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WE'VE GOT YOU - IT'S DOWNTIME #4

SETTLE IN, PETALS

It's already Round 4, and we're having so much fun sharing our favourite things with you.

This week: If you're bored of baking banana bread but don't know what to do with those overripe sods, look no further.

We've also got some reading recommendations for you, care of our girl, Hannah.x

IN THE KITCHEN

Hannah likes to keep things clean in the kitchen - although a slice of cake will never be refused.

This week she's shared her Banana "Nice Cream" favourite. Look no further for the easiest whip-up to satisfy your cravings. Handy hint: slice up your browned bananas and pop in zip lock bags in the freezer ready to go for any smoothie or ice cream creations.

Serves 2, for either breakfast or dessert. Whichever takes your fancy.

banana ice cream healthy

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 - 2 frozen bananas, chopped up
  • 2 tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond...)
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp shredded or desiccated coconut
  • A few tbsp water 
  • To serve: cacao nibs, chopped nuts, buckwheat groats, coconut flakes etc. 

METHOD

1. Place frozen banana, nut butter, cacao powder, salt, cinnamon and coconut in a food processor or blender. Blitz to combine all the ingredients. 

2. Add in a little water at a time and keep blitzing until you get a nice smooth consistency.

3. Scoop the mixture into your serving bowls and place back in the freezer until the ice cream sets a little (anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes). Apply a face mask while you wait. 

4. Treat yourself and finish the bowl with any of your favourite toppers - cacao nibs, almonds and a little more coconut come highly recommended. (Just take it slow to avoid any brain freezes). 

CURL UP ON THE COUCH

normal people sally rooney

Image via @normalpeoplehulu

While Instagram is crowded with people *finally* finishing massive books that have long been gathering dust, Hannah is taking a step back. Instead, she's using the time to catch up on some female-heavy fiction, designed for easy and joyful reading. Pick up a copy or download the audio version of these picks:

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding. Then catch up on the films.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Catch up while we eagerly await Reese Witherspoon's hit series to come to Aus.

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante. Ok, it's not necessarily an easy read, but it will transport you mentally to the shores of Italy - even when we can't be there physically. 

Normal People by Sally Rooney. If you haven't already read this, what are you waiting for? Then you have full permission to binge the series on Stan. 

Opening image via @stylemefresh

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