My brother-in-law is a hardcore junk food enthusiast with a penchant for Oreos and ice cream.
One day, when a mild lunacy set in, I was led to believe I could create an alternative treat that might satisfy both of his banes without clogging an artery. This mindset led to raw desserts, which then led to these little beauties…
The nut-free, chocolate-y cookies combine well with the vanilla avocado ‘ice cream’, creating a raw ice cream sandwich good enough to rival anything you’d find in a gas station freezer.
Our whole family loves these, and because they’re nut-free, we can all eat them without itching and scratching. 😀
- COOKIE LAYER:
- ½ c. pumpkin seeds
- ½ c. oats (substitute another nut such as pecans if paleo)
- 3 T. cocoa powder
- ¼ t. + ⅛ t. sea salt
- 1 t. vanilla
- 9-10 Medjool dates (about 6 ounces)
- 1 T. coconut oil
- 4 t. water, as needed
- ICE CREAM LAYER:
- 1 avocado (be sure to use one that's completely green inside for best flavor)
- ½ t. lemon juice
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 T. coconut oil
- 2 T. maple syrup
- ⅛ t. salt
- FOR THE COOKIE LAYER:
- Process oats (or pecans) and pumpkin seeds into a meal.
- Process dates until they resemble a paste.
- Add back the oat or pecan and pumpkin seed mix along with the rest of the ingredients for the cookie layer.
- Process until well combined, adding water as needed to create the dough.
- Make about 8 discs from the dough (it is helpful to moisten your hands with water for this step).
- Shape them into cookies.
- Put the discs on a plate covered with wax paper and set in the freezer while you make the filling.
- FOR THE ICE CREAM FILLING:
- Process all the ingredients until smooth.
- TO ASSEMBLE THE COOKIES:
- Divide the ice cream mix between four of the eight cookies.
- Top with the other four cookies, and press them together lightly, trying NOT to squeeze the filling out.
- Freeze the sandwiches (this usually takes 4-8 hours).
These are good at room temperature, but they are GREAT frozen! The filling tastes reminiscent of vanilla avocado ice cream!
If you’re not a fan of pumpkin seeds, you can use another nut or combination of nuts and seeds. I’ve had success with a combination of almond meal and pine nuts, as well as walnuts and pecans.
These are perfect for the hot summer days when you want something to cool you off, but not weigh you down.
Here in Tucson, it stays in the 100s through August, so we’ll be enjoying these for weeks to come. 🙂
What’s your favorite food in the summer?
I often crave a lot of fruit, vegetable, fresh juices, and smoothies. I’ve also been known to want a hot bowl of chili too, so go figure.