Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pink Peppermint Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich for Valentine's Day

Just a little Valentine's Day surprise for my sweethearts.  

Grain free vegan double chocolate cookies
-1 cup whole raw hazelnuts
-1/3 cup whole raw almonds
-1/4 cup coconut flour
-1/4 cup raw organic cacao
-1/3 cup coconut sugar  
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-7 dried medjool dates (pitted and soaked in filtered water for 1 -2 hours)
-1/3 cup coconut oil, melted 
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
-1 tablespoon water 

How To:
Preheat oven to 375
1.  In food processor with s-blade, grind hazelnuts until coarse.
2.  Add almonds and blend until nuts release just a bit of oil.
3.  Add coconut flour and coconut sugar, pulse, pulse, pulse.  Add cacao, pulse, pulse, pulse.
4.  Add baking soda and salt, pulse, pulse, pulse.
(the dry mixture should feel like a fine flour).
5.  Transfer dry ingredients to a bowl.  Clean out food processor.
6.  In food processor with s-blade, add strained dates, coconut oil, vanilla, water and blend until incorporated. 
7.  Add wet ingredients to dry and mix (with hands).  
8.  Roll out dough on non stick surface about 1/2 inch thick - make sure they aren't too thin.  Make cutouts.  Transfer to nonstick baking surface and bake for 10 - 12 minutes - or so, check at 10 minutes.  Cookies will firm as they cool.   
9.  When cool, top cookies with melted chocolate.  I use this chocolate bar (extreme dark chocolate 88%).  It's cane-sugar free (sweetened only with filtered date sugar) and dairy free.  It does contain soy lecithin.  

Pink Shredded Coconut 
-Shredded Coconut 
-Natural food coloring, I use this brand or use beet juice 

How To:
1.  Add 1/2 cup shredded coconut to a jar.  
2.  Add a few drops of red coloring.  
3.  Cover lid and shake until well incorporated.  

Pink Peppermint Vegan Ice Cream  
-1 can coconut milk (I really love this brand for ice cream, also a BPA free can)
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
-1/4 cup coconut sugar 
-1 1/4 teaspoons peppermint extract 
-Red natural food coloring or beet juice

How To
1.  Add coconut milk, vanilla, peppermint, coconut sugar, and coloring to blender and blend until incorporated, add to ice cream maker.
2.  Blend until thick and transfer ice cream to glass storage and place in freezer for a few hours.
3.  Remove from freezer about 20 minutes before serving. 
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  1. gfe--gluten free easilyFebruary 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Totally amazing looking! If you were nearby we could swap Valentine's Day treats ... wanna heart-shaped Sweet Potato Biscuit? ;-)

    Happy Valentine's Day, Amber! xo,

    1. Hi There Shirley,

      Um, yes please! I just checked out these awesome sweet potato biscuits. Love the ingredients. So creative. I will for sure be making these soon, as we eat sweet potatoes once or twice per week.

      You have a wonderful Valentine's Day Shirley.

      Hugs to you,

  • Brilliant Amber! What a healthy dessert. I love the pink color and that this ice cream sandwich is not only gluten-free, but dairy-free and grain-free too. Happy Valentine's Day!

  • Thanks Laura!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you too!


  • Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

  • Wow! Chocolate and peppermint are one of my fave combos! These look stunning and perfect for v-day or any day really :)

    1. Hi Melanie,

      Can't agree more about the peppermint/chocolate combo! You just can't beat it.

      Thanks for stopping by today.

      Be Well,

  • Kickass recipe! These look so delicious! I think my favorite thing is the minimal easy ingredients. Everybody's got that in their kitchen. I love when I find a recipe online that I could make right away! :-)

  • Farygirl! Hey lady. Good to hear from you.

    Thanks! I have to say, this turned out well and I'm not a huge chocolate fan, but I liked these cookies and the peppermint was, well, who doesn't LOVE peppermint!

    I need to see what's been going on over in Fartygirl land...


  • Leslie @ Real Food FreaksFebruary 17, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Ummmm... yum!! These look fantastic! And it doesn't get any better than peppermint & chocolate either!

    1. Thanks Leslie! I so agree!

  • Hi Amber,
    This is an awesome Ice Cream Sandwich and a lovely presentation! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Oh my gosh Amber, these look awesome! I just came over from Shirley's round-up and am now itching to run to the kitchen and make these. Yum! I love the peppermint addition as well. Chocolate and mint is my absolute favorite combo. :-D



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