14 Jun 2014

BANANA STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM CAKE


Hello, all. How's everyone doing? This is a glorious recipe that is sure to brighten up anyone's day - who doesn't love ice cream cake? And what? It's HEALTHY, you say? Well, I'll be! It's a miracle! Actually it's not really a miracle, it's just momma nature treatin' us well and providing all the sustenance we need in the form of juicy fruits. Life is good when you've got ripe plants to eat. I am very happy with these photos, if I am being honest (and I am.) Then again, it's not hard to take beautiful photos when you have beautiful subjects to take photos of. The vibrant colours of nature are the thing to be admired here. I found these flowers at the farmer's market this morning, where a vendor was selling bunches of edible plants: 3 for $5.00! She recommended dipping the sage leaves in coconut oil then baking them with a pinch of salt until crispy... she is a genius.

Today I share with you a simple yet beautiful recipe for a sweet, creamy, fresh ice cream cake. It is made of 100% fresh fruit, and nothing else. Because when you care about the world, animals, and yourself - why eat anything but plants? Enjoying a plant-based diet is the best choice you can make to have the most positive impact on the health of our planet, our animal friends, and your own well-being. It is the intelligent decision, and the compassionate one. If you are a lover, you should let go of meat, dairy, and other animal products; it is that simple. I hope I don't sound preachy or judgemental in this post, I only want to spread a message of peace and equality. I have just been sobbing for an hour over the state of humanity. We support the systemized murder and torture of billions everyday, just to say "mmm... bacon!" It is literally insane and it must stop. I know the majority of people are not aware of the impact of their simple meal choices, and that is because there are huge corporations and massive amounts of money and power intentionally masking the truth and parading lies to the public. I do not blame the public. But I do think it's fair to demand an end to the killing. A sane person understands murder is wrong, so why eat meat? An animal is an animal - we are all animals. There is no categorical difference between us and all other living beings, so why kill one and love another? It doesn't make sense. I love my friends, so I do not eat them. Instead, I eat fruit. Let's eat cake, hug pigs, save the earth, regain our health, and love each other.


BANANA STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM CAKE

Ice cream layers:
4 frozen bananas
1 cup strawberries

Banana layers:
3 thinly sliced bananas

Slice the frozen bananas, then blend in a high speed blender until they get to the consistency of soft serve ice cream; it will take a minute but suddenly you'll have that perfect thick, creamy, fluffy texture. Add the strawberries one by one, until the mixture is pink but still thick. 

Now in a 4-inch cake mold, or other small mold, layer the sliced banana pieces with the ice cream mixture. Set in the freezer just long enough to make it hold together. Then cut around the edge of cake with a knife so it separates from the mold, then carefully take it out and enjoy! I decorated mine with edible flowers and sage leaves. 

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26 comments:

Mikaela Foxworthy said...

This looks wonderful. I'm inspired.

June said...

This looks delicious! Love the flower garnishes, they are perfect. :)

kev├Ąt said...

I think after this post it is finally time to tell that you and your blog were my number one inspiration to go vegan. :)

urban vegan said...

Gorgeous! I just bought your cookbook [which I'll review as soon as I make a few recipes] and finally discovered your blog. Where have I been all this time? Keep it up, chica.

Anonymous said...

Uhhmm... I have to say that I am not convinced by this recipe. There is no image of the cake sliced and I really fear that it is actually not possible to cut it into even remotely near slices... which makes the neatness of it in its entire form a bit pointless for me.

So it is frozen solid (and this is first thing I do not like about this type of cakes). To cut it, it needs to thaw at least a bit. Then, putting the knife through it, everything will get squashed... is this really a practical recipe?

80-10-10 is great, but I have to say that texture wise it may affect cakes negatively... or so it seems the case here.

Anonymous said...

Actually, frozen bananas cut very easily - even through thick sections. I know this because I just cut up a quart of bananas that I had accidently frozen into a giant block. No problem.

Alana said...

WOAH GIRL. today is my birthday and I was going to start getting ingredients to make a cake later this week, recipe from your book ofc, but this is looking like the easiest and most beautiful summery thing ever!! Time to re-evaluate my cake choices... or just make both. ;)

Mckenna Lemons said...

hello! I have to say I completely understand your pain. I lay in bed sometimes with tears in my eyes because of the state of affairs for our animal friends. I literally lose sleep! and I know people who "love" animals..but don't bat an eye at the reality of serving meat at every meal. it makes me literally ill. so it's hard to not become the "angry vegan" who preaches and tries to get people to actually think..that seems to make people hate me. haha. if only things were logical!

Matilda Woodhouse said...

Emily your cake is a real beauty! I must make that! I love your photos- they are stunning. Fruits and flowers are Mother Earth's gifts for sure x

One love said...

Your recipe looks delicious...im just taking it easy today so I can try and get my energy up and health...Love you always Hippy Mom

latest health news said...

Delicious and healthy too.

Dee Lapin said...

Yum! I can't wait to make this sweet ice cream cake.

AJ said...

Amazing. So agree with you thinking, but do you ever worry you're not getting enough protein? And what are you main protein sources? xx

innerspacegirl said...

Thank you for the gorgeous food and heartfelt lament.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and I think your photographs are gorgeous. However, I strongly recommend you read the book "The Vegetarian Myth" by Lierre Keith. Basically she says 1) our bodies are built to eat meat, 2) eating meat is ideal for sustainability, 3) animals eat each other, it's just the cycle of life (and we are overpopulated anyway), 4) plants are life just as much as animals are and why have a bias towards life with faces? When we eat fruit, we are basically stealing plant's chances for spreading their seeds and regeneration. I know your mind is probably made up, and right on for being vegan because it makes you feel good. Just maybe it will open your eyes to seeing that eating meat isn't necessarily "murder"

Anonymous said...

At the last commenter... errr... I think you should choose better the forum where to make your statements.. or are you just trying to attract attention as you enjoy people getting furious??? As for your own version of 'the truth', I strongly recommend you read scientific papers (LOTS of them, and textbooks as well) not just one book you found on the shelves which conveniently 'makes you feel less bad' about your murderous ways (let's admit, this is what it is about...). Em's wonderful website is not the place where to start an argument and she totally deserve your praise and ours, but... disproving your points is just too easy!

2- meat is one of the most polluting industries on earth. Even meat from your local organic farm is damaging to the environment because of the crazy gases cows produce and the fact that animals need to be fed a lot to feed us only a little. A very uneconomical process.

3- animals eat each other? really? ALL of them? My tortoise, despite her very sharp teeth, eats only veggies. Oh, and I think a good number of primates actually do the same.

4- plants are life... without a central nervous system and are therefore incapable of pain. And actually us eating fruit is one way for animals to spread their seed actually...

I mean, these are just so basic facts you could have find them anywhere... at least do some proper research? Yep, meat is always murder.

a little bit more green said...

I think everything you make looks so beautiful!

screwdestiny said...

I always like it when you write a little bit about the reasons why it's important for people to go vegan, other than eating the most delicious healthy food ever. :) I'm sure your blog has inspired many to take that step, and will continue to. Let's hope that someday we see a world in which the consciousness has shifted.

Anonymous said...

i have to mention that while many farm animals are not treated well that doesn't mean all of them aren't. and it's still nothing compared to what animals do to each other in the wild. quite brutal really. i hope you are crying for those animals as well.

lightaction said...

do you ever use spring form pans? if so which one do you recommend?

Emily von Euw said...

@lightaction - Yep! I have a 9 inch.

Andrea said...

wow you deleted my comment about 80 10 10 not working for me and all the issues i had with it?? wow, totally lost respect for you.

Emily von Euw said...

@Andrea - I didn't delete anything, I never delete comments! I don't see your comment anywhere but I would love to read it!

FantasticCritic said...

I love you, I love this treat, I love our world and our friends. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely adorable

dina said...

lovely photos--great healthy cake!