Raw Mint Choc-Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Chocolate, Dessert, Icecream, Snacks | 15 Comments

raw vegan mint choc-chip ice cream sandwiches

raw vegan mint choc-chip ice cream sandwich

Mint Choc-Chip is my favourite ice cream flavour, ever, and I’ve been experimenting lately to make a worthy raw version that meets my high expectations (in case you’re wondering: the mint should sing as a clear flavour but not be toothpaste-like; the chocolate should be dark and bitter). The addition of kale or spinach juice to this ice cream makes me feel oh-so-vindicated of my ice cream obsession and as the ice cream is sandwiched between two delicious, raw, vegan brownie slices, this dessert is a super pretty one to serve to skeptics of healthy food.

The trick to getting these to look neat is to freeze everything in rectangular slabs and to make a template to cut them out with before assembling. It’s worth this extra fiddling about; freezing them together in layers won’t come out as good, (trust me).

RAW CHOCOLATE BROWNIE

1 CUP DRIED DATES, SEEDS REMOVED + CHOPPED
1/2 CUP ALMONDS
1/2 CUP PECANS
3/4 CUP RAW CACAO (or DUTCH PROCESSED COCOA, not raw)
1/4 CUP WATER (IF NEEDED)

Whizz all the ingredients in your food processor until combined. You may need to add a little water to make the mixture turn around but make sure it’s not too wet. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up a little. Then divide the mixture into two and roll each out separately with a rolling pin between two pieces of greaseproof paper to about 1cm (1/3 inch) thick. Leave them in between the papers and place on a flat tray in the freezer for a few hours to set.

RAW MINT CHOC-CHIP ICE CREAM

5 RIPE BANANAS, PEELED AND CHOPPED
2 DROPS EDIBLE SPEARMINT (OR MINT) ESSENTIAL OIL
1/3 CUP LIGHT AGAVE NECTAR
1/3 CUP FRESH SPINACH AND/OR KALE JUICE
1/3 CUP RAW CACAO NIBS

Whizz all the ingredients except the cacao nibs in your blender or food processor until really smooth. Place in a container into the freezer for an hour until the ice cream begins to thicken and set. Remove it before it hardens completely and stir through the cacao nibs (this way they won’t sink to the bottom as the ice cream is partially set). Now pour the ice cream mixture into a plastic-wrap lined rectangular tray or dish and freeze for at least 4 hours.

raw vegan mint choc-chip ice cream sandwich recipe

ASSEMBLY

Decide what shape you’d like to make your ice cream sandwiches (I did think about a hexagon, but then I couldn’t be bothered. There was ice cream: I wanted to eat it). Use a piece of paper as a template to cut your brownie slices out with a sharp knife and group into twos. Use the same process for cutting the ice cream, cutting one ice cream slab for every two brownie slices. Sandwich the ice cream between two brownies and you’re done! Store any extras in the freezer wrapped in greaseproof paper inside an airtight container.

15 Comments

  1. Danit
    May 28, 2014

    Adrianne these look incredible! Your entire food blog is amazing! Your recipes are to die for and you make everything look so beautiful and fun.. can’t wait to try some recipes :)

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  2. Martine @ Chompchomp
    March 29, 2014

    Far out these caught my eye, they look incredibly delicious!

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    • Adrianne
      March 29, 2014

      Thanks Martine, they’re pretty yummy! (I did a lot of taste testing, you see).

      Reply
  3. Lorena
    March 25, 2014

    YUM! Looks delicious, I can’t not wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Tam
    March 24, 2014

    They look amazing!

    How many does this recipe make?

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    • Adrianne
      March 24, 2014

      Hi Tam – thanks for stopping by.
      I think it would depend on the size of your containers, etc, but as a guide this made six ice cream sandwiches for me.

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      • Tam
        March 24, 2014

        OK thanks, that works out to about 11 WW propoints per sandwich, which is a fair amount, but by god they look good. Definitely going to make these for a special treat.

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        • Adrianne
          March 25, 2014

          Yep, definitely a sometimes food :)

          Reply
  5. Kristie
    March 24, 2014

    Um YUM!!!

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  6. Jan
    March 20, 2014

    Can i leave work now to go try this one out??? Deeeelish!!

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    • Adrianne
      March 20, 2014

      I give you permission! Leaving work for ICSE (ice cream sandwich emergency) is so totally ok.

      Reply
  7. Bruce
    March 19, 2014

    Holy tomorrow, they look yum.

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    • Adrianne
      March 19, 2014

      Thanks, Bruce! They’re pretty delicious.

      Reply

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