This easy Banana Pistachio Soft Serve is super sweet, creamy, and only contains TWO ingredients! Simple Summer dessert, here we come!
I want to tell you a story. Right now, I’m sort of surrounded by people who are looking for jobs. Christian, of course (he graduates from grad school soon!), in addition to a few friends. It brings be back to my college graduation and job search (it took me a whole seven months of active applying and interviewing to land a job).
So, because of this, I want to talk about two points. The first…
If you want something, don’t give up
Here’s my first story. When I was a senior in college, it was required in my Sport Management program that we finish our Spring semester with a 3-month internship. The Fall semester was coming to a close, and I was frantically searching for a place to get my internship credits.
My parents were simultaneously on their way to Italy for a vacation at that time. I remember, I was in my college apartment when I got a call from my dad. He told me he met a man on his airplane to their connection in Atlanta, and was speaking to him about me, how I was looking for an internship, what I studied, etc. It turned out that this man was a former NFL football player that was now the VP of Business Development for EXOS, a world-class athletic and tactical training facility. He sent me a photo of the man’s business card, told me to email him, and was off to Italy.
I researched this company for days, and fell in love. I knew I had to intern there. It was absolutely perfect for me.
I’d heard back after reaching out to them, and scheduled an interview. It was a five hour drive away, and I didn’t care.
My interview went incredibly well. I felt comfortable, confident, and ready to come back to [hopefully] work. Plus, the VP seemed to really like me, and could tell I was ready to work my butt off to contribute to the company. They’d never had a business development intern (their interns were usually physical therapists, trainers, and nutritionists), but I was ready to show them what I could do.
So, great interview, I’m feeling good, I’m feeling confident. My dad and I go back to Gainesville (he was nice enough to accompany me on the drive to Pensacola from Gainesville) and celebrate that night for the interview going so well. I send the VP a thank you email, toast to a great day, and stuff my face with a celebratory meal.
A week goes by, I hear nothing. Another week, nothing. Two more weeks, silence. At this point, I’ve emailed countless times, even called the office – still haven’t gotten in touch. My father had even told me to move on and find something else before it was too late. But, I refused. I wanted this so badly that I could not envision myself going anywhere else. This was going to happen.
Long story short, he finally emailed me back offering me the position.
Friends: if you want something bad enough, so bad that you physically cannot imagine yourself doing anything else, so bad that you simply know that it will happen… don’t ever give up. I understand that this was just an internship, but at the time it was a huge deal to me. And I proved to myself that if I really want something, dammit I can make it happen. A little perseverance can take you a long way.
And the second point…
What’s meant to be will find it’s way
As you’ve read (or haven’t read) in this post about my first job, I completely hated my first job. I hated it so much that it left me depressed and riddled with negativity. But in hindsight, I am so thankful for that job because among other things, it showed me what I didn’t want, and lead me to where I am today.
So while my first point spoke to those who know exactly what they want, this is for those who feel lost.
I went from having 100% clarity in what I wanted (my internship) to graduating from college and being utterly and completely lost. I actually wanted a job with that company, applied a few times, but realized that maybe moving across the country wasn’t meant for me (on top of the fact that I was rejected). And as I went through my daily job search, what I wanted to do became more and more unclear.
So, for those feeling lost with their job search, my advice to you is: choose something over nothing, because you’ll learn more from something you hate than from never taking a chance.
So, about this soft serve…
You guys, this Banana Pistachio Soft Serve is TWO INGREDIENTS. How about you just guess what they are…
Yeah. Banana and pistachio. But really, can you believe that?! I remember when I first discovered the phenomena that is “nice cream”, aka soft serve made of bananas. Straight up, bananas. What makes this such a delectable dessert? Well, when bananas become overly ripe, their sweetness is amplified. That’s why banana bread requires ripe bananas, beyond the soft texture. When it comes to soft serve, you’ll need over-ripe bananas that have been frozen.
Including pistachios in the equation adds a nutty, savory note to the soft serve. If you prefer more of the pistachio flavor, I recommend upping the pistachio serving to 1/2 cup.
Banana Pistachio Soft Serve
- 2 overly ripe bananas, frozen and cut into chunks
- ⅓ cup shelled pistachios
- Add half of the banana chunks to your food processor. Blend until made into small chunks or crumbs.
- Add remaining banana and blend until completely smooth.
- Add in pistachio. Blend until pistachio is broken into small pieces, or completely blended it (depending on preference).
- Pour banana-pistachio mixture into a loaf pan and freeze for at least an hour.
- Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out soft serve and serve topped with crushed pistachio.
What was it like for you on the job search?
What was your first job?
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