Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich

This brownie ice cream sandwich features no bake, gluten free vegan brownies that serve as the thick, chocolatey sandwich around melty ice cream.

Ice Cream Sandwich (4 of 5)

Failure sometimes results in some of our greatest successes. Like this recipe, which was supposed to be a birthday cake. My parents were in town to celebrate their 60th birthdays, and we wanted to create a delicious, special cake in their honor. I had decided to go out on a limb and try my own version of a raw cake, something like this one, with a frosting made only of bananas, cocoa powder and honey. It was a bit of a risk, and, like any risk, had the distinct possibility of failure. When the banana frosting came out as strange-tasting banana goo, I was crushed. Keep reading for how this brownie ice cream sandwich saved the day.

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Making this brownie ice cream sandwich

Luckily, Alex saved the day with his suggestion to turn the cake into an ice cream sandwich. A brownie ice cream sandwich, at that! It’s basically a play on this raw brownie recipe, my mom’s all time favorite dessert.

There are a lot of great things about this brownie ice cream sandwich. First, it’s no bake, which makes it easy to assemble! Then it’s gluten-free, which makes it versatile for serving to those with allergies. And it’s vegan if you use vegan ice cream! It’s easy to find vanilla vegan ice cream at the grocery these days, but you can also use our Salted Chocolate Vegan Ice Cream Recipe or Mint Chocolate Chip Vegan Ice Cream But above all, they are truly delicious, with the slightly gooey texture of those “real” ice cream sandwiches from the store that come wrapped in paper. They were a huge hit, and a great finale to the birthday dinner.

A note on Medjool dates

This brownie ice cream sandwich recipe calls for Medjool dates for the brownie portion. What are Medjool dates? These days, it’s likely you’ve had them even if you don’t know it! Medjool dates are large, chewy and sweet dates that are used to make natural sweets like Larabars. It is important to find Medjool dates for this recipe, because they’re important for the texture: no substitutions! We were able to find them sold in bulk at our local grocery; they are also available for sale online.

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

We thought these might be a nice idea for a Memorial Day treat, with that holiday quickly approaching. And, they’re a nice lesson in failure – while we only share the recipes and photos that turn out here, there are hundreds of failures behind the successes!

Looking for vegan dessert recipes?

And that’s it: how to make this brownie ice cream sandwich! We hope you enjoy them: let us know in the comments below. If you’re looking for more vegan dessert recipes outside of this, here are a few of our favorites:

This brownie ice cream sandwich recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x

Description

This brownie ice cream sandwich features no bake, gluten free vegan brownies that serve as the thick, chocolatey sandwich around melty ice cream.


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, process the walnuts, cocoa powder, and 2 pinches kosher salt.
  2. Remove the pits from the medjool dates. Turn on the processor and add each date to the bowl, stopping when rough crumbles form.
  3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Pour out the crumbles onto the wax paper and press them together into a thin layer, about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into 8 circles with a circular biscuit cutter, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Use the “scraps” after cutting a few circles and press them together again to form all 8 circles. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes until firm.
  4. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and spread vanilla ice cream onto 4 cookies, using your fingers or a spoon to shape it. Top with the remaining cookies and freeze again until ready to enjoy.

Notes

Medjool dates are a type of date that is exceptionally large and sweet; it is preferable to use Medjool in this recipe instead of substituting another type of date. They are available in bulk or prepackaged in major grocery stores, and are also available for sale online.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich, Vegan Dessert, Gluten Free Dessert, No Bake Brownies, Vegan Brownies, Raw Brownies, Ice Cream Sandwich

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

12 Comments

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    Tieghan
    May 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Turning failures into something I love is so rewarding! I always feel great and really excited about a recipe I brought back from the dead! LOL

    This look so good. I am an a huge ice cream kick and it is ALL I want to make. So these are perfect!

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    Kathryn
    May 20, 2013 at 7:02 am

    A lot of my favourite recipes actually start off in a giant failure – I think the need to re-evaluate what I’m doing and what went wrong makes for a much more robust recipe too. Stellar idea of Alex’s to make them into ice cream sandwiches.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      May 26, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Good point, Kathryn! I never thought of failures that way — but it makes perfect sense! Thanks for mentioning :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    May 20, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Love how healthy this ended up being! What a fun recipe for summer :)

  • Reply
    Ashley
    May 20, 2013 at 9:50 am

    The photos are absolutely perfect! I can definitely relate to this. :) Ice cream sandwiches sounds really fun for a birthday. Way to get creative!

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    Arthur in the Garden!
    May 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I love this idea! My two favourite food together!

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    thelittleloaf
    May 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

    This is the best looking ‘failure’ I’ve ever seen, yummy!

  • Reply
    Audra
    May 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I need this!!

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    sarah
    May 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I can relate so well! It’s the worst to have such high hopes for a recipe/evening and then have it not turn out. I’m so glad you were able to come up with something so good! xo

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      Sonja
      May 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Yes, we know that all too well! The good thing is that we’re starting to get better at learning how to bounce back from failures, thank goodness :)

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    Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    May 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    As long as we learn something from our failures, it’s worth making them :) This ice cream sandwiches look amazingly delicious.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    December 13, 2013 at 9:49 am

    These look so yummy!!

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