Homemade Nice Cream

There’s nothing better than a dish of ice cream on a hot summer day. Since embracing plant based eating, I’m constantly on the prowl for ways to transform unhealthy comfort foods into something plant based.

Turns out, chocolate ice cream is the simplest thing to figure out.

I looked at several recipes but it seemed like one would be too dry, another would taste more like bananas than chocolate – so I doctored up one into something that suited my tastes.

Homemade Chocolate Nice Cream

2 cups of frozen sliced bananas

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. If this seems too dry for your blender, just add a little more almond milk to get things going.

Once it’s well blended, pour your mixture into a parchment paper lined container to store in the freezer. It’s that easy. At this point you may wish to add some chunks of vegan chocolate or nuts.

A couple of things to note. You can freeze this to enjoy later or can enjoy as soft serve right now! Add a little more almond milk for milkshakes!!

Also, I allowed mine to freeze overnight and it was hard to scoop. Next time, I will freeze in single serve containers. That way I can set it out to soften just a bit before eating.

Wishing For Candy From Fout’s Store

Fout's Store

Rural areas across the country are dotted with tiny towns that exist only in name if not in reality. In fact, most of them don’t even make the map anymore including a little place called Stella which isn’t far from my home. All that’s left today is a church and an old general store that was shuttered when I was young.

It opened in 1887 and changed hands some over the years. When I was small, it was owned by Shag and Helen Fout, an elderly couple who had run the place since the late sixties.

I don’t remember much about the interior anymore and would absolutely love to see inside again. There were creaky wood floors and a big pot bellied stove. That, I remember. I also remember the smell, a scent that I can’t begin to describe here but that represents the passage of time in my mind.

I also remember going there at Christmas to buy bulk Christmas candy. They had big bins and you left with candy scooped into paper bags. It was tradition to go there for candy every year and I looked forward to it.

It’s funny because this place rarely bubbles to the top of my mind but I always revisit those memories as the holidays near. A part of me wishes to go back for a little bag of chocolate covered peanuts or little milk chocolate stars.