I still have no idea how I was so lucky that the Vita-mix company gave me one of their amazing machines completely free of charge. Until the package actually showed up at my house I didn’t fully believe it was true. Thank you, Vita-mix! Since I already owned a Vita-mix, I gave my sister the new one as a Christmas present. Does that qualify me for Sister of the Year?
Perhaps she’ll finally stop bringing it up that I used to bite her…
Our First Meeting
Close your eyes and picture yourself in New York City. Imagine it’s a sticky, sweltering day. You’ve been walking for hours under the hot, relentless summer sun, and your parched throat is screaming for something cool and refreshing. (Work those imaginations, people! I know it’s a stretch… unless you happen to live in Florida.) Then, out of the corner of one eye, you spot it– an oasis in the desert. “Luscious Fruit Ice Cream, All-Natural and Vegan” proclaims the street sign, and your suddenly-sprightly feet can’t take you fast enough.
The above is a true story that took place three summers ago. My mom and I had been walking for over two hours in the humid NYC sun, and we were beat. Then, sandwiched between a Wendy’s and a CVS, we spotted Bonobo’s, with its enticing street sign. Bonobo’s is a raw vegetarian fast-food cafe (yes, they do exist!), specializing in food made from fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. On the day of our visit, we opted for their amazing all-fruit ice cream (I chose blueberry, and my mom picked strawberry). This refreshing treat was the perfect pick-me-up to remedy a day spent in the heat. After savoring my sweet indulgence, I was intrigued as to how it was made. So I ambled up to the counter and engaged the waitress in conversation. “How do you make ice cream with fruit as the only ingredient?” my curious mind asked. And thus was I introduced to the Vita-mix for the first time. Ever since that first encounter, I knew someday I had to have a Vita-mix! And when that “someday” came, I was eager to make Bonobo–ish ice cream of my own.
That’s how “Faux-Yo” was created.
I’m not going to write down a “recipe” because it’s so basic that pretty much anyone could come up with it (and many of you probably have!). But the idea is: throw a bunch of frozen fruit in the Vita with a tiny bit of milk of choice (a few tablespoons oughta do the trick; often, I don’t use any at all) and blend away. Berries, mangoes, bananas… anything goes! Banana all-fruit ice cream is especially amazing if you add a few chocolate chips!! And, if you really want that swirly fro-yo consistency, try squirting the ice cream out of a plastic bag with a small hole cut in the side! .