21 Feb 2012

raw dilly bars

Do you know what a Dilly Bar is? It's a classic DQ ice cream treat; a circle of vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate. Looks like this.

Well. The other day we were driving home and we passed a DQ when my mom remembered that me and my brothers used to love Dilly Bars, so she told us. I guess I remembered them in my subconscious because I hadn't heard, seen or thought of them in years - yet I instantly knew what they were!

"Aren't those those circlular ice cream bars in chocolate?" 
"Yep! You guys LOVED 'em when you were little."
"Hmm... I think I'll make a raw vegan version."

And so the idea was born. Honestly, these are pretty darn easy. You just need to get your fave ice cream (I recommend my raw recipe) and cover it in melted dark chocolate, or raw chocolate. These are full of nutrients and whole foods, not whatever the heck is in a DQ Dilly Bar... because frankly I don't even WANT to know.

They're really yummy. I mean, you have ice cream covered in chocolate. Need I say more?
No. But I will anyway.

I suggest making several of these so you can share them with your family for a fun and special dessert or snack. Or perhaps make just one and share it with your significant other, for a romantic time... ?
They're a bit messy, so it'll be an entertaining meal. These are literally finger lickin' good! I got chocolate all over my face =)

You know it's good when you get dirty.

I hope this is a refreshing and delightful treat for you! May it get you through this dreary day; it's been pouring all day here. I suppose I don't mind it, because I don't have class today. But still, the weather definitely regulates my daily mood.

Raw Dilly Bars: makes 2

1 cup of your fave ice cream
1 bar dark chocolate or raw chocolate

Let the ice cream thaw so you can press it into two cookie cutter molds... you can actually use any shape you want, but my inspiration today was Dilly Bars so I did a circle. 
Put them back in the freezer until hard enough to take out of the mold without losing the shape, but soft enough to stick a popsicle stick into (this took about an hour for me). Then freeze until totally solid.

Now melt the chocolate, or make the raw chocolate. Dip the ice cream bars into it, holding them by the stick, until they're completely coated. Feel free to add nuts, dried berries or coconut onto the liquid chocolate coating now! I kept it simple. 

Stick 'em in the fridge if you're gonna eat them right away. If you're not, put them in the freezer and when you DO wanna eat them, take them out and let them thaw for 20 minutes or so. Enjoy!

Oh goodness gracious. I try to think of perfect things the planet has NOT provided for us... and I can never come up with anything. We truly live in a miracle world, and I thank the universe every day for the grace and fortune I'm blessed with.

Like, hello!? Look at these gorgeous ice cream treats. These are good for you; that says it all. Mother Nature loves us. Yes, there's still suffering in the world, but I happen to believe humans are gonna be just fine. We're still so young, we've got a lot to figure out. Just give us time and we'll find our rhythm in the global ecosystem.

For now - let's enjoy what is already perfect. 

Bon Appetit!


Céline said...

Waow! It looks so good! I've to try it ;)

Em von Euw said...

Thanks, girl ;) Yes this was super yummy! Chocolate + ice cream = can't go wrong. I broke it up and had it with a banana for dessert after my RAW PAD THAI tonight. I'll post the recipe and pics tomorrow!

Unknown said...

OMG, these look so delicious.

Em von Euw said...

Thank you, Lys. My little brother liked them too!

Cadry said...

Wow, this looks amazing! I can't wait for warmer weather to try it out for myself!

Teniesha @ Vegan on the Go-Go said...

I just have to say this--you are RAWsome!

I'm also wondering: raw desserts tend to be high in calories due to nuts/seeds, coconut, dried fruit, etc. All good nutrition, of course. I love raw desserts, but I'm also wary of the calorie count. How do you balance it all?

Em von Euw said...

Thanks, Cadry =) Yes, ice cream is more of a summer treat, but I just couldn't wait!

Em von Euw said...

Hey Teniesha! Thank you!

Great question. It's true, dates, nuts and coconut are all a bit calorie-high. But like you said, they're chock full of healthy fats, fibre and nutrients. I happen to be believe that all calories are NOT created equal - for example, if you ate 2,000 calories of fast food for a month, and someone else ate 2,000 calories of a raw vegan diet for a month; I have a feeling they'd see different results. That alone shows that the saying "a calorie is a calorie" is false. There are definitely good calories (from raw, nutrient-dense plants) AND bad calories (processed refined dairy, meat and carbs).

That personal logic aside, when I'm not schnarfing down raw desserts, I basically just eat greens (SUPER low calorie, but the most nutritious food on the planet) and some fruit. In fact, I think if I didn't make and eat these desserts, my diet would be calorie-deficient, and not have enough fat. So for raw foodies and some vegans, raw desserts are actually a life-saver!

However, most people eat more than greens, fruit and dessert =) For them, if they're really worried about calories, I'd just recommend they increase the size of their salads and decrease the size of the rest of the meal at dinner, and eat fruit throughout the day. This will fill them up with nutritious, low calorie foods. Now add in some raw treats - they'll probably lose weight! =D

I hope that helps! If you're wondering more, email me!

Bette Jane said...

Oh man, here is my childhood gone much healthier and (now) much more delicious! Questions: did you use your own or store-bought ice cream here, and by a bar of chocolate, do you mean er a particular size or ounces? I just...I really need to make these baha. And I certainly don't want to risk having insufficient chocolate or less than effective ice cream!

Em von Euw said...

Haha perfect, Bette Jane! For the bar you see in the photo I made my own ice cream and chocolate: I give links to my raw ice cream recipe, and raw chocolate recipe in the post =)

But if you just want to buy a healthy, non-dairy ice cream and dark chocolate bar, that'd be fine. Although, making it from scratch is even better for you. Hope this helps?

Oh, and a 100 gram bar of dark chocolate would do the trick.

Shenya de Silva said...

I'm gonna make! :D thanks for the recipe!!

Em von Euw said...

alright! i hope you like them :) thank you, shenya.

Jeff said...

I want to try and make thise too! They look wonderful!

Em von Euw said...

i suggest you do, jeff ;) thanks!

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Anonymous said...

What brand of ice cream fully freezes rock hard? They all have gums and softeners, and never get fully hard. Is there any natural brand that has no gums or softeners?

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