Raw Ice Cream Sandwich Challenge

by Sasha on July 1, 2011

Have you ever entered a cooking challenge? If you have not, you must try because they are so much fun and pretty addictive. Last time I got to enter a raw cake pop challenge and I was totally obsessed with it for a couple of days. It was so much fun and it kind of pushes you out of your comfort zone and gets the creative juices going.

I was planning on entering the 5 in 5 Raw Chef Contest this week, but did not make the deadline. However I caught a glimpse of some awesome Raw Ice Cream Sandwiches over on Rawkinmom blog the other night and I felt a twinge of sadness that I didn’t enter. So I jumped over to Nicole and Lisa’s Blog and found that I still had a little bit of time…less than one day.

So I decided to try and race against time and get one in before the deadline. So here it is:

1. Cacao Hazelnut Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich

Cookie Base:
1 cup raw hazelnuts
5 tbs raw cacao powder
1/2 tbs lacuma
3.5 tbs agave
5ml Vanilla powder
10ml ground flax seed mixed with 2 tbs water

Blend hazelnuts in your food processor until they are a fine powder. Add cacao, lacuma, vanilla powder and pulse. Add agave and flax mixture and process until mixture forms a dough. Take dough out and either roll into little balls and flatten into circle shaped cookies. The alternative way is to roll out the dough which you can place between two teflex sheets from the dehydrator. Note: rolling produces a thinner cookies, while rolling into a ball technique creates a thicker more rustic cookie. Dehydrate at 105 for 3.5 -5 hours depending on your preference. I dehydrated mine for 5 hours.

Vanilla Ice Cream Filling

1 cup homemade almond milk
( To make almond milk take one cup of almonds to 1 and half cups water. Blend & strain)
5ml vanilla powder
30 ml maple syrup ( or 30 mls agave. I used maple syrup)
1-2 bananas

Blend in Vitamix and then freeze well. Use cookie cutter to cut out ice cream patties for a perfect circle. Or pulse in the food processor a few times to get a softer fluffy texture.


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa July 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Looks delish! I've never entered a food content of any kind, but it does look like a lot of fun! Usually, the ones I see are not raw or vegan…but I'll have to keep my eye out for ones like raw ice cream sandwiches!


Nicole July 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I'm so glad you decided to enter the challenge. These look delicious!


Sasha July 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Hi Lisa,

Yes this is my second contest and it is so much fun. I am sure you would do great. I found out about this one to late, but next one I will let you know.


Sasha July 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Thanks Nicole,

I found out late, but did the best in between Canada events with my family:)
I actually had a second one which was raspberry with the same base, but didn't have enough time to freeze the ice cream. Oh well we ate it anyways!!
Thanks for putting the contest on.


Joel July 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Save one for me…we're coming over!


Sue Ann Gleason July 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I'm lovin' the look of those chocolate cookies! Something new to try in my beloved dehydrator. Good luck, Sasha. Your recipe looks like a winner for sure!


Sasha July 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Thanks Joel,

Julian has been having a feats!:)


Stormy July 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Sasha – these look delicious (and they are gluten and dairy free – yay)! I may just make some of these to enjoy over the hot holiday weekend.


Cynthia Englett July 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Sasha, these look so mouthwatering good!!!!!! I will try these out for sure. 🙂


Bee July 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Sasha…oh.my.goodness. These look so delicious. I love the lucuma (no one uses lucuma – and it's perfect with vanilla!) and hazelnut and… I'm dying right here, right now.


VeganLisa July 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I am so glad you found time to participate in the challenge. The flavour combination sounds so decadent and delicious!


shannonmarie July 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Just saw your sammies in the roundup. Delicious! I knew you'd come up with a yummy one 🙂


Sasha July 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Sue Ann, Stormy and Bee,

Thanks so much for your comments. I know you are all cacao lovers.:)


Sasha July 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Hi Cynthia,

Thanks for stopping by. I would have like to refine my ice cream. So I will be doing an ice cream post coming up soon.


Callie {Rawxy} July 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I love how simple your ice cream recipe is – I need to try that sometime!!


Sasha July 3, 2011 at 12:11 am


Thanks so much. I have been on a cacao hazelnut kick this week. I just made it by a few minutes.


Sasha July 3, 2011 at 12:12 am

Hi Shannonmarie,

Thanks yours looks great too.


Sasha July 3, 2011 at 12:13 am

Welcome Rawxy,

Thanks. I had a few other ice creams but they didn't freeze on time. So this was all I could get at the time.:)


kelli July 3, 2011 at 12:15 am



Sasha July 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Thanks Kelli!


colorwheelmeals.com July 4, 2011 at 2:24 am

Sasha!!! YAY!!! I am so glad that you made the deadline!!! AND I LOVE how your sandwiches turned out!!! How did you get your ice cream so nicely formed?? I love how you added the crushed hazelnuts on the plate!!


Sasha July 4, 2011 at 5:24 am


Thanks for the comment. I honestly just beat the deadline by like 8 minutes.:) Too crazy. I used a cookie cutter to cut out a circle for the ice cream. i actually had 2 other flavours but ran out of time.


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