Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Devouringly Rich Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
These ice cream sandwich cookies are an intense mix of banana, peanut butter, and chocolate chunks with a hint of molasses. They are best with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle (or yogurt if being healthy) but funnily enough are vegan (without the ice cream) and are a perfect desert to serve to a vegan or diabetic guest. When we served them they were literally gobbled up. We thought they may even be too rich but everyone pleaded with us not to change a thing! And of course these cookies are very health conscious but you would have no idea as you bite into them!
Oh and we made these with cups so we are in the process of converting the measurements.
Makes 12-14 cookies
Prep time 15-20 min
Cook time 17-20 min
3 ripe bananas (mashed)
¾ cup peanut butter
2-3 tablespoons of Black Strap Molasses (that is the less processed version, add according to your preference of molasses)
½ cup honey (I used honey but agave would probably work too)
1 ½ cup unprocessed oats
½ cup whole grain spelt flour (or wheat flour)
½ cup unbleached white spelt four (or wheat flour)
½ cup ground almonds
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ chocolate chunks
Preheat the oven to 350 F or around 180 C.
Mash the three bananas on a plate or board and let them sit out in the air and oxidize further (we find it makes them even more banana-ie in recipes). Then mix all the wet ingredients together. Fold the bananas through the wet ingredients softly. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. And lastly mix the chocolate chips through.
Place parchment paper onto a tray and place the dough on parchment paper in balls that have been slightly flattened with your hand or the back of a spoon. It is important to make sure the balls are in a cookie shape before baked because these cookies will spread but not as much as traditional cookies; therefore, if you do not shape them they might end up being baked as balls. Bake for 17-20 minutes depending on your oven. They will be darker because of the molasses so it is hard to tell when they are browning, and thus you need to watch them carefully so they do not burn!
Lastly: ENJOY (as always)
C & J