V/GF Chocolate Chip ‘Nice Cream’ Sandwich

They can’t all be healthy, amiright? But they can be healthy-ish (this is where we convince ourselves we can eat the cookie batter raw because it’s ‘not that bad for us.’ We can also know that you can go 8-10 days without sleep , but I mean, maybe you shouldn’t). Try to get through the whole process without eating all the batter (especially if you actually want the whole sandwich thing at the end), but I won’t judge you if you have a couple of spoonfuls to ‘taste test.’

I discussed Reese’s (and my) ‘dairy issue’ (a.k.a. acknowledgement of not being a baby cow) here , so you know that we’re always on the hunt for ways to vegan-ize classic dairy treats and staples. Enter: the ice cream sandwich. We’ve already discovered a couple of easy store-bought varieties of an ice cream sandwich ( these , these , or these are good), but I vividly remember high metabolism high school days where I scooped spoonfuls of vanilla onto two chocolate chip cookies and created my own. That’s what we’re doing here – except we’re totally DIY-ing it and actually making the cookies/’nice cream’ ourselves (my 16-year-old self definitely didn’t have time for this. Too busy chatting on AIM and playing M.A.S.H. )

This is going to seem like a lot of work since it’s two recipes, but it’s pretty simple. I hope by now you know I’m not really into complicated (recipes, at least 😉 ).

Cookies, first. That’s really just a good life motto.

Preheat your oven to 350. Mix all dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) into a bowl, combine well.

Then, mix all wet ingredients into a separate bowl and stir to combine. Since these cookies are only sweetened with dates (and a couple of dairy-free dark chocolate chips, but those don’t really count ;)), this will include the date paste, which you should make prior to mixing ingredients together. Dates are arguably one of the least-photogenic foods out there, but when they are turned into a paste, they’re slightly more aesthetically appealing. Slightly.

Mix dry with wet, and fold in chocolate chips. If anyone is in close proximity of you doing this, they will peer over the bowl and ask you for a taste approximately 58 times.

Roll dough into balls that are a little smaller than a golf ball (seems like a legit measurement). Place on parchment paper and press down lightly with a fork. Bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes (cookies should be golden brown, so check on them around 14-15 minutes).

Let cookies cool, and let’s move on to the ‘nice cream.’

Add frozen bananas, almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and half of the almond milk to a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend on high, stop and scrape sides, add small amounts of almond milk to thin if needed, continue to blend until consistency is smooth (be super careful about adding too much almond milk because this can get too thin quickly).

Resist the urge to just plop down and eat the entire container. You may need to let your nice cream set up a little more in the freezer for a bit (note: I did let mine sit for a couple of hours for the photo above), or you may just be too impatient to wait. I get that. Take two cookies and put an unapologetically large spoonful of nice cream in between. Smush slightly, and definitely lick the sides of the cookies to catch the excess. Try to save some for your spouse/friend/family member but probably fail miserably. Say you’re sorry (but you’re not that sorry) and try again some other time.

Enjoy!

V/GF Chocolate Chip Cookies:

-18 pitted dates + 1/3 C water – blend together on high until paste consistency is formed (makes 1/2 C date paste – use entire amount for cookies)
-1 3/4 C almond flour
-1/4 C melted vegan butter
-3 T unsweetened almond milk
-1 1/2 t organic vanilla extract
-1/2 t baking powder
-1/4 t organic cinnamon
-1/4 C choc chips
-pinch of sea salt

Vanilla Almond Butter Nice Cream:

-4 frozen bananas
-1/2 C organic cocoa powder
-3 T almond butter
-2 t organic vanilla extract
-1/2 t organic cinnamon
-1/2 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk (start with a little less and add/blend/scrape blender sides to get desired consistency)

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