Kiwano-Maca Banana Ice Cream

Helloooooo America! And hellooooo sunshine!

Since my arrival back into the U.S. 5 days ago, I have been greeted with a lot of rain! So I was a bit excited to see the morning sun today. Yay! The excitement grew even bigger when I get to re-bond with my kitties, Clara (with the black nose) and Cecilia (with the pink nose). Such scaredy cats. But ultra adorable!

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I’ve been seeing kiwano in grocery stores and I’ve always wanted to try it. And I did! It looks a bit like a fruit that comes from outer space or that you’ll see in sci-fi movies, doesn’t it? But this peculiar looking fruit is native to Africa and is now grown in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S.

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I really have no idea what it would taste like, or even how I was supposed to eat it. I cut it in half and I think its “coolness” just leveled up! Yellow and prickly on the outside, green on the inside, with a cucumber-like slimy texture. It reminds me of Madame Vastra from Doctor Who, for some reason.

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I scooped a tiny piece. It tasted quite tangy but fresh, kind of like a tangy cucumber. Honestly, I expected kiwano to have somewhat of a sweet taste, like honeydew. But when I blended it together with my banana ice cream, it surprised me how well they paired together.

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KIWANO-NANA ICE CREAM

INGREDIENTS
2 frozen bananas
1/2 kiwano
2 tbs almond milk
1 tsp maca powder

serves 1
1. Put everything in a blender. Blend on high until you get a smooth creamy consistency.

2. Add desired toppings (e.g. nuts, fruits, seeds).

Bon Appétit

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