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Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

August 21, 2011

Last month we talked beverages with Recipe Redux, but August brings a delicious summer challenge: frozen desserts.

I think we know how much of an ice cream obsession I have. For Redux I definitely toyed around with ice cream based desserts (mostly I just enjoyed eating the ice cream while pondering), but I’ll do you one better and healthier!

I bring you frozen banana soft serve sandwiched between two vegan peanut butter cookies. Before you snub the vegan cookies, let me assure you, vegan or not these cookies are delicious. Frozen and blended bananas are something to definitely try. Considered the new darlings of the health snack world, the creamy texture mimics ice cream without the added sugar and fat. Plus I’m sure you have those over ripened bananas laying around. Toss them in the freezer for smoothies or this dessert and you’ll be wishing other bananas would ripen faster.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies (from 100 best vegan baking recipes)

  • 2 C Flour
  • 2 t Baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 C margarine
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 C apple sauce
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 C Pb

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Cream margarine and sugars  together in a large bowl. Add applesauce, vanilla, and peanut butter and mix well. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl and slowly add to wet mixture.

Drop tablespoon sized dough balls onto the parchment and bake for about 10 minutes. They will brown on the top and edges. Cool on a separate platter.

Banana Soft Serve

  • Ripe, frozen bananas

Take  bananas out of the freezer. Peel and chunk into a Cuisinart or blender. Mix until smooth.

Scoop the soft serve and sandwich between two cookies. If you’re not ready to eat them immediately, wrap in wax paper or aluminum foil to place in the freezer. These are a great make-ahead dessert for a party.

Have a nut allergy? Need to be gluten free? Skip the Pb cookies and go for your favorite while using the same filling.

Check out these other summer frozen desserts from fellow dietitians and foodies:

15 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2011 3:26 PM

    I think Elvis Presley would have liked these! Sounds yummy.

    Good to connect through Recipe Redux!

  2. August 21, 2011 3:26 PM

    Yum! I am on the hunt for a vegan “dessert” recipe! I have yet to bake one that tastes good (haven’t tried in months!) and those pb cookies may just be it!

  3. August 21, 2011 5:21 PM

    Ice cream sandwiches are one of my favorite desserts. Banana ice cream sounds amazing! And you really can’t beat the combo of banana and peanut butter.

  4. August 21, 2011 9:28 PM

    I’ve been wanting to try this easy banana ice cream I keep reading about. Do you have a Vitamix or do you think any old blender/food processor will do?

  5. August 21, 2011 9:29 PM

    yummy yummy! great idea recipe redux friend!

  6. August 21, 2011 9:44 PM

    Yum! I do this with bananas too and I love it- it really does taste like banana ice cream! Cool idea, thanks.

  7. August 22, 2011 12:12 AM

    I love doing bananas this way too, but after our Queensland floods they are super duper expensive. We are treating them like caviar here in Australia!

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    August 22, 2011 12:34 PM

    Yummy! I love frozen bananas 🙂

  9. August 22, 2011 8:34 PM

    I’ve been wanting to do the banana ice cream thing for a while… gave it a lot of thought before deciding on avocado via the Samoa pie. Now you’ve got me thinking about it again 😉

  10. August 23, 2011 9:35 PM

    Love frozen bananas and I like the idea of making these and freezing for later. What a fun treat!

  11. August 24, 2011 8:00 PM

    Yay for hopping on the banana ice cream bandwagon! So good isn’t it?!

  12. August 26, 2011 3:08 PM

    Bananas + peanut butter = heaven. Glad to here you were able to pull this off in a Cuisinart (b/c I don’t have a fancy Vitamix either!) Great recipe – I know my 4 yr old will love this too.


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