Banana Fried Ice Cream

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Have you ever thought about how wasteful water fountains are? I have.

Fried ice cream doesn’t make sense in my mind. So I made up my own version. Because I can. And I can rant about random stuff. Like this crap below. I’m warning you, I’m on a soap box right now.

I want to talk to you about something. Just because I like to talk about feelings. Because I have a lot of them. It’s just something that has been looming on mind for a couple of months now. I think it’s absolutely crazy how much things can change in a year’s time. How much relationships can change. How much a mind can change. And how much a body can change. This time last year, I was training incredibly hard to try to make it to the CrossFit Games. Well, even though I did not make it that far, I placed 8th in Regionals in the Southwest, and did so by gaining almost 20lbs to be able to stand a fighting chance. Not that I meant to, but I somehow did. With lots of training and lots of workouts.

But after Regionals ended and I injured myself a couple times, I had to take a step back. I stopped doing the prescribed weights in workouts, I started resting more than I had in the past two years, and I started looking into more goals I had. More things I wanted to accomplish. More things I wanted to do. These injuries made me take a step back and look at my life. It made me stop and think about what JULI wanted instead of what other people wanted.

And when I took that step back, I noticed that I hadn’t been happy for a while. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin. And for me, that is very important. I started competing because it made me happy. And made me confident. I never cared if I did poorly, I never worried about not finishing a workout. I just tried my hardest and tried to smile through it. But when disappointment began to appear on others faces, I knew it was absolutely time for me to take a step back. I never want my performance in the gym to disappoint someone. That is not why I work out. I work out to better myself. To improve myself physically and mentally. Not to upset someone because I didn’t do all my wall balls unbroken. Or because I didn’t set a PR.

This has been a hard thing for me to come to terms with. I haven’t wanted to admit it, but I don’t want to compete right now. I don’t want to train to the point that I’m spending hours in the gyms, aching constantly, and gaining 15-20lbs to be able to keep up with the amazing CrossFit ladies in my Region. That’s not what I want nor is it what my body wants. And since I’ve stopped training to my max every day, I feel better. Even though I’ve lost a ton of strength and endurance, I’m happier. I feel better in my own skin and I’m finally not crying on a regular basis because I was unhappy with how I looked. Yeah, I cried because of that. No fun. I’m an emotional mess without that crap on my mind.

But I want to make one thing clear. I LOVE CrossFit. CrossFit is one of the biggest things in my life. It’s absolutely changed my life. I have a CrossFit tattoo on my ribcage for gosh sakes. It’s really changed me and how I look at things. I set goals differently because of CrossFit. I see food differently because of CrossFit. I view health differently because of CrossFit. If I didn’t know CrossFit, I wouldn’t know me.

But this year, in 2013, I’m doing what will make me happy. And that means eating fried ice cream. My version, of course.

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Banana Fried Ice Cream

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Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Place 2 cans of coconut milk in a medium saucepan along with the honey, cinnamon, almond butter, vanilla extract, and salt.
  2. Add saucepan to medium heat and mix well until well combined.
  3. Once mixture is well combined and smooth, put in freezer until completely cooled.
  4. When the mixture is cooled, add to your ice cream maker and turn on.
  5. When your ice cream has almost completely thickened, place a small skilletover medium heat and add your coconut butter and bananas.
  6. Then add the cinnamon, coconut sugar, and a pinch of salt to the pan.
  7. Mix around in pan and cook until bananas are caramelized and soft.
  8. Top bananas on ice cream and sprinkle with a bit more coconut sugar.
  9. Eat. Emotionally eat.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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84 thoughts on “Banana Fried Ice Cream”

  1. Hi Juli,
    I saw this post on facebook, and jetted here to immediately comment on how freaking amazing you are for making banana fried ice cream. Upon arriving, I must comment on how freaking amazing you are for doing what’s best for yourself, following your heart, etc. Yes, water fountains are dumb.
    In how-the-heck-does-fried-ice-cream-work solidarity,
    Kristina

  2. Mate you hit the nail on the head there! Dont worry about people and their expectations, in fact dont even worry, life has a pretty funny way of showing us what we should be doing. through injuries and going to hell and back we work out whats really important, of course theres sadness, disappointment thats just part of life experiences.. do what makes you happy, this is your year. and thankyou so much for posting this recipe. I cannot wait to try it out. keep posting and smile lovely xxx

  3. Quite simply, your best post ever. You may have lost strength in the gym but you have gained massive strength in your life.

  4. Simply put-life is too short. Do what makes YOU happy. I can’t wait to make this ice cream! Darn 30 day challenge…………

  5. This looks awesome! And keep on doing what makes you happy. I’m in my 30s and finally starting to figure out what that actually means.

  6. I CANNOT wait to make this when my 21DSD is over. WOW…looks amazing. 🙂 And love your honesty. Keep it coming!

  7. I will definitely have to try this recipe! Looks Ah-mazing! As for the rest of the post…I’m very happy that you’re happy. Especially if it means eating banana fried ice cream, emotionally. You deserve to be happy! CrossFit doesn’t have to be all of you but it can certainly be a part of you, competition or not.
    You rock!

  8. This recipe looks amazing. I will try not out this weekend.
    I too really likes crossfit. It helped me out focusing on good life habits. I’m more strong than before and have more endurance. I do it so I can play forever with my kids.
    Keep up the good work.

  9. Juli, the recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I left CrossFit after injuring myself several times (I’m much older than you, and nowhere near as strong). It was hard because I was competitive, but it was more important to regain my physical and emotional health. Plus, I cleaned up my diet when I couldn’t workout, and that led me to finding some amazing Paleo sites, including yours! 🙂 You are an inspiration! Enjoy your ice cream!!

  10. Doing what is best for you (mentally and physically) is the most important thing. We only live once and it may take a while, but in learning what makes us happy we can really LIVE that life! Pushing aside others expectations and unrealistic/unhealthy expectations on ourselves is a huge step.

    PS – this looks truly AMAZING. May be my first thing to eat after my 21DSD!!!

  11. Thanks for sharing your feelings! I think you articulated what a lot of us feel when we try to find the balance between fun and work(ing out).

    Also, wow! That ice cream looks amazing!

  12. I think you look fabulous, doesn’t look like theres an ounce of fat on you..all muscle! but you have to do what you need to do in order to be happy. I do have people telling me that they don’t want me to bulk up from CrossFit, and my first reaction is “what the hell is it to YOU?” And no, I don’t want to get to the point where my clothes don’t fit anymore but I haven’t had that happen, and I have added daily cardio back in to help with that. And since I’m only 10 months in, I’m nowhere near competition mode or nearly as strong as you. But I’m stronger than I have ever been before, or could ever have imagined and that is what I love most. I love that people in my life think I’m such a badass. I too injured myself in August and I thought about leaving. It was a crappy several weeks, but I got back in there and killed it twice as hard. I hope I never have to stop. Keep doing what you’re doing, but make sure you’re happy while doing. You’re one of my inspirations!

  13. While I also couldn’t wait to read the recipe, this post could not have come at a better time. Thank you for your honesty. Much love JB.

  14. Juli- you have no idea how much i needed this post this week…last week all i was doing was freaking out and being upset over the fact that I have gained weight because it’s training season and i’m trying to make it to regionals….so because of that i’m gaining and feeling ugh…was even debating giving up crossfit and just running to lean out…but i also realized how much i love love love crossfit and that i couldn’t do that….this post helped a lot!!!!! So happy you posted it! you are an awesome person and yes you need to make yourself happy first 🙂 you look great …do not look huge at all! and are an inspiration!!

  15. Thank you for this post Juli! I love it and I’ve gotten to the same place too…My goal this year is to HAVE FUN! To still work hard and improve everyday, but more than that is to Have fun. Denise Thomas once told me, it’s not worth doing if you’re not having fun…following her words (and God), has gotten me to the place of ENJOYING CF again. Main goal is to do better in my region this year than last year and that is it. Thanks again Juli and God bless! 🙂

  16. Just the other day my husband was like, they have to have paleo ice cream… This was after he ate a small container of ice cream and I sat and watched. I wasn’t too sad because I had good body bites for my cheat. Can’t wait to make this next Saturday, hopefully it’s not in the single digits again. On another note, I have been to two whole foods and they were both sold out of the ranch dressing you used on the Brussels sprouts. Ughhhh!

  17. Thank you so much!! I feel like I can totally relate – I’m a baby crossfitter (~6-7 months), so I’m still making strength gains from working on form… But I’m coming opposite – I really need to cut ~20# of fat to be faster and more competitive (more than half of which I gained in the middle of grad school within the last 18 months after I stopped running marathon distance workouts). But it’s hard, because I came in as a pretty strong female to begin with, so there’s definitely some people I really respect at the box that want me to focus on getting stronger only and not dropping weight. But it’s so frustrating to not be able to have pull ups or HSPU. Grrr. Body weight matters! And I feel ya on the “it’s my skin, I need to feel comfortable in it.” You’re a strong woman, Juli! I’m working on being as cool as you! 🙂

  18. Good for you and your decision. You’re not alone in your thoughts either. Many a time I get down on myself for the way I look, I try harder to change that (because I feel that’s what those around me want) and then I end up exhausted, injured, and worse off than I was. The emotional is the hardest to deal with…I can deal with walking like I shit myself for a week after a brutal leg session, but I can’t deal with someone saying I wasn’t giving it as much as I should, or I’m still fat.
    Anyways, this isn’t about me…it’s about your food…and holy hell this looks tasty! I cannot wait to try this recipe

  19. I will save this recipe for an emotional day!

    It takes a brave person to take a true honest look at themselves. Kudos and inspiring!

  20. So I know this may be an obvious question, but I will ask it anyway. Are you saying those of us who do not own an ice cream maker are SOL and can’t make this awesome recipe? Do we have to continue to live a life sans your Banana Fried Ice Cream FOREVER? I make Paleo Banana Ice Cream all the time (Here is my recipe: http://ourfullplate.com/recipes/healthy-banana-ice-cream/) without an ice cream maker using frozen bananas. Do you think if we freeze the coconut milk then blended it with your ingredients, it would work?

  21. Juli, This post was beautiful. Thank you for sharing because so many look up to you. I think you are an amazing athlete and I admire you for your heart.. not your PRs or your muscles. For me, this post is strong and honest. Keep it up. Live your life in balance is always best =) Physically, mentally, and spiritually =)

  22. Awesome post! I’m glad you took a step back to realize what makes you happy and you made that change regardless of everyone else’s expectations. I had to make a similar adjustment for other priorities in my life so your post was reassuring that someone is experiencing a similar struggle. 🙂 Keep up the amazing work and you are truly inspiring!

  23. I love this post, and admire you so much for over coming adversity and injury and coming out stronger, maybe not physically but you came out better for it by learning from it. I’m struggling with some things right now and its always inspiring to see someone turn a negative into a positive.

    Also this recipe looks amazing, and I just got an ice cream maker. I can’t wait to try it!

  24. Atta girl! I think you’re young to already be figuring out these big life lessons. I’m much older and just starting to learn that I can know my own mind and still be nice. I would guess you aim to please in most cases. Our greatest strength can often be our greatest weakness.

  25. Thanks for that Juli! I, too, have been thinking about my goals and about perhaps setting some for myself in CrossFit but honestly, that takes the fun out of it for me and makes it yet another part of my life that I have to worry about and be disappointed by. At least at this time in my life, I want to just go and see myself continue to get better and feel good knowing that I’m working out and having fun and being healthier in general. Love you and your blog! (made the aloo gobi for the second time yesterday and loved it!)

  26. I love your honesty in this post.
    If your reasons for not wanting to compete ended at the fact that you didn’t want to disappoint people, I was going to argue that you should forget about them and continue doing what you love. When you said that you were unhappy with your body and that competing led to crying and general unhappiness, though, I think you made the right choice. Do whatever makes you happy. If you want to compete, go for it. If your performance upsets others, that’s just too damn bad for them. They can compete for themselves. If staying out of competing makes you happy, then do that. We’re here to support you no matter what 🙂 Keep rocking.

  27. Amen sista. I love this post! Crossfit is awesome, but I think sometimes when people take it to an obsessive state, it’s because they’re trying to fill something else that’s missing from their life. And… it’s not even GOOD for your body to train hours and hours a day. I wish that more Crossfit gyms took the attitude of “we are a great workout for anybody” rather than “we’re badass crossfitters and anything else is inferior.” thats not helping or inspiring others to get healthy, and I see it too much. You should be always doing it for YOU. And YOU, Juli Bauer, are amazing, not because you crossfit, but because of who you are. You have touched so many peoples lives, because you are real and people relate to you. You wanna win the games? Great, we’ll support you! You wanna quit crossfit and make ice cream all day? AWESOME. We will all love you no matter what you do! I prefer the ice cream part, personally 🙂 can’t wait for the cookbook girl!!!

  28. I heart you, Juli. I can’t add anymore than the others have written here……just know you are refreshing. Thank you.

  29. I found your blog while doing a search for GAPS diet recipes and man, did I hit the jackpot. I keep coming back for the awesome stories, refreshingly un-ladylike language and of course, the dancing. I find myself wondering at random times during the day, “I wonder what wacked-out, version of deliciousness Juli is posting today?” Then I can’t rest until I’ve checked. Today was the most pleasant surprise I could’ve hoped for. Yesterday, for breakfast, I made the coconut flour pancakes with the apples on top, minus the date caramel sauce because I ate all my dates wrapped in baco. There was a little bit of coconut milk left in the can after I mixed the pancakes and I found myself eating it with a spoon. Today, I was thinking I needed some kind of treat involving more of that stuff and you read my mind. Thank you! I go grocery shopping tomorrow and all those things will be on my list. I’ll be eating banana fried ice cream the day after tomorrow. Hallelujah!
    Oh, bravo on your self-discovery journey. You being completely you is what the world needs!

  30. Juli, I’m so glad you’ve decided to stop ‘training to the max.’ It was stressful on your body, and stressful on your mind, and it’s really not necessary when all you want to do is look your best and be happy! Here’s to a great 2013 (:

  31. Girl, you’re awesome. And you’ve made a very important point. I myself am excited at the prospect of competing in CrossFit events at some point–but only if they have scaled divisions. I’m doing this for me, to be healthier, to love my body (and dang, after only 4 months, I’m alright with what all those squats have done for me).

    Health is also about wellness, and wellness is also about balance. Glad to hear you are making “you” the priority.

    Also, I’ve been creeping on all your recipes during this paleo challenge I’m on. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  32. That makes me feel a lot better because I hurt my back doing deadlifts, and had to take a break. I’m glad other people are going through the same thing! And I want to see your crossfit tattoo!!!!!!

    Trish

  33. I know what you mean 100%!! Last year I was all into competing and getting stronger to keep up and then I injured my hip. I pretty much haven’t been able to run or do box jumps in months and my lifts from the ground have suffered. I haven’t PR’d in months and honestly, I don’t care. I do crossfit because it makes me happy and I’m just glad to be healthy and in good shape. Some times it’s not all about competing and PRing, it’s about the community, the friends you make from the community, and just being happy with what you’re doing. There used to be a lot of pressure to compete at my old gym and now that I’ve switched it’s so much better that I’m not being hounded to compete at every competition.

    Not wanting to compete doesn’t make you any less of an athlete :O)

  34. Julie, you don’t know me. I’ve been following your blog since you started and I’ve been involved in CrossFit for over 5 years, in Oregon and now back in Colorado where I was born and raised. I read this post and I know there are a lot of posts consoling you and relating…but really…CrossFit is a blessing and a curse for me. I can’t tell you how great it feels to be strong, but how much worse it feels to not be comfortable in your own skin. I struggle with this daily and have been working over the last several years to find a balance of exercise in various forms that make ME feel the best. There is so much pressure out there to do more, be more, perform better, and I get tired and sick of it. I love CrossFit, but I struggle with it the same as I struggle with the rest of the fitness industry. It will reward performance and looks with now regard for feelings, self-esteem, or personal goals. People just want someone who they can look up to and as you gain that position (intentionally or by default by writing a blog and posting your feelings, voicing things people relate to but won’t say). You have found yourself in that position and it sucks. So many people look up to you and hold you to a high standard for their own motivation and it sucks and is unfair and I think you should do whatever the HELL MAKES YOU HAPPY. It took me years to realize that but doing shit for other people just leads to more shit. Whatever you do (and I respect you for it) do it FOR YOURSELF. FUCK EVERYONE ELSE. Make yourself happy and that should be your life. I would love to meet you before I move to Texas to spread FItness and Wellness to the college population there. I will continue on this battle to be healthy but happy–it’s a balance that is a lifelong journey that I am still working on and many will just begin. But it’s life and the more love and support we can get being honest with ourselves, the more rich our lives will be. Love you girl, but seriously Fuck THEM and and do what makes you happy. I am a fitness professional (both in and out of CrossFit), just got divorces, 30 years old and ready to start my life for myself. Trying to balance activity that makes me happy…running, yoga, crossfit, and olympic lifting. But I’ll be DAMNED if I’m going to let someone else’s agenda influence my life anymore. Go live your live and be happy lady!

    1. Ok, sorry for the blunt response and profanity. Please delete from your blog if you feel necessary to respect all readers. I did not mean to offend, just to support and voice my opinion.

  35. When you say “water fountains are wasteful,” do you mean little drinking fountains, or monument/park large decorative water fountains?

  36. Omg! Juli! My friend told me to read this today and I’m so glad I did! Soooo much like what’s happening to me lately. If you keep this up, think of how far you will be within the next year?! Exciting stuff juli….

  37. Wonderful honesty. We all need to check what motivates us and first and foremost should be what is best for our spirit and soul. Getting a new blender and wonder if this recipe would work in it?

  38. Thanks for your honesty! These are also things that I’m dealing with in my own life. I have been afraid to start cross fit for some of those very reasons, although I work out hard on my own and do cross fit style routines. I eat a paleo diet for a year to year and a half, and although the exercise makes me strong, I just can’t lose the fat I’m want/need to! Recently I’ve become aware that it could be a stress response (cortisol) from the exercise, or possibly a food allergy…still working on it. And the banana fried ice cream looks amazing! I can’t wait til the end of my whole 30 to give it a try!

  39. I don’t know you, but I love you!

    Thank you for just being you. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for encouraging the rest of us to be our best selves. And thank you for loving fried ice cream and sharing.

    Much love, Juli!

  40. I LOVE that you made this realization. I love your recipes. I love this blog. Without sounding condescending, I’m so proud of you! That is all.
    Love, Your Really Cool Aunt LOL

  41. I have to thank you for posting this. Timely for sure…I cried this morning after completing my WOD. This is the first time I have done this and totally not like me. I did because I have also dropped my weight and intensity the last 3 months to accommodate my pregnancy, one that I lost a week and a half ago. Different circumstances, yes, but still we are not alone. I love CF for that reason. I am very thankful for you being so open and being willing to share with us. And I was reading it because I for sure want ICE CREAM right now!! Thank you for the recipe!

  42. I love you and you are my hero, I’ve been going thru pretty similar situations (minus the part about placing 9th in regionals at crossfit… I can’t even beat people at my gym). But it’s really inspiring to read you blogging about these things. It’s so important to be able to gain an objective perspective on your own life.

    Plus ice-cream is like my go-to emotional eating food! haha I’m pretty positive that if we met, we’d be best friends!

  43. decorative fountains= isn’t that water on a recycling pump? not wasting water just using some electricity.

    it’s kinetic sculpture. brings emotional benefit to those that gaze upon it.

  44. omg. just saw this post. beautiful! i don’t know what else to say but thank you for sharing these deep thoughts with all of your readers. it is comforting to know that there are others out there who are deciding to do what feels right to them and not what feels right to other people. i assume that this took a lot of courage for you to write and i really appreciate it! xoxo

    (i complete 1/3 my workouts RX and 2/3 scaled. this is after almost 2 years of crossfit. it took me a while to get here but i’m glad i took the slow/steady route.. hoping to do more RX (if the body allows) in 2013

  45. Juli,

    I like CrossFit too.
    I do not like “I just met you but we have to do a friendly hug moments” or being sore 100% of my life, or going to physical therapy for this or that. Which I’m headed to momentarily…
    I want to compete but find everytime I’m on the cusp of breaking through — something is tweaked.

    Someone just made popcorn at work so I’m having to smell it while I’m sitting here at my desk typing a response on a paleo blog….

    What was I saying? O yes. I think moderation in all things is key and maybe I’ve gone a bit too far one way. A step back will be refreshing; which starts on the 20th for me.

  46. The posts about the fountains are LoL. I have an ice cream question though! Think this will remain scoopable out of the freezer? Theoretically, I mean. If it were to last that long….

  47. Juli, this is one of my favorite posts! I think this is SO important. Crossfit is definitely something that can become a serious addiction. People become so obsessed with rx’ing, training for hours every day, etc. It is an easy trap to fall into. To me, crossfit is you vs. you. I’m in there to kick my own ass, not someone else’s. It drives me insane to hear “oh, you should have rx’d that”, “what was your weight/score/time, etc.”. I do crossfit because I love it. It has changed my life in more ways than I ever could have imagined. However, you should never pressure yourself into gratifying someone else’s expectations. I am just really proud of you for doing what is right for you and what makes you happy! You are beautiful, strong, hilarious, such an inspiration…and should never have to cry over your body! Keep it up girl-you are amazing 🙂

  48. Thanks for this post, Juli. It brought tears to my eyes. It has been a rough year for me and Crossfit has always been my escape–a way to clear my mind. On our way to spend Christmas with family, we were hit head-on by some idiot not paying attention to a curve in the road. Long story short, I have a broken femur and broken ulna. I miss my Crossfit peeps and melting into a puddle of my own sweat after a good workout.

    Thanks for inspiring me and letting me know that I am not alone in my pursuit of happiness. I am not competitor material, but I really want to compete anyway. Coming in last would at least mean I tried.

  49. I went to a competition last Saturday, and being one of the smallest girls there (after I WON a paleo challenge at my gym by losing 25 pounds and improving tremendously in my workouts) I was pretty disappointed with my performance. I realized I would have to gain weight to actually compete with girls in my region, as well. But after fighting with myself the past two days and reading this, I couldn’t agree with you more!!! Thank you!!!! Thank you for the words, and the amazing food!

  50. Hell to the yes!!! I, too, came for the fried bananas with ice cream and stayed for the actualization of a lovely human being. I learned in a corporate training that emotion is built upon the actual result being something different than the expectations. When the expectations are very high, emotions run very high. Unfortunately, most of us weren’t built to be able to withstand long periods of time drinking the high expectation Kool-Aid (heloooooo cortisol). How awesome for you that you’re self aware enough to give yourself a break and enjoy the life YOU want to live. Keep on kickin’ ass, Juli!

  51. Thank you for posting this! I decided to take a break from marathoning this spring because I was soooo over HOURS of running. It had stopped being fun. So I started doing yoga and I love it.

    But it’s been almost 3 months since my last marathon, and I’m feeling bad because I know my running performance has declined (even though doing yoga makes me happy!). Such a weird balance. Sorry, this is totally rambling…mostly thanks for posting this so I don’t feel like a nutjob. 😉

  52. Look I don’t even know you and I freaking love you! Your website and recipes have brought me and my family lots of joy and healthy, tasty meals. If I were you, I’d be damn proud of myself. What woman wants to gain 15-20 pounds anyways?!

    Ps. I’ll be making this ice cream tonight

  53. Juli,
    I am glad that you shared your struggles with this! I think that it is something we all go through but don’t realize how many others are in a similar situation as we are. I recently wrote a post about it here; http://jengrant10.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/happy-now/ about dealing with the struggles of over-training and thinking that I had to live up to some expectation that I perceived others had of me. Not cool. Not cool at all. I hit the bottom and am working my way up to be a happier healthier me! I know you will do well no matter what you are doing if it is something you are passionate about and love!

    Love your recipes and your blog. Thank you for your honesty and realness.

  54. I was skeptical about this recipe because I don’t really like bananas, but I had the day off and hadn’t made ice cream since the summer. I have to say, it’s probably my favorite desert recipe I’ve made from the site so far. The bananas tasted like pie and were perfect warm over the ice cream. I probably should not make it very often, LOL. So tasty! Thanks Juli!

  55. Crap, my ice cream machine broke this summer. Guess I’ll just have to go get a new one, just so I can make this! It looks frickin’ amazing. I’m already drooling over other fruit I could add to this.
    I stopped giving a crap about what people thought of me last year, and I feel wonderful! I don’t need to have anyone’s approval except my own.

  56. Juli, your spirit is so strong and your humor is contagious. I just love how honest you are. I, too am one of those who tried Crossfit and although I enjoyed it (to a point until the hurts started to pop up) and made some friends it got to a point that it felt like “work” and not “pleasure” and I decided that it wasn’t for me. I haven’t regretted it. Thanks for your honesty and courage in finding what works for you and sticking with it.

  57. I have come to the same conclusions through Ironman training. Somehow over 4 years I lost sight of why I do the sport. Goals can sometimes overshadow the process and then we forget why we love doing something. It becomes more about the end result.

  58. Hi Juli…are you sure 2 tablespoons of cinnamon is accurate in this recipe? Made tonight, and questioned the amount so added 4 teaspoons instead (about 1.3 tablespoons) and it was delicious, but the color was much darker than your picture and I would definitely call it Cinnamon Ice Cream even in light of the lesser amount based on the domination of cinnamon. Great recipe none the less…and FYI searched comments first but couldn’t find anyone who actually MADE this recipe.

  59. Thank you SO much for this. It’s very timely. For years I worked out with the same group of people and because I loved it, I excelled. Except at some point I became the benchmark for everyone and suddenly I was expected to outperform and outlast everyone every freakin’ day. It was like having a target on my back constantly. I over trained, lifted heavier than I should and with injuries because I had all these expectations to live up to. Now a smaller group of us are doing Crossfit and I really love it, but it can been hard to not falling to that same trap since all your results are posted everyday. Your post is a great reminder to let go and just love the moment and silence the other voices. Thank you!

  60. Hi Juli,

    Love the recipe, but honestly, really love the post even more. I’m sitting over here achy as all get out after two back-to-back lifting days and knowing that I need a rest.
    I’m sleepy as hell after the 1-2 punch of the crappy Grammys and the State of the Union & Republican Response; but knowing that other folks are looking for me to be in the box getting it in makes me want to go.
    I’m also packing on a lot of muscle (and thought i saw CANKLES forming during my snatches yesterday) and I want to feel good about how I look, just as much about how I feel. This post, IMO, was spot on and had great timing (Thank you God, for Juli!!!). Active rest day it is; slow cardio and abs and home early so i can hit the sack.

    Thanks for all that you do; your recipes and sarcasm make my world go round! I truly appreciate it!

  61. This is your BEST post I have read! I, too LOVE crossfit. I, too have backed off and am finally finding a happy balance. Not everyone is happy about it, but I have a life outside of the box, and love myself just as much.
    Thanks for your recipes and especially for sharing your experiences!

  62. Thank you for writing about your struggles with XFit and the decision you made. I am going through the same realization with mountain biking right now, been doing it for 25 years (and I’m only 38!), and over the last few years it just isn’t as much fun for me anymore. At this point I am doing it just to keep my riding “friends” off my back and live up to the reputation & lifestyle I have built around it. You verbalized exactly what I am feeling. So many other things I *want* to do and experience, but I focus on the same 1 thing I always have because it’s a matter of habit, not necessarily enjoyment. Thanks for giving me something to chew on (both mentally and physically!).

  63. This looks amazing! I am not able to do dairy anymore after completing the whole30 and I am still looking to comply with a paleo lifestyle. I can’t wait to try this.

  64. You are the BEST!! I love all of your posts and I want to live next door to you :)m, no I’m not a creeper hahaha. You are awesome!

  65. I made just the ice cream and served it on hot sweet potatoe brownies. SO GOOD. I’m so glad you blog

  66. How long are you supposed to keep the mixture in the ice cream maker? When I made ice cream before going Paleo, it was about 20 minutes. I let my ice cream maker run an hour and it was cold milk and not at all thickened. I also questioned the amount of cinnamon, but followed the recipe. It seemed overly cinnamon-y too me.

    1. Every ice cream maker is different so just keep it in there until the mixture has thickened. Not sure why it wouldn’t have thickened. And I’m sorry about the cinnamon, I love a crap ton of it

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