• Chocolate Chip Cookie “Ice Cream” Sandwiches

    June 2, 2014

    This post is sponsored by Pacific Foods. The opinions expressed are honest and all my own.

    Ooooh, boy, do I have a special treat for you guys!

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    I recently partnered with Pacific Foods to create a recipe using one of their non-dairy beverages. I had my choice of different varieties from the more common almond and soy that are really popular right now, to the less well-known, including hazelnut, hemp, and oat.

    I eventually decided to use Vanilla Hemp Non-Dairy Beverage—mostly because it was a little something different, but also because of its stellar nutritional profile. Made from hemp seeds, it’s a great source of plant-based nutrition, including Omega 3 and 6 and essential amino acids. The vanilla variety is lightly sweetened with brown rice syrup and has a smooth, creamy, and nutty flavor. It’s really tasty and made an awesome addition to this recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana “Ice Cream” Cookie Sandwiches.

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    These “Ice Cream” Cookie Sandwiches are a healthier version of your usual ice cream cookie sandwiches because they’re made with banana “ice cream” instead of the traditional high-calorie, high-fat stuff. The banana “ice cream” is also a great dessert alternative for people who can’t have a lot of dairy in their diets.

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    Chocolate Chip Banana “Ice Cream” Cookie Sandwiches

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup butter, softened
    • 1/4 cup Vanilla Hemp Non-Dairy Beverage
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips + more for rolling cookie sandwiches
    • 6 frozen bananas

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    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    2. Combine ingredients, except for the bananas, in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
    3. Coat an ice cream sandwich pan with non-stick cooking spray and then divide batter evenly between the 12 cups. (It’ll seem like you don’t have enough batter to fill the cups, but the cookies will expand and puff up.)
    4. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes until lightly brown and firm to the touch. Allow cookies to cool completely.
    5. While the cookies are cooling, make the banana “ice cream” using the frozen bananas. (Tip: Remove bananas from freezer about 10-15 minutes before you need them, so they defrost a little.) To make the banana “ice cream,” you can use a food processor, blender or Yonanas machine. Just add the frozen bananas, one at a time, to the machine of your choice and blend until smooth. If the frozen bananas are too firm, you can add a splash of the Vanilla Hemp Non-Dairy Beverage to help them blend better.
    6. Place a large spoonful (about 1/4 cup) of banana “ice cream” on top of a cookie and then use another cookie to squish it down evenly. Then, roll the cookie sandwich in mini chocolate chips. Place cookie sandwich on a plate or tray in the freezer immediately. Continue to make the rest of the cookie sandwiches this same way.
    7. Allow cookie sandwiches to freeze for at least 3+ hours. Serve frozen.

    Makes 6 sandwiches

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    { 32 comments… read them below or add one }

    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run June 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    yummo! i looove banana soft serve in the summer. i never though to put it in an ice cream sandwich.

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    Emily @ Fit as a Mother... June 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    OMG – just saw this picture on my dashboard, and I think I started drooling immediately!

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    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit June 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Banana soft serve is my favorite – these look delish! I’d love one with PB cookies!

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    Simi @ The Micro Harvest June 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    THESE LOOK INSANE!!!!! I want one right now!

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    Julie @ Coastal Runner Girl June 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Oh wow, these look amazing!!! :)

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    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    oh my gosh, what a great idea! I love ice cream sandwiches but never eat them since I can’t eat gluten. It never occurred to me to make my own healthy version!

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    Jaclyn @ BumpSweat June 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I love ice cream sandwiches and want one of these right now. They look so tasty!! Nice work!!

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    Megan @ The Skinny-Life June 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Holly yum! I’m all about anything with frozen bananas lately! Must be the summer!

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    Livi June 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Ah looks so delicious! I need some mini waffles in my life!

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    Renae @ MissFit Mixed Chick June 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    What a great idea. These look super yummy

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    Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} June 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    YUMMY!!! I had to write that in all caps because this looks awesome! A great summer snack that is easy and healthy!

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    Taylor June 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Yum!! These look awesome

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    Alex @ Get Big, Go To Work June 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Those picture montages you create are cool. What program do you use for that?

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    Tina June 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    PicMonkey!

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    Abi@AbsofSteel June 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    omg, these sounds so good! I’ve got to get myself a food processor so I can take part in the banana “ice cream” goodness.

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    Hilary June 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Oh yum! Who could say no to this! I can’t wait to try out the hemp milk too!

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    Heathers Looking Glass June 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    um…these look delicious! Hello new pregnancy craving? Maybe!

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    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake June 2, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Oh my gosh! YUMM! Need one of these right now. Haha

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    Jackie June 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Omg I need this ASAP!

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    Jen June 2, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Hey look amazing! I am hoping you can help me, I’ve tried to look through and find the comment but can’t seem to locate it. Someone advised you not to work you abdominals to soon after having your baby and I can’t recall what the condition is called. A girl at my box was saying that she was experiencing lower pain. I wanted to I wanted to send her the link from that post. Thanks for you time.

    Anxiously awaiting Baby H!!

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    Tina June 2, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    It’s called diastasis recti/abdominal separation.

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    bev June 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    what is you don’t have a ice cream sandwich maker, could you use a regular muffin pan?

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    Heather @ fit mama real food June 3, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Yum!! Such a great summertime treat and I love that they’re homemade ice cream sammies. Not sure the hubs would be stoked about the banana but the little and I love it :)

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    Lisa @ Exercise eat repeat June 3, 2014 at 4:15 am

    oh they look tasty and i love banana ice cream mmmm

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    Allyssa June 3, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Last night I made a PB “ice cream” shake using bananas! This is a great (delicious) idea I will have to try next!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life June 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

    These look awesome!

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    Pam June 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    How cute! These look insanely delish :)

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    Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork June 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Those look dee-lish! Just in time for the warmer weather popping up around here. Starting to get major ice cream cravings and if I can calm that down with some faux ice cream, I’m down! Plus, there’s still chocolate!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Gabriella June 3, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Um, AMAZING! Growing up ice cream sandwiches were always a major treat for me during those rare occasions in the summer, so having a “grown up” recipe is seriously appreciated!

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    Simone June 4, 2014 at 7:41 am

    These look so good!

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    Lucy June 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Sounds incredible, instead of the hemp non dairy beverage can you use almond milk or regular milk instead?

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    Taylor June 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    This is pure genius!

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