Honey Banana Ice Cream

Honey banana ice cream

Who loves ice cream?

We LOVE ice cream; almost as much as honey. It is definitely one of our top five favorite foods lol. I am not going to lie had some trouble with this recipe, it has taken me quiet a few months to get the consistency just right. I think I finally figured out how to make it work. I have had loads of people ask how to make a dairy free ice cream; so I began playing in the kitchen with a simple way to do it. Lets face it many people are struggling for time and it has been getting harder to make things at home! I did add the chocolate and caramel whipped honeys, so if you want this completely dairy free keep those out. So here is my simple Honey Banana Ice Cream.

Ingredients:

3- ripe medium banana’s

1 cup- Cashew milk

1/4- 1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup- chocolate whipped honey (optional)

1/4 cup- caramel whipped honey (optional)

Directions: 

Unpeel the banana’s and cut them up into 1 inch chunks. Place them in a quart ziplock bag and freeze them over night. Place the frozen banana’s into the blender and start blending. Add 1/2 cup of cashew milk and let blend, add the second 1/2 cup and blend again. Add the 1/4 cup of honey. If you do not use the chocolate or caramel whipped honey or dairy free equivalent; add 1/2 cup of honey.

Tips:

-Add some crunch with adding a TBSP. of peanuts or almonds

-Add 1/4 cup of fresh fruit on top

-Add whip cream

 

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Banana and Bourbon Honey French Toast

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OMG if you have talked with me at The Honey Cottage you know how OBSESSED I am about the salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey from Honeyville. I especially LOVE this on stuffed French toast!!! I am super excited to share this recipe because the flavors of the bananas and bourbon combine to make a super yummy experience. This is a great recipe to make as a family, to serve for a Sunday brunch, or your family breakfast night. Whatever the reason we truly bee-lieve there is no better way to enjoy your day than with bourbon haha!

Ingredients:

10- Eggs

1 ½ cups- Milk

3 Tbsp.- Vanilla extract

2 tsp.- Cinnamon

12- Slices of Bread

8 ounces- Cream Cheese

Salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey

1 pint- Heavy whipping cream

2 Bananas

Directions: 

Crack the eggs into a bowl, add the milk, vanilla extract, and the cinnamon and whip together until thoroughly mixed together. Heat up a pan a little past medium heat. Spray the pan with your favorite cooking spray. Take the slices of bread, one at a time, and place in the batter, flip the bread over so both sides have the batter on them. Place the bread in the pan and cook until golden brown; depending on stove and heat level it can be about 3-5 minutes on both sides. Place the cooked toast on a plate until they are all cooked.

You can assemble the following ingredients in advance before you start the French toast, or while you are cooking the French toast.

Cream cheese center– take 8 ounces of cream cheese and whip it to make it spreadable, then add 2 Tbsp. of salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey and mix together. Place in a bowl to the side; you want it slightly warm so it will spread onto the French toast.

Whip cream topping- Take a pint of heavy whipping cream and place it in a mixer. Whip the heavy cream until you get soft peaks; then add 4 Tbsp. of salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey until you get firm peaks, about 2 minutes. Set the whip cream in a bowl.

Slice up the bananas and place in a bowl ready for assembly.

To assemble:

Take a piece of French toast and place it on the plate, spread some of the cream cheese onto the bread, place a layer of bananas on top, add the next piece of French toast on top. Place a few bananas on top, pipe out the whip cream on top, drizzle the top with salted bourbon vanilla whipped honey, and enjoy!!

Tips: 

-Add crushed pecans on top of the French toast

-Drizzle with a little bit of chocolate on top

-Sprinkle the top with a little shredded coconut

 

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Confessions of a beekeeper 2019

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We have been asked so many times; why are plants so important? Why does it matter so much how bees are taken care of?

This year has been un-bee-livable! I have been learning so much for the last several years, but this year was different. If you follow The Honey Cottage or have read any of my other blogs; you know that we are BIG advocates on planting flowers. We are also advocating for the bees needing at least an acre and a half of constantly blooming flowers in order to stay healthy. This year we saw PROOF on what this can do for a beehive!! Our bees were busy and are super healthy. We know that many beekeepers have to sometimes feed the bees sugar water, which is a necessary evil. However, we are determined to show what happens when bees have a natural diet of flowers and lots of them. When we do feed our bees; we feed them with frames of honey that we have packed away from the year before.

We have a bee hive that is in the mountains where the bees have access to everything! There is a small river nearby and tons and tons of flowers for the bees. There is a huge basswood tree, apple trees, chokecherry trees, wildflowers, and sour cherries. Every time we went to check on the bees there were more flowers blooming. We saw so many new flowers that we have never seen before that we were in shock. There are acres and acres available to the bees. Since we have just established the bees this year, we wanted to leave enough honey for them to make it to spring. We did manage to steal a couple of frames of honey and the honey is INCREDIBLE!!!  I have never had honey so amazing! We are super pleased with how well that they are doing that we are making more planes to plant more flowers next year.

The property where they located at said this was the best year, they had for the fruit that was produced! That is one of the biggest complements a bee can receive. In order for the flowers to produce seeds, fruit, or vegetables; the bees have to pollinate them. Flowers are males and females just like humans; males produce the pollen that the bees are able to take to the female flowers. The pollen needs to get to the stigma of a female plant in order to reproduce. It takes 10 grains of pollen just to pollinate the other plants correctly. Which is why bees are faster and more proficient in pollinating flowers then humans. Once the flower has been pollinated it will produce the seeds and food that we eat. The amount of food that is eaten on the plant means the bees are doing an essential job for humans to keep eating and survive!

Help save the bees and start planning out your flower garden for next year now! There are drought resistant plants, perennials, and annuals that can bee planted. There are plants that will come up in the Spring, Summer, or Fall. Help where you can if you cannot plant your own garden. Please help save the bees one flower at a time!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Summer honey fruit salad

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There is nothing that celebrates summer more than all the luscious fruit that is coming in! I keep forgetting that honey can be used in anything and everything and this is one of our favorite ways to eat honey, especially for fighting allergies. So, I wanted to show how easy it is just to add a little bit of honey to the diet. It not only boosts the immune system, but it is super easy to use! I toss the apples and bananas in the honey and orange/ lemon juice to keep them from browning and to add a little extra flavor to the recipe.

Ingredients:

¼ cup- blueberries

4 strawberries

8 grapes

1 mandarin orange

2 Tbsp. Pecans

2 Tbsp. Walnuts

2 Tbsp. of orange juice or lemon juice

Honey

¼ cup of apples

½ of a banana

Directions: 

Wash the blueberries and put them in a bowl, then slice up the strawberries into quarter slices and place them in the bowl, next slice the grapes and mandarin orange into halves (since they are small you can keep them whole too) and place them the bowl. Smash the walnuts and pecans into bite sized pieces and add them to the fruit bowl.

In a separate bowl; mix the orange or lemon juice and the honey together thoroughly and put a side.

Take the apple and cut it into bite sized pieces and place in the honey sauce, then slice up the banana, and add it to the apples and honey sauce. Toss together lightly coating all pieces of fruit.

Add the apples and bananas to the other fruit lightly toss again and serve! ENJOY!

Tips:

-Try using honeyville’s raspberry whipped honey to add some extra flavor

-Take out the pecans and walnuts and try with sunflower seeds

-Try adding a ¼ of pineapple chunks