Refreshing and nostalgic, a well-crafted ice cream sandwich is the ultimate summertime dessert – a perfectly portioned, handheld treat to be enjoyed at the end of a sunny day. And while we have fond memories of the pre-made versions we enjoyed as kids, nothing beats something delicious that you’ve made yourself.
This summer, build a better, plant-powered ice cream sandwich that features quinoa in the cookie (for hearty texture and extra nutrition) and a filling made of minimal, fresh ingredients. Here are some recipe combinations we’ve got our hungry eyes on:
Quinoa Gingersnap Cookies, Eating Bird Food for Ancient Harvest
With: Fresh Lemon Ice Cream, The View from Great Island
On a hot summer’s day, the classic combination of lemon and ginger is made irresistible when in ice cream sandwich form. The smooth creaminess of the tart ice cream perfectly complements the spicy crunch of the cookie (pictured above) – which just so happens to be made with Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flour.
Peanut Butter, Oat & Quinoa Cookies, Simply Quinoa
With: Greek Yogurt Chocolate “Ice Cream”, Your Tea
Packed with gluten-free oat bran, rolled oats and quinoa flakes, these cookies are built to stand up well to soft, creamy ice cream – and what flavor is better to pair with peanut butter than chocolate? We like this Greek yogurt ice cream for its added tang and nutrition, but any chocolate ice cream – even a dairy-free version, if you’d like – would be delicious.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ambitious Kitchen
With: Vegan Salted Bourbon Caramel Ice Cream, Minimalist Baker
Made with quinoa flour, filled with melty chocolate chips and sprinkled with a touch of coarse sea salt, this might just be (as the recipe says) the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookie. We vote for taking that sweet-and-salty flavor even further by pairing these cookies with a dairy-free ice cream made with raw cashews, coconut milk, Bourbon and (of course) sea salt.
Cranberry Coconut Chip Cookies, Fit and Frugal for Ancient Harvest
With: 3-Ingredient Coconut Ice Cream, The Hungry Mouse
Want a delicious ice cream sandwich full of flavor, but free of dairy, gluten and eggs? You got it. These cookies are loaded with dried cranberries, dark chocolate chunks, shredded coconut and Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flour – and the accompanying coconut ice cream, made with just three ingredients and no ice cream maker, is a dream come true.
Fudgy Brownie Cookies, Desserts With Benefits
With: Raspberry Ice Cream, Create n Plate
Health-conscious chocolate lovers, rejoice! These dense, fudgy cookies are made without any gluten or refined sugar, and they’re vegan to boot. Meanwhile, this two-ingredient raspberry ice cream couldn’t be simpler – or more nutritious. Put them together, and what do you have? A fruity, chocolate-y dessert that you can feel good about enjoying on the hottest summer days.