19 Jan 2013

chocolate & vanilla ice cream sandwiches (suitable for hipsters)


I've made ice cream sandwiches before... but that was when I was just starting out with this whole blog thing. I'm so happy with where I am now. Thank you all for your kindness. Anyways - I was deciding what to make last night and ice cream sandwiches popped into my brain (not literally... that would be gross. How would that even work? Okay, never mind.) 


They turned out exactly as I had hoped. Soft chocolate pieces holding together raw, dairy-free ice cream. In fact, I used three different kinds of ice cream for these guys. Banana soft serveolive oil, and vanilla caramel. Each one is unique and delicious in it's own special way... AW SO SWEET. (Now that I DO mean literally.)

My boyfriend liked them so much that he tried to eat them all but I was able to stop his beastly manner and satisfy his sweet tooth with just one. Must save the rest for my family! And... myself...


The crust is nut-free (if you don't add peanut butter) because I used mostly buckwheat groats - they are rawkin' and seriously nutritious; gluten-free too, which is never a bad thing. Another plus? These babies are suitable for hipsters! I used triangle molds for some of them so I know the trendy alternative youth of my generation will flock to these like a grimy pair of used sneakers. I'm not judging - I have only love for you (and you and you). To be honest, I myself have been called a hipster on many an occasion. Ain't no thang.


Make these for your sweet heart, your friends, family or complete strangers. I wish I had made more so I could eat more but alas, it's just one for every member of my family. Feel free to play around with the crust - I bet it would be awesome if you added a bit of cayenne. Let's get spicy up in here. 


I don't really remember what a conventional ice cream sandwich tastes like but it can't be better than this. Whole food frozen treats? Count me in! There's simply nothing better than indulging in something decadent and delicious, knowing you are making your body, the earth and the animals happy. Well I don't really have anything else to talk about for today so I will leave by saying: MAKE THESE! The recipe is below.


chocolate & vanilla ice cream sandwiches: makes 8-10, depending on the size

Crust:
1 cup buckwheat groats, preferably soaked in water for 1-3 hours
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 cup dates, or more as needed 
2 tablespoons nut butter (optional)

Ice cream:
banana ice cream OR
coconut ice cream (this is the more decadent option) 

To make the crust: pulse the dry ingredients in your food processor until it's like a rough flour. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until it forms a ball or clumps together.

Using half the crust mixture, press into the bottom of cookie cutter molds or whatever else you want to use. Scoop softened ice cream into each one and then set in the freezer for an hour or so, until the ice cream is hard again. Press on the remaining half of the crust mixture. Let them set in the freezer for 30 more minutes and then push them out of the molds, gently. Enjoy!

42 comments:

Angi said...

These look amazing!! I mean AMAZING! I will makes these soon!

lauraloveslife said...

Wow! These look incredible.
I notice the recipe calls for 1/4 cup cocao powder but your photos look like nibs?

TheCookieFairy said...

Wow! These photos look like they came right out of a magazine or a cookbook. Where did you get the triangle shapes? I've never seen those before!

I've never had ice cream sandwiches before, vegan or not, but these I would definitely try :)

lysa jordan said...

I want some Emily !! They look so delicious and nutrient dense at the same time. Things are so magical on your blog!

Hanounaa said...

Rawsome!

Sue said...

I have an awesome ice cream maker I found in a thrift store for $2.00 . I've had it for 5 years now and it still works great! I've seen quite a few ice cream makers in thrift stores for great deals. That's where they are if you're looking! Also...I've seen a couple during my garage sale'n days!

Koko said...

Wow, so glad these are suitable for hipsters. You really think of everything! I mean, like, what would we have done if they weren't cool (uncool?) enough for hipsters. Haha!

But seriously, these look amazing, and buckwheat groats are a wonderfood, for sure!

Jolijn said...

These look amazing!! Definitely gonna make them soon.
I'm reading all your blogs and they really inspire me.

Jolijn (from The Netherlands)

Nat said...

Hi Emily! These look absolutely amazing! I've been following your blog for a couple of months now and I'm hooked! I'm a Vegetarian but I love that even though your recipes are raw and Vegan they can still be eaten and enjoyed by pretty much anyone. Very cool site :)

Teresa Carrillo said...

All I can say is........WOW!!!! fabulous photos! I was wondering, I don't eat chocolate of any kind anymore, can I substitute carob for the cacao? Thanks!

Tulkoju said...

My mouth is watering sooooo much....
But luckily I have a banana-cocoa smoothie to appease my lust.
I'm definitely posting this on my vegan/vegetarian recipe exchange on facebook.
I don't often try other people's recipes, but this looks like my kind of dessert!
Thanks!!!!!!

Emily von Euw said...

Yeah I used my vitamix and made them into powder, because the food processor wouldn't be able to. I just had nibs, that's all. Observant though!! lol

Thank you :)

Emily von Euw said...

Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

I found them in our cupboard :)
Thank you!!

Emily von Euw said...

Hehe thank you for using the word "magical".

Much love <3

Emily von Euw said...

Right on! ;)

Emily von Euw said...

Dang you are one lucky duck. I don't know why I hadn't thought of that - I am an avid thrifty shopper - it's just never occurred to me to look for an ice cream maker there. Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

LOL :) Thanks so much.

Emily von Euw said...

Thanks so much! Great to meet you.

Emily von Euw said...

Thank you! That's what I think too - who wouldn't enjoy a healthy whole food dessert? :)

Emily von Euw said...

Thank YOU :) And you definitely can. If I had carob in the pantry, I would have used it.

Emily von Euw said...

Thanks so much :D

Mirani said...

Hi Emily, just a tip for improving your blog, (although it is fantastic already) I think you should put less photos of the same food in a blog post. I counted, and you put 26 PHOTOS of the the icecream sandwiches, and utensils!! haha just a little bit carried away! ;)

Emily von Euw said...

LOL you're probably right. I just know that when I am on other people's food websites I like lots of photos, but I'll take a few down if you think it's excessive on this post :)

x

Abby @ The Frosted Vegan said...

Holy wow, the pictures, the set up, the ice cream! I love it all!

Emily von Euw said...

Awww shucks. Thank you so much, Abby!

Maria Harvey said...

You can never have too many pics Em'..
I Love them.
Gives you more plate envy to drool over!
Keep up the r'awesome work!

Emily von Euw said...

Aww ahah thank you!! <3

turtleinseattle said...

Hi Emily! Over the course of the week I stocked up on some raw staples and am excited to make these tonight! My first recipe from you blog! Well, to be honest, first raw "recipe" I have ever made! We eat lots of fresh stuff, but nothing like this. I cannot wait to try them!

One question: when you say soak something (groats, cashews etc), do you soak and drain and then use the moist ingredients, or do you use the soaking liquid too? Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

Hey there =)

Nope, I just mean the drained grain or nut - don't use the liquid unless I otherwise say to.

Carly Cleghorn said...

Nooo! I love, love all the images! They are all so beautiful. That is part of what makes your blog special, to me--I remembered the url and I keep coming back because of how lovely it looks, as much as for the inspiration. :)

Emily von Euw said...

aw thanks so much!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for these! Could I use buckwheat flour or just plain oats instead of buckwheat groats? (don't have any groats on hand). Not sure the diff between groats and flour.

Emily von Euw said...

Certainly! :)

Julie said...

I ended up using sprouted buckwheat groats and it was great! I soaked them for an hour, but probably didn't need to (I'm still trying to figure out the difference between all the buckwheats).

Natália Puga said...

Hi Emily! Great recipe once more!
Do you think it would work with oat groats instead of buckwheat? I want to do this tomorrow but since it's a holiday all the stores will be closed and oat is all I've got!
Thanks!

Emily von Euw said...

Yep! :)

Lauren Kaiser said...

I found your blog a few weeks ago and I have been hooked! I've already tried three different raw desserts and I'm making the ice cream sandwiches tomorrow! Your blog is amazing and I love the pictures, they add such a nice touch! I also added you on FB, and I love getting the daily updates.
Thanks!!

Ance Sternberga said...

no, no, no! Pics are the best apart from the food itself, haha! :)

Anonymous said...

You're so amazing, just want you to know that!

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Anonymous said...

can i use squash seeds ?