Ice cream made out of bananas? Really? Yes, it’s a thing and it’s awesome! If that isn’t enough smoosh two of our favorite flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on each side and make it into a sandwich. Because, why not?!
If you have never made ice cream out of frozen bananas, let’s just say you’ve been majorly missing out! It literally requires one ingredient and a food processor or high speed blender. Within minutes you have this ice cream…or “nice” cream. From there you can enjoy it as is….which is amazing, or add vanilla or cacao powder or frozen strawberries or whatever floats your fancy.
For this batch we added a splash of vanilla and cacao powder to turn it into chocolate “nice” cream. That was definitely a good decision on our part. Just saying…
For these “nice” cream sandwiches you want to make the cookies in advanced, wait for them to cool to room temp and then pop them in the freezer so they at least get a little chilled. If you try to put everything together with warm cookies you will have a drippy sloppy mess = no bueno. So don’t do that!!
One you have your “nice” cream ready and your cookies chilled you are ready to assemble. I happened to make these on a day that it was like 100 bizzilion degrees outside so they were melting fast. That kinda explains why there is no picture of all of them made. Oh well, the trials and tribulations of a food blogger!! I have made them on a non 100 bizzilion degree day and they were much easier to assemble.
Once the sandwiches are put together pop them back into the freezer on a sheet pan like this until frozen. These are such a fun treat you can serve up as a dessert or even an after school snack…..or maybe even for breakfast. I’ve never done that….who would do that?? Definitely not me.
- 1 C peanut butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ C dark brown sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp dark chocolate chunks or chips
- 5 frozen bananas
- 4 Tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350. Add peanut butter, egg, brown sugar and vanilla together with a spatula until completely combined. Fold in chocolate chunks.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Use a small size cookie scooper or teaspoon and place dough on parchment lined cookie sheet (approx 16 cookies for smaller cookies or 12 for larger cookies). Use the back of a fork to score the cookie and flatten them out a bit. You may need to dip the fork in water so it doesn't stick to the cookie dough. cook for 10 minutes, allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Place cooled cookies in the freeze for 30 mins - 1 hour.
- Remove bananas from the freezer and let them sit out on the counter for 10-15 minutes.
- Place bananas in the food processor and process until the bananas turn into the same consistency as ice cream. Add vanilla and cacao powder - you can leave out the cacao powder if you desire. Turn food processor back on and mix until incorporated.
- Remove cookies from freezer and line half of the cookies with the bottom of the cookie facing up on a cookie sheet. Place enough of the nice cream on top of the cookie to fill the top about ½-1 inch high. Place another cookie on top to make a sandwich. Work quickly before the nice cream melts. Place sandwiches back in the freezer (keep them on the cookie sheet) until frozen.
- Serve immediately from freezer as a "healthier" version of an ice cream sandwich.