Turkish Delight Banana Soft Serve

July 18, 2014

This week I feel like I’ve been treading water. Usually I’m pleasantly swimming, favouring oooh I suppose breaststroke. Maybe a little butterfly thrown in for fun. It’s a nice pace and it feels good and it gets me places, places I want to go. Or I’m stopping to float, my breath deep and present, my chest and eyes open to the open sky. But this week I haven’t been able to move very far and I’ve found myself sinking instead of floating. I need to breathe. Well, rest and breathe.

I can feel my stroke coming back. I’m starting with sidestroke, slowly, keeping my eyes to the sky and my breath consistent. You gotta breathe. If yoga has taught me anything it’s that you must breathe and treat yourself with love and kindness, never judgement. I’ll be sure to pause and tread when I need to, but I’m moving again. And I know I’ll get to breaststroke soon enough. Heck, I’ll be smashing butterfly. But for now it’s different and that’s ok.

Today I have something a little different for your weekend. A new twist on an old favourite, dressing banana soft serve up with a few jewels. A little rose water, some berries for colour, a drizzle of tahini and we have ourselves a Turkish Delight-inspired banana soft serve. I’ve been itching to make this ever since a lovely lady I follow on instagram called Mariam shared her creation. I thought you might like it too. It can hep rejuvenate us after a crappy swimming session. No judgement, just love. Rose water and pistachio-dressed love.

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Turkish Delight Banana Soft Serve

Recipe loosely adapted from the lovely @mariamseats.

Serves 2

Ingredients
2 large frozen Bananas, sliced (ensure the bananas are frozen solid. They take at least a few hours to freeze, peeled and slice up  and put in plastic wrap or peeled and left whole to use in a Yonanas machine)
1/2 cup frozen Raspberries
1 Medjool Date, pitted and chopped (or 2 teaspoons pure Maple Syrup)
1/4 cup Milk
1-2 teaspoons Rose Water (more if you enjoy the flavour, less if you’re unsure. I used two teaspoons. Find this in Middle Eastern delis like Oasis)
Toppings: runny hulled tahini and toasted, chopped pistachios

Method
1. Add the bananas, raspberries and date to a food processor and blitz until smooth. Add the milk as required to ease it into soft serve texture.
2. Add 1 teaspoon rosewater, blitz and taste, then add more as desired.
3. Serve immediately into bowls and top with a drizzle of runny tahini and toasted, chopped pistachios.

Heidi xo

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17 Comments

  • Reply Cilla July 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I hope that everything is okay, missy. Big hugs.

    • Reply Heidi July 18, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks, lovely. I’ve just been unwell, unsure what was going on with it but I’m on the mend x

  • Reply Tori July 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    What a luscious sounding recipe. Banana with tahini is one of my very favourite flavour combinations, and rose water has been sneaking into my meals quite often of late. Thanks for the inspiration, I hope you can have a restful weekend taking it slow and steady. Sometimes when you let yourself float and drift, you find yourself being gently carried in the direction you intended to go in anyway.

    • Reply Heidi July 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      So true, Tori. I’m looking forward to a slow weekend, hope you have a lovely one too x

  • Reply InTolerant Chef July 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I hope you get your stroke back soon Heidi, maybe set a new personal best? You don’t want to be treading water too long, or worse still be only stuck in hydro therapy like me 🙂
    Wonderful recipe, the flavours would match together so beautifully! X

    • Reply Heidi July 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Yes indeed, Rebecca, wise words! I’m getting my stride back, just feels funny & frustrating being off pace, you know? Ahhh life. It’s mad sometimes. I’m still happy & lucky to be swimming x

  • Reply Manjusha's Recipes July 19, 2014 at 4:15 am

    wow! looking gorgeous banana soft, I try this recipe.

    • Reply Heidi July 19, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Please do! Hope you like it 🙂 x

  • Reply Hannah July 19, 2014 at 10:24 am

    This softserve is like the version of swimming that happens when dolphins come up from beneath to carry you forward to a sparkling beach of Tahiti for endless rays of gentle sunshine and cocktails with little umbrellas to soothe and delight your soul until you’re dancing again.

    Love you. xo

    • Reply Heidi July 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Thanks, lovely lady. I think you’re spot on xx

  • Reply Glenda @ Healthy Stories July 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Oh my gosh. That looks just divine! I would never have thought to put rosewater in a banana soft serve.

    • Reply Heidi July 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Neat, hey? x

  • Reply Thalia @ butter and brioche July 20, 2014 at 9:39 am

    this is just an awesome idea + flavour combination.. isnt turkish delight just the best! craving a massive bowl of this soft serve right about now. love it!

    • Reply Heidi July 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      It’s a super cool flavour combination, you must try it! x

  • Reply Blast in Boulder | cheering for nutrition July 26, 2014 at 5:00 am

    […] My Bed for some great soft serves which are healthy and somewhat similar to a Rush Bowl. Try the Turkish Delight Banana Soft Serve or the Banana Soft Serve with Toasted Seeds and Nut Butter […]

  • Reply laurasmess July 28, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Ohhhhh yum. This sounds divine Heidi! I do hope that you’ll be swimming with ease again soon. Life sometimes throws us a little up and down, but I always find that the down times make me appreciate health, wholeness and sunshine all the more. Hugs. I must make this recipe! Xx

    • Reply Heidi July 28, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Don’t they just? You appreciate the good so much more. Thanks, lady x

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