Raspberry ice cream cookie sandwiches

It is officially spring!!!! What better than to celebrate with some ice cream sandwiches.

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DAIRY FREE – GLUTEN FREE – LOW FRUCTOSE – PALM OIL FREE

Ingredients:

Ice cream (VEGAN)

Makes approximately 1 litre of ice cream.

6-8 tsp freeze-dried raspberries (or mint or cacao etc)

2 cans of full-fat coconut cream (400ml)

100 grams of dextrose

1 banana, just ripe enough to eat but not gone spotty yet

Cookies (adapted from this recipe)

1/2 + 1/8 cup rice bran oil or coconut oil

1/2 cup dextrose

1 egg (to make this vegan, substitute for a flaxseed egg, 1/2 tsp Xanthan gum or other egg substitute = make it stick together)

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup gluten-free oats (or sub for more coconut or almond)

1/2 cup coconut (desiccated, shredded etc)

1/2 cup ground almond

1 cup chocolate chips (make your own or try my fudgy chocolate or white chocolate – I make a big batch and store it in the freezer for moments like this 🙂 )

VANILLA COOKIES: Add 1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free flour

CHOCOLATE COOKIES: Add 1/8 all purpose gluten-free flour + 1/4 & 1/8 cup cacao powder

Directions:

Ice cream

Prepare the ice cream using my recipe for mint choccy chip ice cream as a base (using the ingredients outlined above). When the ice cream is ready from the ice cream maker, line suitably shaped bowls with glad wrap  (or make a shape from foil) and pour in some ice cream (to whatever thickness and shape you desire). Now leave these in the freezer for 30-60 minutes so it set a bit more and doesn’t ooze out the sides when you bite into the cookie sandwich.

Cookies

Pre-heat the oven to 190C (175C fan bake / 375F)

Decide if you want to make vanilla or chocolate cookies (or both) – One batch make around 12 cookies.

Pour oats and coconut pieces into a blender, process until you have a light texture as in the photo below. Set aside for later.

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Pour dextrose and oil into a food processor and set at high speed until fluffy and smooth.

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Add the egg and mix well.

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Add vanilla essence, baking soda and salt. Mix.

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Add flour (and cacao if you are making choccy cookies) gradually until the mixture is well combined well. The vanilla cookie mix should look like the photo below left and the chocolate cookies like the photo below right.

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Transfer the mixture into to a mixing bowl. Add the oat and coconut and combine with your hands. Add the ground almond and combine (chocolate cookie dough shown below).

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Add chocolate chips and combine.

Make 12 cookies from the dough. I used a tablespoon measure (2 tbsp per cookie) to get even sizes). Shape little balls and flatten them out (push back in the dough a little if it cracks at the sides). The ones below are shown without chocolate chips but please do add, they make them, like, 10 times better and a little softer!

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Now pop the cookies in the oven for 8-10 minutes (watch carefully as cooking time depends on the thickness you choose and your oven). Let them cool completely.

Now assemble the ice cream and cookies and enjoy!

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Choccy treat balls

These delightful choccy treat balls were inspired by a recipe from my friend Tina. Traditionally they were just 3 ingredients (dates, cacao and coconut oil) but I added in liquids (water/orange juice) to make them smoother and softer with additional orange and mint respectively. They went down a treat with everybody at work 🙂

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With the size I choose, I made 32 balls – 16 of each flavor. Please note that since a medium Medjool date contains 7.7 grams of fructose, the total content for this recipe is 77 grams. If you make 36 balls, that is just over 2 grams per ball. I try to stay below 15 grams per day = 7 balls.

Ingredients:

10 medium Medjool dates (These are very soft which is what you need but you can probably sub for others if you can find some really soft ones, then you probably just need to put in extra dates as Medjool usually are a little bigger than your average date. I buy organic loose dates in my local New World in the fresh veggie section, but dates can otherwise be found in bags in the isles next to sultanas etc)

20-24 tbsp cacao (or cocoa) powder

2 tsp coconut oil (or rice bran oil, but you might need to add a little more cacao at the end if it gets too sticky – or, if you are not lactose intolerant, melted butter)

1 tsp mint essence (or any other essence you can think of)

45 ml water (3 tbsp)

50 ml (3 tbsp + 1 tsp) freshly squeezed orange juice with pulp (approx the juice from half a medium sized orange)

Toppings (E.g. chopped nuts and desiccated coconut or whatever else you have in your cupboard)

Optional: ‘Nutella‘ or other chocolate spread (this recipe takes only 5 min if you have some peanut butter)

Directions:

Pit all the dates and place them in a bowl with 8 tbsp cacao and all the oil.

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Combine and knead with your hands until the “dough” is well mixed and smooth (or pop in a food processor).

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Now divide the dough in two equal portions and place in two separate bowls.

Orange balls: Add the orange juice and 6-8 tbsp of cacao (put less cacao in first and then stop when it has the consistency you prefer). Knead/combine.

Mint balls: Add the mint essence, water and 6-8 tbsp of cacao (put less cacao in first and then stop when it has the consistency you prefer). Knead/combine.

Roll each portion out into a long roll and cut into 8 pieces. Then shape into a ball and cover in your favorite toppings (I choose chopped almonds for the orange balls and desiccated coconut for the mint balls).

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You can either finish there, or inject some filling, I made some with ‘Nutella“.

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Now your balls are ready to eat straight away or keep in an airtight container in the pantry or fridge. Enjoy!

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Mint chocolate chip ice cream

It is time for an ‘ice cream’ recipe. I’m a massive fan of chocolate and mint, so what could be better than mint chocolate chip ice cream! This one is smooth, minty and creamy – yum!

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Just a couple of notes before you are even thinking about swapping ingredients…. (I am sure you know the feeling of finding a recipe you want to try but are missing an ingredient or two and therefore swap with something else). I was going to make some with young coconut meat (I’ve seen a recipe somewhere with that), but since there was nowhere to get a hold of it, I grabbed a regular (who-knows-how-old-it-is) coconut from my local supermarket and spent ages getting the meat out (which is not easy when it’s hard – young coconut meat is soft and scoop-able). However, let me just say, that was edible but not pleasant enough to eat more of. Then I tried coconut milk and decided it was too ‘soupy’. Third time is the charm it seems though. Coconut cream and banana did the trick!

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Ingredients:

Makes approximately 1 litre of ice cream.

2 cans of full-fat coconut cream (400ml)

150 grams of glucose syrup (liquid glucose) (or 100 grams of dextrose as in the photo below, but it is nowhere near as smooth and soft)

1 banana, just ripe enough to eat but not gone spotty yet

2 large handfuls of fresh baby spinach (to give it its green color)

2 tsp of mint essence

Chocolate chips (make your own or try my fudgy chocolate or white chocolate – I make a big batch and store it in the freezer for moments like this 🙂 )

Directions:

Pour all the ingredients into the food processor and set at high speed until completely smooth (or as much as you want). I blended in-between but no need to.

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Then, you pour the mixture into your ice-cream maker for about 25 min. 5 minutes before time is up, add your chocolate chips and then pop into a container to set in the freezer for at least an hour.  This recipe keeps okay in the freezer (it doesn’t go totally hard due to the fat in the coconut, you just need to de-frost it for 15-30 minutes before digging in) but it definitely best if eaten straight away. Enjoy!

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