I'm currently in Washington, camping with mom on a month-long road trip. Wrote this post about a month ago and now I share it with you, my darlings. X

Thoroughly satisfying and really quick to make (what else would you expect from me at this point?) I'm usually an all-chocolate-all-the-time kinda kid, the thought of mint + chocolate doesn't do much for me... UNTIL I make something with mint + chocolate. It's such a winning combo and for better or worse, always brings me back to sweet memories of After Eights

For this recipe we are simply blending up bananas with mint leaves and adding some melted chocolate on top. The colour in this nice cream - that's banana-based vegan ice cream for those of you who don't know - comes from spirulina, a super nutrient-rich green powder. Yes, it's an algae, which sounds like the most un-sexy thing ever, but you won't even taste it because we're adding such a tiny amount. If you like, you can leave out the spirulina entirely and just use mint leaves for flavour. The colour won't be as green but hey, as long as it tastes good, right? Another change you could make is to blend the chocolate chunks into the nice cream instead of melting and drizzling them. Then it'll be more like a mint chocolate chip scenario. Never a bad thing.

Sending love and strength to you, however much you need. My mood is really good today which makes me very hopeful for the future (although PMS is upon me so that lower back pain is reaaall). As most of you probably know by now, I have been struggling with heartbreak and mental illness this year. It's a constant path of unpredictable ups and downs, but I think that in the bigger picture I am gaining small improvements every day. The past week it was very challenging to get out of bed, but I am proud of how I am doing: meditating twice a day, going to the gym and spending plenty of time outdoors, dancing, writing, reading, meeting new friends and nurturing relationships with old, practicing mindfulness and letting go of thoughts and emotions that aren't serving me. I am taking care of ME, feeling out my boundaries and journeying inwards to be the best version of myself. It feels scary and empowering all at once.



Nice cream:
3 frozen bananas
1/4 teaspoon spirulina powder
1.4 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/4 cup almond milk

Chocolate drizzle:
1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks, melted

To make the nice cream: blend all the ingredients together until it's green and like soft serve. Drizzle with the melted chocolate and enjoy!

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