Paleo Chocolate Almond Banana Ice Cream Shake // Healthy Wendy’s Frosty!!

Blog Paleo Healthy Wendys Frosty Chocolate Almond Banana Ice Cream Shake-1I loved the Paleo Banana Coconut Ice Cream Pies so much that I decided to try another variation.  I’m not a big fan of chocolate all on it’s own, but I do like chocolate flavored things.  I decided to skip the crust this time, and just make the “ice cream” all on it’s own. Blog Paleo Healthy Wendys Frosty Chocolate Almond Banana Ice Cream Shake-2

I topped it with crushed almonds, shaved unsweetened coconut and fresh blackberries that Maya and I picked (ok, the ones SHE picked went directly into her belly as seen here :)).

Truth be told, I’ve made this twice in the last few weeks haha.  The first time, it got devoured before I could take pictures of it, so of course I had to make it again!!  The 2nd time I made it, I substituted some chocolate protein powder and convinced myself it was actually ok to have for dinner :)  It was just me and Maya because the Huz and the boys were out of town.  Sometimes I feel like I’m constantly saying “no” to Maya or telling her to not do things all day long.  This felt like a much deserved treat for being the sweet kid that she is.  Ok, I wanted it too ;)  For some reason the first time in the bowl, I thought it just tasted like chocolate soft serve, but as soon as I put it in a big glass cup, all I could think about was a Wendy’s Frosty!!  So delicious!Blog Paleo Healthy Wendys Frosty Chocolate Almond Banana Ice Cream Shake-3Ingredients (makes 6 Servings about 1 overflowing Cup  or 4 milkshakes :))

Ice Cream

  • 5 frozen bananas
  • 1 Tablespoon pure Cacao or Cocoa (or a scoop of chocolate protein powder!)
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Almond Butter (can use peanut butter if you aren’t Paleo)
  • 3 Medjul Dates (pitted)
  • Berries, crushed almonds, unsweetened coconut, or just about anything for topping!

Directions

  • Let the bananas sit out for about 5 minutes.  It helps make it easier for them to blend.
  • In a blender or food processor, mix all the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  • This really is best served right away, but I bet you can freeze individual servings in Popsicle molds!!
  • If you only want to make 2 servings, it halves easily!

NOW…what variation to try next!?!

ENJOY!!

dit-elle-Lauren

Sunset walks…

I know that everyone who is around me probably gets sick of me always having my camera on me.  BUT…these next images that I asked the Huz to get of me and Maya on our evening walk?  Some of my most favorite.  We’d still have had these moments (as we do every day), but to have them captured that I can look back on?  Invaluable… I can’t stress enough how important it is for Mom’s to get in front of the camera with their families!  Do it!  You will thank me later ;)Blog French Connection Current Elliott Destroyed Boyfriend MaddenGirls Sandals-Blog French Connection Current Elliott Destroyed Boyfriend MaddenGirls Sandals-1 Blog French Connection Current Elliott Destroyed Boyfriend MaddenGirls Sandals-2 Blog French Connection Current Elliott Destroyed Boyfriend MaddenGirls Sandals-3But then let’s rewind to the beginning of the walk. With…Marty the zebra :)Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-1Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-2Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-3“Mommy, there’s an INSECT!!”Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-4Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-5And then, I kid you not, she just plopped down on these stairs happy as can be and had a moment with Marty :)Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-6Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-7Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-8Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-9Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-10Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-11Blog Red Mexican Dress Blue Convese High Tops-12On me…

Top- French Connection (ebay)
Jeans- Current Elliott (thrifted)
Shoes- MaddenGirl (thrifted)
On Maya…
Dress- Made in Mexico (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
(all pictures taken of me with Maya by the Huz:))

dit-elle-Lauren

Rhubarb Cake with Toasted Sugar & Cinnamon Top

The rhubarb in my yard keeps growing, and so I’ve been trying some new recipes. This rhubarb cake is another wonderful dessert. Serve with coconut milk or vanilla ice cream! :)

Blog rhubarb crisp cake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 2 c of flour (you can use white flour, I used a blend of coconut and almond flour and added some more liquid to the recipe)
  • 2 c rhubarb, finely cut (remember to remove leaves which are very poisonous, and clean/wash stems)

Topping

  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  • Cream butter and sugar, add egg
  • Mix other dry ingredients (flour, baking soda)
  • Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture with buttermilk and vanilla
  • Add rhubarb, mix gently
  • Spread in baking dish
  • Top with sugar/cinnamon
  • Bake for ~45 minutes at 350*

dit-elle-Esther

Magical Fog…

 We’ve had the most amazing foggy mornings lately.  I guess that’s the first sign that fall is on it’s way.  It’s been even more nice because it ends up blowing over and we’ve had some gorgeous sunny days that follow.

As a side note.  This is the dress I wore to the hospital when I had Maya.  It’s not a maternity dress, but is made out of this super soft stretchy cotton.  Suffice to say, I am never getting rid of it :)Blog StyleMint Jacket T Los Angeles Dress ShoeMint Zandra-1 Blog StyleMint Jacket T Los Angeles Dress ShoeMint Zandra-2 Blog StyleMint Jacket T Los Angeles Dress ShoeMint Zandra-3 Blog StyleMint Jacket T Los Angeles Dress ShoeMint Zandra-4Blog Maya HM Purple Moto Jacket Three Little Trees Romper Xhiliration Moto Boots-1Blog Maya HM Purple Moto Jacket Three Little Trees Romper Xhiliration Moto Boots-2Blog Maya HM Purple Moto Jacket Three Little Trees Romper Xhiliration Moto Boots-3Blog Maya HM Purple Moto Jacket Three Little Trees Romper Xhiliration Moto Boots-4On me…

Jacket- StyleMint (sold out)
Dresss- T Los Angeles (old)
Shoes- ShoeMint “Zandra”
On Maya…
Jacket- H&M (sold out)
Romper- Three Little Tress (thrifted)
Boots- Xhiliration (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I’ve been wondering recently if it’s bad that Maya and I spend so much time together.  Should I expose her to more playgroups and organized activities that don’t involve me?  But then I hear her giggle uncontrollably over some simple act I’ve done or hear her ask for hugs or cuddles, and I know there’s plenty of time for her to be around others.  The time we have that’s just us two is special, and I’m not letting that go anytime soon.  Selfish?  Not sure if I care…
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Staying cool in dresses and overalls…

 I was never much of a dress girl, but am becoming one recently!  I think it’s because we are having such a warm summer here in Seattle!  Upper 80’s/low90’s is HOT for us, and dresses are so easy to throw on and COOL!  And by that I mean temperaturewise :)Blog Geren Ford Dress Nine West Suede Booties-1I was trying to pose on my own, and she kept running up to me.   Totally NOT complaining!!!  I mean…who really likes looking at me by myself?? :)

Um, and her little bandaided elbow that is barely in the frame?  LOVE! Blog Geren Ford Dress Nine West Suede Booties-2 Blog Geren Ford Dress Nine West Suede Booties-4“Mommy, tickle me!??” Blog Geren Ford Dress Nine West Suede Booties-5And…more licking :{ Blog Geren Ford Dress Nine West Suede Booties-6 Blog Geren Ford Dress Nine West Suede Booties-7Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-1Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-2Not going to lie.  I was super impressed with her soccer skills!  Who knew!??  I’ve never even given her one to kick around (I will NOW!), and she was a pro with this deflated basketball haha.Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-3Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-4And then an epic game of peek a boo :)Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-5Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-6Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-7Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-8Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-9I want to eat her up!!!Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-10Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-11Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-12Shhh! :)Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-13Blog Circo Tank Osh Kosh Overalls Pink Converse-14On me…

Dress- Geren Ford (old, love this one here)
Boots- Nine West (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Top- Circo (thrifted, but similar here)
Overalls- Osh Kosh (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes-Converse (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Not much to keep real.  Been having really good days :)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Rhubarb Sauce

Rhubarb sauce is probably the easiest rhubarb dessert recipe to make! Rhubarb + something sweet + top with coconut milk, cream and optionally crushed almonds or something crunchy = totally yummy goodness!

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Ingredients

  • Rhubarb – select hard crisp stems, remove leaves (very poisonous) and chop up in bite size pieces
  • Water
  • Some sweetener – honey, agave, maple syrup, cooked and pureed dates, or good old white sugar
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Coconut milk or cream (optional)
  • Toasted nuts or seeds (optional)

Directions

  • Put rhubarb and water in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until the pieces are starting to come apart and are soft
  • Add sweetener and stir until well blended
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla
  • Serve warm or cold with cream and any toppings you fancy
  • Enjoy!

Super mom tip: raw rhubarb pieces and rhubarb sauce both freeze very well! Make a batch of sauce and freeze in small or large containers for easy re-heating later! :)

dit-elle-Esther

 

Playing on the beach…

 I really need to get one of those tide schedules, because low tide in Seattle is SO amazing!  Maya LOVES to run around in the water, and really….can you get a more beautiful setting??Blog Free People Crochet Crop Vintage Belt Levis Birkenstocks-1 Blog Free People Crochet Crop Vintage Belt Levis Birkenstocks-2 Blog Free People Crochet Crop Vintage Belt Levis Birkenstocks-3 Blog Free People Crochet Crop Vintage Belt Levis Birkenstocks-4Blog HM Striped Top Gap Denim Skirt Old Navy Skull Shoes-1Blog HM Striped Top Gap Denim Skirt Old Navy Skull Shoes-2Blog HM Striped Top Gap Denim Skirt Old Navy Skull Shoes-3And the shoes come off for both of us :)Blog Free People Crochet Crop Vintage Belt Levis Birkenstocks-5Another plug for thrift store shopping.  NO worries about getting down and dirty :)Blog HM Striped Top Gap Denim Skirt Old Navy Skull Shoes-4Blog HM Striped Top Gap Denim Skirt Old Navy Skull Shoes-5Blog HM Striped Top Gap Denim Skirt Old Navy Skull Shoes-6Blog HM Striped Top Gap Denim Skirt Old Navy Skull Shoes-7Blog HM Striped Top Gap Denim Skirt Old Navy Skull Shoes-8Blog HM Striped Top Gap Denim Skirt Old Navy Skull Shoes-9Blog HM Striped Top Gap Denim Skirt Old Navy Skull Shoes-10Blog HM Striped Top Gap Denim Skirt Old Navy Skull Shoes-11On me…

Top- Free People (via ThredUp) similar here
Hat- Banana Republic (thrifted, similar here)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Jeans- Levi’s 501 (thrifted, DIY cut off)
Shoes- Birkenstocks (20 years old, and still hanging in there!
On Maya…
Top- H&M (via ThredUp)) similar here.
Skirt- Gap (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
As a side note.  For those of you that are potty training your toddler or have a toddler that is trained, I HIGHLY recommend the Kalencom 2-in1 Potette.  It’s been a LIFESAVER when we are out and about either running errands or down at the beach/park.  It has legs that stand it upright, but it can also fold flat out to be put over a toilet seat.  I also bought this pack of these liners.  Super easy to use, and Maya loves using it.  It folds up pretty small, so I just keep it in my car, or I throw it in my beach bag.  Not really sure what the laws are about toddlers peeing in public haha, but that falls under the beg for forgiveness rather than ask for permission category for me :)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren