These shouldn't even be legal. I mean, look at them. This is food pornography at its most explicit. I feel like a criminal for sharing these dirty, delicious, temptuous photos with you but I will not back down. These must be in the public domain for all to enjoy. After all... they're good for you! As long as you don't start thinking about them while operating heavy machinery because I cannot guarantee you'll be able to stay focused. It's a dangerous world where these raw vegan ice cream sandwiches exist.
Seriously though, these are hella tasty and - as always - super healthy. The ice cream is literally just bananas, the brownie sandwich is walnuts and dates, and the chocolate coating is full of super foods! CAN THIS SITUATION BE IMPROVED IN ANY WAY? The answer is no. Except with the addition of kittens, but this should be assumed at all times.
Your mouth is going to love this recipe, and your brain is going to love me for giving it to you (if it doesn't already).
I am using some unusual ingredients in the chocolate coating for this recipe because I was lucky enough to be sent some cool products from a fabulous company called Detox Your World. They sent me cacao butter (smelled SO GOOD), baobab fruit powder from the African monkey bread tree, pink Himalayan salt, and some lucuma powder which I'd been meaning to try. I used all these crazy nutritious raw foods in the chocolate and the result was outta this world. You're gonna have chocolate left over but when was THAT ever a bad thing? I'm not apologizing, folks.
My inspiration for these was this photo, which I saw on Tumblr (sometimes I throw my life away for a few hours on the internet, don't judge). Although I don't know what the recipe for it is, I am going to assume there's lots of white sugar, white flour, butter, and other refined, weird ingredients involved that I do not want entering my body/temple. I'm not tryin' ta preach here - I'm just saying that for example the pasteurized, concentrated breast milk from cattle doesn't get my mouth watering.
I've said this before and I will say it again: I aim to use only whole foods in my recipes (with the exception of gently processed foods like cacao powder, coconut oil, etc.). I would not munch on white flour or baking soda while making cookies; but I do like to nibble on nuts and dried fruit while making raw desserts! It's all about dat consciousness, yo. I want and need to be comfortable with every aspect of what I am putting in my body because after all - it affects everyone.
Let's eat stuff that tastes good, doesn't hurt anybody, and makes the planet happy. Holla.
chocolate-covered ice cream sandwiches
1 cup walnuts or oats
1 cup dates
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
3 frozen bananas
Chocolate coating (or use this recipe):
1/4 cup melted cacao butter
1 tablespoon baobab powder
1-2 tablespoons lucuma powder
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or other preferred sweetener
2 tablespoons cacao powder
Pinch of pink Himalayan salt (optional)
To make the brownie: pulse the walnuts (or oats) into powder in your food processor. Add the dates and cacao powder and process until it all starts sticking together. Press half of this mixture into the bottom of small lined bread pan. This will be the bottom half of both of your sandwiches.
To make the ice cream: blend the bananas in a high speed blender for a minute until they suddenly become a smooth, creamy, white soft serve mixture. Spread onto your bottom brownie layer then stick in the freezer until solid (a few hours). Press the remaining half of your brownie mixture on top of this then put back in the freezer.
To make the chocolate: whisk all the ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a tall bowl so you can dip as much of your sandwiches in as possible. Take out the bread pan from the freezer and take out the brownie/ice cream sandwich. Cut it in half. Stick popsicle sticks into each one and then dip in the chocolate coating. Throw them back in the freezer one last time so the chocolate hardens. They're best when you let them thaw for 10-15 minutes so the ice cream softens.