So by now you're probably wondering, how is this ice cream sandwich vegan?! While this particular recipe does call for a bit of extra effort because of the caramelized bananas, I am telling you that once you get on the frozen "nana ice cream" train there is no going back!
Feel free to add other ingredients to the mix like chocolate, peanut butter, various nuts, cherries, berries, or other fruits for endless days of ice cream all summer long!
caramelized banana pecan ice cream sandwiches
** makes 12 sandwiches
oatmeal cookie ingredients:
2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 C vegan butter
1 C brown sugar
1 C white sugar
1/4 C non-dairy milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 mashed ripe banana
3 C rolled oats
caramelized banana pecan ice cream ingredients:
3 ripe bananas (not frozen)
1/4 C maple syrup
2 tbsp vegan butter
1 C pecans
2 frozen bananas, sliced
1/2 C coconut cream
Start by making the cookies in advance. Preheat your oven to 350F.
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt with a fork and set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl and using a hand mixer beat the vegan butter together with the brown and white sugar until creamy. Add vanilla extract, non-dairy milk, and banana and beat until well combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the mixing bowl of dry ingredients and combine together using a wooden spoon, then fold in the rolled oats.
Spoon approximately 2 tbsp of cookie dough for each cookie onto an un-greased baking sheet and slightly flatten it with your hand. These will spread out quite a bit so make sure you leave some space between cookies.
Bake for 15 minutes then allow to cool completely on a rack before assembling the ice cream sandwiches.
To make the caramelized bananas, heat a non-stick pan to medium. Slice the 3 fresh bananas length wise and place them in the pan with 2 tbsp of vegan butter and maple syrup.
Spoon the liquid over the bananas to get them coated and let the mixture start to bubble and caramelize. Once the liquid gets slightly thicker and more like a caramel remove from the heat and place the entire mixture into a parchment lined dish.
Once it has cooled off freeze the mixture until it’s solid again. While this mixture is freezing you can make your cookies (as per above) and toast the pecans for the ice cream.
Toast pecans in a non-stick pan on medium heat for approximately 6-7 minutes making sure to toss frequently. Allow them to cool, then chop into pieces with a knife or run them through a food processor. Set aside until you assemble the rest of the ice cream.
To finish the ice cream, break up your frozen caramelized banana mixture and place in a food processor.
Add in the two more frozen bananas and coconut cream. Run the food processor until the frozen bananas start to become like soft serve ice cream. You may need to stop the food processor and push the mixture to the bottom with a spatula a couple of times. Once the mixture is well combined you can transfer it to a serving dish or bowl and fold in half of the chopped pecans, reserving the other half for the outside of the sandwiches.
To assemble the ice cream sandwiches, place one scoop of ice cream on the bottom of one cookie. Place another cookie on top and slightly press down until the ice cream is nicely spread out to the edges.
Using your hands you can gently press chopped pecans to the sides of the ice cream. Serve immediately OR wrap them in parchment paper and freeze to save for a later date. If you do this, just thaw the sandwiches for 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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