Vegan Coconut Brandy Cereal Ice Cream

Happy Hump Day my friends!

If you're searching for a quick little pick-me-up at this midpoint of the week, you're in luck! Inspired by Humphry Slocombe’s Secret Breakfast, a to-die-for merriment of bourbon, cornflakes, and vanilla ice cream, I created a vegan version with minimal ingredients for the heck of it because why not? (Not that these were the only ingredients I had in my house...) I promise you, this recipe will be easy (the fridge will be working the hardest), healthy (chock-full of good-for-you nutrients), and intoxicatingly delicious (you'll go bananas for it)!

Vegan Coconut Brandy Cereal Ice Cream
(Inspired by Humphry Slocombe’s Secret Breakfast)

Level: Easy

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cool time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 4

- 1 (15 oz) can coconut milk
- 4 large frozen, peeled very ripe bananas
- 2-3 tablespoons brandy or bourbon*
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal (or favorite crunchy cereal)

*Pro tip: Add alcohol slowly because too much will lead to bitter ice cream and a miserable you.

1. Add the first 4 ingredients into a blender and blend well.
2. Pulse in the cereal about 3-5 times. We’re looking for chunky cereal pieces!
3. Stick mixture in freezer for about two hours or until sturdy.
4. Scoop into a bowl and dive in!

The original at Humphry Slocombe is still my all-time favorite (& if I had it my way, I would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), but for those days that I can't make it to SF and grab a scoop, this recipe happily satisfies my craving.

If you try out this recipe, comment, tweet, FB, or Instagram me and let me know how it went! :)

Now, go forth and amaze the crowd with this quick, nutritious, and delicious indulgence!

Nutrition Info (per serving): Calories 297.0 Total Fat 5.8  g Saturated Fat 3.0 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g Monounsaturated Fat 2.9 g Cholesterol 0.0 mg Sodium 210.0 mg Potassium 550.7 mg Total Carbohydrate 59.4 g Dietary Fiber 4.5 g Sugars 29.5 g Protein 2.9 g 
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Nin Gou - 年糕 (Chinese New Year's Cake)

Happy Chinese New Years! 新年快樂! (Sun neen fai lok! - Cantonese)

I'm not a linguistics major or anything, but I'll do my best to romanize the bits and pieces of Chinese in this blog post into Cantonese for those who are unfamiliar with these terms or the Cantonese dialect!

I wish you all happiness, good health, intelligence, longevity, and prosperity! Chinese New Year's Cake is one of the main things we eat during lunar new years in my household (if it wasn't, I would begggggg for it). 年糕 or "nin gou" literally means "year cake", but it also sounds like "year tall/high" (nin = year, gou = tall/high). You may also know it as "nian gao" (Mandarin). Eating nin gou basically symbolizes hopes for becoming a "higher you" or a "better you" in terms of happiness, career, knowledge, prosperity, etc etc. 

Some common phrases I will here during this time of year are:

新年快樂! (Sun neen fai lok! - Happy New Years!)
恭喜發財! (Gung hey fat choy! - Wishing you happiness and prosperity!)
身體健康! (San tai geen hong! - Wishing you good health!)
學業進步! (Hok yeep jeun bo! - Wishing you success in your studies!)
心想事成! (Sum seurng see sing! - Achieve what your heart desires!)

Shoutout to my family for speaking Cantonese to me all my life and my Mom for teaching me this recipe! <3 :D

Nin Gou - 年糕 (Chinese New Year's Cake) 

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