Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

 

These double chocolate ice cream cookie sandwiches have been on my to-do list forever!

I’ve seen so many mouthwatering versions on social media that I was inspired to create my own Swoon Food version, i.e. dairy, gluten/grain free, and low in sugars.

After trialling a spiced cookie version on Christmas day I decided chocolate cookies were definitely the way to go. If you’re going to do it, you might as well go the full way – right?!

I based the chocolate cookies off my Oreo cookie recipe from many moons ago. They’re a delicious, dark chocolate flavoured cookie, that stays nice and flat after baking,  so are perfect for sandwiching ice cream together.

This new version, however, is much lower in sugars and uses raw cacao powder instead of dutch process cocoa. The reason I used dutch process cocoa in the original Oreo cookie recipe was the achieve the classic, dark Oreo colour. Unfortunately,  dutch process cocoa powder loses much of it’s nutrients in the processing, so raw cacao powder is the healthier choice. To read more about why raw cacao is so good for you, check out this raw chocolate brownie mousse cake post.

Raw cacao does creates quite a rich, decadent cookie though, so if you’re making these for kiddies either sub out some of the raw cacao powder for more flour, or use regular cocoa powder instead.

 

 

There’s a trick to making ice cream cookie sandwiches that don’t immediately melt in your hand – which I learnt the hard way!

Instead of scooping ice cream straight from the tub and squishing between cookies (unless you uber messy is your thing!), the best way is to prep your ice cream ahead of time. 

All you need to do is allow a tub of ice cream to soften, spread it into a brownie pan and allow to set. When firm, cut rounds using the same cookie cutter as your cookies, sandwich the ice cream round between two cookies and return to the freezer to allow it to set. The key is to make sure the chocolate cookie is the same temperature as the ice cream so that the ice cream doesn’t melt before you get a chance to eat it!

 

 

And that’s it! Super easy.

You could, of course, get all fancy and roll the sides of the ice cream cookie sandwiches in toppings such a coconut, chocolate chips or freeze dried raspberries. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably want to eat them well before any of that!

And because these double chocolate ice cream cookie sandwiches are stored in the freezer, there’s a chance you might just forget about them. This means one day when you’re looking for a sweet treat you’ll find a happy surprise waiting for you…

Ok, who am I kidding. These are seriously good so you’re going probably going to eat them in one sitting, but they’re worth it!

 


If you make these double chocolate ice cream cookie sandwiches, let me know!

Leave a comment below, and be sure to tag your pictures #swoonfood on Instagram or facebook. Enjoy!

 

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM COOKIE SANDWICHES

Makes: Approximately 10 medium or 16 small ice cream cookie sandwiches
Prep time: 30 minutes

Chocolate Cookies

100g coconut oil, melted
120g coconut sugar
60g ground almonds/almond meal
60g buckwheat flour (or rice flour)
60g raw cacao powder (dutch cocoa powder for a milder flavour)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
pinch pink Himalayan salt
1 egg or egg substitute/flax egg 
1 Tbsp rice syrup or pure maple syrup

Ice Cream

A tub or two of your favourite ice cream (I used Duck Island’s Salted Chocolate Brownie & Little Islands Coconut Caramel – both dairy free/vegan)

 

To get the best looking ice cream sandwiches that don’t melt in your hand, you need to prep the ice cream first. Leave it out at room temperature for 20 minutes or so until soft, then spread it into a lined brownie tray. You want it to be quite thick, around 1 inch, then place in the freezer to set. Once set, use a cookie cutter to cut out rounds of ice cream, place them on a tray then back in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. The ice cream off cuts can either be refrozen and used to make more rounds, or put back in the tub for another day.

To make the cookies, place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Make a well in the centre and add the egg, vanilla and cooled, melted coconut oil. Stir well to combine.

You’ll have quite a sticky dough so place it between two sheets of baking paper and roll it out to approximately 5mm thickness. Place in the fridge to chill 10 mins or so, until firm.

Preheat your oven to 180ºC fan bake.

Remove the sheet of dough from the fridge and peel off the top paper. Use a cookie cutter to cut out circles and place them on a lined baking sheet. If the cut cookies start to get too soft place them in the fridge to firm up again before baking.

Bake the cookies in the centre of the oven for 8 minutes, or until cookies are just firm to touch. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the tray before transferring to a sealed container if you doh’t plan to use them straight away.

To assemble the cookie sandwiches:

Remove the ice cream round from the freezer and sandwich a chocolate cookie on either side. Place the ice cream cookie sandwiches back on the tray and into the freezer to set again. When the cookies are chilled they’re ready to be served.

 

 

 

Raw Chocolate with Sour Cherries & Vanilla

Raw Chocolate with Sour Cherries & Vanilla

Raw Chocolate with Sour Cherries & Vanilla - pana chocolate style recipe

 

If you’re a raw chocolate lover you’ll most likely have heard of Pana Chocolate. For anyone who hasn’t, Pana Chocolate is an Australian based chocolate maker that produces one of the best tasting, raw, organic chocolate’s available. If you’re luckily enough to live near one of their Australian outlets you might have also tried their amazing raw desserts. For anyone who wants to see what I’m talking about, check out their popular Instagram page here. I have yet to sample Pana Chocolate’s raw desserts, but I have tried their chocolate and it’s pretty damn good as far as raw, dairy-free chocolate goes!

My eating chocolate of choice used to be milk chocolate hands down. The creaminess and melt-in-the-mouth quality of a good milk chocolate was by far my preference over a rich, dark block any day. Dark chocolate obviously has a lot more cocoa solids in it, so tends to be a lot harder with much less of the melt-in-the-mouth quality. The higher the quality of dark chocolate, the less milk products and sugar it generally has too. These days there are a lot more quality dark chocolate varieties available, including some with less cocoa solids making them not quite so hard or rich, however, they still don’t possess the same melt-in-the-mouth quality.

So I was pretty excited when I discovered Pana Chocolate as not only does it contain no refined sugar, gluten, dairy or soy, it also has a rich fudgey texture and literally melts in your mouth! It’s also organic and completely raw which means all the antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals present in the chocolate are fully intact and readily absorbed by your body. The only downside about this amazing chocolate is that it’s usually in high demand so you can’t always find it in store, and almost never find the flavour you’re after, plus it’s pretty expensive too.

Naturally this led me to try and replicate this chocolate, how hard could it be?! Obviously they’ve spent many years perfecting their recipe and method and they source specific raw cacao and cacao butter to create their unique flavour. But it’s not as hard as you may think to create a simple, fudgey, pana style chocolate that you can then add all sorts of flavourings to.

Because I love the qualities of milk chocolate I’ve created this recipe to reflect that with just 40% cacao, and combined it with sour cherries and vanilla. If you like a darker chocolate then by all means add more cacao and decrease the coconut oil quantity.

Have fun with this raw chocolate recipe, play around with the cacao percentage and try adding whatever flavourings or additions of your choosing. Nuts are great, swapping the cherries for freeze dried raspberries, or adding another flavouring such as orange all work really well. And even though the ingredients for this recipe can be a little pricey, you do end up with a lot more raw chocolate than if you were to buy a ready made bar! Enjoy x

 

Have you tried to make your own raw chocolate before? Any hints or tips or questions about this recipe – leave a comment in the section below!

 

Raw Chocolate with Sour Cherries & Vanilla

Raw Chocolate with Sour Cherries & Vanilla

1 cup raw coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup raw cacao butter, melted
1/2 cup pure maple syrup or rice syrup
1/4 tsp himalayan pink salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 vanilla pod, scraped
3/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 cup (150g) dried sour cherries

Note: the steps below ensure that you measure the coconut oil and cacao butter quantities in their melted form. If you measure them in their dry form you will be short. The reason I haven’t given the measurements for their dry forms (even though this would be easier!) is because it’s much harder to accurately fit solid raw cacao into a cup.

Line a small tray approximately 20 x 20cm or smaller with a double layer of cling film.

Bring a small pan of water to the boil and then turn off the heat. Place a heat proof bowl on top of the pan and add 1 cup of coconut oil plus a bit extra, and stir until melted. Measure 1 cup of the melted coconut oil and pour this into a second bowl. Any extra just pour back into the coconut oil jar. Repeat this step for the cacao butter (about 3/4 – 1 cup dry cacao butter = 1/2 cup melted).

When you have the melted coconut oil and cacao butter together in the second bowl add the maple syrup and stir well using a whisk. Add the scraped vanilla seeds, salt, cinnamon and raw cacao powder and give it a good stir with the whisk until everything is well combined. Pour the chocolate mixture through a fine sieve to break up any cacao powder lumps and remove any vanilla pod remnants. Add the sour cherries and stir to combine.

Pour the sour cherry chocolate into the prepared tray and spread evenly. Place the tray in the fridge or freeze to set (depending on how fast you want it!). When set, lift the chocolate out of the tray using the cling film edges. Peel back the cling film and cut into squares. Store the chocolate in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 month or freeze for 3 months.

 

Raw Chocolate with Sour Cherries & Vanilla

Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Cups

Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Cups

Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Cups

 

My all time favourite easter treat used to be the mini caramel filled eggs. I LOVED the combination of the milk chocolate and flowing, slightly salty, caramel. However, as they are made almost entirely from milk, refined sugar and additives, unfortunately they are not something I choose to eat anymore.

I was also given an article in the paper recently that equated various types of easter eggs to slices of bread. One mini caramel egg is equal to 1.1 slices of bread. That would mean a packet, which (lets face it) is pretty easy to demolish in one sitting, equals 11 slices of bread!! That’s pretty horrifying and even more incentive to try and find something a little healthier to indulge in over the easter holiday.

So with the mini caramel egg flavours in mind, this is my recipe for raw chocolate salted caramel cups. The raw chocolate in the recipe has an intense chocolate flavour and the salted caramel layer is pretty amazing considering it’s made entirely without refined sugar! They are also completely dairy and gluten free, and being raw means all the inherent nutrients in the ingredients are still intact meaning these salted caramel cups are rich in antioxidants (from the the cacao) minerals and fibre (from the dates).

They are pretty easy to make too. For the chocolate it’s just a case of gently melting the ingredients and stirring them together. The salted caramel layer is simply made by blending dates, almond butter and pure maple syrup. Then it’s just a case of spooning the layers into the paper cups and waiting for them to set.

I hope you give these little raw chocolate salted caramel cups a try. They are super delicious, especially the salted caramel layer, and definitely won’t send your blood sugar levels crazy like regular easter treats. Enjoy!

Did you like this post? Any questions or comments about the recipe? Leave me a comment in the section below – I’d love to hear from you!

 

Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Cups

 

Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Cups
(makes 12 mini cups)

1/2 cup (70g) raw cacao butter
1/4 cup (60g) cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil
pinch himalayan pink rock salt
1/2 cup (85g) pure maple syrup, rice syrup or coconut nectar
1/2 cup (65g) raw cacao powder

Bring a small pan of water to the boil and then take it off the heat. Place the cacao butter, coconut oil and salt in a heat proof bowl and place on top of the pan of steaming water, stirring occasionally until fully melted. Melting the ingredients using this method ensures the temperature of the ingredients doesn’t go above 47ºC thereby keeping the nutrients in them intact. Once melted remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.

Salted Caramel Filling

8 fresh medjool dates, pitted
2 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup, rice syrup or coconut nectar
pinch of himalayan pink salt

sea salt flakes to decorate (optional)

Ensure you have removed the pits from the dates, then place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until you have a smooth caramel. This makes quite a sticky caramel but if you prefer it more runny feel free to add another tablespoon of maple syrup or filtered water.

To assemble:

Line a mini muffin tin with paper cases (or use silicone moulds if you have them). Drop a spoonful of the raw chocolate into the bottom of each case and then place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to set. When firm to touch, remove from the freezer and drop a teaspoonful of salted caramel into each cup, smoothing down where needed. Lastly spoon or pour the remaining raw chocolate into each cup, ensuring the caramel is covered. Sprinkle a few sea salt flakes into the centre of each cup and return to the fridge to set.

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Raw Chocolate Salted Caramel Cups

Decadent Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Brownie

Decadent Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Brownie

Decadent Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Brownie

 

 

Many moons ago while I was living in London, I discovered that chocolate brownies which were my ultimate sweet treat back then, were in fact super easy to make.

After trying a few average recipes, I made it my misison to find the ultimate, decadent, dark chocolate brownie recipe.

I tried out many, many recipes (much to my flatmates delight), and eventually settled on two. One had chocolate chunks and one didn’t.

I was looking for the perfect brownie that had a glossy top crust and was moist and soft on the inside. It couldn’t be too cakey or too fudgey, and it had to have the perfect melt in the mouth texture. Lastly, it had to actually taste like chocolate, not just sugary sweetness.

Over time my two winning recipes were slowly adapted and eventually morphed into one ultimate dark chocolate brownie recipe.

More recently I adapted it to include alternative ingredients making it dairy, gluten and refined sugar free (depending on the type of chocolate you use), while ensuring that it still tasted exactly the same as the original recipe!

This final version has raspberries added because their sweet tartness perfectly balances the rich chocolate flavour. I also think they make the brownie look much prettier and festive, making this a great recipe for special occasions such as Valentine’s day or Christmas!

 

Decadent Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Brownie

 

VERY IMPORTANT:

These brownies MUST be eaten at room temperature to ensure you get the true melt-in-mouth experience. They will keep well in or out of the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks. In hot weather I recommend storing them in the fridge and bringing them to room temperature half an hour before serving. They’re also fantastic when heated gently and served as a dessert with your favourite  yoghurt or ice cream.

 

Decadent Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Brownie

Makes: 24 pieces
Prep time: 20 minutes Bake time: 45 minutes

325g dark chocolate (I use 62% cacao solids with no milk products)
200g coconut oil
2g sea salt
1 Tbsp espresso coffee  (or 1 Tbsp instant coffee mixed with 1 Tbsp cold water)
240g coconut sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp baking powder (gluten free)
60g rice flour
40g cornflour
200g frozen organic raspberries

Preheat oven to 160ºC and line a baking tin with baking paper. This recipe fits well in a rectangular 23cm x 32cm tin.

Break up the chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl along with the coconut oil, salt and coffee. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water ensuring the bowl isn’t touching the water. Stir occasionally until melted.

Meanwhile, place the eggs and coconut sugar in a mixing bowl and beat (either with an electric handheld beater or in a bench top mixer) until they become pale and frothy, approximately 10 minutes. This beating time ensures you will have a nice glossy top to the brownies.

When the chocolate mixture has melted, slowly add it to the egg mixture and stir well. Sift the rice flour, cornflour and baking powder together and stir into the mixture.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the frozen raspberries over top and gently press into the mixture.

Place brownie in the centre of the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. The brownie should have risen slightly and have a nice glossy top.

Allow to cool on a rack and then cut into desired shapes.

 

Note:
Frozen raspberries are best used in this recipe to ensure they don’t burn during baking.

 

 

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Chocolate Hazelnut cookies

 

These chocolate hazelnut cookies were a request from my sister and are inspired by the amazing Little Bird Unbakery. All their food is raw and organic, and their cakes are made without dairy, gluten, sugar or soy, so they are THE ultimate guilt free treat.

In particular, they make a raw organic chocolate hazelnut cookie that is essentially like a decadent breakfast cookie. It’s quite a soft cookie filled with oats and hazelnuts and just a little sweetness, so you feel super healthy eating them even when you come across a chunk of dark chocolate.

My interpretation of this chocolate hazelnut cookie is lightly baked because I don’t own a dehydrator (yet!), however, they contain no dairy, gluten or refined sugar, and are full of whole food goodness in the form of hazelnuts, oats, coconut and apple. The recipe below makes approximately 12 large, soft, moist cookies. Enjoy!

 

 

Chocolate Hazelnut cookies

 

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

100g rolled oats
50g thread coconut
50g desiccated coconut
70g hazelnuts
20g coconut sugar
pinch of himalayan pink salt
100g dark chocolate (I used 72% cacao with no milk products)
250g apple purée (see note below)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
50g coconut oil

Preheat oven to 160°C fan bake, and line two oven trays with baking paper or silicone mats.

Finely chop the hazelnuts (or blend in a food processor) until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs and place in a bowl along with the oats, dried coconuts, coconut sugar and salt. Roughly chop the dark chocolate into bite size chunks, add to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Gently melt the coconut oil over low heat and add to the mixture along with the apple purée and maple syrup, and stir well. The mixture should come together and be slightly sticky. Place tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared trays and press lightly into shape.

Bake in preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden. Cool on a rack and then store the chocolate hazelnut cookies in a sealed container for up to 5 days.

Apple purée note:
Either make your own by placing peeled, chopped apples into a pan with a little water and bring to the boil. Simmer until soft and then blend. Or use a good canned apple purée with no sugar or additives e.g. Delish brand.

 

Chocolate Hazelnut cookies

 

 

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