12 May 2015

MINT CHOCOLATE CHUNK ICE CREAM


First of all: this song. It always makes me cry (in a good way). 

Secondly: this ice cream! Woo! No tears, just tongue. That sounded pretty dirty and I'm gonna leave it that way. I woke up in a good mood. This ice cream is creamy, sweet, and full of chocolate chunks and mint flavour; in other words it's everything ice cream should be and MORE. The "more" is because it's also vegan and made with ingredients that your body actually likes. 


I love me some classic banana ice cream but sometimes a richer version is desired, and this is it. The base for this ice cream recipe is coconut and cashews; sweetened with coconut ice cream, flavoured with mint leaves, coloured with spirulina and mixed in with a decent amount of dark chocolate chunks made with superfoods! Ah, life is like a bowl of mint chocolate chunk ice cream: sweet, refreshing and filled with unexpected delights (this is the highly optimistic version). 

I've been putting a lot of thought into what I want this blog to be, what it is, and what I think it should be. Basically I'm clueless and still trying to figure it out. When I started it around 5 years ago (!) I was just 16 and had no understanding of what I was doing. I literally googled "how do i make a blog" and went from there. The reason I created this blog in the first place was because my parents convinced me I should share my raw recipes - that I kept forcing them to letting them taste - online, so it wasn't even my own idea. I am so grateful I listened to their advice because now I have my actual dream job at a pretty young age. I don't make much money at this, but when I move out, it'll be just enough to live off of. I don't need a big income, I prefer to live minimally. It seems I have made everyone quite proud by being an internationally-published, best-selling author and award-winning blogger by 21, but frankly I still have freak-out moments when I'm like, "What the hell am I doing!? My blog is so lame, my photos aren't good enough, I don't get as many page views or subscribers as I need, and my books don't look as nice as they could."

Honestly, I love myself a WHOLE lot, but I constantly doubt if what I am putting into the world is good enough. I suppose this is normal and in a sense that's a relief, but in another way it doesn't help that much. I set very, very high standards for myself and when I don't meet them, I'm disappointed. Jack has helped me to see that this problem even exists, because I actually didn't realize it before. This isn't a healthy mindset to have, so I am trying to change it (through meditation, thankfulness, self-kindness, self-love and mindfulness) and simultaneously I am always working to improve and get closer to meeting or exceeding my expectations of myself because I do believe it's important for self-growth to always work to become the best version of yourself. 

I do this thing where I compare myself to others all the time, even though in theory I am totally against comparing. I will look at my friends and random people on the street or in movies and think, "I'm not as pretty/thin/fit as them." A response to this kind of thinking begs an entire book and many have been written, but for now I will say: this is toxic thinking! We all have perfectly unique, beautiful bodies and mine is a miracle that lets me live a wonderful, active life. As I just posted on facebook the other day: "Why would I want to look like someone else when I can be me!? Don't get caught up trying to look like another person. Love yourself." I firmly believe this and just need to remember it in times of self-doubt. Another thing I do is look at other blogs I love and compare my photos, recipes and writing to theirs. I get really down when I do this because I think their work is loads better than mine. But then I remember that they're pretty much all in their 30's (except for Izzy, the damn genius), not in school and not living at home anymore. It also seems many of them have background in photography or cooking while I am totally self-taught and still learning. I need to give myself a CHILL PILL. I am perfectly fab the way I am right now, in this moment. 

I never know what these blog posts are going to be about until they're typed out, and then suddenly I have written another online diary entry. I think it's good for me to get this all out. Without further ado: here's some fine-ass raw vegan ice cream. Enjoy, lovelies. 


MINT CHOCOLATE CHUNK ICE CREAM
Makes around 1 litre 

Chocolate chunks:
4 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons this cacao blend (or cacao powder)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons water, as needed

Ice cream:
1 cup fresh young coconut meat
3/4 cup coconut water, as needed
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup cashews, soaked for 3 hours in water then rinsed 
1/4 cup coconut sugar 
1/4 cup tightly packed mint leaves 
1/4 teaspoon spirulina powder (optional)

To make the chocolate chunks: melt the coconut oil and then stir all the ingredients together, adding water as needed to get it nice and smooth. Pour onto a plate and put in the freezer until solid. Chop into chunks and leave in the fridge. Go ahead and make more if you want, I did and then drizzled it on top before I scooped the finished ice cream into bowls. 

To make the ice cream: blend everything together, adding coco water as needed. You want it to have the consistency of thick yogurt. Stir in the chocolate chunks by hand. Pour into an ice cream maker and follow its instructions or if you don't have an ice cream maker (like me): pour into a container and put in the freezer, taking it out and stirring everything up every 30 minutes until you get ice cream. 

ADAPTIONS / SUBSTITUTIONS: use coconut butter instead of coconut oil; use water instead of coconut water; use dried coconut meat instead of fresh coconut meat; use avocado instead of cashews; use 1 can coconut milk instead of the coconut meat, coconut water and coconut oil. 

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48 comments:

Amanda Brooke said...

you inspire me to think about my food and to try new things. thank you.

Jessie Snyder | Faring Well said...

I'm dying this looks so creamy and delicious and GORGEOUS!

Erin Elisabeth said...

Looks and sounds amazing. I want this!!!!

Victoria said...

Hey Emily!

This looks amazing! And if you're ever doubting yourself or your blog, I just want you to know that your post a loooong time ago (I think it was August of 2011) really helped me overcome alot of the negative thoughts I was having while getting over my eating disorder. Just reading your blog and seeing how happy you are, just as you are, is truly inspiring, and it really gave me an extra push to stop defining my sense of self-worth by my physical body or what others think of me, but by what makes me happy.

Honestly, my day is made every time I get an email saying that you posted another recipe or blog post, so don't ever doubt whether what you're doing is good enough. Your blog has helped me through so much, and I'm sure it has for others as well.

P.S. I'm also obsessed with the tiny house movement and I can't wait to build my own and just eat tons and tons of delicious vegan food! I think we have the same life goals...:)

Sarah | Well and Full said...

Emily. Oh my Gosh. You were my main inspiration for going vegan!! And your blog was one of the main inspirations for me to create my own blog too.

Your recipes are so inspiring to not only me, but the entire food blogging community. And your photos are STELLAR. I really can't tell you how much I admire your work!! I wish you could peek into my brain and see how great I think you/your blog/your photos are. I know having self-doubt is a natural reaction to any sort of venture, but please believe me when I say you are AMAZING!!!

Sarah said...

YUM!! I cannot wait to try this! Thanks for sharing :)

christine said...

Emily, you are a wonderful young lady, so full of life and vigour, with some great ideas - I admire you hugely! You remind me of myself when younger, and my daughter now:)

I can't wait to make this ice cream - your banana based ice cream looks great, but I have an intolerance to bananas - all my female relatives have the same problem - so I've never been able to make any. This recipe, however, I can and will make - just need summer to arrive:)

Sarah Scully said...

Yummmmoh!!!

Anonymous said...

So I want to start my own raw food business, but I get discouraged because raw food is so simple and I feel like everyone has already used the resources and ingredients that I would like to incorporate in my food. I'm worried about lawsuits because I often find that a lot of ideas I have are already turned into recipes online. What are your thoughts?

Luna said...

Accidentally hit the anon button and immediately felt creepy. Name's luna, nice to meet you, haha. I had the question about recipes and copyright. I just want to spread the love with delicious raw organic food without getting into anyone else's business. It seems daunting.

Montana. said...

Hi Emily!

Thank you for sharing these amazing recipes!

It is truly a beautiful inspiration to find these on my newsfeed!

I am in awe of your ability to create in the kitchen - such a blessed gift! :)

I love to do the 'I am' affirmations. They are a brilliant confidence/pick-me up when you're surround by negative energies.

Louise Hay has some A-Class methods!
Maybe check her out :)

Much love,
Montana

ZenDynamics said...

Great Posts, great pictures, great recipes Emily. Just relax a little.... you're doing great!

Susanne Verboom said...
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Susanne said...

Hi! A message from the Netherlands. I absolutely love your blog. It is one of my absolute favorites. Don't doubt too much and give yourself time to just continue what you're doing because you are already a pro at such a young age ;) Can you imagine what your work is going to be like if you just keep going? WAUW!

Anonymous said...

Emily,

Your blog has become my go-to for raw vegan recipes. I am inspired by your writing, recipes and photos. Your work is truly amazing. Seriously, even if you are comparing yourself to others, I'd say you come out ahead.

I don't remember which post of yours I read first, but I seriously connected with it and have been checking in with your site every day since. Your blog has inspired me to stay vegan, and practice self love.


This is also the first comment I have ever posted on any blog and I spend majority of my time finding delicious recipes to make for friends and family.


THANK YOU for sharing such beautiful recipes and heart-based writing.

Christine (The Raw Project) said...

Such an amazing recipe and beautiful pics, wow! And your blog is amazing, you've come a long way in 5 years - very impressive! My blog is about the same age, but is more of a therapeutic break from my day job even though I wish it was more!

Tessa said...

Love your honest post and just wanted to say that I think you're quite damned amazing at ANY age with your amazing talent!

Sugarsheet said...

LOOOVE your blog, Stunning photos, so happy to discover it!!!!!!

This recipe looks amazing, can't wait to try it :D

Cassie said...

Yahhhhhhhhhh I gotta stuff my face with this!!

Emily von Euw said...

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR ALL THE LOVE! It means the world to me.

@Luna - as long as they're your own photos, recipes and words it's not a problem! It would only be an issue if you used someone else's recipe word for word. I mean, there's only so many ways someone can make salsa ya know? I don't think you need to worry if you're coming up with your stuff and it happens to be similar to what other people are doing. I'm no lawyer but that's my two cents. x

Lauren said...

Emily, your blog is quite simply AMAZING. Your blog is so incredibly unique and inspiring. Your writing is beautiful, your pictures are stunning and your honesty is inspiring. Your blog inspires me to be completely open and honest on mine!
Keep it up beautiful lady!! xxx
p.s. mint choc chip was my favourite as a kid so this is pretty bloody exciting :)

Annie said...

Emily, you are amazing! I love love looking at your photos, and you inspire me to put more thought into my meals.

I've had a bit of a rough year so far, school was intense and I hardly ever got to see my husband because his new job is several states away. It would have been super easy for me to slip into a spiral of unhealthy habits. But I really have to thank you, because, despite having less time to work out, I barely gained any weight....you inspired me with your sweet potato obsession and they were my dinner pretty much every night. Don't worry, I got my greens and fruit in too! But yeah, this blog (helped) keep me in a healthy-eating mindset.

I compare myself to others all the time (bad habit) but I'm learning to quit it already. Teddy Roosevelt once said "comparison is the thief of joy." Ain't that the truth.

Breanna said...

Oh my gosh Emily, I love your blog! I randomly found it one day, and it has been my go-to site for recipes! This blog introduced me to the amazing deliciousness that is raw desserts. And you definitely helped feed my obsession with sweet potatoes. :)

Anyways, your blog is great. I really love your blog. I like what you write, about ethics and about personal things. I can totally relate. As a person who is recovering from an eating disorder, I struggle all the time with comparisons! I find affirmations, meditations, and yoga to be super helpful. All in all, I love your blog, with all the beautiful photos and delicious recipes.

Thanks for being awesome!

Anna said...

omg mint ice cream is my favorite!! can't wait to try it :)

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plantpoweredtash said...

Emily,
Ive been reading your blog since the early days. Your writing is REAL, authentic, honest, humorous and comforting! You are such an incredible inspiration to me, and I love your positive outlook and healthy body/mind relationship you have. This inspires me and so many others to live this way also! I always look forward to another Rawesome post! Keep it up :) xx
Tash

Laura Miller said...

You are soooo 'enough' Emily 😘 and I can't wait to make this recipe! Just AMAZING!!! X

Kim said...

Yo, just wanted to say that your blog has really helped me when I've been going through times of disordered eating and hating my body. Really really helpful. Just on the off chance, here are some online modules based on CBT about perfectionism etc. And if you ever come to Australia, you can stay in my spare room and I'll introduce you to all the radical folx.

Greeneiro Team said...

WHAAAAAAAT!!?? I literally can't believe what I just saw! For the past few years I was like "OMG, I'm allergic to milk, I can't eat ice cream, I hate my life bla bla bla" but now I don't even WANT those milk ice cream! I want THIS! <3 *drooling heavily*

Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation said...

OMG unhealthy comparisons is what my blog post this week is about too! It is of course a poison but in the world we live in where we are constantly bombarded with amazing food photography, it is hard not too.
You should be proud of what you've achieved. It's amazing!
These pictures are to die for.
Keep on doing wat you're doing and you'll be just fine :)

McCartney Tabor said...

Hey Emily, I sent you an email awhile back and I was really hoping to talk to you. If theres anyway you could get back to me that would be so appreciated!!

Anonymous said...

thaaaaaaaaaank you!!!! this sounds amazing!

lizzy said...

Oh sweetie pumpkin baby pie! You should know how much I love your blog, and photos, and recipees. You really have changed my life with your food. Please don't be discouraged. Follow your passion!
It has been given to you for a reason. I am going to make this ice cream when it gets hot outside!

Willow Sharon said...

You might be comparing yourself to others but I bet nobody else does. We're too busy enjoying the beautiful offerings of your blog, your books, and this recipe for mint chip ice cream. Nom.

Linnea said...

Emily you're absolutely amazing, and inspired me to discover the divineness of raw/vegan food a year ago all the way to Sweden. I got a never-ending (almost) flu and the doctors just prescribed heaps of medicines completely against my intuition about what my body needed. I decided to try to heal my body by providing it with adequate nutrition and there's where all your fantastic recipes, clever texts and marvellous photos came in as the best source of inspiration. I haven't caught a cold since! Comparisons might be unhealthy but your blog is simply the best <3

Rebecca M said...

I just bought my boyfriend an ice cream machine for his birthday, so I can make this recipe really soon. It looks so yummy!

Ana's Rocket Ship said...

What you put out in the world is brilliant. No matter why you started this blog, the fact that you are doing this is enough. You aren't a professional photographer/writer/chef, but your posts are what I want to look at, read, cook more than anything a 'professional' can come up with!

Om Nom Herbivore said...

You are to good enough!! You've accomplished so much already in your life, more than people probably dream of achieving by the time they are 50! Your recipes are amazing and so are your pictures :) You are definitely one of my inspirations/influences to start my own blog!

That Being said.... I love mint and I love chocolate put the two together and BAM big batch of delicious temptation!!

Keep being awesome Em!

-KJ
www.omnomherbivore.com

Jennifer Michaels said...

Emily, you are truly an inspiration! I often refer to your recipes I make as "this is from my rAWESOME FAVORITE food blogger, Emily!" And I say that a lot because people always want to know the genus behind the yummm! Your photos are always amazing too! Keep living the life you love! You're beautiful just as you are.

Claudia said...

You could look at it this way it is the way your mind works that has taken you to where you are today and makes you want to continue to strive to be the best you can. That is something to be grateful for not feel badly.
I like your blog because I like your recipies and the way you write (I do photography and I dont know why you are down on that !) I have seen other more popular food websites get there through asking questions like whats your favourite colour ! And people reply ! When this person released a book they stopped replying to people and some readers were not happy so I assume some of the traffic was lonely people. Now the book did very well but it was sold alongside free givaways etc. To be honest I would much rather read a blog like yours than read all the manipulative rubbish that some people are doing. For healthy eating to become part of the consumer lifestyle where people will do anything to get "somewhere" is just ugly.
At the end of the day are you happy ? It is not status or material possesions that will make you happy !
Why not write a list of all the things you love the most and then try to work out a way of making that your living ? It is advice I wish someone had given me years ago !
Didnt you used to have long hair ? Sorry if this is in an earlier post I am behind on my emails, sigh.

Anonymous said...

Hey there Emily,
Do you think it'd be possible to replace the coconut meat with bananas? I'm not the biggest fan of the flavor of coconut, but I'm also worried that the banana might overpower the mint and make it too banana-y. Thank ye kindly

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your wonderful blog. Its fantastic! such a breath of fresh air in a suffocating recipe blog world. Thank you, wish you all the best of luck, you have true creative talent. So authentic, like I said truly a breath of fresh air on a scene full of highly processed and manufactured whole food blogs.

Truongduchuu said...

Hi Emily! Your Chocolate Ice cream Without Ice cream Machine are making is great. Thank you.

Rita Jurdi said...

Hi Emily!

Wonderful blog, beautiful photos, and sublime recipe! Quick question though- could frozen coconut chunks be used in lieu of fresh, and if so, how much would be necessary?

Thank you!

Ely Sia said...

For what it's worth, I think your photos and recipes are exceptional! Your creativity is inspiring. :) you have a gift, thank you for sharing it.

Random person who loves your blog

dibujanza said...

Hi Emily! I Just put it in the freezer but I'm worried because the consistency was more like ricotta than thick yogurt... What could be wrong? I replace coconut meat, water and oil for 1can of coconut milk and I made it in the food processor... :(

Amber K said...

I love that you posted substitution options! I've been looking so long for a raw mint ice cream without coconut though. Any options for substituting the coconut meat for something else completely, possibly more cashews, or would that not work?

Thanks!

Sunita Yadav said...

Wonderful post and i just amazed to read this awesome post.Thanks for share this with us.I've been looking so long for a raw mint ice cream without coconut though. Any options for substituting the coconut meat for something else completely, possibly more cashews.
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Anonymous said...

what brand of spirulina powder do you use for this?