Simple Yet Special Dessert: Ice Cream Sandwiches

File under “You’re On For Dessert But You Have No Time So You’re Just Going To Stop at the Grocery Store and Buy Something Off The Shelf.” Or, in my case last week, “You’re On Vacation In A Big House With A Lot Of People And You Don’t Want To Spend A Lot Of Time In The Kitchen, But You Want Something Special For Dessert.”

Next time you need a quick, easy, inexpensive dessert, try this:

Simple Ice Cream Sandwiches

You’ll need chocolate chip (or any other) cookies from your grocery store’s bakery section and a container of ice cream.

  • Place one cookie upside down on a plate.
  • Plop one scoop of ice cream
  • Press another cookie right side up on top and smoosh it down gently with the palm of your hand, taking care not to break the cookie.

Voila! You have yummy “homemade” ice cream sandwiches!

Of course, if you have a bit more time, you can bake your own cookies.

But you don’t have to! These are delicious, fun, and so, so easy. Especially for summer!

 

 

Amazingly Delicious & Nutritious Alternative to Ice Cream

I’m always looking for fun ways to get fruits and veggies into my kids’ bodies, and while┬áI am not fully raw or fully organic, I do love watching Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, aka Rawfully Organic, aka Fully Raw Kristina, on YouTube. She has developed wonderful recipes that are 100% plant-based and 100% raw, which is great to have in your diet. (Some of my other favorites are Laura Miller of Raw. Vegan. Not Gross and Kimberly Snyder.)

I had a container of strawberries that were getting a bit over-ripe, and our bananas had grown really ripe and needed to be eaten soon, so I decided to peel them, stick them in the freezer, and make this Fully Raw Ice Cream Dream today as an after-school snack.

A few notes about what I did differently:

  • I only had 4 bananas, so that’s how many I used.
  • I used only strawberries, because they were really ripe and I didn’t have any raspberries
  • I substituted vanilla extract for her pinch of vanilla bean, because I don’t keep vanilla beans in my pantry (maybe I should, but I don’t).
  • I skipped the cinnamon altogether (though I’m sure it would have been great with the cinnamon)
  • ALSO, she does the bananas first and then the berries. I did the berries first and then the bananas. That way, the bananas absorbed some of the remaining juice in the Vitamix and had a slightly pink hue, which was lovely.

Both of our kids LOVED this, had no idea they were only eating fruit, and would have eaten more if I had given them more (with only four bananas, we only had enough for three servings). I am going to keep some peeled, over-ripe bananas in the freezer so I can make this ice cream alternative more often!

So enjoy today’s suggestion as a delicious and nutritious snack/dessert for you and your kids to enjoy! This is also a great guilt-free way to satisfy a late-night craving for ice cream.

To health!