I’ve been a little MIA all week thanks to celebrations galore. Easter? Check. 17th birthday? Check. Junior Ring? Check and check!
I cannot thank you all enough for your kind birthday wishes. I was so overwhelmed and really enjoyed reading each and every one of them. We kept the celebration low key since I have been so busy with school, but it was lovely none the less. An amazing yoga practice plus loving family and friends is all I really need to have a good time. Oh, and a little cake to blow candles out couldn’t hurt either, right?
I also made a little birthday treat for myself using my birthday gift, Vincent the Vita-Mix.
I swear my Vanilla Chai protein ice cream tasted like cake batter. And the black bean brownie to go on top? It was absolutely fudge-y and delicious.
Vanilla Chai Protein Ice Cream
- 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
- 15 grams Vega Vanilla Chai Whole Foods Optimizer or 1/2 serving protein powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/4 tsp guar gum
- 1 cup ice (may depend on your blender)
- In a blender, combine all ingredients except for ice.
- If using a Vita-Mix, add ice to blender all at once. Blend until smooth and creamy. If not using a Vita-Mix, add the ice in stages.
Single-Serve Black Bean Brownies
Makes 3 individual brownies, or about 1-2 servings
- 1/3 cup + 1 TBS black beans
- 2 TBS oat flour (just ground rolled oats, or brown rice flour/flour of choice)
- 1 TBS coconut flour
- 1 TBS cocoa powder
- 3-4 TBS almond milk
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- sweetener, to taste (I used 1/2 tsp NuNaturals Stevia Baking Blend)
- Preheat oven to 350*F.
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until creamy and well combined. It will be thick like normal brownies, but feel free to add the extra TBS of almond milk, if necessary.
- Place in a small loaf pan, ramekin, or individual cupcake holders.
- Bake for 35 minutes.
As I mentioned, this week I also celebrated my junior ring ceremony. All dressed in white, I received my junior ring yesterday and marked my transition into senior leadership. It was a beautiful ceremony, and touching, too. I will never forget the loving hug that my mom gave me when she put the ring on my finger. She has sacrificed and worked so hard to give me a wonderful education, and I am forever grateful.
Although the ceremonies are now winding down for a little while, there is still much to celebrate. I am continually thankful for all the blessings in my life, especially this blog and all of you for helping me discover my passions. I cannot wait to tell you more about my celebrations and show you some pictures (many of my eats) from this week. Here’s some of what’s ahead:
- the most epic vegan cake (3 layers of goodness)
- raw chocolate brownie ice cream
- homemade vegetable burgers
- breakfast apple cinnamon mini loafs