18 Sep 2014

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE + BANANA ICE CREAM SANDWICHES


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.

x


PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE + BANANA ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

Cookies:
1 1/2 cups rolled oats or walnuts
2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
1 1/2 cups dates

Ice cream:
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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20 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! We did a similar one awhile back with our Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut Butter: http://alovingspoon.com/non-dairy-honey-vanilla-bourbon-peanut-butter-ice-cream-sandwiches/

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  2. I'm making those cookies tomorrow and I will eat every one of them myself before any one sees them!
    Great thing about raw desserts. ..they don't smell up the kitchen as much so I can make more and eat more ;) Thanks Em ♡

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    1. Made the cookies. The are incredible by themselves. I added a bit of ginger and a pinch of salt.
      I loved how easy they were to roll out too. Awesome.

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  3. I love the looks of those cookies! So yummy!

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  4. These look absolutely amazing! What a genius combination.

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  5. OMG you’re killing me LOL I just HAVE to make these on the weekend. Thank you so much for sharing xo

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  6. Your posts are just delightful to read haha! And daaaamn, I want some of those sandwiches!!

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  7. The "Beery-Tahin" Cookiedough and "Banana-Cheesecake" Ice creme chilling in the Frezer for this awesome looking Sandwiches ;-D
    Hugs

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  8. Look delicious

    http://www.dearfruitsmile.com/uncategorized/vegetarian-or-omnivore-what-part-ii/

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  9. These look great, but I think I'd prefer the balls/chunks in a bowl of ice cream. I don't like biting into or chewing ice cream...too cold!

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  10. All I want to do right now is dig into that bowl of peanut buttery banana goodness (omg!!). This recipe looks absolutely divine.

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  11. Do you add any liquids to your bananas to help blend them up?

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  12. This is a must try - pinning!

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  13. I want to cry because this is so good. I made it for my carb intake tomorrow as I'll be walking 28miles. I'm so in love right now.
    I added some water to get it...a little wet. The crumbly action was still yummy, but I need to spoon it out of my jar as I walk, so the consistency now works. I tend to get grumpy and upset when I'm hungry (especially when I'm starving) and those emotions flare when I'm walking a long time and get tired and maybe discouraged. Eating this will keep me focused and energized, and happy! I think I might eat some for dinner. I appreciate your easy, simple, delicious recipe Emily! I'm in love with your food posts, but in adoration with the simple ones. :)

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  14. @Kathryn Payton - thank you so much! I loved reading your comment :) xo

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  15. @Cwoffee Dude - nope, but you can!

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  16. Pure and good for you indulgence! These are Amazing with a capital A! Just eaten two and am utterly stuffed (with joy). Thanks Emily

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  17. SO YUMMY! I usually half the recipe but this time I made a full batch and ate it all in one sitting. So full, but so happy right now.

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  18. Katherine OJune 12, 2015

    My daughter and I are enjoying this for breakfast right now. I can say with certainty that it is toddler-approved :) I love your recipes, keep up the fantastic work and stay happy!

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