Oh yeah. This is happening. Too epic to handle? No. I believe in you. Just take a breathe and allow the fact to sink in that you can make giant peanut butter cookies, sandwich them with soft serve banana ice cream... and it's healthy. THIS WORLD IS SO FREAKING AWESOME.
The only ingredients in these deliciously sexy treats are nuts, oats, fruit and... oh - that's it! Don't believe me? Make them yourself and find out. And you only need to use oats if you don't like using lots of nuts. But if "the more nuts, the better!" is your motto, then by all means the only ingredients you require are nuts and fruit. (I really, REALLY hope someone out there actually has that as their life motto.)
How did these come into existence? My friend Amanda is a genius and it was all her idea. A few weeks ago she suggested we make peanut butter cookies with banana ice cream (she has tried my banana ice cream before and quickly realized its magical qualities). Obviously I loved the idea so she came over yesterday and I whipped these up as we talked about stuff in the kitchen. 'Stuff' is such a great word. But back on track: this recipe is simple, delicious, healthy and quick to make (what else is new?) We both agreed that the cookies remind us intensely of those Nature Valley peanut butter granola bars that we enjoyed as kids. As long as you love peanut butter and bananas, you should consider this heaven in your hand. And ya know what? Since I love everyone I am gonna be accommodating so even if you hate peanut butter and bananas (what is wrong with you though) you can still make this recipe kick-ass and suitable to your taste preferences! Just use any other kind of nut butter, and make coconut ice cream or mango sorbet instead. Done.
Yet another wonderful feature of this seemingly perfect treat? If you have something against the sandwich format or are just lazy, you can simply throw it all into a bowl and chow down. I rolled the extra cookie dough into balls and threw it on the leftover ice cream along with some coconut sugar. This was my dinner. #perfectlife #bananaicecreamforever
Note: even though I just called this a 'treat', you can seriously eat it any time of the day and in whatever quantity you desire. That's the best part about eating healthy food. No restrictions, yo. Okay I have probably babbled enough about this so let's get to it. WE ALL SCREAM FOR BANANA ICE CREAM! And we can probably scream louder and longer because the wholesome ingredients in our ice cream provide us with energy and high quality nutrition. I'm just SAYING. Okay seriously I will leave now. Enjoy the recipe.
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE + BANANA ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
1 1/2 cups rolled oats or walnuts
2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cups dates
3 frozen bananas
To make the cookies: throw the oats or walnuts into a food processor until they become like rough flour. Add the rest of the ingredients to this and process until it all begins to stick together. Put a piece of parchment on a baking pan. Scoop on your cookie dough, then place another piece of parchment paper on top of that. Roll the cookie dough out between the two pieces of parchment (no mess!) then cut out your cookies. Use the extra dough to roll into balls. Refrigerate all this until the cookies can hold their shape (a couple hours).
To make the ice cream: blend the bananas until they turn into soft serve ice cream. (The texture will change suddenly.) Sandwich the ice cream between your cookies and enjoy! Makes approximately 4-6 sandwiches.
Notes: you can use any kind of nut butter you like. You can make the ice cream in a food processor. You can add a pinch of salt to the cookies, and vanilla to the ice cream. You can really do whatever you want.
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