits) only! Different ones than last year, obviously. Because i actually do eat nicecream for breakfast pretty much every day, and try to change up the flavour as often as possible. The possibilities are endless!

So there was a blog post every single day for the month of July, until you get sick of it - which let's hope you won't. I joked about changing my blog name to The Ice Cream Girl last year, but right now i'm thinking, maybe The Nice (Cream) Girl would be even better, haha! (still joking though)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"After Eight" Mint Chocolate Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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The most amazing ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 10 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, mint, cacao
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

I'm not sure if the pictures do this knock-your-socks-off ice cream any justice. Because this might just be my Number One favourite!! Hands down, this is the best-est ice cream creation i have come up with so far. It's seriously soo good, i can't even put into words, you just gotta make it yourself! 

You should probably be fond of chocolate and mint though, cause this is basically "After Eight" in ice cream form. Nomnomnom! I love love love the mixture of the fresh mint and the sweet chocolate... and the texture of the brownie bites of course which are just to die for! 

I don't know what else to say except for: make this. eat it. cherish it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Music Festival Must Haves

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Hey friends,

i went to the Reggae Jam Festival for 5 days last weekend, and even though i am definitely not a regular festival visitor, i have some advice to share for those of you who are planning to go to a festival or just camping in general. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"Mojito" Mint Lime Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick 4-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 10 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, mint, lime
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

Monday, July 27, 2015

Raspberry Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick 2-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, raspberry
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

After experimenting with banana-free Raspberry Sherbet and whipping up both Raspberry + Matcha Mint Ice Cream, Raspberry + Chocolate Ice Cream AND a Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream over a year ago, it is time to make some proper clean Raspberry Ice Cream! Don't you think? So there it is. Hot pink, healthy and gorgeous.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Little Garden Grows

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Hi to all of you little earthlings :)

Following My Little Garden (Earth Day) project in April, i want to show you the progress that our balcony has made since then! For those of you who are new to my blog, this planting project is part of my Day Zero Project, task 8 being to "Plant a windowsill herb garden", task 13 being to "Plant tomatoes and or other fruit and vegetables" and task 75 being to "Plant a tree on Earth Day". So far, task 8 and task 75 have been successfully accomplished, but task 13 (planting tomatoes and or other fruit and vegetables) have not really come to flower yet, so to say :)

But that changes now! On our tiny but sunny balcony and on my windowsills, we have planted thyme, lettuce, chives and parsley (not pictured), lavender and two tomato plants! And they're growing like crazy. See for yourself!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Honeydew Green Tea Vanilla Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, melon, vanilla
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

Honestly, i didn't think the Honeydew Melon Ice Cream from a few weeks ago could be any better than it already was. But i was wrong. 

By accident - because i had nothing else at hand, and because i had accidentally ripped open the bag - i ended up adding the content of one Green Tea Vanilla bag to the ice cream, and it was so so good! The sweetness of the melon, and the vanilla flavour of the green tea bag work together perfectly! 

And the little spots from the tea leaves actually look like vanilla bean specks, don't they? :) 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Cream Chocolate Mint Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, cacao, mint
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

I eat nana ice cream pretty much all day erry day! Mmm mm so good! And this here is one of my current go-to nicecreams. It is creamy and chocolaty but also sort of "fresh" and "fluffy" due to the added soy yoghurt and the mint, and it's not too sweet.

The consistency is gorgeously fluffy and creamy, and the combination of mint and chocolate has always been my favourite :) It doesn't really taste like "after eight" yet, but close. In any case, it's delicious and will make your morning better. Try it!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick 3-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, cherries, chocolate/cacao nibs
difficulty level: easy, fool-proof
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

Would you just look at this gorgeous nicecream tower?

I've been wanting to make this ice cream for ages now: Cherry + Chocolate! How perfect can sweetness be? It's basically a mixture of my Sweet Cherry Ice Cream and one of my personal favourites, Stracciatella Ice Cream. And the best part is, all you need for this crazylicious dessert (or in my case: breakfast) is bananas, cherries and dark chocolate or cacao nibs

I love love love the hidden crunch of the chocolate bits/cacao nibs in this! :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DIY Floral Headband

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Dear digital diary,
I've been talking about this for a while now, and today is the day that I finally present you with the finished product. A Floral Headband! Yaay! This will be absolutely perfect for the Reggae Jam Festival that I'm going to this week. I've looked at several floral hairbands in stores but also at online DIYs, and I couldn't find a single one that really met with my approval because they were all too big, too small, wrong colour, weird shape or just too expensive or too complicated to make. 

So I took matters in my own hand and sat down to create my very own floral headband. It took me around 30 minutes, and you only need 3 tools:

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Chocolate Orange Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, chocolate, orange
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

I'm having PMS right now (yep), so i'm moody and aching and want to curl up into a ball of sorrow and self-pity. Instead i'm treating myself to - guess what - some nicecream! This time it's dark chocolate (to satisfy my PMS cravings) with orange juice, orange zest and loads of cacao nibs.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Watermelon Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick 2-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: watermelon, banana
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

Nothing screams "summer" louder than hot pink, ice cold, crisp, dripping, refreshing watermelon... right? 

The only thing screaming even louder is a pink, ice cold, crisp, dripping, refreshing WATERMELON ICE CREAM! 

I am not one to complain about warmth and sunshine and any excuse to sit by the pool… but sometimes you just need to cool down.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Vanilla Lavender Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, lavender, vanilla
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

LAVENDER ICE CREAM! 

The coolest creation after my Poppy ice cream, i'd say! 

This recipe was completely made from scratch, inspired by the blooming lavender on our balcony. The taste of these tiny blossoms is surprisingly strong, and the vanilla adds the perfect sweet hint. If you are not sure about the intensity of the "blossom" flavour, just change the ratio of lavender and vanilla a little. 

For a bit more colour, you could add a handful of blueberries or raspberries.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Almond Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick 2-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, almond
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food

Today is my last day of uni for this semester. Which is a reason to celebrate and eat nicecream, don't you think? Okay, anything and everything is a reason for me to eat nicecream. 

I've made Peanut ice cream, i've made Hazelnut ice cream, i've even made Walnut ice cream... why have i not tried Almond ice cream yet?! Guess what? It's nutty and creamy and absolutely delicious. I also added some apple and cinnamon to make it a bit more christmas-y but that's obviously not mandatory. 

I would think that Cashew ice cream would make a pretty amazing ice cream too...

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fresh Lemon Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick 2-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, lemon
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

I know, there is a recipe for Lemon Ice Cream on my blog already, but i re-created my recipe, and this time it was even better than before, so i wanted to feature it again on my blog! And you can never have enough of ice cream, now can you?

Sometimes, lemon ice cream from the shop can taste a bit "chemical" and artificial, but since we are using real lemons for this, it does not taste artificial at all. Also, i'm a bit proud to be using a hand-picked lemon (from the Canaries) for this, which looks sort of like a yellow flower when cut open, so i had to feature this recipe, you know? :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Strawberry Ice Cream Dream (raw, vegan)

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Quick 2-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, strawberry
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

There's no such thing as too much nicecream. 

Wow, i had this entire bowl of strawberry goodness for breakfast all for myself, and it was delicious to the very last spoonful! I love love love strawberries, and strawberry ice cream with fresh strawberries and cacao nibs on top is killer! If you want some food porn going on in your mouth, here you go.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Poppy Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, poppy, vanilla
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

Before we get to this super cool ice cream recipe (poppy! the word alone is so cool already, haha!), i want to send a tiny bit of personal stuff ahead. Last Saturday my boyfriend, his mom, my parents and I went out to eat at an African restaurant (one of those that imitate a Bedouin tent with "desert sand" on the floor and seat cushions) where we stuffed our faces with loads of yummy curry variations - you eat with bare hands, so fun! 

Anyway, afterwards we could barely move, but on the way back we came by an ice cream parlour that had loads of vegan ice creams, so we just had to get some! My boyfriend and i shared a scoop of vegan Campari ice cream, and a scoop of vegan Soy Vanilla Poppy ice cream (pictured below). Especially the poppy one was so good! 

And that's how i got the idea for this recipe. All made up from scratch.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Somewhere at the Sea pt. II + Somewhere in the Snow

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So... i dug around in my photo archives and came across these pictures that were taken in late December 2014 and early April 2015, when i made short weekend trips to the North Sea (December), and the Harz Mountains (April) where my boyfriend and I went hiking. And were surprised by snow.

So these pictures are not exactly up to date - it's the middle of summer and i'm posting winter photos -, but the landscape shots are just too beautiful not to share! 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Orange Julius Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, orange
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

The common Orange Julius is a mixture of ice, orange juice, sweetener, milk, powdered egg whites and vanilla flavouring. My healthy-fied version of that is a mixture of ice cream, orange juice, soy milk and pure vanilla.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Grape Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick 2-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, grape
difficulty level: easy, fool-proof
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

Have you ever eaten grape ice cream?! 

Me neither, so i gave it a go, and i'm in love with it! For the shared breakfast with my boyfriend i whipped up a bowl of mint & grape ice cream, which we shared and both came to the conclusion that we should make purple grape ice cream more often, haha! It's seriously so good. 

And the mint flavour somehow matches the flavour of the gapes... perfect summer food to share with your love! (or eat by yourself, of course)

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Matcha Lemon Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick superfood ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, matcha, lemon
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

This was originally created on occasion of St. Patrick's Day this year. And served in a Guinness glass! Could it be any more Irish? ;) It is perfectly fine for any other normal day as well though. 


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

No Bake Chili Chocolate Brownies (raw vegan & gluten-free)

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Oh yeah, another brownie recipe! Vegan, gluten-free and no baking! 

After making my Walnut Brownies for Mother's Day, I decided to try something more spicy. This recipe contains black beans and chili - but don't worry, (a) black beans are super delicious and you won't taste them in the brownies, and (b) I am very sensitive to chili and any hot spices, and it was absolutely fine for me! Also, chili and chocolate go together very well. Especially to get your inner fire going ;) You won't be surprised to hear that I made these for my boyfriend and I's anniversary (which is today by the way, always the 8th).

Until a few days ago, my boyfriend spent three weeks in Tanzania and Zanzibar with his best friend, while I went to uni and was a good girl (sigh). Luckily he returned safely, and once he has tasted these brownies (tonight), I will let you know how he liked them :) EDIT: He loved them!

Now, these brownies. The best part (aside from eating them) is telling people they're healthy and made from whole foods! To say it in Emily's wise words: It's a magical world, my friends. 

You can make these in less than 30 minutes, and they'll be gone even faster. 

Monday, July 06, 2015

Mint Vanilla Green Tea Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick 3-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, mint, green tea
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, and delicious "even so"

Yes, i do put tea leaves into my ice cream. 

I know it sounds weird, but the vanilla flavour of this green tea is really really good. (It's Green Tea Vanilla) To enhance the flavour, add a bit of vanilla extract or simply agave syrup! And it goes really well with the mint for some reason.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Maisy ❤ June 2015

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I've read a fair number of books lately (yes, i'm actually quite proud of that fact considering that i have hundreds of pages to read for my masters program), and i will briefly name and comment on them in a second, but instead of a book review i come to you with a news article today which i read last month and that really impressed / moved me.

Read:


Saturday, July 04, 2015

Mango Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick 2-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, mango
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, and delicious "even so"

May i present to you this tropical mango ice cream bowl. So this is breakfast. In bed. Wrapped in a blanket because i'm always freezing whenever i eat ice cream, haha!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Honeydew Melon Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

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Quick 2-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, honeydew melon
difficulty level: easy, fool-proof
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, and delicious "even so"

Summer is coming, and so is my craving for sweet cooling nana icecream. Guess what i turned the rest of my Honeydew Melon from yesterday's breakfast into...